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04 July 2016

Top Five Articles from June: Brexit, Damodaran, and Dumb Alpha

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Top Five Articles from June: Brexit, Damodaran, and Dumb Alpha

1. Dumb Alpha: How to Build an Above Average Hedge Fund

Joachim Klement, CFA, demonstrates a method for beating average hedge fund returns — without the fees. It’s the best dumb alpha can offer: a simple, low-cost investment strategy that outperforms more sophisticated and expensive alternatives.

2. Aswath Damodaran on How to Invest Internationally

Aswath Damodaran believes investors make two common valuation errors when it comes to country risk exposure: They focus on countries instead of companies and obsess over past mistakes. Matthew Borin discusses these and other insights culled from Damodaran’s recent Take 15 interview with Shreenivas Kunte, CFA.

3. Alpha Wounds: Lack of Independent Judgment

Active managers are often viewed as Sherlock Holmes-style detectives gathering facts, interviewing witnesses, and developing theories to inform their investment judgments. In the latest edition of his Alpha Wounds series, however, Jason Voss, CFA, argues that this perception rarely reflects reality.

4. The Brexit Results: What Happened, What’s Next?

The United Kingdom’s official exit from the European Union (EU) will be a long and uncertain process. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty governs a departure from the union, but provides few guidelines. Matthew Borin runs through some potential possibilities in the months ahead and provides a reading list for those looking for more background and analysis.

5. What Hungry Investors Really Want from Their Financial Advisers

Investors want what Meir Statman calls “utilitarian benefits.” We know that a diversified, low-cost portfolio is theoretically best, writes Ron Surz, but we’d rather have the amusement and bragging rights of expensive, risky investments like hedge funds and specialized equity managers.

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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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