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Argentina’s 100 year “Houdini” bond

In case you missed it, Argentina recently surprised the world with an amazing spectacle.

Reminiscent of master escape artist Harry Houdini—who made a small fortune performing upside down and bound in heavily shackled circumstances—Argentina issued a $2.75 billion century bond in U.S. dollars at an interest rate of 7.125%.1 This means that the Argentinian government doesn’t have to pay investors back until the year 2117.  

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Into the Deep

As investors, our job is to move beyond well-lit and well understood areas and dive deep into the unknown.

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Bayes for days

Discussion Papers

Bayes for days: What to do with signal
Kara Lilly, CFA
We need to ask: what is the best way to deal with new information? Fortunately, there is a tool that can help us with this problem: Bayes’ Theorem.

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Quarterly Investment Newsletters

Investment Newsletter | 2Q 2017

Investment headlines in the second quarter of 2017 were once again full of politics, with developments in Europe, the U.K. and the U.S. dominating discussion. One might say the quarter was not so good for the populists: Trump found himself embroiled in scandal, British Prime Minister Theresa May managed to lose her conservative party’s majority by calling a snap election, and Marine Le Pen was soundly defeated in France’s Presidential contest by Emmanuel Macron. Political uncertainty notwithstanding, it was a solid quarter overall for investment performance: most major equity and bond markets posted positive returns.

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