Brown Brothers Harriman study finds investors are now looking at them as defensive plays.
Vermont senator calls them wasteful, while Lloyd Blankfein lauds repurchases as an ultimate economy booster.
Firm says investors likely got ‘the bulk’ of their 2019 returns last month.
Commonwealth’s McMillan notes that the central bank believes the economy is strong, so more tightening is coming.
Japan’s GPIF lost a staggering $136 billion due to Q4’s rout in equities.
Average funding ratios fell by seven percentage points, amid down December.
Since he took over the Federal Reserve, stocks had dropped on days when its policymaking body wrapped up work—until yesterday.
The 35-day closure will pump the jobless rate up to 4.1% for January, RSM’s Brusuelas says.
As rates rise, company share repurchases using leverage dipped to 14% of total in 2018, half the 2017 level, JPMorgan says.
According to an economist at the bank, lower mortgage rates should improve the situation, which provokes eerie memories.
Sentiment survey finds positive sentiment drops to 48% from 67%.
Baa–rated issues reach record, although defaults at this stage are not worrisome, Moody’s data indicates.
The late Vanguard founder was best known for passive investing. But he decried its offspring, exchange-traded funds, as an abomination.