Recently Curated Economic & Market Articles

Current Chart of Interest

October 06, 2017

The chart of the week is from Visual Capitalist and shows the concentration of global money managers; as only 17% of funds are managed outside of the U.S.

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Vanguard’s Explosive Growth

October 10, 2017

The Wall Street Journal has an article on the incredible growth of Vanguard during the last 10 years. Vanguard currently has $4.7 trillion in assets under management, but was only at $1.3 trillion in 2007. A couple of factors have contributed to this incredible growth: (1) Lower fees in comparison to active managers; (2) Lower market volatility since

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Humans Beating Computers in Hedge Fund Returns

October 09, 2017

Bloomberg has an interesting article on how human stock pickers are beating “quant” hedge funds so far this year. Per the article, the average equity fund was up 9.7%, while quant funds are only up 0.6%. One of the contributing factors has been the emphasis of technology stocks in the equity long/short funds. Traditionally, quant

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Hedge Funds Seek Returns in Cheese?

October 05, 2017

The Wall Street Journal has an article on how some hedge funds are seeking to boost returns by entering esoteric and often illiquid markets. The article highlights a few quantitative funds that invest in niche markets, like cheese and electricity futures in emerging markets. The funds are relatively small, under $500 million, as many of the targeted

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Market Mania

October 06, 2017

Bloomberg has a series of charts depicting the upward momentum in many different global markets. Leading the way is the all-time low reached in U.S. stock market volatility, as the S&P 500 reached an all-time high. However, the U.S. is not alone, as the MSCI All-Cap World Index (ACWI) reached all-time highs, as did the MSCI

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