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The Canadian Dollar as a Reserve Currency

A clear reflection of Canada’s relative economic resilience during the global financial crisis of 2007‒2009 is the growth in the share of foreign exchange reserves that other countries hold in Canadian-dollar securities, particularly those issued by the Government of Canada.

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Follow the Leader: Peer Effects in Mutual Fund Portfolio Decisions

This paper demonstrates that mutual funds “follow the leaders"—Trades of well-performing funds are statistically and economically important determinants of subsequent portfolio decisions of the remaining managers.

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Style Investing: Evidence From Mutual Fund Flows

The number of mutual funds in the U.S. has risen over the past decade and is so large that individual investors are unlikely able to analyze each fund in existence. How do investors choose from such a multitude of funds? We answer this question here.

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Is Bigger Better? Size and Performance in Pension Plan Management

Using a proprietary dataset, we examine the relationship between size and performance of asset management within defined benefit pension plans. We find a larger plan size is associated with better performance of the entire pension plan portfolio.

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When Is Bargaining Successful? Negotiated Division of Tournament Prizes

High-stakes poker players often negotiate the distribution among a small number of finalists rather than playing through until only one player remains. We find that this setting is ideal for studying bargaining—this paper documents our findings.

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Decoding Inside Information

The authors employ a simple empirical strategy to identify “opportunistic” insider trading — that is, purchases or sales by traders with favored access to private information about the given firm — and conclude that portfolio strategy that focuses solely on “opportunistic” traders yields value-weighted abnormal returns of 82 basis points per month.

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Assessing Risk through Environmental, Social and Governance Exposures

ESG investing may have a role in portfolios that extends beyond ethical considerations, particularly for investors interested in tilting toward safer stocks, and in a way that complements what is captured by traditional statistical risk models.

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Deactivating Active Share

The authors investigate Active Share, a measure meant to determine the level of active management in investment portfolios, and find it wanting.

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Long-Only Style Investing: Don't Just Mix, Integrate

We contrast two common approaches to long-only style investing: the “portfolio mix” and the “integrated portfolio.” Our results suggest that long-only factor or smart beta investors should consider integrating styles in portfolio construction.

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Investing in Disappearing Anomalies

It is important to allow for a prolonged decay when studying anomalies or their impact on portfolio choice. We propose a framework for modeling anomalies that specifically allows for a gradual disappearance.