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Archive for January, 2014


RISK MANAGEMENT

Well, its bit old actually, but it is still good:blog

Safety is a product, not a process.

It is being said in the industrial accident context. I’ll let the Ranter explain! through his blog.

In general, effective safety measures are usually something you do, and scattering costly “devices” around an unchanged process is a classic failure mode. Not least because they might instil a false sense of safety and lead people to take risks… Continue reading

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Europe finally has agreed on the terms of MiFID II, extending its regulatory reach into fixed income, FX, OTC trading and blogcommodity speculation. Here are seven details you need to know as implementation begins.

We still have technical meetings to go through to finalize details, so the complete text is unlikely to be available until won or close to January 27, but here is what we understand so far:

1.  HFT will be restricted through greater testing of algorithms, but there will be no 500 m/s rule.

  • Final organizational requirements for investment firms engaged in algorithmic trading have been passed to ESMA Technical Guidelines for greater analysis concerning the risks potentially raised by technology-advanced trading practices.  Continue reading

Dr. David Murphy of the Deus ex Machiatto blog has published a comprehensive book on clearing of OTC derivatives (OTC blogDerivatives, Bilateral Trading and Central Clearing, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). I was surprised that the author information on the book cover flap does not mention the blog at all but gives prominence to his having been head of risk at ISDA..

The book presents a balanced discussion of most issues while of course leaning towards the ISDA view of things. Many of the arguments in the book against the clearing mandate would be familiar to those who read the Streetwise Professor blog. Yet, I need to read the book completely the information sharing is from the extract.

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For the true connoisseur, the finest expression of the art comes when a high-profile investor identifies a bubble, perhaps even blogmakes money out of it, exits in time – and then gets sucked back in only to lose everything in the resultant bust.

An early example is the case of Sir Isaac Newton and the South Sea Company, which was established in the early 18th Century and granted a monopoly on trade in the South Seas in exchange for assuming England’s war debt.

Investors warmed to the appeal of this monopoly and the company’s shares began their rise.

Britain’s most celebrated scientist was not immune to the monetary charms of the South Sea Company, and in early 1720 he profited handsomely from his stake. Having cashed in his chips, he then watched with some perturbation as stock in the company continued to rise. Continue reading

Mutual Fund Selection

I do not write much on personal finance, and I doubt how many investors have the visibility on these 7 factors to invest in the blogmutual funds.

Seven Factors to Consider:

  1. Management Stability: If you find a great manager, hang on to them. Top managers usually continue to perform better in up and down markets, because they have the stability and experience to stay focused on their objective. Let them work for you and enjoy the stability.
  2. Management Participation: The management team of a great mutual fund usually invests heavily in their own fund. If it is good enough for their money, you can expect that they have a vested interest in taking care of yours. Continue reading

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