Capital Market

Organized markets such as the NASDAQ that provide a mechanism for the purchase and sale of longer term (usually exceeding 1 year) equity and debt securities.

Gold on a Tear While Buffett Takes a Break

If gold prices and Warren Buffett’s investing activities are any indication, the near-term could prove difficult for investors.

Warren Buffett was selling more stocks than he was buying earlier this summer, and...


Australian Fund Management Company Launches Team Focused on Longevity Risk Products

The Australian asset manager Macquarie Funds Group has put together a team of specialists who will focus on developing products that address longevity risk . "We will be looking at products around the development of longevity risk indices, derivatives and capital market products. There are some exciting products in the US which we may tailor to the Australian market," Source: Investor Daily Full Story

Ordinary Investors Can Outsource their Hedging and Derivatives Management through Annuities

Concerned about the possibility of another market swoon?

Take a look at some of the...

Variable Annuity Hedging Programs Holding Up Well

The hedging programs used by insurance companies to support the guaranteed living benefit features in their variable annuity products have held-up well recently. Milliman reports that insurance companies supported 94% of their guarantees for the six month period ending in March 2009. The success of the hedging programs and the highly volatile capital market environment have encouraged many insurers to increase their hedging efforts. As reported in an earlier post , the increase in hedging...

Part Two of the Interview with Wharton Professor David Babbel

This is the second part of an interview with Professor David Babbel.

Part one can be found here.