Underperformance rife among active mutual fund managers

Almost all active fund managers fail to outperform the market once fees are extracted from returns, according to new research from Cass Business School.

Updated: 09/02/2017
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Momentum Investing and Asset Allocation

Author(s):

Andrew Clare

Topic:
Finance

Professor Andrew Clare reports on the Centre for Asset Management Research's work investigating how a momentum-based investment strategy could lead to higher returns and help improve risk-return trade off.

Updated: 09/02/2017
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Views: 6,861

Credit Suisse and Cass Business School Launch New Multi-Asset Indices

Credit Suisse has launched a series of investable indices designed to provide an efficient and cost-effective way to gain exposure to a multi-asset class investment strategy. The Trend Master Index series uses a trend-following strategy developed in collaboration with leading academics at Cass Business School to offer equity-like returns with significantly-reduced volatility.

Updated: 06/01/2015
Comments: 58
Views: 9,036

The Trend is our Friend: Risk Parity, Momentum and Trend Following in Global Asset Allocation

An examination of the effectiveness of applying a trend following methodology to global asset allocation between equities, bonds, commodities and real estate.

Updated: 09/02/2017
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Views: 15,120

Challenge and Opportunity - The impact of the RDR on the UK's market for financial advice

Author(s):

Andrew Clare

 et al.
Topic:
Finance

After a development period of six years, the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) was completed on 31 December 2012. The implementation of RDR will usher in several important changes to the financial advice landscape. Cass Business School and BNY Mellon have collaborated on a study to examine the consequences of RDR on the adviser community; one of the first on this topic.

Updated: 22/07/2013
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The Sale of Price Information by Stock Exchanges: Does it Promote Price Discovery?

An essential function of securities markets is to discover asset values. The function is critical for an efficient allocation of capital in the economy, as better price discovery in the stock market translates into better capital allocation decisions. For this reason, regulators and academics often see the maximisation of price discovery as an extremely important goal. Market design depends in large part on the decisions of stock exchanges and stock exchanges themselves are now for-profit firms. Their income derives from trading revenues and increasingly from the sale of information on prices. In this paper, we show that the efficiency of price discovery is, among other factors, determined by the fee charged by exchanges for price information.

Updated: 06/03/2013
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A Simple Method for Estimating the Marketability Discount of Large Blocks of Shares

Author(s):

Enrique Schroth

 et al.
Topic:
Finance

An inherent difficulty in estimating the value of large blocks of shares is the need to account for their limited marketability. To date, there are no estimates of the marketability discount that explicitly take into account the illiquidity of the market for corporate control. In this article, results from previous work by the authors are used to produce a simple method to estimate the marketability discount under different firm, industry and macroeconomic scenarios. This method is applicable to public firms that have non-traded controlling blocks of shares, as well as fully private firms, and it helps investors determine what discounts to apply on top of the more traditional valuation methods (multiples based methods, DCF analysis).

Updated: 10/02/2017
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Views: 9,237

Strategic Default and Equity Risk Across Countries

When a firm is in financial distress, its shareholders and debt holders may benefit from a debt renegotiation to avoid an inefficient bankruptcy or liquidation. The prospect of a debt reduction through a renegotiation may, however, induce shareholders to default even if the firm is solvent. The view that shareholders may default for strategic rather than for solvency reasons has proved useful in understanding, among other things, the theoretical determinants of corporate bond spreads, dividend policies, the optimal debt structure, and the valuation of debt and equity.

This paper asks whether the option of shareholders to default strategically on the firm's debt explains differences in firms' equity risk across countries. It claims that the risk of equity should be lower for firms that operate in countries where the insolvency procedure favours debt renegotiations

Updated: 28/12/2014
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Differences in beliefs and currency risk premia

Author(s):

Alessandro Beber

 et al.
Topic:
Finance

Standard asset pricing theories have difficulty explaining episodes that are not simply linked to fundamentals. Notable examples in the dynamics of capital markets are the equity premium puzzle or the excess volatility puzzle.

These puzzles have motivated an increasingly large literature over the last couple of decades that explores the general equilibrium implications of uncertainty for asset prices.This paper studies the importance of heterogeneous beliefs for the dynamics of asset prices.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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