LDI Strategies, Back in Vogue, Require Technology and Data Underpinning

Joel Kornblum, Managing Director

As liability-driven investment strategies move to the forefront, capabilities in measuring performance and risk can make or break these initiatives

For much of 2015, The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index) has resided near historic lows, reflecting a level of complacency among market watchers who had grown accustomed to an accommodating Fed policy and more than five years of nearly uninterrupted growth in U.S. equities. At the end of August, however, investors snapped to attention as volatility ratcheted up significantly and the VIX, also known as the “fear index,” logged its largest-ever weekly increase. For plan sponsors, particularly those managing defined benefit plans or insurance assets, the re-introduction of volatility offered a timely reminder to the value of liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies.

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