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Book Review: Money

Book Review: Money

In this provocative book that sheds light on the recurring — and potentially worsening — financial crises since the beginning of the floating-exchange-rate era in 1973, the authors propose a solution that calls for a return to stable currencies through a new version of the gold standard embodied in a bill currently pending in the US Congress. Read more

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Women’s Work: Getting Ahead Despite Glass Ceilings, Glass Cliffs, and Leaky Pipelines

Women's Work: Getting Ahead Despite Glass Ceilings, Glass Cliffs, and Leaky Pipelines

Women make up more than half of the professional and technical workforce in the United States, and yet the gender gap in business and investment management persists. What’s important is to raise awareness around the issue of gender bias and work and to encourage organizations to foster professional development among women. The way forward and towards change is having the conversation in the first place. Read more

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The “Unknown Unknowns” of the Contingent Convertible Market

The "Unknown Unknowns" of the Contingent Convertible Market

The financial crisis of 2008–2009 highlighted weaknesses in the way banks calculated both their capital ratios and risk-weighted assets (RWAs). Prior to the crisis, banks held too little capital on their balance sheets and did not hold enough liquid funds. These shortcomings led the banks to have large write-downs during the crisis, which in many cases required state intervention to allow the banks to remain solvent. Read more

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Book Review: The Value Proposition

The Value Proposition: Sionna’s Common Sense Path to Investment Success

The book is an informative guide for those striving to gain a deeper understanding of and improve their skills in value investing. Its themes include adapting to changing market conditions, defining and calculating intrinsic value, and constructing and rebalancing portfolios. Read more

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Weekend Reads for Finance Pros: Our Brains and “The Disease” of Busyness

Weekend Reads for Finance Pros Our Brains and "The Disease" of Busyness

I don’t know about you, but I have a very hard time sitting still and just “being” instead of “doing.” My idea of “relaxing” usually involves something physical: running, swimming, cooking, spring cleaning, doing whatever, so long as I’m on the move. It takes a lot of discipline to just “be” instead of “do.” Which is why a passage from a recent post on the On Being blog, “The Disease of Being Busy,” really struck me. Read more

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