On a day when headlines in the U.S. are dominated by violence, markets remained calm with European equities and futures contracts for U.S. stocks rising. In the wake of a Federal Open Market Committee notes release that indicated growing concern among US policymakers that the job market is cooling, todays job report provided some assurance to investors that more easing is likely in the developed world.
Four more asset management firms stop trading in U.K. commercial property. Henderson Global Investors, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and Canada Life suspended operations on their U.K. commercial property funds; and Aberdeen Asset Management cut the value of its fund by 17 percent and halted withdrawals. Brexit-related concerns have left investors feeling jittery over the stability of the property market in the U.K. as companies mull whether or not to move European operations elsewhere. This brings the number of asset management firms suspending their U.K. property funds to seven since the June 23 Brexit vote.
287,000 new jobs last month. The U.S. economy added 287,000 new jobs during the month of June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. The unemployment rate edged somewhat upward, however, from 4.7 percent to 4.9 percent. Nonetheless, the official jobless rate has remained below the 5 percent threshold since last fall a factor likely to weigh on discourse both at the Fed and at this months Democratic and Republican conventions.
Bridgewaters McDonalds-themed fund outperforming flagship. Bridgewater Associates $60.7 billion All-Weather fund has logged 10 percent performance this year, far outperforming the firms mainstay $62 billion Pure Alpha fund, which has fallen 12 percent the first six months of this year, its worst first-half performance in more than two decades. The All-Weather fund is nicknamed its McDonalds fund because it employs similar strategies that firm founder Ray Dalio used to advise fast-food chain McDonalds on how to hedge its Chicken McNugget costs. Bridgewater Associates, founded in 1975, is the worlds largest hedge fund firm, with more than $150 billion in assets under management.