January 18, 2020

A leveraged buyout (LBO) is a method of acquiring a company where the deal is financed by a combination of equity and debt and the debt is secured against the assets and cash flows of the target company. It is a sub-set of syndicated loans and is evolving as a financia...

March 20, 2019

Credit default swaps (CDSs), despite being relatively simple-to-understand financial instruments by definition, have become a contentious and misunderstood topic, especially after the 2008 financial crisis. This article aims to examine the nature and intended usage of...

April 16, 2018

Just five years ago, “blockchain” and “bitcoin” were words only heard amongst technology enthusiasts. There has since been an eruption of information and attention, fueled by the meteoric rise of cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings. Discussions on blockch...

April 2, 2018

Introduction

Initial coin offerings (ICOs), also known as initial public coin offerings (IPCOs), have become a controversial topic in the recent developments of cryptocurrency and blockchains. ICOs are an unregulated method of public offering and crowdfunding that allow...

March 19, 2018

Credit, market, and liquidity risks are forms of financial risks that market participants can typically manage through their trading activities. However, questions related to the need for law based risk management mechanisms arise when the financial positions in a give...

November 27, 2017

High Frequency Trading and How It Relates to Insider Trading

High Frequency Trading (HFT) has gained a foothold in financial markets and has been making front-page news since the events of May 6, 2010, now commonly referred to as the Flash Crash. Significant changes in...

November 13, 2017

The use of technology has changed the structure of the equity market and the way investors implement their trading strategies. Several issues related to the use of technology, however, have shed light on significant limits in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“...

October 30, 2017

Etymology and Definition

Aileen Lee, a venture capitalist, is the person who named the extremely rare and unique startups valued at over one billion dollars “Unicorns.” In 2013, Lee came up with a list of 39 US-based software companies founded in 2003 or later that were...

October 16, 2017

In the last few years, blockchain emerged as a disruptive technology. Blockchain is a distributed database, capable of holding a secure and immutable record of past transactions, quickly adaptable to a broad range of activities and objectives. Initial Coin Offerings (I...

June 20, 2017

In 2008, the $60 billion Reserve Primary Fund, the oldest money market fund in the United States, broke the buck – net asset value (NAV) dropped below $1 per share. This drop in NAV was caused by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, in which the Reserve Primary Fund had...

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