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Why the covered interest parity is breaking down

Deviations in the covered interest parity have become a regular phenomenon even in developed markets. Persistent gaps between on-shore and FX-implied interest rate differentials (“cross-currency...

A brief history of quantitative equity strategies

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The world’s negative term premium

The term premium on the “world government bond yield” has turned decisively negative, according to BIS research. Investors have since 2014 accepted a long-term...

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Beta herding means convergence of market betas of individual stocks that arises from investors’ biased perceptions. Adverse beta herding denotes the dispersion of such...

Risk premia strategies

Risk premia strategies can be defined as diversifiable investment styles with fundamental value and positive historic returns. Their main types are (i) absolute value...

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