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Fly Charts: GE Can't Dodge Pension Pain Forever

From possible policy errors to GE's pension woes, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.
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Good morning! This is Fly Charts, the daily charts-only newsletter from Gadfly; sign up here. From possible policy errors to GE's pension woes, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today. 

Flat-Lining

Charter Communications may have withdrawn a bond sale, but it's still pretty darn cheap for risky companies to raise money.

Source: Bloomberg Barclays bond indexes

Then and Now

Faster inflation is prompting some on Britain's Monetary Policy Committee to consider rate hikes -- but they need to remember what happened in 2011 to avoid a possible policy error.

Source: Bloomberg

Front Loaded

The U.S. has a whole lot of room to lengthen its maturity profile, and it might be planning to do just that.

Source: Bloomberg DDIS Function

Lower Expectations

GE has muted its expected return for its pension assets, but the company still has a lot of hard decisions and pain ahead.

Source: Bloomberg

And don't miss Chris Hughes on some very rude dominant shareholders: "Fusionex has needlessly made enemies in the U.K. stock market. It could have made an offer to minorities, or found private-equity investors willing to buy them out at the prevailing market price. Sure, there would have been costs -- but it would have preserved Teh's reputation in London. He will likely have to choose another jurisdiction if he wants to return Fusionex to the market in future."

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