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Financial Smart Contract on Ethereum: can an Ether Futures contract be priced in Ether?

BACKGROUND This is more in the wheel-house of economics than programming, but after a few different titles, I thought it best not to skirt around the root of my question OR create a oddly phrased USD ...
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Hedging with volatility swaps?

I'm studying financial derivatives, and became curiosity in volatility products, more specifically volatility swaps. It always intrigued me how can you create products based on volatility. Who is ...
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'No arbitrage' vs 'Efficient market'

I am trying to wrap my head around the 'no arbitrage' (NA) and 'efficient market' (EM) assumptions, in particular their difference. Please correct me if I am wrong, but NA just claims that there is ...
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How will London's role as a financial center be affected after the Brexit and what are possible alternatives?

I looked around on this site and couldn't find anything close to what I'm asking on Economics SE, so I hope it is the right place to ask. I am interested in but have no background in economy, so all ...
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Why is gold a safe haven investment?

To me, it seems like gold is the ultimate example of something where the value should go down when the economy, stock market etc go down. Just like Ferraris, and other frivolous consumer luxury goods,...
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Financial Economics Textbooks

I have an interest in financial economics, and I plan to take the graduate sequence, however I did not take an undergraduate course in that field. I would really appreciate it if someone could ...
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Free source of large amounts of financial data

I am looking for a free source of large amounts of long term financial data on stocks, exchange rates, government bond rates, etc. I know there is Thomson Reuters, but this requires a costly ...
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What is the mix of maturities of outstanding US Treasury bonds called?

What is the technical term for the mix of maturities of outstanding US Treasury bonds? Also, is there an "official" source for this information? I tried searching to find out, but not knowing what ...
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Why is the Chilean economy so much better than the rest of the countries in South America?

Why does Chile have a better economy than all of the other countries in latin America? It is labeled as a high income country by the IMF, It is the only Latin American country that is part of the ...
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What possible reasons could make arbitrage impossible between some markets?

What could prevent arbitrage (not necessarily risk-free) between some markets even when price differences exist?
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Unintended consequences from “fixing” the US financial system

Last year, I read the book The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It. The book explained some of the causes of the recent financial crisis of 2007-2009 and gave some ...
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trading security volume that affects price

Curious if there's a formula for this. There are some notorious cases of software (accidentally) and people (purposefully) quickly unloading a given security, causing the price to (temporarily, ...
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Futures Market Books

Are there any recommendation for futures market or commodity trading books? I am not interested in trading myself, but would like to have a better understanding of it for my research.
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Are stock exchanges market makers?

Are stock exchanges like NASDAQ and NYSE market makers? In other words, are they providing liquidity by pairing individual buyers and sellers with each other in real-time? Or does it work differently?
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Are cryptocurrencies a ponzi scheme or a bubble?

Several users in this forum have addressed bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as ponzi schemes. Bitcoins have several uses which could legitimate its value as a currency, but also have received ...
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Why do money markets fluctuate so much?

Compared to commodity markets, money markets move a lot. My guess is that commodity markets are less elastic due to fixed production costs. But I don't know if that is the correct explanation.
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Why does falling global bond yields signal coming deflation?

This article suggests that, "Bond markets are signalling something very nasty coming down the road at us – an all encompassing, worldwide deflation. " I cannot understand why bond yields falling ...
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Difference between double auction and continuous double auction?

What is the difference between double auction and continuous double auction? Sometimes I feel that they were types of two-sided auction but sometimes I feel as if they were two separate concepts.
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Why is the term structure curve of agricultural commodities often downward sloping?

I have retrieved the below term structure curve for livestock (lean hogs) from Bloomberg and noticed that it is inverted. I have a vague intuition that this has to do with the storage costs and ...
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Order-driven vs quote-driven markets

What is the difference between order driven and quote driven markets? Is there any theoretical microstructure book that gives the intuition behind the types of markets with respect to the orders that ...
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Free Data Source for Credit Spreads?

Credit spreads are a key economic indicator. They are the difference between yields on corporate and government debt. They are a measure of confidence in the private sector, they provide insight into ...
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Market Value of a publicly traded company

I want to know the market value (market capitalization) of a company on a particular day in the recent past (within the past 5 years). How can I do this, may be with the help of Google Finance or ...
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Saddle path equilibrium on financial market with rational expectations

In his 1978 paper introducing the Tobin tax Tobin states that : As a technical matter, we know that a rational expectations equilibrium on markets of this kind is a saddle point. That is, there ...
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Connection between negative interest rates and negative bond yields

In an answer to one of my other questions: Why does falling global bond yields signal coming deflation, the answerer states: Whereas central banks set rates by policy, long term bond yields are ...
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Conforming mortgage loan limits by county and year

US law restricts the Government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase only those residential mortgages smaller (by origination balance) than a limit, the "conforming loan ...
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Market Behavior under expected and unexpected news

I found the following text in the paper "Real-time Price Discovery in Foreign Exchange" The general pattern is one of very quick exchange rate conditional mean adjustment, characterized by a jump ...
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Literature on DSGE models featuring a financial sector

I recently read a ECB primer on DSGE models featuring the financial sector and became interested in the field. I also started to read some of the earlier literature in that field (e.g. Gertler & ...
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Why is a Normal Yield Curve a sign of a healthy economy?

