According to the press release, “the Board of Directors of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited Temasek today announced a leadership transition – Mr Charles Chip W. Goodyear will succeed Ms Ho Ching as Chief Executive to lead the Singapore investment company.
Mr Goodyear, 51, an American, joined the Temasek Board on 1 February. He assumes the position of CEO-Designate on 1 March and will succeed Ms Ho on 1 October 2009. Mr Goodyear retired from BHP Billiton on 1 January 2008 after leading the world’s largest diversified resources company through its rapid growth and expansion.
The appointment and leadership transition will further strengthen Temasek’s Board and management. The Board, including Ms Ho, has been addressing succession planning annually since early 2005.
Temasek Chairman, Mr Dhanabalan said, ‘Ho Ching has been instrumental in bringing Chip on board. We have been working on this appointment for more than a year.’
Mr Dhanabalan added that Mr Goodyear shares the vision and values that underpin Temasek as a key Singapore institution and an international investment company. ‘Chip presents a rare and unusual combination of investment and operational experience that can support the continued transformation of Temasek,’ he said.
‘Chip’s leadership and business experience, and his demonstrated capability in developing strong management teams give us the confidence that he will make a difference to Temasek just as Ho Ching and her predecessors have done over the last three decades.’
Ms Ho and Temasek’s management helped shape the Singapore company into a respected international investor.”
read more: Temasek Press Release
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The Federal Reserve made a decision to hold interest rates steady and indicated that no more hikes will be coming for 2019. Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell addressed the media saying that the Chinese and European economies have slowed ‘substantially’. Despite low U.S. employment, Powell explained to the media that the U.S. has the lowest labor force participation rate among developed nations.
There were four interest rate hikes in 2018.
The Federal Reserve committee intends to conclude the reduction of its aggregate securities holdings in the System Open Market Account (SOMA) at the end of September 2019. Essentially, the Federal Reserve is ending quantitative tightening in September 2019. Furthermore, the committee intends to slow the reduction of its holdings of Treasury securities by reducing the cap on monthly redemptions from the current level of US$ 30 billion to US$ 15 billion beginning in May 2019.
In a March 20, 2019 statement called “Balance Sheet Normalization Principles and Plans”, a portion of it reads, “The Committee intends to continue to allow its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to decline, consistent with the aim of holding primarily Treasury securities in the longer run.
Beginning in October 2019, principal payments received from agency debt and agency MBS will be reinvested in Treasury securities subject to a maximum amount of $20 billion per month; any principal payments in excess of that maximum will continue to be reinvested in agency MBS.
Principal payments from agency debt and agency MBS below the $20 billion maximum will initially be invested in Treasury securities across a range of maturities to roughly match the maturity composition of Treasury securities outstanding; the Committee will revisit this reinvestment plan in connection with its deliberations regarding the longer-run composition of the SOMA portfolio.
It continues to be the Committee’s view that limited sales of agency MBS might be warranted in the longer run to reduce or eliminate residual holdings. The timing and pace of any sales would be communicated to the public well in advance.”
source: Federal Reserve website
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