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Risk Management & Operations

An ‘Alternative’ Safe-Haven

Jul 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Newly Added, Risk management, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Karl Rogers, ACE Capital Investments Abstract: The sovereign bond market has traditionally been a widely used tool for portfolio construction given its dual characteristics of returning a real yield with a negative correlation to equity markets – providing both a real return expectancy and portfolio protection. Given the zero-lower-boundRead More


The Inflation-Deflation Debate and its Implication for Asset Allocation 

Jun 28th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

By Alan Dunne, Managing Director, Abbey Capital One of the key questions facing investors at the moment is whether inflation or deflation represents the bigger risk for the coming years. Economists are split on this and one of the reasons for the uncertainty is that COVID-19 represents both a supplyRead More


Variance Risk Premium: What Premium?

Jun 25th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Alternative Investments in Context, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Investing is akin to fighting in the forever war. There are long periods of peace and prosperity, but investors are frequently drawn into short-term combat, extended battles, and multi-year wars. And the cycle repeats over and over. For some of the foot soldiers,Read More


Stewardship: It Hertz When You Ignore It

May 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, What about beta?, Risk Management & Operations

Hertz has been around for just over a century. It was started by a fellow name Jacobs in the city of Chicago with a very modest fleet consisting of about a dozen Model Ts. The ensuing years would find the growing franchise initially as a small business owned by JohnRead More


Time-varying Equity Volatility Markedly Affects Hedge Fund Performance

May 19th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Risk management, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Masao Matsuda, CAIA, FRM, Founder, Crossgates Investment and Risk Management One would think hedge funds can weather market gyrations better than long-only equity investments as hedge funds have greater flexibility in determining the levels of market exposure.  However, while some individual hedge funds may have been successful in adverse marketRead More


Volatility Forecasting Across the Financial Markets

May 12th, 2020 | Filed under: Currencies, Newly Added, Risk management, The Global Economy & Currencies, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

By Mark Caslin, CEO, Alder Capital Uses of volatility forecasting in financial markets Volatility is generally accepted as the best measure of market risk and volatility forecasting is used in many different applications across the industry. These include risk management, VAR, portfolio construction and optimisation, active fund management, risk-parity investing,Read More


Model Risk Management as Algo Trading Expands

May 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, The A.I. Industry, Machine Learning, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

The FICC Market Standards Board Ltd. (FMSB) is a London-based standards body for participants in the wholesale fixed income, currencies, and commodities (FICC) markets. It has been looking into the root causes of market misconduct, and pursuant to that research it recently published a report on the “themes and challenges”Read More


Time-varying Volatility Adds a Critical Dimension to Diversification

Apr 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Masao Matsuda, CAIA, FRM, Founder, Crossgates Investment and Risk Management In January 2020, the CAIA New York Chapter organized an event titled “Volatility? Downside Protection? Asset Allocation & Factor Management Tools for the Coming Decade.”[i] In retrospect, the event was uncannily prescient, as just a few months into the newRead More


Covid-19 Alpha

Mar 31st, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

During the Global Financial Crisis, the financial world learned that, in times of calamity, “the correlations of risk-on assets move towards one.”  Asset classes that had appeared to be uncorrelated and which appeared to contain only idiosyncratic risks suddenly became correlated.  It turned out that systemic risk (correlation) was non-linear. Read More


Using Alternative Data and Machine Learning in Alternative Asset Classes

Mar 30th, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Alternative data, Fintech, Risk management, Technology, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Machine Learning, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy, CAIA Association Michael Oliver Weinberg and Peter Strikwerda work at the Dutch pension fund APG and serve as the head of hedge funds and alternative alpha and the global head of digital and innovation, respectively. CAIA Association and FDPRead More


Diversification Strikes Back!

