Posted: February 8th, 2023 | Author:

2023 Capital Markets Assumptions

How Are Capital Markets Projections Constructed?

Guiding objectives and process

Underlying beliefs guide the development of the projections

  • An initial bias toward long-run averages
  • A conservative bias
  • An awareness of risk premiums
  • A presumption that markets are ultimately clear and rational

Reflect our beliefs that long-term equilibrium relationships between the capital markets and lasting trends in global economic growth are key drivers to setting capital markets expectations

Long-term compensated risk premiums represent “beta”—exposure to each broad market, whether traditional or “exotic,” with limited dependence on successful realization of alpha

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Posted: December 14th, 2022 | Author:

Callan Discount Rate Reporter: November 2022

Discount rates declined in November, retracing, in part, some of their steady climb northward this year. In November, the discount rate for the Callan illustrative plan (representing a typical shorter-duration corporate DB plan), which compares to the liability duration of FTSE’s Pension Liability Index–Short, fell by 56 bps. In November, long AA corporate spreads, as measured by the Bloomberg Long Corporate AA Index, narrowed by 19 bps. Interestingly, the last time long corporate AA spreads tightened this much was during November 2020, which hosted both a presidential election and the announcement of not one but two viable COVID-19 vaccines. Interest rates also fell, with the 10-year Treasury note falling by 38 bps over the month to 3.69%, after reaching a high of 4.23% on Oct. 24.

What Drove the November 2022 Discount Rate Changes

Part of the rally in spreads and rates was related to Chairman Jerome Powell’s statement that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will seek to “moderate the pace of rate increases,” as the Fed approaches the level needed to bring inflation down. It should be noted that the meaningful uptick in rates, or increase in borrowing costs, has slowed the volume of financing across many spread sectors.

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Posted: December 9th, 2022 | Author:

Unlocking the Secrets of the ‘Data Vault’

For institutional investors, data are the bedrock of their investment programs, and they need completely accurate and up-to-date information about their data—a single source of truth. How can they achieve this?

Callan has developed the concept of the institutional investor “Data Vault,” a repository where data is collected, cleansed, aggregated, and curated. We look at the vault as a data continuum with each building block connected by underlying principles of a single data (the “god particle”) enriched for specific purposes based on what decisions to take.

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