Equity alpha through volatility targeting

Volatility targeting has historically enhanced the statistical alpha of standard equity strategies. That is because volatility is more predictable in the short-term than returns....

Understanding collateral runs

In normal financial runs lenders want their money back. In collateral runs borrowers want their collateral back. In today’s highly collateralized financial system the...

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Options-implied volatility of U.S. equity prices is measured by the volatility index, VIX. Options-implied volatility of volatility is measured by the volatility-of-volatility index, VVIX....

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A CGFS report highlights the pressure of a ‘low for long’ interest rate environment on life insurance companies and defined-benefit pension funds. This pressure...

Seasonal effects in commodity futures curves

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