Ron Rimkus, CFA, is Director of Economics & Alternative Assets at CFA Institute, where he writes about economics, monetary policy, currencies, global macro, behavioral finance, fixed income and alternative investments, such as gold and bitcoin (among other things). Previously, he served as SVP and Director of Large-cap Equity Products for BB&T Asset Management, where he led a team of research analysts, 300 regional portfolio managers, client service specialists, and marketing staff. He also served as a Senior Vice President and Lead Portfolio Manager of large-cap equity products at Mesirow Financial. Rimkus earned a BA degree in economics from Brown University and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Topical Expertise: Alternative Investments · Economics
Will Bitcoin Make It?
Portfolio managers and advisers who have accepted bitcoin and cryptocurrencies on a conceptual level must wrestle with practical questions for their flesh-and-blood clients, says Ron Rimkus, CFA.
The United States recently hiked tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and a trade war with China may be looming. Ron Rimkus, CFA, considers the implications.
Russell Napier, ASIP: 21 Lessons from History
The astute investor appreciates both knowledge and thought by embracing the lessons of history, and financial market historian Russell Napier, ASIP, has studied those lessons extensively.
US Economy: Swimming with the Tide?
Warren Buffett once said, “You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.” Could the tide be receding for the US economy? Ron Rimkus, CFA, explores the question.
Eugene Fama: Stick with Basic Factors
Have the advances in technology, computing power, and data made the markets more efficient? It’s “not clear,” according to Nobel laureate Eugene Fama.
Progress Interrupted by Populism
Scarcely any attendees at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference thought that the populist tide had peaked and would start subsiding. Panelists Neil Howe, Michala Marcussen, CFA, and Willis Sparks discussed what it meant for global economies.
Jorge Castañeda: Latin America at a Turning Point
Latin America has achieved a pivotal milestone, Jorge Castañeda explained at the inaugural CFA Institute Latin America Investment Conference. After decades of difficulty, democracy seems to have finally taken root. Ron Rimkus, CFA, explains.