Finance & Economics

Introduction to Bootstrapping

Bootstrapping: Calculation of theoretical spot rate curve from a par yield curve       This educational publication is the special valuation series on fixed income securities. Its mandatory to read the Understanding Term Structure of Interest Rates posted under Insights here before reading Bootstrapping: Calculation of theoretical spot rate curve from a par yield curve.  There are multiple ways in which a

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Dependency Ratio

In the long run, the output of an economy depends upon the level of technology, capital, and labor. Ignoring other factors of production, the production function is best defined by the Cobb Douglas equation = A KαL1-α.   Although the Cobb Douglas is based on the analysis for the United States, the analysis could be extended for other countries. Capital

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Understanding Term Structure of Interest Rates

  Designed as a thought leader in understanding the term structure of interest rates, this publication is an excellent educative read for insightful academic knowledge about factors impacting the term structure of interest rates. Structured to enhance the pedagogy of fixed income valuation course on The middle Road, Term Structure of Interest Rates shares a formative understanding on this subject.

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Capital Ideas for Efficient Markets

“A market where there are large number of rational, profit maximisers actively competing, with each other trying to predict future market values of individuals securities and where important current information is almost available to all participants” Eugene Fama on Efficient Markets The theory of random walk led to the efficient market hypothesis. Eugene Fama, the father of modern mathematical finance,

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Understanding Macroeconomic Stability

  Originally posted as part of the Stabilization Macroeconomics series, the academic focussed publication sets the tone for the upcoming Macroeconomic Online Course on Stabilization. The series focuses more on the role of the Central Banks in driving monetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic policies of the government. The course begins with a look at Central Banks as enablers, its monetary focus on

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Alternative Asset Class & Normal Distribution

Understanding Alternative Investments – A look at Standard Normal  Alternatives or alternative investments are the one of the  categories of asset classes, these types of investments include hedge funds, private equity, or venture capital or include the use of leverage or derivatives as part of the investment style. Example long-short style of investing in equities used by hedge funds or

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Wildlife Conservation Bond Saving Rhinos For Tomorrow

The World Bank came out with a $150 million Wildlife Conservation Bond (WCB), the first of its kind globally. an impact-focused Sustainable Development Bond to protect black rhinos in South Africa and support local communities. This intense publication discusses the Wildlife Conservation Bond issued by the World Bank. An in-depth analysis of the bond discusses various facets of the new financial innovative

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What are Impact Bonds ?

# What Are Impact Bonds ?  Impact Bonds is an intense read on these financial instruments based on the online educational tutorial published by The middle Road on this subject. A derivative of many research papers, this read is a precursor to the upcoming online course on impact bonds. The report aims to share a brief on the evolution of

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High Speed Railways Economics

This article elaborates on the importance of the high-speed rail network in the US and policies for raising capital for infrastructure spending. [ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”4″ ihc_mb_template=”2″ ]   The section includes a brief documentary on the subject matter and its tremendous positive social impact on society.  First, a high-speed railway network will reduce greenhouse emissions and builds on five sustainable development

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The Innovative Finance Revolution: Private Capital for the Public Good

The Innovative Finance Revolution (Foreign Affairs Special Edition) is one of the best reports on innovation in social finance. Social Finance evolved over the years. With philanthropy and corporate social responsibility growing through evidence-based social impact, attracting private capital is imperative for sustainable work in the social sector. The report Foreign Affairs The Innovative Finance Revolution by Saadia Madsbjerg and Georgia

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