February 2012

Do Buy-Side Investment Recommendations Add Value?

Are Buy Side Investment Analysts Worth Their Salt?

Large sample studies of buy-side investment recommendations have been virtually impossible to execute due to a lack of data. But a new research paper relies on a novel data set compiled by the private social networking website SumZero to show that buy-side stock picks influence asset prices by bringing new information to the marketplace. The authors also find evidence of “wealth transfers” flowing from the broader institutional marketplace to the investment firms represented on SumZero. Read more

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Volatility Harvesting: From Theory to Practice

Volatility Harvesting

We’ve all heard the old adage that diversification is the only free lunch in investing, but Paul Bouchey, CFA, debunked that notion at the CFA Institute Wealth Management 2012 conference in Miami. To be clear, Bouchey did not challenge the notion that we can reduce risk without sacrificing return through diversification. He did, however, call out another free lunch — volatility harvesting. Read more

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Derivatives Roundup: Simple, But Not Simpler

Derivatives

Could the derivatives market finally be listening to Albert Einstein? As you may recall, Einstein famously stated, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler,” and according to the Reuters article “Simple Options Thrive in Risky World,” that is exactly what is happening. Simple, plain vanilla options that hedge risk are beating out the more exotic, custom-designed option structures. Read more

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