Thursday links: quant volatility


Another measure that shows market volatility is on the rise. “All or nothing” days abound. (via Bespoke Investment Group)

Mark DeCambre at on the new “witching hour” for the stock market.

This volatility is taking its toll on statistical arbitrage and merger arbitrage funds. (via,, & naked capitalism)

Greg Newton at NakedShorts with two posts on the challenges of obtaining “independent” prices for complex securities.

The European Central Bank opens the cash spigots. (via

FT Alphaville highlights a handy tool to keep track of the subprime winners and losers.

A look at high yield spreads. (via Bespoke Investment Group)

Michael Kahn at writes “…he credit crunch we’ve been hearing about is real, but not that bad in historical terms.”

Investment banks have been aiding their cause with a slew of new credit indices. (via DealBook)

Some money market funds are at risk to the subprime mess. (via

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture on the “trouble with economists.”

How does 2007 compare with 1998? (via Real Time Economics)

Alea passes along some thoughts from the IMF on the subprime crisis.

Wilbur Ross likes subprime despite the risks. (via

Jon Markman at MSN Money on why private equity is now a “buy.”

James Altucher at is “..loving stocks right now…” on the tangled relationship between prime brokers and hedge funds.

Felix Salmon at Market Movers is looking for a “risk-constant mutual fund.”

Morningstar (MORN) has a “unique niche in financial services.” (via

CXO Advisory Group on research showing a marked difference returns from when the market is open and closed.

Paul Herbert at highlights four newer, promising mutual funds.

Walter Updegrave at on chasing returns and the value of global investing.

Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed points to the video of Nassim Taleb on Charlie Rose.

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