There are only a few investors today who can legitimately be classified as living legends, and Mario Gabelli, CFA, is one of them. In this wide ranging conversation, we talk about investing, research, and the hunt for investment opportunities.
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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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is willing to provide technical assistance to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Labor Department in the drafting of a fiduciary rule to guide financial advice, said Robert Colby, FINRA's chief legal officer. FINRA "would love to see a best-interest standard applied that was similarly applied across the broker-dealer world," Colby said. ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (20 Oct.)
Tokyo's stocks surged and the yen weakened after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scored a commanding victory in national elections. The outcome was widely viewed as a sign that Japan will stick with its loose monetary policy in an effort to drive inflation up to 2%. Bloomberg (free registration) (23 Oct.)
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision released a report showing that the US and Japan are lagging the EU and other jurisdictions in meeting the bank capital standards outlined in Basel III. The committee assessed compliance with nine standards, which were supposed to have already been adopted. MLex (subscription required) (19 Oct.)
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