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02 May 2016

Top Five Articles from April: Sell in May and High-Impact Resumes

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Top Five Articles from April: Sell in May and High-Impact Resumes

1. Three Tips for Building a High-Impact Resume

Career coach Dennis Grady offered valuable advice on constructing an effective resume in a recent webinar. Julia VanDeren breaks his insights down into three critical pointers.

2. Dumb Alpha: Sell in May and Go Away?

If the sell-in-May effect holds true, investors can outperform a simple buy-and-hold strategy by selling stocks at the beginning of May and buying them back at the beginning of November. But does the so-called Halloween indicator actually work? Joachim Klement, CFA, explores the question.

3. The Bedrock of Due Diligence? Skepticism and “Cracking the Narrative”

Research analysts must rethink due diligence and manager selection, says Tom Brakke, CFA. Performance chasing doesn’t work, and at the end of the day, an analyst’s job is to crack the corporate narrative and tie the “what” to the “how.” The best due diligence, Brakke says, is “field work.”

4. Will Smart Beta Be the Next Industry Disruption?

It is too early to say whether smart beta can deliver disruptive innovation to the investment world. But it already appears to be chipping away at parts of the active management product space, says Shreenivas Kunte, CFA.

5. How NOT to Approach Allocators

We learn best what to do by gaining an understanding of what not to do. Ted Seides, CFA, illustrates that point by highlighting several of the more puzzling solicitations he’s received over the years.

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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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