Saturday, August 30, 2008

Asymmetric risk

The FT reports Merrill Lynch having lost a quarter of its profits for the 36 year period as a listed company in the space of 18 months.

This is a similar performance to that of hedge funds that find a skewed distribution for their returns. There are steady profits in return for taking asymmetric risk. This is also linked to the short-term nature of governance and incentives.

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