The last week was light on news from the podcasting world, so Tadas Viskanta jumps right into his selections, with entries touching on high-frequency trading (HFT), crowdfunding's impact on real estate, and David Simon's journey from newspaper reporter to one of the most celebrated television writers and producers.
In this week's Essential Listening podcasts, Alex Dalmady talks about detecting financial fraud and Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham discusses the increasingly prominent role of start-up accelerators in the venture capital space.
Looking for something to listen to? Among others, this week features discussions of the global volatility premium, progress towards a humane restaurant industry, and how an Irish cattle farmer became a leading expert on the global economy.
A team of researchers set about investigating the role of volatility premiums in institutional investment portfolios. Their simulations showed that modest allocations to short volatility exposure have the potential to enhance long-term returns. One of the researchers, William Fallon, spoke with Pat Light about these new insights.
Among the podcasts in Tadas Viskanta's latest roundup, Michael Covel interviews Nobel Prize–winning economist Angus Deaton and Barry Ritholtz talks to Mohamed El-Erian about the state of the world economy.
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WisdomTree has brought to NYSE Arca an exchange-traded fund that buys stocks of companies that do business primarily through online platforms or marketplaces. The companies can be based anywhere, but all shares purchased by the WisdomTree Modern Tech Platforms Fund must be traded on a US or European exchange. ETF (22 May.)
The European Central Bank wants Banca Carige closed, rather than rescued by Italy, if a buyer cannot be found, sources say. The Italian government has rejected the option and has not ruled out a precautionary recapitalization. Reuters (22 May.)
Investors are concerned a lack of detail concerning compliant indexes in the European Securities and Markets Authority's public register of benchmark administrators will make compliance with benchmark rules difficult. Risk (subscription required) (23 May.)
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