RISK MANAGEMENT

After an increase in volatility, equity markets seem to be going back into the state of calmness.  Additionally, with Easter coming up, volume and volatility are expected to remain low, at least for a couple of weeks. However, beside the equity world, the credit market is experiencing a tightening as well. The graph below shows…

Read More Relationship Between Credit Default Swaps and Equity Options

A common belief among commodity producers, importers and exporters is that hedging should be based on analysts’ expectations.  Hence, they often attend meetings where they expect to hear forecasts from analysts and experts. For example, Ed White recently wrote Meeting halls at farm conferences are packed when the market analysis session is scheduled with farmers…

Read More Hedging Should be Based on Risks and Not on Forecasts

With the VIX being so low, many investors believe that now is the time to go long volatility. This belief mainly stems from the mean reversion property of the VIX. However, we should note that The speed of mean reversion in the low volatility regime is slower than it is in the high volatility one…

Read More Should We Buy VIX Futures When The Spot VIX is Low?

At the beginning of the year, as the markets reached new highs, investors became more complacent. Early this month, Rupert Hargreaves noted: Investors have plowed billions into stocks over the past few months while the generally positive sentiment within markets has helped pull central banks back into the shadows. Central bank decisions no longer have…

Read More Now Is The Time to Hedge, But The Cost of Insurance Can Be Expensive

Less than a year from now, the banks will have to introduce the IFRS 9 Impairment, and it will have a substantial financial impact on them.  However, it is not just banks that will be affected by this new accounting  standard, non-financial corporations, for example commodity firms, will be impacted as well. The Treasurers Wiki…

Read More Will IFRS 9 Help Commodity Firms Better Manage Risks?