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Institutional Investor (August 6)

2018/ 08/ 08 by jd in Global News

“For the world of institutional investing, the topic of our time is none other than fees.” Most of the solutions being touted, such as 1-or-30, are anything but revolutionary. “Any magic is really just sleight-of-hand meant to distract us from realizing how low our expectations are for any meaningful improvement in the existing misaligned fee structures.” We must overcome this built-in bias and “expand the window of possible choices to include those that will be seen as utterly unthinkable by today’s standards.” For example, a “rent” system could be adopted in which “the allocator no longer pays fees to the manager for the use of its own capital and is assured of receiving the investment outcome it seeks (i.e., the negotiated rent). The manager gets the capital and potential revenue it needs to run its business.” Such a revolutionary move would place the risk directly where it belongs: on the asset manager.

 

The Economist (May 12)

2018/ 05/ 14 by jd in Global News

SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son is now a contender for “the most influential person in technology.” His $100 billion Vision Fund is “gobbling up stakes in the world’s most exciting young companies…. disrupting both the industries in which it invests and other suppliers of capital…. Even if the fund ends up flopping, it will have several lasting effects on technology investing.”

 

Institutional Investor (January 31)

2018/ 02/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Bitcoin’s wild price swings have investors wondering how to short the digital currency, as there would be a lot of money to be made in the latest craze in investing.” Alas, this isn’t so easy. Though Bitcoin futures trade openly, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is charging “an initial margin of 47 percent of the futures’ value owing to the volatile nature of Bitcoin.”

 

Institutional Investor (May 15)

2017/ 05/ 17 by jd in Global News

“The Cambrian explosion has nothing on institutional investing.” Rather than millions of years, institutional investing’s journey from small and simple to enormously complex took only half a century…. The unfortunate and ironic part is that all this innovation has done little to quell crises…. Underlying every instance of disaster is the same root: We simply do not know what we think we know.”

 

Institutional Investor (May 30)

2016/ 05/ 31 by jd in Global News

Firms “are doubling down on machine learning and other quantitative investing efforts.” More advanced than rule-based algorithms, “with machine learning, a computer sifts through billions of data points, picking up patterns. Armed with this knowledge, it learns trading behaviors such as buying dips or selling high over time, based on what it has gleaned about the market from past and present data.”  Despite the inroads, however, human ingenuity remains essential.

 

New York Times (May 6)

2014/ 05/ 06 by jd in Global News

“French officials should not seek to block G.E. simply because it’s based in Connecticut.” The protectionist arguments being used to thwart the sale of Alstom’s energy business “can only discourage non-European businesses from investing in France, further damaging a sluggish economy that already suffers from a 10.4 percent unemployment rate.”

 

Wall Street Journal (November 18)

2010/ 11/ 19 by jd in Global News

Burton G. Malkiel author of the investing classic A Random Walk Down Wall Street says traditional methods of investing are even more important today. Buying and holding beats skillful timing. Diversification is still essential. Those who invested according to these principles between 2000 and 2009 would have seen their portfolios nearly double. Those who didn’t would have seen their initial investment shrink. Mr. Malkiel urges investors to follow “time-tested techniques” so they come out ahead, “even during the toughest of times.”

 

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