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Promotion and demotion choices each improve the fund manager’s worth added. The authors measure value added employing a metric introduced by an earlier paper by Jonathan and Jules. This equal’s the fund’s gross alpha” (its actual return prior to costs and expenditures, minus the return from passively holding the benchmark) multiplied by its assets under management (AUM”). This provides a dollar measure of how much value is added (or subtracted) by active management. That each promotions and demotions enhance future value added suggests that promotions give far more capital to a skilled manager who can use it effectively, and demotions pull the plug from an unskilled manager who was utilizing capital wastefully. As a result, the information that promotion/demotion choices give is not only incremental (to past functionality), but also useful.

Regulators like it when banks go back to basics-deposit-taking and loan-producing. With much more and far more restrictions and with banks’ hands tied in knots, corporate banking appears a lot more desirable than banks’ pre-crisis efforts to engage in the exotic in those go-go years. Banks appreciate the corporate relationships and much more stable net-interest-earned revenues that come with corporate banking.

Linear models such as ordinary least squares (OLS) can be estimated by lm() (from by the stats package contained in the simple R distribution). Maximum Likelihood (ML) estimation can be undertaken with the regular optim() function. Numerous other appropriate strategies are listed in the Optimization view. Non-linear least squares can be estimated with the nls() function, as well as with nlme() from the nlme package.

This is a book about Enron. No doubt that as well is ancient history to most folks in finance now. But its a wonderful story. Why is it a excellent story? Great stories usually have genuinely cool undesirable guys. There are good guys too, but its the negative guys that make the factor perform. James Bond is just a posh bloke in a suit with a gun. But its his evil super intelligent arch enemies, with just a single fatal flaw, that make the films work. Andrew Fastow and James Skilling make great arch enemies (Ken Lay was just a bumbling idiot as far as I can make out). Like any excellent story its written so its still fascinating even if you know what occurs at the finish (hint: its not a happy ending).