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  • Week In Review: February 16, 2018

    • Friday, February 16, 2018

    The Story of Mankind "In the past, pension funds, endowments and family offices pursued relatively safe investments. After interest rates collapsed on the heels of the financial crisis, they ran into challenges paying pensioners and filling university budgets, and added riskier bets on hedge funds and venture capital in the hopes of winning better returns. "More recently, some of these investors also made big, unpublicized wagers seeking to benefit from what had been an unusually long period of low volatility, according to pension-fund consultants and others who deal with these institutions. The strategies, often involving the writing of complicated options contracts, were for years a source of easy money. Markets hadn't been so calm since the 1950s." - The Wall Street Journal

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  • Week InAdvance: February 12, 2018

    • Monday, February 12, 2018

    Mon Feb 12 CFTC staff at K.I.S.S. forum. World Government Summit in Dubai. | Wed Feb 14 CFTC's tech panel meets. G20 data gaps meeting in Paris. | Thu Feb 15 Chinese New Year celebrations begin. | Fri Feb 16 Reinventing Bretton Woods conference in Macedonia.

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  • Week InReview: February 9, 2018

    • Friday, February 9, 2018

    In case you missed it . . . Spotlight is on ETF problem children after volatility blowup - More than 400 ETPs use derivatives to generate outsized returns; 'the greatest disasters in finance made the same mistakes' (Feb 8) A map to the underworld: $2 trillion of volatility trades here - Products tied to market swings put in spotlight amid selloff; inverse VIX ETPs grew in popularity with short-vol trade (Feb 7) A warning sign behind the market swings - The economy is still abnormally dependent on low interest rates and richly priced assets (Feb 7) Bond market's debt-ceiling alarm bell is ringing loud and clear - In the $2 trillion Treasury-bill market, where the U.S. government turns for short-term funding, investors are showing they're plenty nervous about the approaching deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling (Feb 4) This SEC rule makes no sense for big banks - The automatic bar from private placements is a wild non sequitur (Feb 4)

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