Market Recap 05/05/2019

US On Wednesday, following the FED committee’s meeting, Jerome Powell announced that the US central bank is leaving interest rates unchanged by saying that “we don’t see a strong case for moving (interest rates) in either direction”. Although the United States showed an impressive GDP growth in the first quarter of 2019, investors were expecting […]

Greexotics – A First Step in the Land of Exotic Derivatives Greeks – Part 2

Following the first article of the series in which we analyzed the greeks of a Binary option, in this second part of the series we would like to introduce Asian options and their greeks. Asian options are part of a broader macro-class of exotic derivatives named Path Dependent Derivatives; in fact exos can be divided […]

Wind of change: VIX futures strategies

Introduction 2018 will be remembered by many investors as a difficult year. In sharp contrast to 2017, when S&P500 was performing spectacularly (+19.4% YoY), 2018 brought a bitter disappointment to many. Not only in terms of absolute performance (-7% YoY), driven heavily by the impressive sell-off in the last quarter of the year, but also […]

Investors’ appetite: plant-based meat producer skyrockets on day of IPO

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) – expected market cap as of 03/05/2019: $1.5b Introduction On May 2nd, Beyond Meat, producer of plant-based meat substitutes, went public on the NASDAQ. The firm priced its initial public stock offering at 25$ per share, after strong demand encouraged the company to raise the price range from 19$ – 21$ […]

The IPO Bonanza (Part 2): Investor Appetite Pushes Unprofitable Unicorns to New Heights

The Ride of Unicorn IPO’s As big tech firms such as Uber, Lyft, Pinterest and Airbnb go public, a decade of innovations is being harvested. As this rush of technology offerings set out to bring new wealth to Silicon Valley, the mystery of increasing investor appetite for companies with negative earnings becomes more profound. This […]

Big Oil strikes again: Occidental’s bid to acquire Anadarko for $57 billion

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) – market cap as of 29/05/2019: USD 36.61bn Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) – market cap as of 04/05/2019: USD43.34bn Intro On April 29, 2019, US oil and natural gas producer Anadarko was on course to accept a takeover offer from its national rival Occidental, which gatecrashed an already established […]

Market Recap 28/04/2019

US During the trading week S&P500 and Nasdaq have increased their market value while the Dow Jones 30 has been quite steady. The S&P500 has closed the week at 2940, increasing by 1%, while the Nasdaq, in the same period, moved from 7980 to 8148, rising by 2.1%. The Dow Jones has been steady around […]

The Rising Sun Shadow over Europe: is the fear of European Japanification real

Intro Recently, fears for an “European Japanification” have regained popularity due to raising concerns about the growth’s slowdown and similar underlying long-term dynamics of the two economies. In this article we aim to walk through Japan’s “Lost Decades”, and the following Bank of Japan’s response to figure out monetary tools, beyond central bank traditional repertoire, […]

Indian Election 2019 – World’s Biggest Parliamentary Exercise And What’s In It For You

India, the world’s largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters, is currently engaged in one of the most complex voting exercises around the modern democratic world. The sheer logistics of the largest election on earth is, naturally complex; the election is being held in 7 phases, spanning from 11th April to 19th May with the […]

The German company strikes back: Merck wins takeover battle for Versum

Merck KAaG [ETR:MRK] – market cap as of 28/04/2019: €12.29bn ($13.77bn) Versum Materials Inc. [NYSE:VSM] – market cap as of 28/04/2019: $5.68bn (pre-announcement undisturbed value: $3.28bn) Intro On April 12th the German Chem-tech company Merck KAaG signed the definite agreement to buy the American special materials company Versum in an all-cash transaction. The price tag […]

The PE energy game: Carlyle Group purchases a stake in Spanish oil giant Cepsa

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) – market cap as of 08/04/2019: USD 6.34bn Introduction On April 8, 2019, the US PE giant Carlyle announced its decision to acquire up to 40% of the capital of the Spanish multinational Cepsa from the sovereign fund of the United Arab Emirates Mubadala for up to $4.8 bn. The transaction […]

The IPO Bonanza (Part 1): IPO Fever Grips World Markets in a Binding Clench

Introduction 2018 was a somehow controversial year in IPO terms, with Q1, Q2 and Q3 building a strong momentum for companies to go public, and Q4 eroding the optimism recorded in the preceding timeframe. Unfortunately, 2019 has opened with the same negative outlook, with scheduled IPOs all throughout the world being put on hold in […]

Market Recap 14/04/2019

US This week, the two major economic data that we see important at the US are: the monthly CPI which was recorded as 0,1% ,slightly below the 0,2% expectations, and the monthly PPI which was recorded as 0,6% , beating the 0,6% expectations. Next week retail sales and Philadelphia FED’s Manufacturing Index will be released […]

Dark Pools: Fifty Shades of Trade

“Make all the trades through the dark pools so it masks what we’re doing. That way we’ll preserve our head start, which will not be a long one.” This is how Bobby Axelrod instructs his traders to get rid of his natural gas positions in the latest episode of the famous TV series, Billions. Dark […]

Greexotics – A first step in the land of exotic derivatives greeks – Part 1

How does the Delta of a lookback option behave? What is Cross-Gamma? Is the Vega of a digital option ever negative? And furthermore, how do these exotic greeks (“greexotics) evolve as time passes and implied volatility changes? In this series of articles, we would like to give the reader a brief but comprehensive answer to […]

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