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02 March 2015

Top Five Articles from February: The Buffett Bet, Islamic Finance, Charts, and Curiosity

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1. Betting with Buffett: Seven Lean Years Later

Standing seven years into a 10-year wager with Warren Buffett that hedge funds would outperform the S&P 500, Ted Seides, CFA, and Protégé Partners sure look wrong. What follows is Seides’s assessment of why, and an outlook on where to go from here.

2. 14 Charts Worth Your Time

Charts are fascinating, says Will Ortel. And he doesn’t just mean the 14 charts presented here. In one of the more interesting lectures he’s ever heard, Bret Victor makes a number of really thought-provoking points that he hopes you’ll chew over as you skim these images.

3. Is Finance a Noble Profession? (Online Forum)

Whether finance is a noble profession or not is an important issue for the long-term viability of capitalism. This CFA Institute Future of Finance online forum considers the issues.

4. Skills That Separate You as an Investment Manager: Curiosity

Curiosity is a secret weapon for being a better analyst or investment manager, says Jason Voss, CFA. It is about learning, understanding, assessing, efficiency, and thoroughness — all skills needed for investment management success.

5. Is the Islamic Finance Industry a Success or Failure?

Since 1975, when the first Islamic commercial bank was established in Dubai, Islamic finance has come a long way. Its global assets are now estimated to be around US $1.5 trillion across the banking sector, capital markets, and takaful, or Islamic insurance. Given the available track record, how do informed observers characterize the development of this most prominent form of faith-based finance? Usman Hayat, CFA, provides a rundown.

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Paul McCaffrey

Paul McCaffrey is the editor of Enterprising Investor at CFA Institute. Previously, he served as an editor at the H.W. Wilson Company. His writing has appeared in Financial Planning and DailyFinance, among other publications. He holds a BA in English from Vassar College and an MA in journalism from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism.

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