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Systemic Risk Council to US Treasury: Proposed Reforms Merit Fresh Look

In response to the US Treasury’s June 2017 report, the Systemic Risk Council warns that some of the proposals could jeopardize the financials system’s resilience.

Weekend Reads: Courage, Photography, and “History’s Lessons”

There are two words jousting in my mind: leadership and courage. I use "jousting" deliberately. Leadership and courage should go hand in hand, but more often than not, they compete against one another. And courage rarely wins out.

Realizing the Potential of Structured Data

Companies tend to view the use of structured data (e.g., XBRL) as a cost burden. But a new study finds that costs can actually be reduced if companies implement structured data reporting in house.

In Practice Summary: Value Investing — Do Quant Strategies Measure Up?

In the latest edition of the In Practice series, Mark Harrison, CFA, and Phil Davis summarize recent research into whether buying US equities that are underpriced based on simple fundamental-to-price ratios yields better performance than investing in broad market indexes.

Book Review: Economics for Independent Thinkers

Economics for Independent Thinkers is useful to practitioners who make economic forecasts. Investment strategist Daniel Nevins, CFA, recounts becoming a skeptic about the application of quantitative methods to economics and about standard prediction methods, such as the lagging nature of consumer confidence surveys. He especially disdains economists who strive to make reality fit their models.

Parallel Worlds and Brexit: Guiseppe Ballocchi, CFA

"Parallel Worlds," one of the four potential scenarios envisioned in the "Future State of the Investment Profession" study, anticipates the rise of populism, a reduction in the size of the middle class, and a decrease in social mobility. For a better understanding of how this scenario could affect the future of the investment management industry, Robert Stammers, CFA, spoke with Giuseppe Ballocchi, CFA.

Planning for a Non-Retirement

Much of financial planning focuses on retirement. But what if your client isn’t planning to retire? Barbara Stewart, CFA, explores the question.

Weekend Reads: Resilience

Julia VanDeren has been thinking about resilience. Not just in the face of disaster, but in careers as well. In this edition of Weekend Reads, she shares two key components of resilience and some things you can do to become more resilient.

Book Review: Empire of the Fund

William Birdthistle provides a witty description of mutual fund design and categorizes its imperfections entertainingly, offering more palatable alternatives. This slender volume is a welcome addition to the library of the professional and retail investor alike.

Are There Benefits to Being Compliant with the GIPS Standards?

As CFA Institute celebrates the 30th anniversary of performance standards, there is cause to celebrate that approximately 1,600 firms claim compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and that there are 40+ GIPS Country Sponsors supporting the GIPS… READ MORE ›