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    ISDA’s IBOR Fallbacks Supplement and Protocol for U.S. CRE investors

    On Friday, October 23, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) launched the IBOR Fallbacks Supplement and Protocol, which provides a framework for transitioning interest rate derivatives from USD LIBOR to SOFR.

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    Real Estate
    Post Date
    Oct 23, 2020
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    Relief package negotiations heat up

    Despite faltering stimulus bill negotiations, rising COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Europe, and troubling COVID-19 vaccine developments, the major U.S. equity indices marched higher for the third consecutive week.

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    Financial Institutions
    Post Date
    Oct 19, 2020
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    Equities volatility amid recovery fears, stalled stimulus

    Renewed lockdowns in many regions sent equities downward for most of last week as concerns of a brutal second wave of COVID-19 rose.

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    Corporates
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    Oct 19, 2020
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    Is the UK moving closer to NIRP?

    Negative interest rates inch closer to reality in the UK as the Bank of England checks on banks’ readiness. The following summarises why the topic is being raised again and a reminder of previous Chatham insights on the subject matter.

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    Real Estate
    Post Date
    Oct 16, 2020
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    Markets on a seesaw

    Last week was dominated by headlines and tweets regarding the progress and potential for Congress to pass an additional fiscal stimulus package. Sentiments swinging between optimism and pessimism throughout the week had a dramatic impact on rates, currencies, and commodities.

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    Corporates
    Post Date
    Oct 13, 2020
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    Stimulus package negotiations remain stalled

    The major U.S. equity indices moved higher for a second consecutive week as hopes for a breakthrough in stimulus package negotiations, positive COVID-19 treatment developments, and better-than-expected economic data improved investor sentiment despite rising COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Europe.

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    Financial Institutions
    Post Date
    Oct 13, 2020
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    Markets balance tension between optimism and looming uncertainty

    Marking the first monthly decline since March, September saw a 3.9% contraction in the S&P 500 index, as equity investors faced labor market weakness, impasse on further fiscal stimulus, and the specter of a contested presidential election.

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    Corporates
    Post Date
    Oct 5, 2020
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    Equities rise to start the fourth quarter

    Despite growing signs of a slowing recovery for the U.S. economy, a continuing rise of COVID-19 cases across Europe, and faltering stimulus bill negotiations on Capitol Hill, the major U.S. equity indices moved higher for the week with the S&P 500 snapping a four-week stretch of declines.

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    Oct 5, 2020
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    Virus surges in Europe

    The major U.S. equity indices ended the week mixed with the S&P 500 moving lower and the Nasdaq breaking higher as market participants digested a renewed surge of COVID-19 cases in Europe, stalled stimulus bill negotiations on Capitol Hill, and mixed economic data in the U.S.

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    Sep 28, 2020
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    Rates remain relatively range bound and CARES Act discussions pick up

    Fed Chair Jerome Powell testified before Congress twice this week on the CARES act, commenting that, while the economy has been doing better than expected, there is risk that growth will slow if an additional relief package is not agreed upon.

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    Corporates
    Post Date
    Sep 28, 2020
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    FOMC holds target range steady, releases economic projections

    The major U.S. equity indices moved lower for a third consecutive week as mixed economic data releases and stalled stimulus bill negotiations soured investor sentiment.

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    Sep 21, 2020
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    Hedging GBP currency risk through Brexit

    This piece examines what currency movements are telling us about Brexit risk, and provides a look back at milestones over the past three years. Hedging GBP risk is not just about fixing a forward rate; a more flexible approach and adoption of hybrid tools can provide optimal protection.

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    Real Estate
    Post Date
    Sep 21, 2020
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    Fed meeting: Volatility continues

    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Chairman Powell emphasized the Committee’s focus on achieving an inflation rate that averages 2 percent over a longer time horizon.

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    Corporates
    Post Date
    Sep 21, 2020
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    Senate stimulus bill fails to pass

    While economic data releases for the week were light, market participants received updates on the labor market as well as the latest readings on inflation.

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    Sep 14, 2020
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    Chatham executes first Freddie Mac SOFR interest rate cap

    On Wednesday, September 9, Chatham executed the first SOFR-indexed interest rate cap on behalf of a commercial real estate (CRE) borrower in conjunction with the closing of a CBRE-originated Freddie Mac financing.

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    Real Estate
    Post Date
    Sep 14, 2020
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    FX volatility continues amidst a tepid economic recovery

    As summer ended, we saw several market and economic headlines that treasury teams should carefully monitor as their organizations plan for 2021. The euro and British pound continued to experience heightened volatility, while the VIX spiked and crude oil broke down following a pretty placid summer.

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    Corporates
    Post Date
    Sep 14, 2020
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    Foreign exchange hedging – time to reassess?

    Approaching FX hedging can be complex, given the need to consider the interplay between global markets and the challenges of assessing both costs and benefits. This piece will address some misconceptions about the costs of FX hedging and provide insight for a reassessment of your FX hedging stance.

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    Real Estate
    Post Date
    Sep 10, 2020
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    Equities pull back after weeks-long rally

    Despite the Nasdaq and S&P 500 setting all-time highs mid-week, the major U.S. equity indices ended the week lower, led by a sell-off in tech shares, ending a rally that persisted for nearly all of August.

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    Sep 8, 2020
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    Equities drop sharply off record highs

    Equity markets saw continued growth early in the week, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 reaching all-time highs on September 2. However, Thursday saw a massive sell-off led by the tech industry, signaling that investors are growing wary of record stock valuations against weak macroeconomic fundamentals.

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    Corporates
    Post Date
    Sep 8, 2020
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    End of summer round-up and back-to-school Q4 outlook

    Over the past month, the impact of the global pandemic on the European economy is now evident in the reported GDP data. Reporting of severe contraction should be no surprise to anyone, but what matters now is how quickly we can recover.

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    Real Estate
    Post Date
    Sep 7, 2020
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    FOMC adopts new policy strategy

    The major U.S. equity indices moved higher on the week with the S&P 500 notching its fifth consecutive weekly gain amid positive COVID-19 vaccine developments and a host of encouraging economic data releases.

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    Aug 31, 2020
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    The Federal Reserve adopts average inflation targeting

    The Fed has adopted a “flexible form of average inflation targeting” that aims for inflation rate to average 2% over time. Under this framework, the Fed funds rate will likely stay low for longer. Also, there will be an elevated emphasis on the maximum employment objective of the dual mandate.

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    Real Estate
    Post Date
    Aug 31, 2020
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    Farewell to the Fed’s Goldilocks approach to inflation targeting

    As we close out summer and brace for cooler weather, the Federal Reserve opened a new chapter on Thursday in its approach to monetary policy. They will shy away from the famed Goldilocks approach to managing inflation and articulated a new way of responding to economic challenges facing our economy.

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    Corporates
    Post Date
    Aug 31, 2020
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    Jobless claims again surpass one million and Fed delays identifying targets

    Volatility is expected as the market reacts to initial jobless claims, consumer confidence numbers, and the Republican National Convention. While existing home sales beat expectations, jobless claims once again exceeded one million and the Fed pushed back the timing of its forward guidance targets.

    Category
    Corporates
    Post Date
    Aug 24, 2020
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