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Why institutions trade their reputations for profit

It is a key assumption that financial institutions such as auditing firms and credit ratings agencies will act in an ethical way to protect their reputation because it is, ultimately, the source of their profitability. But groundbreaking work by Harvard University postdoctoral fellow Abigail Brown posits that institutions may actually be incentivised to cyclically “trade […]

DiNapoli defends DB schemes

New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, has defended public defined benefit schemes, saying that they are not a drag on state government finances, are sustainable and form a vital part of the US economy.

Investor survey reveals disappointing year for hedge fund returns

Hedge funds had a disappointing year, according to a study by UK-based alternative assets research firm Preqin that reveals 40 per cent of investors surveyed feel that returns on their investments have failed to meet expectations in the past 12 months. The survey of 50 institutional investors also shows that just 11 per cent feel […]

AQR offers $100,000 for best finance ideas

Quant hedge fund managers AQR Capital Management have launched a $100,000 annual competition to recognise applied academic papers in finance that have the most significant practical implications for investors.