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FTG Blog - Investors Scramble to Keep Pace With New Market Outlook

Investors Scramble to Keep Pace With New Market Outlook

For investors scrambling to keep pace with a hawkish shift in the world’s biggest central banks, the second half of 2017 just got a lot more interesting. Two weeks of rhetoric from policy makers in Europe and North America has rewritten the outlook for markets, with the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada now seen as more likely than not to join the Federal Reserve in raising rates before the year is out, based on overnight index swap rates. Even the possibility of a European Central Bank hike, once seen as all but impossible, is slowly growing. Read more

FTG Blog - George Clooney Sells Tequila Brand to Diageo for $1 Billion

George Clooney Sells Tequila Brand to Diageo for $1 Billion

George Clooney may be the face of fancy coffee, but it’s in premium tequila that he just hit the real jackpot. Diageo Plc agreed to acquire fast-growing tequila brand Casamigos, co-founded four years ago by Clooney, for as much as $1 billion. The deal expands the London-based distiller’s lineup in a fast-growing category, where it already owns the Don Julio, DeLeon and Peligroso brands. Read more

FTG Blog - U.S. Colleges Have $500 Billion to Invest. Now Where Are All the Green Deals?

U.S. Colleges Have $500 Billion to Invest. Now Where Are All the Green Deals?

The University of California has taken a prominent role in a new group deploying money to sustainable projects (Green Deals), but finding the right ones isn’t easy. If you guessed that the University of California system would champion “sustainable” investing, you’d be correct. The catch is, the shelves in the sustainable investing aisle aren’t especially well-stocked with opportunities. Read more

FTG Blog - ETFs Are the New Bond Kings

ETFs Are the New Bond Kings

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are transforming debt markets as big investors use them in ways considered crazy a few short years ago. Leighton Shantz had barely begun managing part of the $26 billion pension fund for Texas state employees when he got a crazy idea. Read more