Finance Matters

Finance Matters

Finance Matters: The MIT Sloan Finance Group Blog

Finance Matters is the MIT Sloan Finance Group’s platform for sharing the latest on Finance faculty research, perspectives on financial industry news, MIT Sloan finance-related events, and will feature guest posts from our faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates.

Welcome to Finance Matters

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on October 17, 2012

MIT is often referred to as home to the “pioneers of modern finance,” including luminaries such as Fischer Black, John Cox, Robert Merton, Franco Modigliani, Stewart Myers, Stephen Ross, Paul Samuelson and Myron Scholes. With traditions deeply rooted in finance, today the MIT Sloan Finance Group continues its commitment to training the next generation of finance professionals. Through new programs, growing course offerings, and a commitment to groundbreaking research and policy analysis, MIT remains a leader in financial thought and…
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Tackling the challenges of governments as financial institutions

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on October 2, 2014

From the MIT Sloan Newsroom: Governments not only regulate the private financial marketplace, they also own and operate some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Government agencies make trillions of dollars of loans, insure large and complex risks, and design new financial products. Yet their leaders often lack the analytical support and rigorous financial training of their peers in the private sector, and transparency is often lacking.   The MIT Center for Finance and Policy officially launched this month to…
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What is the optimal trading frequency in financial markets?

Posted by Haoxiang Zhu on September 25, 2014

Trading speeds in financial markets have increased dramatically over the last decade. In markets for equities, futures and foreign exchange, transactions take place in milliseconds to microseconds (or even nanoseconds). Markets for fixed-income securities like corporate bonds and over-the-counter derivatives like interest rate swaps and CDS are also catching up quickly by adopting electronic trading. The dramatic speed-up of financial transactions can perhaps only be matched by the intensity of the events and debates surrounding it, especially in the context…
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Bridging the knowledge gap on governments as financial institutions

Posted by Deborah Lucas on September 3, 2014

Ask most finance experts about the “world’s largest financial institutions,” and you’ll hear names like Citigroup, ICBC (China’s largest bank) and HSBC. However, governments top the list of large financial institutions, with investment and insurance operations that dwarf those of any private enterprise. For instance, last year the U.S. federal government made almost all student loans and backed over 97% of newly originated mortgages. Add to that Uncle Sam’s lending activities for agriculture, small business, energy and trade, plus its…
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