Practical analysis for investment professionals


Is the Stock Market’s Smoothest Ride Priced Like a Cadillac?

Low-volatility stocks appear to provide an answer to individual investors’ concerns with empirical support showing that they tend to outperform the broader market, on average, over time. But appearances can be deceiving.

Financial Innovation: Helpful or Harmful to Markets?

The legacy of financial innovation was the subject of a recent panel discussion, where three leading practitioners assessed some of the most widely debated innovations of our time, including high-frequency trading, dark pools trading venues, and the Dutch auction model for initial public offerings.

Fixed Income ETFs: A Primer

At the recent Fixed-Income Management Conference 2012, BlackRock’s Matthew Tucker, CFA, managing director and head of the firm's iShares Fixed Income Strategy team, delivered a valuable primer on fixed-income exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Book Review: Super Sectors

This book provides a highly accessible and pragmatic approach to the subject of investment vehicles. For the relative newcomer to active investing, it offers several nuggets of useful information. For veteran system developers interested in further honing their trading acumen, it serves as a refresher of key concepts.

Is Jack Bogle Right? Are ETFs Destabilizing the Market?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which offer investors diversification and liquidity at a low cost, have exploded in popularity in recent years and now represent a $1 trillion global market. Morningstar estimates that ETFs now account for at least a third… READ MORE ›

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