David Larrabee, CFA

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David Larrabee, CFA, is director of Member and Corporate Products at CFA Institute and serves as the subject matter expert in portfolio management and equity investments. Previously, he spent two decades in the asset management industry as a portfolio manager and analyst. He holds a BA in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in finance from Fordham University. Topical Expertise: Equity Investments · Portfolio Management

Weekend Reads for Investors: A Building Froth in Stocks

Weekend Reads

There is a speculative froth building in US stocks that is hard to ignore these days. Facebook was motivated to pay $19 billion for mobile messaging firm WhatsApp in order to gain access to their reported 450 million user base rather than their meager revenue stream, estimated at $20 million in 2013. This brings to mind the price-to-eyeballs metric that was first popularized by then–Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker during the dot-com boom of the late 90s. Read more

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A Little Industry Experience May Make You a Better Analyst

A Little Industry Experience May Make You a Better Analyst

Is an analyst with prior industry experience more likely to be on target with his earnings forecasts and stand a better chance of being named to Institutional Investor magazine’s All-America Research Team? In a word, yes. At least that was the conclusion of a recently published study which examined the biographical data and earnings estimates of 2,590 analysts over a period of nearly three decades. Read more

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