Trading the Dispersion: chapter II

Quick recap In the last newsletter we published an article providing the theoretical foundations of Dispersion Trading (in case you missed it: http://www.bsic.it/lost-dispersion-trading/). As promised to our readers, here is a follow up with some real market applications. However, you still need to wait for the chapter III in the next newsletter to see the […]

Market Recap 12-11-17

United States While markets hit record highs on Wednesday (Nov. 7), investors concerned about the prospects for tax cuts took the chance to get out of the equity market, pushing the markets down in the last 2 trading sessions of the week. This was probably the reaction to the news that indicated cuts might not […]

Introduction to Market Microstructure

The market microstructure of electronic markets is a topic that is usually left outside the “standard” set of courses within an academic degree, both at the B.Sc. and at the M.Sc. level. However, some knowledge of market microstructure can be particularly handy for any students willing to build a career in almost any field of […]

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies: the rise of the fast-track IPO

The origins Special Purpose Acquisition Companies were first introduced in 1990s by investment bankers David Nussbaum, Roger and Robert Gladstone, who were among the founders of EarlyBirdCapital, a boutique investment banking firm which since then launched and assisted a remarkable number of SPACs. After them, many other large investment banks started launching and backing SPACs, […]

FirstRand and Aldermore: a GBP 1.1bn merger across South Africa and UK

FirstRand Ltd (FSR:SJ) – market cap as of 11/10/2017: ZAR295.3bn Aldermore Group Plc (ALD:LN) – market cap as of 11/10/2017: GBP1.07bn Introduction FirstRand and Aldermore, as of 6 November 2017, have agreed upon merging in a £1.1bn deal, at 313 pence per share in cash which implies a 22% premium on the last business day […]

Broadcom bids $130bn for Qualcomm in the largest pure technology deal

Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) – market cap as of 11/11/2017: $108.10bn Qualcomm Inc (NASDAQ:QCOM) – market cap as of 11/11/2017: $95.19bn Introduction On November 3, 2017, Broadcom publicly announced an unsolicited $130bn offer to acquire Qualcomm, its California chip-making rival, which is backed by a strong portfolio of intellectual property that underpins cellular communications in most […]

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