## Modeling Asset Correlation: Theory and Practice

Download PDF Introduction Correlation is a pervasive concept in financial markets. It is studied by investors looking for the most reliable way to hedge their exposure while financial products that offer a directional correlation exposure also became substantially more liquid in recent years. Moreover, the substantial mispricing of correlation risk Read more…

## Liability Driven Investments and their Impact on Financial Markets

Download PDF Introduction The term “Liability Driven Investment”, also known as LDI, covers investment policies with the goal of covering current and future liabilities of the investor. As such, it is not a benchmark-driven investment strategy since it does not need to outperform any benchmark, but rather only needs to Read more…

## Myopic Loss Aversion and the Equity Premium Puzzle

Download PDF Introduction In this article, we are going to summarize “Myopic Loss Aversion and the Equity Premium Puzzle”, published by Shlomo Benartzi and Richard Thaler in 1995. The purpose of revisiting this paper is introducing our readers to the domain of behavioral economics. Behavioural economics is the field of Read more…

## Straddling outside and into earnings

Download PDF Introduction An ATM equity long straddle position is delta neutral. If systematic risk is the only factor predicting expected returns, a delta neutral strategy should have an expected return equal to the risk-free rate. In this article we will review academic literature suggesting that not only is this Read more…

## Hunting for Yield and Equity in the Corporate Hybrids World

Download PDF Introduction By typing “hybrid” in the Google search bar, the first results that come out are hybrid cars and their cutting-edge technology that is revolutionizing the automotive sector. If, on the other hand, the same question is made to a bond trader, the first thought that springs to Read more…

## The IPO Bonanza (Part 1): IPO Fever Grips World Markets in a Binding Clench

Introduction 2018 was a somehow controversial year in IPO terms, with Q1, Q2 and Q3 building a strong momentum for companies to go public, and Q4 eroding the optimism recorded in the preceding timeframe. Unfortunately, 2019 has opened with the same negative outlook, with scheduled IPOs all throughout the world Read more…

## The Green Rush

The “Green rush” is the way in which the media has described the incredible “bull-run” which has characterized the equities engaging in the cannabis sector. In this article we are going to analyze the industry, explaining its history, characteristics and main players. We are going to focus in the later Read more…

## Russian Bear is Back

In this article, we will suggest some reasons to consider an investment in the Russian economy, by first introducing the international economic environment, then the specific Russian economy and finally provide an investment strategy. Why to Invest in Russia? The purpose of the article is to show why an investment Read more…

## What is the Real Value of Greek Banks?

Greek Banking Sector The Greek banking system is built around four large systemic banks, whose summary statistics you can see in the table below. All four banks have undergone a significant restructuring process, whereby both the asset value and the market capitalization went down a lot. In addition, a number Read more…

## Q1 Earnings season – Time to get you some new shorts for the summer

Stocks have risen sharply since 2011, while earnings have lagged Consider this: Since the beginning of 2011 the S&P 500 has risen by more than 60%. On the contrary, aggregate GAAP earnings of the companies included in the index have actually dropped, while Non-GAAP income (a measure that generally smoothes  Read more…

## BSIC Guide to 2016 Financial Markets

2016 is highly likely to be the year when a generation of traders and analysts will play in an environment characterised by rising interest rates (especially, in the US) for the first time in their career. On the other side, however, expansive monetary policies will still be present in most Read more…

## Bitcoin or Bust, Goldman Sachs backs payment startup: Circle

Bitcoin Imagine you could send your money from one part of the world to another in a matter of minutes and without paying outrageous fees to the banks. Bitcoin is an innovative way to do this. It was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 and published as open-source software. Bitcoin Read more…

## Put/call ratio as a guide to market sentiment: the S&P 500 case

Market volatility has increased recently, and also the endless linear trend of the S&P 500 has been marginally affected. Quoting some numbers, the VIX index moved to over 26 in mid-October from a minimum of 10 reached this summer. Volatility is a sign of market nervousness; besides being common during Read more…

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is on track to complete the single largest IPO in history. According to the S-1 filing submitted on the 6th of May, the fast-growing online retail conglomerate is expecting to fetch from $15bn to$20bn in exchange for a 12% stake, making it potentially larger then Read more…