Darren Schuringa, CFA, who recently published a white paper on investing in master limited partnerships (MLPs) with his colleagues at Yorkville Capital Management, stopped by our office to discuss their findings. Darren previously worked as a partner and senior portfolio manager at Estabrook Capital Management before founding Yorkville.
Robert Stammers, CFA, is director of Investor Engagement for CFA Institute and is responsible for increasing the use and distribution of Future of Finance and CFA Institute content by various audiences. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Stammers was the principal for his founded company where he consulted for real estate owners, lenders, and syndicators to develop and analyze structured real estate investments. There he devised strategy for obtaining debt and preferred equity capital and created finance-related marketing materials and research papers for various clients. Stammers has authored over 100 articles on various financial and investment topics for such investment periodicals as Forbes and Investopedia. He served as a senior equity analyst, where he was responsible for the creation of new investment tools and instructional products to provide the revenues for two new investment education companies. As a senior executive for several institutional fund managers, Stammers was the portfolio manager for a $1 billion enhanced real estate fund, a $1.2 billion private timber fund, and several pension fund separate accounts.
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Cboe Global Markets has gained regulatory approval to launch two exchange-traded funds that disclose holdings less frequently than the norm. The American Century Focused Dynamic Growth ETF tracks 30 to 45 fast-growing entities, while the American Century Focused Large Cap Value ETF tracks 30 to 50 entities deemed undervalued. ETF (14 Feb.)
A US judge has given Kraft Heinz and Mondelez International a partial victory in a case that accuses the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of issuing statements in violation of a settlement agreement. The firms had requested the court make orders including holding the CFTC in contempt of court, and the judge said the orders would be partly granted. Reuters (15 Feb.)
Commodity houses in Geneva were disrupted Monday by climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion group, which occupied the office of oil trader Vitol. Protesters say they targeted Switzerland because it is a major center for commodity trading. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (17 Feb.)
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