Practical analysis for investment professionals
02 June 2014

Top Five Articles from May: TED Talks, Creativity, and Utility Stocks

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1. Five TED Talks That Changed the Way I Live, Love, and Work

From time to time, we publish book lists on everything from what to read to become a better finance professional to ways to improve your career prospects. But Lauren Foster figured: Who has time to read a pile of books? Instead, she rounded up  five TED and/or TEDx talks that she found compelling — for the simple reason that they all inspired her to think about an aspect of her life in a new way.

2. The Future of Finance: Ten Key Talks from the 67th CFA Institute Annual Conference

Some of the most fascinating presentations this year covered the limits of fundamental analysis, took issue with the utility of hedge funds, and highlighted the “economics of good and evil.”

3. Skills That Separate You as an Investment Manager: Creativity

If you would like to separate yourself from the crowd of highly motivated and highly intelligent candidates, try adding the following to your arsenal of skills: creativity.

4. The Predictive Power of Utility Stocks

Utility stocks have previously been identified as leading indicators for broad stock market movements, and important new research not only confirms the predictive power of utility stocks but also puts it to work in a fairly simple strategy which rotates into and out of utility stocks based on the relative strength of the sector.

5. How to Measure Your Success as an Investor

Measuring your success as an investor involves a lot more than just evaluating your returns performance.


Please note that the content of this site should not be construed as investment advice, nor do the opinions expressed necessarily reflect the views of CFA Institute.

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About the Author(s)
Jennifer Curry

Jennifer Curry formerly served as managing editor of the Enterprising Investor. Previously, she was the social media manager at the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Prior to her work at NYSSA, Curry worked as the senior project editor for a nonfiction imprint at Barnes & Noble Publishing and as an assistant editor at the H.W. Wilson Company. She is the editor of several volumes in the Reference Shelf series, and her writing has appeared in Smithsonian, IndustryWeek, Barnes & Noble Review, and other publications. Curry holds a BS in journalism and a BA in anthropology from the University of Kansas, and an MA in anthropology from Hunter College, City University of New York.

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