Blog

Get the latest updates and news from FINCAD. Subscribe and never miss a post! 

Subscribe

Blog
FINCAD Names Diana Laura Alvarez Vizcarra as Winner of its 2021 Women in Finance Scholarship
I am pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Women in Finance Scholarship! Diana Laura Alvarez Vizcarra, a native of Mexico, will use the award money to pursue a MSc degree in Computational Financial Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. The FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship is focused on helping talented women pursue graduate studies and embark on careers in finance. A US$20,000
WIF_logo
Negative Oil Futures: A Sign Of Things To Come?
Negative Oil Futures: A Sign Of Things To Come?
Preparing your option pricing and risk models for negative commodity futures prices This week began with a shocking decline in the May WTI oil futures contract price. In an unexpected sequence of events, combining the low demand for oil, a definitive lack of storage options, and a rush of traders exiting positions before delivery obligations were to occur, the perfect storm was created. The WTI
April 24, 2020
Blog
COVID-19 and the Markets: A Closer Look at Implied Variance Over the Past 60 Days
COVID-19 and the Markets: A Closer Look at Implied Variance Over the Past 60 Days
Market turbulence in the last two months has left many wondering, "What's next?" We've seen indicators of the economy trending poorly, such as high unemployment, continued infection rates, and potential supply chain disruption. Meanwhile the markets themselves have remarkably bounced back to modest declines over the last three weeks. To better understand the markets in uncertain times, it is
April 22, 2020
Blog
Optimizing Technology for Liability-Driven Investing
Optimizing Technology for Liability-Driven Investing
Plummeting interest rates spurred by the COVID crisis are making liability-driven investing (LDI) more challenging than ever. Though firms are seeing reduced returns, they must still try to find ways of ensuring they have sufficient assets to cover their liabilities. To ease some of the complexity, it’s vital to have LDI technology in place with flexibility to properly match investment and risk
April 8, 2020
Blog
Managing Volatility Risk During the COVID-19 Crisis
Managing Volatility Risk During the COVID-19 Crisis
In just a few short weeks, the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on our daily lives and the global economy. Market volatility has increased dramatically, mostly due to significant declines, but also due to some recent positive swings. Drastic measures are now being taken to combat the spread of this novel virus. With investors reacting to the latest news of government stimulus, community infection
March 30, 2020
Blog
International Women’s Day: If You Want it, You can Achieve it
International Women’s Day: If You Want it, You can Achieve it
Yesterday we celebrated International Women’s Day, a day where we reflect on women’s achievements and advancements today and throughout history. To mark the occasion, I had the honor of speaking on a panel of women at my Alma Mater, Simon Fraser University (SFU). The panel discussion dealt with ways women can thrive in male-dominated industries. I was humbled to be among some amazing women from
March 9, 2020
Blog