Category: Markets

Market Recap 02/12/2018

US Oil production in America continued its rise, hitting home market concerns that a surge in supplies would further put downward pressures on prices. Synchronized global movements have not helped either, as the rise in American oil production is matched by Saudi Arabia and Russia. The growth in supplies also vastly outstrips oil consumption, at […]

Fuelling the Electric Vehicle Revolution: Emerging Commodities

As the automotive industry evolves towards EV’s (electrical vehicles), an analysis of all the new commodities that will be used in the sector, in particular the battery sector, is required. EV batteries are made of an anode and a cathode. The anode is always made up of graphite, while the cathode has several different “formulas” […]

Your Guide to the Land of Higher Order Greeks

“Option Greeks” is the common name for the sensitivities in price of options or, in general, of derivatives and portfolios of derivatives, with respect to different factors, such as spot price of the underlying, implied volatility, risk-free interest rate, etc. Each Greek represents the ratio between the change in price and a small change in […]

Market Recap 25/11/2018

US The shortened Thanksgiving-week turned out to be the worst Thanksgiving-week since 1939, with the S&P 500 losing around 3.5% over the past week to close at 3,632.5 points as stock markets closed early at 1pm in New York due to the holiday. The S&P 500 is down 10% compared to its high in September […]

S&P500 Becoming a Marionette for MAGA?

Introduction Trading ideas and strategies are heavily affected by the decision makers’ overall view on the market. One of the main indicators of the US market strength is the S&P500 index, which is praised for its broad scope compared to other indices such as The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Many investors use this index as […]

Do Index Reviews Generate Abnormal Returns?

In this article we analyze the profitability of a sort of event-driven trading strategy, in which the “event” is represented by the addition or deletion of a stock in a MSCI Index. Since these indices are used as benchmark by lots of passive investing funds, index reviews can have an impact on the return of […]

Dollar repatriation? Different story told by cross currency swap

Intro Cross-currency basis swaps, also known as basis swaps, are contracts in which two counterparties agree to exchange interest payments according to two floating rates as well as notional principals denoted in two different currencies. Theoretically, covered interest rate parity should hold in absence of arbitrage opportunities. Here S and F denote the spot and […]

Market Recap 18/11/2018

US The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,989.30 on Friday and a weekly gain of 2.6%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,736.27 down 1.6% w-o-w. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,247.83, down 2.14% on the week. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is down 1.41% over the previous week at 1527.533. Despite positive movement on […]

The Logic of Investing in Logistics

In this article we are going to discuss the increasing importance of logistics real estate and the trends that affected the sector in Europe. We will then explain the main drivers of demand and supply for logistic properties and how these are likely to change in the future years. Finally, after having analyzed the pros […]

Market Recap 11/11/2018

US The US Indexes soared this week mostly affected by the midterm elections, which caused a relief-rally The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,989.30 on Friday with a loss of 201.92 points or -0.77% and a weekly gain of 2.6%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,781.01 for a loss of 25.82 points or -0.92%, […]

The Green Rush

The “Green rush” is the way in which the media has described the incredible “bull-run” which has characterized the equities engaging in the cannabis sector. In this article we are going to analyze the industry, explaining its history, characteristics and main players. We are going to focus in the later part of the article on […]

Are Absolute Returns Absolutely Impossible?

This article discusses absolute return funds implemented by UCITS funds. With the reappearance of volatility in the markets – not just in equity markets but also in other assets classes e.g. fixed income or hard assets as well as among markets globally – absolute return funds, with their promise to protect capital in any market […]

Can Next Crisis Come from Canada?

The current bull market has been continuing (with certain fallbacks) for around ten years. This has left people questioning when and, more precisely, where will the next crisis come from. In search of a potential contagion, we had our attention drawn to Canada, a seemingly safe economy which had emerged out of the 2008 crisis […]

SABR Model for the Implied Volatility Smile

The SABR model is like the Vega/Vanna Volga Approach, in that it is a method of interpolating the implied volatility surface. Given the dynamics of the forward rate, the stochastic instantaneous volatility, and the Black model, we get an algebraic expression that the Black Implied Volatility must satisfy. Given traded and liquid options, we fit […]

Market Recap 04/11/2018

US When the markets closed on Tuesday, they were mostly flat on a weekly basis while S&P500 was trading -9.87% on a monthly basis. Starting from Wednesday the stocks started to recover from the recent sell-off as S&P gained 37.44 points while the DOWJ gained 361.94 points. S&P Materials index was the best performer among […]

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