Conference report

A New Look at Last Year’s Conference Board White Paper on Governance

Jul 27th, 2015 | Filed under: Best Practices, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Conference report, Corporate governance, Today's Post

Last year the Conference Board asked itself several questions germane to corporate governance. They were good questions. The odd thing about the report was the way the greybeards involved simply threw up their hands rather than trying to answer any of them.

Delivering Alpha Highlights: Part Two

Jul 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Seekers, Alpha Strategies, Conference report, Hedge Fund Strategies, Today's Post

Low interest rates and record equity valuations together mean that companies can use either stock swaps or borrowed cash or a combination of the two, to buy one another. Further, corporate executives infer that they have to keep buying in order not to become a target themselves.

Delivering Alpha Highlights: Part One

Jul 19th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Seekers, Alpha Strategies, Conference report, Corporate governance, Currencies, ETFs, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Today's Post

Larry Fink is "deeply worried" that the combination of share repo with high-yield debt is "one of the reasons why we have a below trend-line economy. We're not investing in the future as much as we should." Carl Icahn, predictably, has a very different view of what ails us.

Gazelles, Exports, and Infrastructure: A View from the UK

Mar 11th, 2015 | Filed under: Conference report, Infrastructure, Today's Post

The Confederation of British Industry has taken a look at some of the issues that do and should concern investors in the industries of those islands. Among much else, the CBI wants the government to kick-start the private placement market. And to worry more about infrastructure.

Big Data and Other Trends to Influence Hedge Funds in 2015

Nov 17th, 2014 | Filed under: Conference report, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Technology, Today's Post

Big Data makes possible new ranges of inferences, and gives value to new skill sets. There will continue to be plenty of roles for human beings in recognizing the shadows cast by the intense light emitted by new technologies.

Controlling your Inner Lobster: Climate Investment Update

Feb 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Conference report, Institutional Investing, Social investing, Today's Post

Roving columnist at-large Douglas Friedenberg reports on the Investor Summit on Climate Risk, NYC.

Anti-Fragility: South African Central Banker on Dollar and Rand

Dec 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Conference report, Emerging markets, Forex, Today's Post

It is certainly true that a lot of foreign-denominated debt would worsen prospects for South Africa. But even in the absence of such a trap: can a nation boast of anti-fragility (or even, more aptly, of robustness) simply because it has the option of devaluation?

Asia’s Stories: Equities, Wages, Exports

Jun 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Conference report, Today's Post

The average wage rate in China and to a lesser extent in Thailand has been surging, especially in the period since about 2006. The average wage in China (by month) was about US$100 in 1999. It was twice that by 2006, and at present is above US$500.

The Good, the Bad, and the Onions: Part Two

Dec 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Commodities, Conference report, Today's Post

A speaker from the DG Internal Market and Services, EC, Jasper Jorritsma, knew that he was in the midst of a group, both on the panel and in the broader audience, that was largely skeptical of much of what is involved in MiFID II. Indeed, he seemed to relish a sort of Daniel-in-the-lion's-Den role.

The Good, the Bad, and the Onions: Part One

Dec 10th, 2012 | Filed under: Commodities, Conference report, Today's Post

As one of the participants in a conference in London last week said, running a traditional exchange was largely a matter of extracting rents, and with changes in technology and the economic environment it will be difficult going forward for exchanges to continue without changes in their model.

John Bogle, Topsy Co-Founder Rishab Ghosh Speak at Bloomberg Conference

Mar 13th, 2012 | Filed under: Conference report, Today's Post attends and reports on a Bloomberg "Manager Mash-up." Vanguard's John Bogle tells a few "truths" and Topsy Founder Rishab Ghosh talks Twitter.

Nouriel Roubini to World: Probably We’re F****d. The Good News: Maybe Not ALL of Us, Only the Folks in Really Developed Economies

Oct 10th, 2011 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Conference report, Institutional Investing, Today's Post

By Doug Friedenberg We attended a recent meeting put on by Pershing for their prime brokerage clients at which Nouriel Roubini spoke about the near-term prospects for your favorite world, Earth, from an economic point of view.   On a positive note, no large asteroids are currently headed our way, although another prominent economist, Paul Krugman, […]

Alpha Hunter Bob Swarup: A World of Wobbling Dominoes

Jul 31st, 2011 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints Columns, Conference report, Today's Post

Dr. Bob Swarup, of CAIA, and a Partner of Pension Corporation LLP, in London, was the keynote speaker at the Emerging Managers Forum on July 7. He presented “The Outlook for Alternatives in Today’s Economic Environment.”

Film, Music, Fashion and Light Shows / Movie Stars Wanted, Nerds Need Apply

Jun 16th, 2011 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints Columns, Conference report, Today's Post

Hamlin Lovell reports from The Battle of the Quants 2011.