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FMG Discussion Paper: 'The Anatomy of the CDS Market' by Martin Oehmke Adam Zawadowski.

New LSE financial markets research programme in partnership with Swiss Re
LSE has announced a formal partnership with Swiss Re, one of the world's largest reinsurers, to support an 18-month research programme on monetary policy and long tem investment. The project got underway with an event entitled 'The Big Ease'.

FMG Discussion Paper: 'What is the Expected Return on a Stock?' by Ian Martin and Christian Wagner.

What Donald Trump could do to make America great again without destroying free trade
Investors are looking for signs that the populist agendas of his campaign will be left where they belong: on the campaign trail, writes Simeon Djankov in the LSE Business Review. Read more.

Is Europe spending too much?
With a loose monetary policy, public sectors have little incentive to modernise, argues the FMG's Simeon Djankov in the LSE Business ReviewRead more.

Is European Red Tape a Real Reason for Brexit? Hardly
Business leaders – notably James Dyson and the CEO of JCB – have cited the scale of EU regulation as a reason to leave, and voters have been persuaded. Yet some of this criticism is unjustified, writes Simeon Djankov. Indeed, the UK was instrumental in setting up the European Commission’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board, whose purpose is to clamp down on unnecessary red tape. Read more.

FMG's Simeon Djankov on Europe’s Growth Challenges
Simeon Djankov has addressed Europe's Growth Challenges in a series of interviews and a public lecture at Aarhus University. Addressing issues including tech, European Energy Union, pensions and tax, Dr Djankov proposes a series of measures to improve European Growth.

Public Lecture: How Much Equity Capital Should Banks Have?
Recorded at LSE in April, Sir John Vickers (Oxford) discusses the contentious issue of the appropriate amount of equity capital that banks should hold against their assets. Listen now.

New working paper highlights the 'Curse of the Benchmarks' in financial markets
A new working paper by Dimitri Vayanos and Paul Woolley suggests that using stock market indexes as benchmarks of investment performance causes most of the problems associated with asset pricing and asset management: risk/return inversion, short-termism, bubbles and crashes, and  low returns. Intriguingly, momentum funds game benchmarked funds and exacerbate the distortions. Read the paper.

Public Lecture: Has European Venture Capital Finally Arrived?
Recorded at LSE, this event brings together academics and practitioners to discuss the state of the European venture capital market. Professor Ulf Axelson sets the stage with a short presentation of new evidence on the drivers of success of venture capital deals, contrasting results in Europe and the US. Professor Felda Hardymon then leads a panel discussion featuring Byron DeeterSaul Klein, and Magnus GoodladWatch now.