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The LIBOR Fixing Scandal Gets a Conviction and a Book

Aug 9th, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies, Derivatives, Forex

When it all hit the fan, U.S. investigators in particular (the Brits somewhat less so) came to see Hayes as a mastermind behind its digestive generation. But Arvedlund seeks in her new book on the Libor Rigging scandal to place the role Hayes played in context. Read More

Top Hedge Fund Managers: They Aren’t Wizards, but They Are Masters

May 28th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Seekers, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Real Estate

For Faille, the stand-out essay in this collection of case studies, from CNBC's Maneet Ahuja, concerns Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner, of the Avenue Capital Group. As Myron Scholes says in his afterword to this volume, Lasry and Gardner take returns from those whose demand for liquidity makes them willing to give them up. Read More

Tavakoli on Death, an Industry’s Culture, and Decisions

Apr 29th, 2015 | Filed under: Derivatives, Risk management

Bill Broeksmit, with whom Tavakoli worked closely at the interest-rate swaps desk at Merrill Lynch in the late 1980s, killed himself in January 2014. The manner of this death, and the circumstances surrounding it, give this book even more gravitas than would a global financial crisis or two. Read More

Recent Russian Investment History: Misty Water-Colored Memories

Feb 8th, 2015 | Filed under: Emerging markets, Frontier markets, Hedge Fund Strategies

William Browder's new book, Red Notice, is a fascinating window into the recent history of Russia, both when Yeltsin (and at first Putin) welcomed foreign investment and then when things turned very ugly for those investors. Read More

Capital Markets, Derivatives and the Law

Nov 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Derivatives, Legislation/Court rulings

Alan Rechtschaffen quotes two definitions of "moral hazard" in this book. The first, from Ben Bernanke, seems to get the book off to a rather awkward start. The second, from Zachary Gubler much later on, represents something of a recovery. Read More

Death of the Dollar: Consequences Worldwide

Aug 21st, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Gold, Hard metals

Rickards' new book expands on some of the themes of his 2011 publication, Currency Wars. The new book is, specifically, about the end of a particular phase in the history of money, the reserve significance of the U.S. dollar. Read More

Windfall: a Book on the Rise of the Climate Investor Class

Aug 6th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Climate change, Energy, Social investing

Guest columnist Doug Friedenberg reviews "Windfall," and looks at the potential for investing in a changing climate.Read More

Contexts for Population Growth, U.S. and China Co-Dependence, Fracking

May 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Agriculture, Emerging markets

What is the big picture for these authors? Are China and the U.S. trading places, so that China will have a middle class and the U.S. won’t? No. What is happening is a bit more subtle than that. Read More

A Plea to the Retail Investors

Jun 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Commodities, CTA, Hedge Fund Strategies, Retail Investing

This book, The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments that Drive the World's Best-Performing Portfolios is an appeal to the retail investor, to those author Bob Rice calls "typical investors," passing along the good news that they are no longer "stuck with the children's menu of investment options."Read More

Hedge Funds as Metaphor: And Not in a Good Way

Apr 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds

One take-away from David Stockman's new best selling book is that the phrase "hedge fund" may well be on its way beyond descriptive significance. In the public realm, a "hedge fund" is now as much a metaphor as is a "Trojan horse." It is becoming a metaphor for any institution's failure to hedge. Read More

A Fresh Look at Track Records and Risk

Nov 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Risk management

In Jack Schwager's view, the hedge fund industry as a whole is not a "mirage" at all. But relying on the past track record of specific funds or strategies: that is a dangerous reliance upon a mirage. Perhaps suggest that Grandma should put her nest egg in a diversified fund of funds.Read More

Risk Budgeting: Newer Approaches than the ‘New Approach’ of 2000

Oct 10th, 2012 | Filed under: Risk management

It is not simply that VaR as classically formulated presumes a Bell curve with the very narrow tails that implies (although that is one of Stephen Rahl's criticisms in his contribution to this book, it is by now pretty much everybody's criticism). Other problems are: that VaR treats the past as the guarantor of the future, and that it arbitrarily identifies variance with risk.Read More

Poisoning the Goose while Taking its Alpha Eggs

Jul 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading

What happened after decimalization? Spreads did fall, but these authors say that “displayed liquidity at the National Best Bid and Offer” also fell, at least in part because there were 100 price points for each dollar now, where once there had been eight or 16, so limit orders no longer come in clusters. This in turn made “pinging and sniffing for order flow” a lot easier, heralding the rise of the sort of algorithmic trading that is to the ordinary retail investor what a hawk is to a mouse. Read More

McMansions Aren’t Bank Accounts: Now What?

Mar 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Real Estate

The authors of a new book from the Milken Institute contend that one factor working against the recovery of the housing market in the U.S. is that the residential finance system is almost entirely a ward of the federal government, "a situation that cannot be indefinitely sustained without seriously damaging monetary stability and the prospects for a return to long-term growth," they write. It is imperative, these authors believe, that the United States get its private investors involved again in the financing of housing.Read More

Yes, the Bubble Burst: That’s What Bubbles Do

Mar 7th, 2012 | Filed under:

The lending encouraged by the monetary policies of a Greenspan or a Bernanke “was bound to put money into the hands of people who didn’t know what to do with it,” writes the author of a new book. The consequences of such lax policies are what we have witnessed since 2007. Bubbles eventually burst, simply because that is what bubbles do. It is better to stop blowing them than to look about for a needle to blame for the prick.Read More