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Weekend Reads for Investors: Super-Mega High-Quality Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, shares his picks for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition features stories about the dangers of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), a better way to think about and model the human brain, and how the notion of superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) is farfetched.

Book Review: Even the Odds

A leading analyst and portfolio manager shares her approach to sensible risk taking, which can be applied to anticipating, evaluating, and responding to risks in business, investing, and everyday life.

The Retirement Gender Gap: Saving, Risk, and Guaranteed Income

“The big fear society has is your standard of living is going to drop dramatically [in retirement]. And that’s what clients come to you and ask for help on,” says Diane Garnick, chief income strategist and managing director for TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association). So what does the retirement data say? One of the most worrisome trends is the gender retirement gap.

The Active Equity Renaissance: Renaissance Investment Management Firms

The primary focus of the renaissance investment management firm is delivering the best possible investment performance, not on scaling for scaling’s sake, C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, explain in the latest entry in The Active Equity Renaissance series.

Career Mobility for the Future Starts Now

With expectations for average working years extending from 30 to 50 and beyond, we have to be comfortable with sweeping career changes. This is not just due to evolving external factors, but also because our interests, values, and search for meaning will evolve over the span of our working lives. These were among the key takeaways Tracey Wilen emphasized during a Career Conversations interview with Julia VanDeren.

Weekend Reads: Getting Better with Age

Wisdom from John Bogle, a look at cryptocurrencies, and an exploration of the state of farmland in the United States are among the topics covered in this week's Weekend Reads from Will Ortel.

Book Review: Financial Crises, Liquidity, and the International Monetary System

In this reprint of a collection of lectures, the Nobel Prize–winning author expounds on regional and international regulation and monetary and fiscal policy, as well as a host of other economic topics. His insights predate but point toward the recent global financial crisis, and his guidance is timely and critical for a global economy still facing the fallout from the crisis.

The Active Equity Renaissance: Renaissance Portfolio Management

Dismantling the finance industry’s closet indexing factory is a critical step in The Active Equity Renaissance, C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, observe.

Shortcuts to Factor Investing: Multifactor Portfolios and Benchmarking

Mark Harrison, CFA, looks at combining factors in multifactor portfolios and considers issues of performance measurement in factor investing, in the third installment of his Shortcuts to Factor Investing series.

An Index for Any Asset: The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index

The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index tracks the auction prices of 100 "representative" share and bond certificates. It represents the full scope of scripophily — the collection and study of old stock and bond certificates — Jeremy Monk explains.



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