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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Coronavirus and the Markets — The Good News and the Realistic News

Let’s start with the good news. The major indexes scored sizable gains on Monday, April 6, 2020, amid hopes that the coronavirus’ (COVID-19) infection rate had hit its peak in New York City and that the proverbial curve is starting to bend due to the physical distancing measures in place. Monday’s market gains seemed to indicate that a slower infection rate in New York could mean that the disease is hitting its apex not just in that city, but in the nation as a whole.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Check Those Numbers — March Unemployment and Coronavirus Testing

After notching much-welcomed gains in the wake of the government’s $2 trillion stimulus package, the market’s abrupt pivot to bullishness seemed to waver as the first quarter wound to a close and the second quarter got underway. In recent days, the market has seen a lot of back-and-forth, indecisive action as traders digested the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) news, along with early reports showing the severity of the economic fallout that the disease is leaving in its wake.

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The Vantagepoint PLUS Fund: COVID-19 Questions and Answers

Some key questions and answers about the Vantagepoint PLUS Fund and how the current market climate compares to the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: A Bull Within a Bear Market?

The government’s sweeping $2 trillion stimulus package last week came as a welcome relief to the market. The far-reaching legislation includes tax refund checks, expanded unemployment aid, loans for large and small businesses, and funding for the nation’s health-care system, among other efforts aimed at staunching the economic bleeding. It comes on the heels of massive pushes by the Federal Reserve to shore of up the nation’s financial system.

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The Vantagepoint View – First Quarter 2020

Matthew Brenner, CFA®, Managing Vice President, Investments discusses the recent market volatility, as well as the Vantagepoint Investment Team’s longer-term outlook for the stock and bond markets

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Recent Market Gains and the Road Ahead

This week saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average log the biggest one-day increase in its history on Tuesday, followed by another gain on Wednesday. That marked the first time since the market’s ferocious sell-off began that it’s scored two days of back-to-back increases. Meanwhile, the broader S&P 500 followed a path similar to the Dow. Those market gains stemmed from the fact that the nation’s two major political parties appeared to have come to an agreement on a stimulus deal that is r...

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Market Volatility and the Stimulus Package

Despite the Federal Reserve’s (the Fed’s) recent herculean efforts to calm the waters, the markets remained volatile during Monday’s trading session. We believe that’s largely due to the fact that Congress' coronavirus (COVID-19)-inspired stimulus package is still being hashed out, as of the current writing.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: The “Why” of the Fed’s Actions

Over the last few decades, with each appearance of a new virus or pathogen, the medical community's concerns often focus primarily on the means of transmission and the new disease's impact on the people it infects. A secondary concern is whether the virus will mutate, rendering any tools initially developed to fight it — such as vaccinations or treatments — ineffective.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: The Fed, Coronavirus, and the Markets

The market’s recent coronavirus-inspired slide has come with a ferocity and quickness that surpasses anything in the collective memory of most market participants. Similarly, the Federal Reserve’s latest efforts to try to stem the financial and economic fallout that may grow from it haven’t been seen since the darkest days of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. In this piece, we’ll take a closer look at the Fed’s latest actions and what it may mean for the markets going forward.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Coronavirus and the Markets: Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts and Considerations

The worrying global spread of the coronavirus infections and the failure of the alliance of OPEC and 10 non-OPEC members led by Russia to agree on a unified position in recent weeks have sent stock and oil prices sliding with a quickness and velocity not seen since the 2007-2008 financial crisis. However, in terms of investing and saving for retirement, we believe it’s important to distinguish between short-term and long-term potential impacts.

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Why Defined Contribution Plans Need Private Investments

At Vantagepoint Investment Advisers we are focused on constructing our investment options exclusively for retirement investors. With that in mind, we are proud to have partnered with DCALTA in sponsoring this research paper.

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Demystifying Non-Agency Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities

The commercial mortgage-backed securities market has come a long way since it first began in earnest during the Savings and Loan Crises of the late 1980s.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Market Volatility and the Coronavirus

The emergence of the coronavirus and the early indications of its global geographic spread has quickly raised myriad concerns and reactions across continents. Our attention in this blog post is on the impact on the financial markets, particularly in the context of saving for retirement.

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How to Explain CITs to Plan Sponsors

The use of CITs in 401(k) plans has risen nearly 50% in recent years. But some plan sponsors may be unfamiliar with these investment vehicles.

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Five Key Things for Plan Sponsors to Consider When Choosing a Stable Value Fund

When selecting a stable value investment option, today’s defined-contribution retirement plans have a variety of products to choose from.

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Stable Value Funds and their Role in the Changing Retirement Landscape

In this podcast, Karen Chong-Wulff, Managing Vice President, Fixed Income, and Craig Lombardi, Managing Vice President, DCIO, discuss changes in the retirement plan market and the role stable value funds can play in a plan’s fund lineup.

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Alternative Investments: Offering Individuals the Same Investment Options As the Pros

Alternative investments have long been used by institutional investors as they structure pension funds and endowments to withstand the market's headwinds and to benefit from its tailwinds.

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