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 European Central Bank's widely anticipated move toward tapering its bond-buying scheme looks likely to have a considerable effect on emerging economies, which hold record levels of euro debt, and could hamper those economies' recent rally. However, the effect is unlikely to equal the "taper tantrum" that wiped half a trillion dollars off the MSCI Emerging Markets Index when the Federal Reserve proposed a similar move in 2013. Reuters (21 Aug.)
China's Great Wall Motor said it wants to buy the US Jeep brand. However, Fiat Chrysler, which owns Jeep, said it hasn't been approached with a proposal. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (21 Aug.)
Some expect Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to use her speech at the Jackson Hole, Wyo., economic symposium to announce further interest-rate increases, contrary to market expectations, and an October start to shrink the central bank's balance sheet. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (21 Aug.)
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