Mar 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Asset allocation, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association, and Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director, Content Strategy at CAIA Association “Diversification is back” – now that’s not a phrase we’ve heard in a long time…long time. Considering recent market performance, we thought thatRead More


Real Assets ‘Inception:’ Diversification within Diversification

Feb 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Natural Resources and Land, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Real Assets

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 8, Issue 1 The Alternative Investment Analyst Review is the official publication of the CAIA Association. Access to the most current issue is an exclusive benefit of CAIA MembershipRead More


In the room where it happens: An investigation of the potential of regulatory technology

Feb 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Machine Learning

Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy at CAIA Association Do you want to be in the room where it happens, when “The Smartest Guys in the Room”* are plotting their fraud and trying to prevent the demise of Enron? Look around at how lucky weRead More


Taleb: What Size Tail Does the Smart Money Bet On?

Jan 28th, 2020 | Filed under: Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Risk management, Behavioral finance, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Machine Learning, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

Statistician/philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb critiques “behavioral” economics and finance as he looks at the differences between “binary forecasts” and “real world payoffs,” in a recent paper for the International Journal of Forecasting. Much of the argument will be familiar to those who have some acquaintance with Taleb’s work as itRead More


SASB + TCFD = Common ESG Disclosure Standards?

Jan 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, ESG, Climate change, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Macroeconomics, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a non-profit organization has developed industry-specific standards across environmental, social, and governance topics, working toward a consensus on the sorts of disclosures that the issuers of securities should and will make to their investors. In November 2018, SASB released complete standards for 77 industries.Read More


CAIA Alternative Viewpoint: Risk Parity

Jan 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

Mean variance optimization (MVO) is a simple, yet well-regarded asset allocation technique designed to create a portfolio that maximizes it’s expected level of return for a given level of standard deviation. Many institutions construct diversified portfolios using this simple technique, attempting to maximize their risk-adjusted returns. While popular with manyRead More


False Positives and Machine Learning

Jan 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: CTA, Newly Added, Alternative data, Fintech, Risk management, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

There is a high rate of failure among quant funds. These include smart beta, factor investing, statistical arbitrage, and CTAs. Such false positive strategies are a widespread industry problem. Since psychiatrists have long traded on the ability of the human mind to find an elaborate narrative in a random inkRead More


Hope May Not Be a Strategy…But Neither is a 60/40

Jan 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Alpha & Beta, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Guest Contributor Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development The death of the 60/40 may be a welcome change for multi-asset investors who understand that exposure to risk premia is perhaps a far better long-term investment strategy. Diversification remains an important facet of asset allocation, but weRead More


An Alternative View of Manager Selection Risk

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM & Hossein Kazemi, PhD, CFA, CAIA Association & CISDM This is a summary of the editor’s letter originally published in the Volume 8, Issue 4 of the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, a journal published by CAIA Association. The Problem with Studies Many studies onRead More


Requiem for a Heavyweight

Dec 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, What about beta?, Risk Management & Operations

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO A requiem is a solemn chant for the repose of the dead. Chant-worthiness when it comes to the Enron Corporation is still subject to much debate depending, of course, upon which side of that trade you were on as the company slipped into bankruptcyRead More


Alternative Investments: Investing By Numbers

Nov 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Equity Types of Private Equity, Technology, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Risk Management & Operations

What’s in the future for alternative investments asset management? A new publication from Ernst & Young, London, contends that allocations to alternative investments and are “robust,” but that there is an important shift underway in favor of private equity and at the expense of hedge funds. In 2018, 40% ofRead More


How to Improve Momentum Risk Management

Nov 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds

Matthew X. Hanauer and Steffen Windmueller, two scholars affiliated with the Technical University of Munich, compare the performance of three risk management approaches applicable to the momentum strategy. Their new paper also explores the risk management techniques available for hedge fund managers and others who pursue a momentum strategy. ARead More


Past performance guarantees no future results

Oct 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Risk management, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Finance & Economics

Since, as everyone says, “past performance is no guarantee of future results,” a history of close correlation between two assets, or between a single asset and a benchmark, is no guarantee of future correlation. The threat that a correlation upon which a particular investor has relied will cease to applyRead More


Bitcoin Derivatives Behaving Just Like Other Underlying Assets

Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Derivatives, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Frontier markets, Structured Products, Other Topics in A.I.

