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February 12, 2016

Stress Test Will Help Community Banks Assess Financial Resilience to Crisis

Jan. 14, 2016 — A new macro stress test has been created that community banks can use to assess their capital adequacy in times of financial crisis and ... read more

Jan. 6, 2016 — Researchers are warning of an overheating art market, one of the fastest-growing investment sectors of the past decade, after applying a new bubble detection method analyzing millions of auction ... read more

Even With 24/7 Access, Investors Tend to Avoid Portfolios When Expecting Bad News

Dec. 18, 2015 — George Loewenstein and Duane Seppi first introduced the 'ostrich effect' in 2009 to describe how investors 'put their heads in the sand' to dodge facing their financial portfolios ... read more

Zig While Others Zag for More Successful Investments

Nov. 13, 2015 — Aso-called contrarian investment funds far outperform their herd-fund rivals in several performance measurements, new research shows, adding that their managers have found ways to gather information ... read more

When Fed Locks Up Funds, Small Businesses Suffer

Sep. 17, 2015 — When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to slow down a speeding economy -- effectively raising the price of money -- banks often sell down their stockpile of securities to keep the financial ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Like the Rubik's Cube, a three-dimensional combination puzzle where every twist also scrambles the face opposite of it, economics puzzles are similarly interlinked -- a change in policy may lead ... read more

How Stock Market's 'Spare Tire' Keeps Economy Churning During Banking Crises

Aug. 5, 2015 — In countries with strong legislation to prevent fraudulent corporate behavior, banking crises have a less severe impact on firms and the economy in general, a new study ... read more

Bitcoin Virtual Currency Users and Motivations: A Haven for Criminals?

Aug. 3, 2015 — A new study uses Google Trends data in an attempt to understand who uses the anonymous crypto-currency Bitcoin, and for what ... read more

Study Delves Into Regulators' Decision-Making in Bank Closures

July 17, 2015 — Commercial bank regulators consider much more than monetary cost when determining whether to close a troubled bank, a new report states. According to the study, regulators show a desire to defer ... read more

Commodity Market Volatility More Perception Than Reality

June 23, 2015 — When grain and other commodity prices experienced explosive episodes between 2004 and 2013, the finger pointed toward index traders as the cause. Researchers identified and date-stamped both upward ... read more

Inexperienced Investors Should Take Advantage of 'Auto-Pilot Investing'

June 1, 2015 — Use of target-date is a positive trend that will help inexperienced investors invest safely without risking significant losses based on their lack of knowledge, an expert writes. Target-date funds, ... read more

Study Connects Credit Default Swaps to Mortgage Delinquencies

May 26, 2015 — The first empirical investigation has been released by investigators connecting credit default swaps to mortgage defaults that helped lead to the 2007-2008 financial ... read more

Tax-Efficient Mutual Fund Managers Savvier Than Their Peers, Study Shows

Apr. 21, 2015 — Tax-efficient mutual funds perform better before and after taxes, according to new ... read more

Outside CEOs Could Rejuvenate Struggling Businesses

Apr. 1, 2015 — CEOs hired from outside a company tend to spend more money on research and development, while CEOs hired from within are likely to make large, strategic acquisitions, new research has found. ... read more

Simple Tasks Help Protect Your Credit

Mar. 23, 2015 — With mega data breaches coming from entities such as retail stores, insurance providers and restaurant chains, someone could more easily gain access to personal financial information that consumers ... read more

Winter Months SAD for US Treasury Securities

Mar. 16, 2015 — The best time to invest in US Treasury securities may be spring, thanks to seasonal variations in investor risk tolerance linked to depression. A team of finance researchers found that the monthly ... read more

New Model of Cybercrime Factors in Perishability of Stolen Data

Mar. 10, 2015 — A new model examining cybercrimes adds an important way of examining the perishable value of stolen data so policy makers can plan against future hacks like the recent Anthem data breach, according ... read more

Stock Market Changes: Patents Provide Insight Into Wall Street 'Technology Arms Race'

Jan. 26, 2015 — A new study has used US patent data to shed light on the technological roots behind Wall Street's ongoing 'technology arms race.' The way financial assets are traded, and the nature of ... read more

When Shareholders Exacerbate Their Own Banks' Crisis

Nov. 21, 2014 — Banks are increasingly issuing 'CoCo' bonds to boost the levels of equity they hold. In a crisis situation, bondholders are forced to convert these bonds into a bank's equity. To date, ... read more

Do Financial Experts Make Better Investments?

Oct. 28, 2014 — Financial experts do not make higher returns on their own investments than untrained investors, according to new research. The first-of-its-kind study analyzed the private portfolios of mutual fund ... read more

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