I think the question is pretty self explanatory. I'm just trying to understand the logic behind why an upward sloping yield curve indicates a good economy?
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Why don't firms and individuals do much more risk management? Couldn't they all hedge all kinds of risks financially?

There are many risks in the economy that agents could hedge. For example, house prices can go up or down, healthcare costs canchange, gas prices constantly change in fact, food prices,etc. They all ...
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With OPEC driving the prices of oil down, can American producers simply store oil produced at higher cost to sell later? [closed]

I have been wondering. With OPEC driving down the price of oil in order to stifle the growth of the American oil industry, what can we do about it? More specifically, why don't these oil producers ...
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What is the need for a special purpose entity/vehicle in mortgage backed securities

What is the need to create a special purpose entity/vehicle (SPV) for mortgage backed securities? What potential risks are avoided due to the creation of SPV? It is my naive idea that the holder of ...
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Competitive vs complete and non-competitive vs incomplete marekts

The very insightful questions that arise, when someone studies micro foundation are the following: What is the difference between competitive and complete marekts? When we refer to the first is it ...
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Volatility and the stock market

In general, it is known that market volatility increases during bear markets while it decreases during bull markets. Why is this the case? It seems strange that volatility is linked to the the general ...
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What does the Fed mean by “smoothening money market functioning”?

In many recent interviews, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has repeatedly mentioned that ensuring the smooth functioning of money markets is a key goal of the Fed's recent monetary policy actions. I want ...
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Difference between Unit and Share?

I was reading the ISO 10962 (the 2015 version) which classifies financial instruments. In the Collective Invesment Vehicle (CIVs) they separe them in: Standard Funds Hedge Funds REIT ETF Pension ...
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Securities Prices in Financial Markets

Hello in the moment I am working with the book "Introduction to the Economics and Mathematics of Financial Markets" by Jakˇsa Cvitani ́c and Fernando Zapatero, which can be accessed at the link. ...
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Beginner wanting to learn about economics/finance to explore career options?

I want to explore the banking/financial industries more for potential career options, can you recommend any books/ free online courses and sources in general as a starting point to build on my ...
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Explaining the net capital outflow - trade balance identity

In an open economy, the following equation always holds, it is an identity: $S-I=NX$ where $S-I$ represents net capital outflow and $NX$ represents trade balance (net exports). This equation tells ...
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Gold and loss of faith in central banking

In this article here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/gold/gold-resurgence-whos-buying-gold-and-why/ , it states that "gold tends to do....best when markets lose faith in central banking". I ...
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Bond market vs stock market during crisis

Why does bond market not change as much as the stock market during financial crisis? On the picture we see the development of the two markets
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Can futures buying/selling distort price discovery?

How credible is the suggestion that specific parties distort price discovery (rig the market) of a given asset by buying/selling corresponding futures contracts or any other derivatives. Should these ...
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What data/factors/attributes do the professionals monitor in a top-down analysis on the macroeconomics?

I am learning to do top-down analysis on a number of sectors in the US equity markets. I have never done it before and I would appreciate it if some professionals can share their experiences with me. ...
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Why obligation acceleration triggers Credit-Default Swaps (CDS)?

ISDA Credit Event definitions state that CDS can be triggered in an event of Obligation Acceleration. What does that mean? If for example, a country pays a bond 1 year prior to maturity are CDS ...
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We see stocks outperforming things like bonds in the long run (past 100 years), but could this be an artifact of that particular 100 year timeline?

When looking at historical return patterns for investments, one can clearly see the stellar performance of equities over the long haul. That being said, we know that we can center in on certain 20-25 ...
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Does the federal reserve create any type of deadweight/welfare loss?

In microeconomics, we learn that when a good is overproduced or under produced, there is a dead weight loss associated with it. It seems like the same concept would apply to macroeconomics, where the ...
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Convex transaction costs

Why do we assume convex transaction costs in theoretic models? What is the intuition and the strict definition of this assumption? Well, I have in mind the Glosten model in 1994. Neither he provides ...
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Showing that a market model has arbitrage and describing martingales

This is an exercise which I came upon while studying an introduction to financial mathematics. Exercise : Consider the finite sample space $\Omega = \{\omega_1,\omega_2,\omega_3\}$ and let $\...
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Does a stock market crash "undo” the multiplier effect's money creation?

The economy grows for multiple reasons, but one is the multiplier effect due to fractional reserve banking. When there is a crash, is that artificially created money essentially destroyed, resetting ...
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Understanding Options Quotes

Below is a picture of today's Rough Rice Options Quote. I would like to understand how to interpret the information in the table below. Firstly, with regards to the future contract we see that it ...
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What topics are important to analyse a financial product? [closed]

When reading analysis papers of financial product, derivative or stock, tangible or not, I noticed that a lot of those papers seem to have similar structures. This got me to the question if there ...