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Not all market participants respond to changing conditions instantaneously, not even in the FX market. Private investors in particular can take a long while...

A brief history of quantitative equity strategies

Understanding quantitative equity investments means understanding a significant portion of market positions. Motivated by the apparent failure of the capital asset pricing model and...

Predicting equity volatility with return dispersion

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The scarcity of Japanese government bonds

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Equity index futures returns: lessons of 2000-2018

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Endogenous market risk

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What variance swaps tell us about risk premia

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The dangerous disregard for fat tails in quantitative finance

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