The Fordham Wall Street Council recently welcomed Rick Rieder, a national leader in the field of fixed income, to Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus to discuss the 2015 outlook for fixed income markets.

A finance veteran, Rieder is the managing director and Chief Investment Officer of fundamental portfolios at BlackRock, as well as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investment Advisory Committee on Financial Markets and a recent inductee into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame.

The market will be much more volatile in 2015, Rider predicted in his Feb. 3 talk to an audience of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.

One factor spurring this volatility is demographics, he said.

Dean Donna Rapaccioli (center) welcomed Rick Rieder (4th from left) for the latest Wall Street Council talk.

“We’re going through a demographic evolution like nothing we’ve ever seen before—the population is aging faster than it ever has,” said Rieder. “This means that the global economy is growing slower than it ever has historically, because when more people draw from the economy than contribute to it, you break the potential growth in the system.”

For fixed income, slower global economic growth will mean lower interest rates, he said.

Another factor that Rieder linked to increased market volatility was technology, which he said is a major yet “grossly underappreciated” dynamic. Increasingly sophisticated technology has led to decreased cost of production, reduced cost of labor, and deflated prices overall.

“I’m an avid believer that technology is changing the ecosystem today. I don’t think central banks, markets, or even investors appreciate just how big the effect of technology is,” he said.

He offered the iPhone as an example of how drastically a new technology can influence a market. A single $650 phone has displaced $2,200 in collective worth of other products, such as cameras, camcorders, calculators, and even flashlights.

“Two-thirds of the products in this system were extinguished all because we have this item we carry around in our pockets,” he said. “And it not only replaces them, but also does the job better.”

Formed in 2010, the Fordham Wall Street Council fosters collaboration among business faculty, staff, students, and friends interested in various sectors of the capital markets.


Joanna Klimaski Mercuri is a staff writer in the News & Media Relations Bureau. She can be reached at (212) 636-7175 or [email protected]