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‘Expectations Will Increase’ On E(E)SG
Environmental, employment, social, and governance measurement expectations will increase because stockholders want to “view these issues across companies and industries,” a viewing that requires comparable data by all relevant public companies.
The Inflation-Deflation Debate And Its Implication For Asset Allocation
One of the key questions facing investors at the moment is whether inflation or deflation represents the bigger risk for the coming years.
Variance Risk Premium: What Premium?
Investing is akin to fighting in the forever war. There are long periods of peace and prosperity, but investors are frequently drawn into short-term combat, extended battles, and multi-year wars.
Pursuing Diversification With Cryptocurrencies
If there is one thing that 2020 has shown the investment world, it is that this decade will certainly not be like the last.
Has The Corona Virus Helped To Erode The Hype Around Artificial Intelligence?
According to a recent WSJ article, many companies have just discovered that AI is not some kind of magic sauce that could be poured over any business process to transform it into a money making machine.
Volatility Forecasting Across The Financial Markets
Volatility is generally accepted as the best measure of market risk and volatility forecasting is used in many different applications across the industry.
Oil Prices Went Where?
Last week marked the first time oil prices broke below zero. How did this happen and what are the implications for crude markets in the short, medium, and long-term? The entire oil market runs the risk of normalizing much faster than anyone realizes.
Machine Learning, Quant Models, And ESG Factors: Who Uses Them And What Data Do They Mine?
Investments in funds employing ESG considerations at some point in their investment process are growing worldwide, but at a slower pace in the US.
The Unmasking Of ESG
The US stimulus plans are long on tax relief and low-interest loans with no contingencies for any action related to climate or any other matters tied to ESG.
Puzzles Or Legos? Building A Private Equity Allocation From Scratch
Private equity investing requires patience. Just like LEGOs or puzzles, investing in private equity has a lot of “moving parts,” but building a solid framework is a good starting point.
If You Don’t Want ‘Bragging Rights’ You Can Get Alpha Done
The quarterly investor report of VCapital Management Company looks at the opportunities for attractive returns for investors. It argues that alpha is to be found in the Midwest in two industries: healthcare/biomedical and intellectual property.
Biofuels And Deforestation: A CSR/ESG Cautionary Tale
Palm oil has become a cautionary tale for corporate social responsibility, because this is an instance in which an asset once considered important in the move toward a sustainable post-fossil-fuel economy has come to be seen, as in fact a liability.
EC Taleb: What Size Tail Does The Smart Money Bet On?
Statistician/philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb critiques “behavioral” economics and finance as he looks at the differences between “binary forecasts” and “real world payoffs,” in a recent paper for the International Journal of Forecasting.
Fossil Fuel: Divestment By The Numbers
If you are going to invest in part for environmental reasons, and especially for reasons related to climate change, carbon emissions, etc., there are several ways to do this.
How Expensive Are ESG Stocks?
Europeans seem far more focused on the environment than Americans. It is therefore not surprising that 46% of European investors have allocated to ESG, compared with only 28% of Americans, according to survey results from JP Morgan.
Share Buybacks Or Composite Equity Issuance?
Even though factor investing is widely supported in academia and investment practice, forecasting and harvesting factor returns remains challenging for various reasons. One signal that has received more than a little attention is share buybacks.
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