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The Problem With Structured Notes

  • July 27th, 2015

Over the past decade, structured investment products, also known as equity- or index-linked notes, have become increasingly common in the portfolios of retail investors. In 2013 alone, more than $40 billion in structured notes were issued. And this is not just a U.S. phenomenon. A 2009 study by Marc Rieger and Thorsten Hens found that…

The Truth About The Carry Trade

  • July 27th, 2015

One of the more popular strategies pursued by hedge funds is the currency carry trade. The strategy involves borrowing (going short) a currency with a relatively low interest rate and then using the proceeds to purchase (going long) a currency yielding a higher interest rate, thus capturing the interest differential. The strategy can be “enhanced”…

Liquidity Premium Diminishing

  • July 27th, 2015

Liquidity can be described as the ability to trade a large number of investments quickly, at low costs and when you want to. Because it is a priced risk, liquidity and its associated price effects are an important aspect of financial markets. In illiquid markets, such as the private equity market, discounts are large and…

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