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Category Archive for 'Article Review'

A lot of posts on twenty four are actually reviews of interesting articles. The quoted sources are always available as a background link: either quoted directly in text or else at the end of the post in the background links section.

VIX is a market estimate of expected volatility measured over S&P 500 options. But how does the implied volatility of a volatility estimate vary over strike range and term structure? This article reviews VIX’ smiling smirk and the reasons for its formation.

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Institutional investors, sometimes referred to as first-tier buy-side institutions, are significant agents in mature capital markets.Their role and place has dramatically increased over the past 40 years with the advent of the mutual fund investment model, the rise in self-funded pension liabilities globally and, more recently, the strong growth in passive investment models: ie Beta-tracker funds (also known as Exchange Traded Funds). This radical growth of institutional ownership in capital markets has significantly affected one of the traditional tenets of the equity investment: the ownership role.

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So it turns out that we have our brain and its nervous system and then there’s the enteric nervous system, more commonly known as the gut. That’s right, gut feelings can be independent (physiologically at least) from the brain, so which one do we listen to when decision time comes?

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How does teamwork and leadership relate in the modern professional arena? How can bosses inspire and drive teams and team members learn from their leader and the role that they have in shaping their professional ethos? And how does this all relate to performance? This recent article by McKinsey highlights some of the pitfalls, risks and opportunities that bosses and employees face in a team environment. A highly recommended read.

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