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A new empirical paper compares methods for estimating “beta”, i.e. the sensitivity of individual asset prices to changes in a broad market benchmark. It...

External imbalances and FX returns

Hedge ratios of international investment positions have increased over past decades, spurred by regulation and expanding derivative markets. This has given rise to predictable...

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A truly global and long-term (116 years) data set for both successful and failed financial markets shows that equity has delivered positive long-term performance...

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Identifying asset price bubbles

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The downside variance risk premium

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FX returns and external balances

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Fake alpha

Statistical alpha can be divided into fake alpha, which is a premium for non-directional systematic risk, and true alpha, which reflects the quality of the...

Endogenous market risk: updated primer

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FX carry trade crashes

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