Category Archives: Investment management

The Decline in Market Liquidity

While the Fed isn’t worried about the fall in market liquidity, experts argue that if investors make abrupt changes in their portfolios, the lack of liquidity could produce a crisis.

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Another Private Equity Scam – Tax Receivable Agreements

As one tax expert put it, “Private equity is a tax gimmick with an acquisition attached.” We’re going to discuss a very big tax gimmick that virtually no private equity investors seem to be aware of. The failure of private equity general partners to publicize a tax scheme that on paper should benefit their limited […]

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Asset Management and Financial Stability

The growth of the asset management industry has raised concerns about its potential impacts on financial stability. This column assesses the systemic risk created by fund managers’ incentive problems and a first-mover advantage for end investors. Fund flows and fund ownership affect asset prices, and fund managers’ behaviour can amplify risks. This lends support to the expansion and strengthening of industry oversight, both at the individual fund and market levels.

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California State Treasurer Takes Up CalPERS Private Equity Carry Fee Reporting Lapse After NC Readers Press Him

The top elected official on CalPERS’ board, State Treasurer John Chiang, says he wants CalPERS to get serious about providing carry fee data. That’s a good start, but board members like Chiang need to get serious about addressing how CalPERS’ staff shirks its fiduciary duties and evades board oversight.

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Rajiv Sethi: Spoofing in an Algorithmic Ecosystem

A London trader recently charged with price manipulation appears to have been using a strategy designed to trigger high-frequency trading algorithms. Whether he used an algorithm himself is beside the point: he made money because the market is dominated by computer programs responding rapidly to incoming market data, and he understood the basic logic of their structure.

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