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Acting on the Most Valuable Information: “Best Idea” Trades of Mutual Fund Managers

This paper proposes an ex ante proxy for the ranking of mutual fund trades. We find that the most attractive trades—the “best ideas"—beat the benchmarks by up to about 0.30% per month and outperform other fund trades by even higher margins.

Working Paper

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.

Journal Article

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.

Journal Article

Modelling the Asset-Allocation and Liability Strategy for Canada’s Foreign Exchange Reserves

The 2007‒2009 global financial crisis led to rapid accumulation of foreign reserves in both developed and emerging countries and triggered discussions of how these reserves should be managed.

Journal Article

Initiating Bargaining

The authors use a unique data set — more than 1,200 high-stakes poker tournaments — to investigate whether the success of bargaining and the agreed upon terms depend on the characteristics of the person who initiates negotiations (the "initiator").

Journal Article

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.

Journal Article

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.

Journal Article

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.

White Paper

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.