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04
OCT
2013

Investing would suffer without derivatives

A ‘finance-fiction’ study – What would be the consequences of banning derivatives from the asset management industry? In a finance-fiction study called “The Unintended Consequences of Banning Derivatives in Asset Management”, Alessandro Beber, Finance professor at Cass...
16
OCT
2013
Happy invesotor

‘We want coaching,’ say high-fliers

I offer coaching services to a very limited number of clients. I have seen more demand for this service often from firms wanting traders hand held in their early stages of trading or help with ‘off form’ traders. Acceptance of coaching in the professional trading area...
28
OCT
2013

Kuwait bourse to launch derivatives trading next year

Oct 28 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s stock exchange plans to launch derivatives trading in the first half of 2014 using its new Nasdaq-backed trading system, a senior stock exchange official told Reuters. Kuwait’s bourse, one of the oldest in the Gulf region, launched...
30
OCT
2013

What’s Wrong With Economics?

The question of whether mainstream (neoclassical) economics as a discipline is fit for purpose is well-trodden ground, particularly on the internet. However, popular debates often focus on either policies or on specific theories, instead of economist’s approach as a whole....
22
NOV
2013
Intelligent Trader

Bob Farrell’s 10 Investing Rules

I don’t usually recommend people’s investment rules as they are often just a list of snappy platitudes – buy low, sell high – and of no value. These though come from one of the founders of the Market Technicians Association. The commentary is very good and...
22
NOV
2013
Terminal Down

89 percent of the $11.51 billion of gains in 63 managed-futures funds went to fees, commissions and expenses

In the $337 billion managed-futures market, return-robbing fees like those are common. According to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and compiled by Bloomberg, 89 percent of the $11.51 billion of gains in 63 managed-futures funds went to fees,...
07
DEC
2013

Everyone likes Warren Buffett – computers can now trade like him

Everyone likes Warren Buffett. Value investing, buy and hold, Cherry Coke, the whole schtick is so wholesome and appealing and throwbacky. Saying “Warren Buffett’s investment process is really just over-weighting a couple of statistical factors and levering them 1.6...
09
DEC
2013

Women tend to make better investments than men

Terry Odean, a University of California professor, has studied stock picking by gender for more than two decades. A seven-year study found single female investors outperformed single men by 2.3 percent, female investment groups outperformed male counterparts by 4.6 percent and...
16
DEC
2013

New trails for RRG on Bloomberg

You can open RRG on your Bloomberg with the region, period, peers and more by using a trail in the command line. For example: RRG <REGION> will open with the default for the region RRG <COUNTRY> will open with the default for the country RRG SEC will open run on the...
28
DEC
2013
Bad Santa

Avoid Economists this Christmas

‘If you put two economists in a room, you get two opinions, unless one of them is Lord Keynes, in which case you get three.’ As Winston Churchill noted, economists rarely agree on anything. And the topic of Christmas should be no different. Here is our guide to the macroeconomics...