On Monday, President Trump criticized the Fed for even considering raising rates, yet on Wednesday the Federal Open Market Committee announced its decision to raise the Fed Funds rate ¼ of a percent from 2.25% to 2.5% -- the fourth such increase in 2018.
Sears CEO, Edward Lampert stands to lose a fortune if SEARS Holdings Corp. goes under. Analysts increasingly predict that will indeed be the case.
Many reports are claiming the death of Sears, but is it really dead or just dead as we knew it?
Sears started life in 1892 as a mail-order catalog that sold watches and jewelry. In 1894 the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog had grown to 322 pages and included sewing machines, bicycles, sporting goods, automobiles and other new items. In the following years the catalog would eclipse 500 pages and adding dolls, stoves and groceries.
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As promised, loan arrangers rolled out a big September calendar of M&A deals brimming with new money seeking to take advantage of the late-August lull and a favorable funds flow picture following the busiest month for CLO issuance since March 2015. High-yield, too, kicked back into high gear, driven in part by coordinated cross-border deals for some of the same issuers currently being reviewed by loan accounts, while restructurings drove some of last week’s lively secondary action.
Loan investors are kicking the tires on a trio of large M&A deals that will set the tone for the market in the coming weeks not only for the other transactions already launched but also for those to come later this month. Traders, too, are awaiting clearing levels on these jumbo deals—which are being talked wide of where single-B executions printed earlier in the year—as well as to see how the market absorbs the supply once these deals allocate.
Duration risk has been a popular theme around buy-side firms as they look to incorporate low duration bonds into model portfolios to reduce interest rate sensitivity and increase liquidity. Typical bond indexes have an average duration of 5-7 years; this will create large outflow of assets in the upcoming quarters and increase popularity among individual securities.
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