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Restrictions on Pension Plan Investments: A Global Survey

July 16, 2019 Comments (0)

A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development surveys the main quantitative investment restrictions to which pension funds and other pension providers are subject in both OECD countries and a selection of International Organization of Pension Supervisors’ (IOPS) member countries. It reminds us of the general desireRead More

Tick Size and High-Frequency Trading

July 15, 2019 Comments (0)

A lot of hopes have been placed on changes in market tick sizes. In the 1990s there was a big push to reduce the tick sizes of securities, allowing them to get down to one cent or fractions thereof. In the new millennium came a sense of regret. Observers suspectedRead More

The Audacity of Opacity

July 15, 2019 Comments (0)

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Why are we still talking about this? No, it’s not the central bankers and their insatiable easing tendencies, trade wars with China, or even the Women’s World Cup football match (sorry Netherlands!). These stories all make great headlines, drive news ratings, generate tickertape parades,Read More


July 14, 2019 Comments (0)

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) ESG INVESTING – SIMPLE OR COMPLEX? Investing is complicated as it is simple and complex at the same time. Common advice for new investors is to pursue a buy-and-hold approach for long-term wealth creation. Although this strategy has worked out great in the U.S.Read More

Quantum Computing Will Mess Up all Expectations

July 11, 2019 Comments (0)

There are reports that Google is preparing an announcement of “quantum supremacy” for later this year. If true, this is the biggest tech story since the transistor replaced vacuum tubes. It could be a disruptive development for just about every business with an IT department. Among much else, quantum supremacyRead More

Private Equity and the Law in India

July 9, 2019 Comments (0)

A forthcoming article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law discusses the investor control rights typically negotiated in the private equity context in India. The article, by Arjya B. Majumdar, an associate professor at Jindal Global Law School, begins with the quantity of assets under management by theRead More

Oil & Gas: Where is the Capital Flowing?

July 7, 2019 Comments (0)

The last two years have seen record low levels of mergers and acquisitions activity in the oil and gas sector in the United States. There are other signs of lassitude in the field: a record low volume of PE deals, (more of that in a moment), and only six initialRead More

The Dangers and Attractions of Infrastructure Investing

July 4, 2019 Comments (0)

An arm of Brookfield Asset Management, Brookfield Infrastructure, announced that it is leading a group of investors to buy Genesee & Wyoming for a cash payment of $112 per share, a premium of nearly 40% over the pre-announcement stock price. This is a big infrastructure play. G&W is a freightRead More

Net Performance Reporting: Not Just Arithmetic

July 2, 2019 Comments (0)

Why can’t a fund manager simply subtract all fees and expenses from gross returns and present the arithmetical result to existing or potential investors? In a newly released paper, Donald Steinbrugge, the founder and CEO of Agecroft Partners, discusses how hedge funds calculate and present their net performance, and theRead More

The Environmental Road to the Future is Paved…in Green

July 1, 2019 Comments (0)

By Diane Harrison In January of this year, the World Economic Forum published an article, A Business Model for Sustainability, which highlighted a couple of key points relating to the growing interest in green business practices: Global finance is also inching toward sustainability. For example, environmental, social, and governance assetsRead More