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Interest Rate Derivatives, Announcements and HFT: It’s All About Timing

May 23, 2019 Comments (0)

Three scholars associated with the University of Wollogong, Australia, recently published a paper on the contribution of high-frequency traders to the absorption of new information by the markets, especially in relation to the prices of interest rate derivatives. The study is the work of Alex Frino, Michael Garcia, and IvyRead More

The Mysterious Shortfall in Women Chief Investment Officers

May 22, 2019 Comments (0)

By Charles Skorina We recently looked at the number of women CIOs at big endowments*. Among 109 North American endowments over $1 billion we identified twenty (18 plus one director of investments and one CFO who liaises with their OCIO providers). That’s just 18%–less than one out of five. ForRead More

Public to Private LBOs and Innovation

May 21, 2019 Comments (0)

A new study considers the proposition that indebtedness can reduce innovation. It offers support for the view that indebtedness in a particular context reduces patent flow. But whether patent flow should be considered a good surrogate for innovation remains open to question. An argument that has long been aimed atRead More

Caveat Emptor: Leveraged Loans and the Credit Cycle

May 19, 2019 Comments (0)

AllianceBernstein, the Nashville-based, asset management firm released a white paper on high-yield bank loans. Buying these loans seems, to some investors, a fix for the ongoing low-interest-rate environment. But the white paper is a warning. In two words, “buyer beware.”  The paper is the work of Douglas J. Peebles andRead More

The ‘Vortex of Volatility’ and the Merger Market  

May 16, 2019 Comments (0)

Intralinks, the provider of inter-enterprise collaboration products that is perhaps best known for its Deal Flow Predictor, recently interviewed Paul Aversano, a managing director at the consultancy Alvarez & Marsal. Aversano leads A&M’s private equity services practice, and he is the global practice leader of the transaction advisory group. HeRead More

Accommodating Ambiguity Aversion in Portfolio Modeling

May 14, 2019 Comments (0)

By standard definition, “ambiguity aversion” is the preference for known risks over unknown risks, the known unknowns over the unknown unknowns. A recent paper discusses the portfolio-level consequences of this aversion. The paper, written by Valery Polkovnichenko and Hui (Grace) Wang, explains that for an ambiguity-neutral investor, “adding active portfolio withRead More

Canada’s Venture Capitalists: A Gender Gap

May 14, 2019 Comments (0)

Female Funders, a program within the venture capital company Highline BETA, with offices in both Canada and the United States, has produced a new Women in Venture report, which works with data gathered from more than 300 VC firms and corporate venture arms in both countries “to try to paintRead More

HEDGE FUND ETFS: BETTER THAN THE ORIGINALS

May 12, 2019 Comments (0)

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION As Amazon has been decimating large parts of the retail industry over the last two decades, ETFs have done the equivalent to the mutual fund industry in the financial world. Today ETFs are covering nearly all areas of the markets, no matter howRead More

A Fintech Revolution in Commercial Real Estate

May 9, 2019 Comments (0)

Cushman & Wakefield, Chicago, has released a discussion of blockchains in connection with real estate. The paper argues that the technology could “transform CRE transactions ranging from property listings, asset management, and the purchase and sale of properties.” It reminds us that blockchains are shared digital ledgers, both tamper-proof andRead More

Bart Chilton: A Career of Regulating Commodities, Futures and Cheetahs

May 7, 2019 Comments (0)

Bart Chilton, a senior adviser at DLA Piper who was from 2007 to 2014 a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, passed away April 27. Chilton had a colorful reputation in the largely grey-hued world of commodities regulation. President George W. Bush appointed Chilton to the CFTC at aRead More