Bitcoin derivatives act a lot like the derivatives of other asset classes. Two scholars at the University of London recently looked at bitcoin’s “volatility smiles and skews” as found in the short and long dated maturity of options traded at the Deribit Exchange in 2019. Helyette Geman and Henry Price,Read More


Meet the New Crisis: Looks Like the Old Crisis

Oct 13th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Business News, Economics, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

Last month saw an extraordinary spike in the interest rates of the repo market—the market that consists of the (very) short-term, usually the overnight, borrowing of government securities. Hedge funds, along with other institutions such as trading firms and banks, regularly hand over US Treasury bills and the like inRead More


Valuation: A New Approach to an Old Financial Tool

Oct 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Risk management, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds

Zane Swanson, an accounting professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, has been at work on a fascinating new approach to the valuation of firms and the valuation of their equity shares. This approach may be of great interest to risk arb hedge funds. Swanson is working with an establishedRead More


Low Vol vs Option-Based Strategies

Oct 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Some investment products and strategies can be considered toxic given their history on Wall Street. Portfolio insurance is rarely used in marketing materials, given its role in the 1987 stock market crash. CDO-Squared instruments and structured investment vehicles (SIVs) are also unlikely toRead More


Goldman Sachs Puts Stop-loss on Options

Oct 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Structured Products

Goldman Sachs threw in the towel two years ago. Well, “a towel,” anyway. Goldman has lots of towels. But two years ago, Goldman gave up on market making at the US options exchanges. In time for the anniversary, Alphacution has posted a research paper on the “long arc” of optionsRead More


Zebras Are Reactionaries

Sep 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset Managers, Alpha Strategies, What about beta?, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

Someone told me that it’s all happening At the Zoo. In this case, it was Paul Simon in his 1967 title song where he anthropomorphizes the animals he sees in the Central Park Zoo. Some are deemed to be honest, some kindly but dumb, and some insincere or skeptical, and,Read More


Anticipating Buyout Deals: A Prospective New Model on an Old Strategy

Aug 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Risk management, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Risk Management & Operations

Milind Sharma and Aravind Ganesan have developed what they call the QMIT Leveraged Buyout Model—a trading strategy—based on anticipating announcements of LBOs based on QMIT’s factor library. Sharma is the CEO of QMIT, QuantZ Machine Intelligence Technologies. QMIT is itself a spin-off from QuantZ Capital, which is a stat arbRead More


Liquidity: Running for the Exits

Aug 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Risk Management & Operations

Liquidity vanishes when you need it most. That isn’t an especially original observation. It’s like saying that the exit doors are always jammed precisely when you need a quick exit quickly. Amin Rajan gives us a forceful statement of this point inspired by the “current travails at Woodford Asset Management.”Read More


Active Risk Budgeting Gets Consistent Alpha

Jul 28th, 2019 | Filed under: CAPM / Alpha Theory, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations, Finance & Economics

A new paper takes an experimental look at “Active Risk Budgeting,” a method of portfolio construction that looks to build upon older and sometimes passive risk budgeting approaches, adding enough active management to allow the risk budget to change over time. For example, an institution might want its risk budgetRead More


Ramping Up a PE Allocation Over Time

Jul 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Risk management, Equity Types of Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Private Investments

Many investors with long horizons are increasing their allocation to private equity funds: to extract the gains from managerial skill in that field, to reap the illiquidity premium, and simply to diversify. TIAA Endowment & Philanthropic Services has put out a paper on the creation and maintenance of a privateRead More


One Year Left to Run on Critical No-Action Letters for Investment Managers

Jul 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued three no-action letters on the issue of research payments, in light of developments on that issue in Europe in 2017. Specifically, they dealt with the cross-border of Europe’s rules (MiFID II), which were scheduled to take effect, and which did take effect, on Jan.Read More


Quantum Computing Will Mess Up all Expectations

Jul 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Technology, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations

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


Net Performance Reporting: Not Just Arithmetic

Jul 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Operations, Partner accounting, The A.I. Industry, Fees, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

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


Fixing the Sharpe Ratio: A Machine Learning Approach

Jun 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Newly Added, Risk management, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds

The Sharpe ratio has long served as a simple but important item in the due diligence tool kit. Formulated by William F. Sharpe in 1966 and first called the “reward to variability” ratio, the number arises from an investment’s rate of return minus the risk-free rate divided by the standardRead More


