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September 16, 2013

Navigating the Low Rate Environment for Health Care Organizations
By Nat Kellogg, CFA, Director of Alternatives, Managing Partner

Despite the recent increase in long-term interest rates, the low rate environment is now more than four years old and continues to create challenges for investors. While interest rates are notoriously volatile the current low rate environment and negative real yields on risk free securities is unprecedented in its duration. Given the Federal Reserve’s clear indication that it will not raise interest rates until there is a substantial drop in unemployment or increase in inflation, it appears the current low rate environment is unlikely to change in the near future. While this creates challenges for all institutional investors, it creates a unique set of challenges for non-profit health care organizations (“HCOs”).

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