Practical analysis for investment professionals
31 October 2017

Top Five Articles from October: Thaler, Trillion-Dollar Coins, Volatility

1. A Trillion-Dollar Hedge against the US Retirement Crisis

A “silly but totally legitimate” action may hold the key to shoring up America’s retirement finances. Sloane Ortel explains.

2. Nobel Laureate Richard H. Thaler on the End of Behavioral Finance

Richard H. Thaler, the US economist who elevated the word “nudge” from transitive verb to political catchphrase, can now add “Nobel laureate” to his impressive biography. Lauren Foster discusses Thaler’s contributions to the field of economics.

3. When Does Volatility Equal Risk?

The right question isn’t whether volatility equals risk, says Gary Mishuris, CFA. Rather, the right question to ask is: When does volatility equal risk?

4. The Value of Self-Awareness

The topic of emotional intelligence (EQ) usually evokes predictable responses: eye-rolling, finger tapping, cavernous yawning, and wristwatch glancing. While expected, this response is counterproductive, Jim Ware, CFA, observes. The research is clear: Intelligence (IQ) gets you in the door, but EQ lands you in the winner’s circle.

5. Artificial Intelligence and Defined Contribution Plans

How will artificial intelligence (AI) affect the world of retirement accounts, specifically defined contribution (DC) plans? Sahil Sethi, CFA, anticipates several stages of development.

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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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