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.
Thinking about how best to design a more robust investment strategy to deal with the prospect of increased volatility becoming the new normal, the best model that comes to mind is from a sporting context: football (or soccer, to most Americans).
In the face of the volatility that largely defined the markets in 2014, it is our goal here at the Enterprising Investor to provide you with practical examinations of current issues in finance and investing. Below is a selection of analyses, advice, and, if nothing else, some simply interesting opinions that address the myriad changes markets have experienced this year.
Investors who are primarily concerned about avoiding permanent losses would do well to analyze mounting fixed income leverage and remember the true meaning of risk.
Up until last week’s wild ride for stocks, volatility had been largely absent from the market, but the cumulative effect of ongoing geopolitical chaos, spreading Ebola anxiety, and uninspiring economic data, combined with the rumored unwinding of some leveraged positions by hedge funds, at least temporarily jolted global equity markets. Complacency was quickly replaced with panic and we got a reminder of what happens when everyone heads for the exit at the same time.
This is the first part of a two-part interview with Nobel Laureate Myron Scholes. In this installment, Scholes shared his perspectives on the Black-Scholes option pricing model, from the motivation and intuition of the original formula to the myriad of extensions.
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