Accommodating Ambiguity Aversion in Portfolio Modeling

May 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Newly Added, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

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


A Fintech Revolution in Commercial Real Estate

May 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Technology, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments

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


Oak-and-Tree and Larry Grows… 

Mar 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, What about beta?, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The adaptation to this week’s title harkens back to late 19th century Scotland where this was a play song more popularly known as “Oats and Beans and Barley Grow.” It was a song of action in a time and a place—where most of the wakingRead More


BLACK SWANS, MAJOR EVENTS & FACTOR RETURNS

Mar 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch INTRODUCTION Investors fear black swan events, although it can be argued that this fear is irrational. The black swan theory is a metaphor that describes a surprise event that has a major impact and is often rationalized with hindsight. A recent example would be theRead More


Are Data Scientists the ‘New’ Rockstars?

Mar 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Technology, Operations, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management & Operations

Daniel Hill, a research analyst for the global equity team at William Blair, has written an insightful piece about the hot competition for data scientists underway in the alpha-seeking world today.  Hill begins with the observation that there are lots of different buzzwords, hashtag-worthy words and phrases, at use inRead More


Algorithms Moving into the Bond Markets

Mar 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

Algorithmic trading may fairly be said to have conquered the public equities world, although there are still pockets of resistance and related controversies. The robots have now turned their attention to the bond markets. Bond markets are different from stock markets in a lot of ways, and many of theseRead More


Modeling the Volatility of Crypto Exchange Rates

Jan 31st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Regulatory Environment, Digital currencies, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

GARCH (Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity) models are very useful for estimating the volatility for a lot of more traditional assets (stocks and bonds) and their indices, which is why they’ve been around since the 1980s. But when they’re used for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin they yield incorrect predictions forRead More


Assessing Risk Measurement for a Portfolio of Hedge Funds

Jan 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Risk management, Technology, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Risk Management & Operations

Two scholars, Shubeur Rahman and Ranjan Bhaduri, have in a new paper taken a fresh look at a long-standing dilemma in the alternative investments industry. The question is: how should investors in hedge funds (especially in a multi-asset class, multi-strategy portfolio of hedge funds) measure the market risk inherent inRead More


Dark Pools and the Value of Information

Jan 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Operations, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Risk Management & Operations

Activist hedge funds can always be expected to trade both in lit exchanges and in dark pools, in the course of accumulating the equity stake that in turn will give them sway at an annual meeting or inside the boardroom. That is one inference from a model developed for theRead More


Risks & Rewards: The Future of Finance in Blockchain

Jan 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Technology, Operations, Digital currencies, ETFs, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Emerging Alternative Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

A new article by Dave Dowsett and Heather Wied, both of Invesco, looks at blockchains and the way this new technology, precisely as it divorces itself from its original significance as a feature of the cryptocurrencies, is ready to transform finance. Dowsett and Wied contend that blockchain “offers the possibilityRead More


Leveraging and Enhancing Catastrophe Models

Dec 27th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Operations, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Emerging Alternative Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

I write these words soon after reading the news from Sundra Strait, Indonesia. In recent days, the eruption and collapse of a volcano there has set off a tsunami that in turn has devastated the coastal regions of Banten and Lampung, also in Indonesia. Much time may have to passRead More


10 Years Later: Reflections on the Madoff Meltdown

Dec 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Insolvency, Regulatory Environment, Legislation/Court rulings, Alternative Investments in Context, Business News, The A.I. Industry

It was just about 10 years ago (Dec. 10, 2008) that Bernie Madoff acknowledged to his sons, Mark and Andrew, that he had “absolutely nothing left” of the funds that had been entrusted to him; that the investment fund that bore his name was “just one big lie.” There isRead More


Financialization and the Volatility of Commodity Prices

Dec 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, Industry Size & Managers, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, oil, Energy, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Commodities, Risk Management & Operations

A recent article in the Journal of Risk and Financial Management  takes a fresh look at a familiar issue:  whether the development of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and related instruments tracking the commodities industry (or, in short, the financialization of commodities) has had an impact on the volatility of the pricesRead More