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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The Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected a bitcoin exchange-traded fund from Wilshire Phoenix, saying the firm had failed to prove manipulation is avoidable in the bitcoin market. SEC member Hester Peirce dissented, saying that the SEC unfairly applies a higher standard to bitcoin products and that "no filing will meet the ever-shifting standards that this commission insists on applying to bitcoin-related products -- and only to bitcoin-related products." CoinDesk (UK) (26 Feb.)
The European Banking Federation is preparing to ask EU officials to keep politics out of banking and to ensure post-Brexit ties between the EU and the UK run smoothly. The federation is working on a document to illustrate how equivalence could "avoid fragmentation in European financial markets," spokesman Raymond Frenken says. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (26 Feb.)
Money managers are concerned by a European Commission suggestion that a ban on bundled research and transaction payments under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive be amended to exempt small and midsize businesses. "I think it would be a danger to consider exempting some parts of the market from those rules, as that will only create further unintended consequences," Federated Hermes investment manager Eoin Murray says. Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (24 Feb.)
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