Michael Woodford, former president and CEO of Olympus Corporation, was controversially fired after revealing widespread company fraud. Woodford recounts his experience and discusses the role and perception of whistleblowers today.
For years, researchers have used historical returns as proxies for estimating equity risk premium. This approach is problematic, however, because the resulting estimates don't vary from one year to the next, even though equity market returns can be wildly divergent from year to year. Katsunari Yamaguchi, CFA, has developed a new method for estimating equity premiums.
Ng Kok Song, former group chief investment officer of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), and Jason Voss, CFA, discuss an increasingly meaningful tool in the investment toolkit: meditation.
Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise and founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, explains how to differentiate between “signal” and “noise,” and discusses the danger of false signals, in a recent Take 15 interview with Lauren Foster.
Is Chinese economic data reliable? Carsten Holz, professor of economics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, discusses common misconceptions about China’s GDP figures and its future economic outlook.
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LCH says it has not seen a shift in euro-denominated clearing to the Continent, despite predictions the move would occur after Brexit. But EuroCCP CEO Cecile Nagel says, "The direction of travel is clear: There is going to be ongoing effort to drive more activity into Continental Europe." The Trade (UK) (20 Feb.)
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is increasing surveillance of whether financial institutions are ready to deal with risk posed by climate change by stress-testing climate resilience. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of Australia is trying to understand the "full dimensionality" of the economic impact from climate change. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (20 Feb.)
A study by Capco shows banks, custodians and buy-side firms need to find $97 billion in untapped assets to comply with EU and US regulatory requirements. These requirements have increased in recent years, and "while firms still need to focus on efficiencies and optimization, they will also need to tap previously neglected or unrecognized pools of collateral," Capco partner James Arnett says. The Trade (UK) (20 Feb.)
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