Will Morrison is manager, business analytics and reporting, at CFA Institute. Previously, he was an engineer at GE, specializing in robotic path planning. Morrison has earned the Claritas Investment Certificate. He holds a BA in computer science from Goucher College, a BS in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a masters of systems engineering from the University of Virginia.
Does volatility drag actually exist? Like so many myths, there is a kernel of truth. But the interpretation that volatility is an active force, “pulling” down returns and costing you money, is simply not correct.
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Counterpoint has introduced an exchange-traded fund that buys ETFs that invest in US high-yield corporate debt and Treasurys maturing in three to seven years. The CP High Yield Trend ETF is linked to the CP High Yield Trend Index, which gives exposure to high-yield corporate bonds while minimizing risk during volatility. ETF Trends (23 Jan.)
The US Justice Department and state attorneys general will meet next week to exchange information on investigations into whether Google engages in monopolistic behavior, sources say. The discussion reportedly could lead to collaboration by the groups. Reuters (26 Jan.)
The European Central Bank's regulatory arm has signaled a more flexible approach to bank consolidations, sources say. "Somewhere in the back of their minds, the ECB realizes that the negative-rates environment is weighting on profitability of the banks, and they need to do something about it," Axiom Alternative Investments research chief Jerome Legras says. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (26 Jan.)
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