ESG Issue Series: Supply Chain
For any manufacturer, the importance of understanding risks in their supply chain is clear. Whether it is logistics, disruption, sourcing or quality issues, businesses know that globalization means reliance on supply chains. Monitoring and evaluation of supply chains is a complex process that typically is not noticed by end customers if it runs well.
Webinar – OIC – The Covered Combination
How ASU 2016-01 Impacts Invested Capital and OCI
Some Inconvenient Truths About Income
Webinar – TABB Group – Structured Returns Using Options on Futures
Earnings Data Is Wrong & Why it Can Cost You Money
The Facts About Buybacks
Before we debate the merits of buybacks, it is important to understand what they are. Profitable companies generate excess cash on a regular basis. They have a variety of options for what to do with it. They can reinvest it back in their business. They can just keep it in the bank. They can buy other companies with it . They can pay down debt. They can pay dividends. They can also buy back their own stock.
In the Know: Finding Value Among US Microcap Stocks
Webinar – IUR – Seeking Income with TLT ETF Options
Webinar – SGX – Leverage your Investment Return with Daily Leverage Certificates listed on SGX
Five Questions: Tackling Some of the Toughest Questions in Investing with Michael Mauboussin
There are many skills that can benefit you as an investor. Being smart is certainly an asset, although it can also get you in trouble if you don’t know your limitations. The ability to control your emotions is also a huge plus. But I think the most important skill may be the ability to think critically.
Introduction to Margin Trading
Federal Funds Rate: Decisions and Discussion
Webinar – Direxion – Introduction to Leveraged & Inverse ETFs
The Rise of Company-Sponsored Research Benefits Neither Investors Nor Companies
Of all the ills the market has blamed MiFID II for, the drop in research diversity and quality is up there in the rankings. But is company-sponsored research the answer? Specifically, a large part of the consensus has focused on the drop in quality and quantity of research on small- and mid-cap firms.
Five Questions: Factor Timing with Nicolas Rabener
Factor timing is a pretty controversial topic in the quantitative investing world. On one hand, we are all taught that we should buy low and sell high, so it seems intuitive to add exposure to factors that are out of favor. But in reality, it isn’t that simple and factor timing is much more difficult than it would seem in theory.
Q&A: Why Bond ETFs Use Sampling to Replicate an Index
As I discussed in previous blogs, index tracking methodology for equities can be constructed using either a full replication (where an ETF holds all of the securities that make up the index in their respective weights) or optimization (where an ETF holds a subset of securities that closely resemble the index.) Index tracking methodology for fixed income ETFs can be full replication as well, but it can also work a little differently by using a sampling strategy.
The Barriers to Investing in Private Equity Are Too High
Why Alternative Data Is the Latest Power Tool on the Investor’s Belt
Alternative data is nothing new in the world of finance. Analysts and industry watchers have always relied on non-financial inputs that have an impact on financial developments. The weather, spending habits, fashion trends, popular hangouts, social unrest: Any one and all of those datasets can affect economic activity and gives analysts context on top of traditional financial information, like a company’s earnings or market data.
Using Fixed Income ETFs In Portfolio Construction
Trading Around the World
Advisors Need to Bring Clients’ Kids into the Conversation
Parents are looking for guidance on how to talk to their children about money. Retirement Director Ben Rizzuto explains how advisors can address this need while establishing themselves as the family’s primary wealth manager – all without putting their other client relationships at risk.