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Hedge Funds in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis

There is little evidence to suggest that hedge funds caused the financial crisis or contributed to its severity in any significant way. However, they do have the potential to generate systemic risk. We outline four policy actions to address this.

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Taxing Systemic Risk

How does one regulate systemic risk in the financial sector? We propose charging each financial firm a tax based on its expected loss during a systemic crisis.

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Efficiently Inefficient: How Smart Money Invests and Market Prices Are Determined

Lasse H. Pedersen demystifies the secret world of active investing by exploring hedge funds' key trading strategies. This book unites research with real-world examples and interviews to reveal how hedge fund strategies work.

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Monitoring Leverage

While the interest rate has been regarded as the single key feature of a loan, we argue that leverage is a more important measure of systemic risk. We discuss how leverage can be monitored, and highlight the benefits of doing so.

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Market Liquidity: Asset Pricing, Risk and Crises

This book demonstrates the important role of liquidity in asset pricing. The analysis shows that higher illiquidity and greater liquidity risk reduce securities prices and raise the expected return that investors require as compensation.

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How to Calculate Systemic Risk Surcharges

Many argue that financial regulation should focus on limiting systemic risk. This chapter examines one proposed regulatory idea: that each institution must face a "surcharge" based on the extent to which it is likely to contribute to systemic risk.

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Deep Value

We examine the efficacy of a hypothetical deep value strategy—where the valuation spread between cheap and expensive securities is wide relative to its history—across global asset classes and also provide new evidence on competing theories for the value premium.

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Embedded Leverage

Embedded leverage—the amount of market exposure per unit of committed capital—has become an important feature of financial instruments. We study embedded leverage in equity options, index options and ETFs, and how it affects the required returns.

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Quality Minus Junk

We show that a quality-minus-junk (QMJ) factor that goes long high-quality stocks and shorts low-quality stocks earns significant risk-adjusted returns in the U.S. and globally. Also, controlling for quality resurrects the otherwise moribund size effect.

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Early Option Exercise: Never Say Never

A classic rule in financial economics: Never exercise a call option and never convert a convertible bond, except just before expiration or dividend payments. This paper shows how this rule breaks down when financial frictions are introduced.