Practical analysis for investment professionals
30 November 2017

Top Five Articles from November: Equity Valuations, Amazon, Palm Oil

1. Keep It Simple: 11 Rules for Equity Valuations

James J. Valentine, CFA, shared his 11 rules for equity valuations and setting price targets at the CFA Institute Conference: Equity Research and Valuation 2017. Paul McCaffrey provides a synopsis.

2. Three Tips for Evidence-Based Retirement Plans

Isaac Presley, CFA, has a few suggestions to put a little evidence-based thinking into your clients’ retirement plans.

3. Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Liability-Driven Investment Strategies

The portfolio construction techniques popularized by modern portfolio theory (MPT) are not always practical, writes Dan Tammas-Hastings, CFA. That’s why liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies are generating increased attention.

4. Active vs. Passive vs. Amazon et al.

The top 10% of firms account for 80% of all profits, Sloane Ortel observes. This leaves us with two seemingly conflicting truths: Winners win bigger than ever, but Amazon, one of the world’s biggest winners, is not making much in the way of profits.

5. The Palm Oil Industry: Visualized through Big Data

Palm oil is an inexpensive and highly versatile vegetable oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. And with annual sales of around $50 billion, palm oil is also a big business, albeit one with oversized risks. Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM, and Kalev Leetaru use data visualizations to better understand the sector’s interconnections.

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About the Author(s)
Susan Hoover, JD

Susan Hoover is the digital editor, Enterprising Investor blog, CFA Institute. Previously, she worked for McCallum & Kudravetz, PC, and the U.S. Department of the Navy in real estate and labor law. Hoover earned the CFA Institute Investment Foundations™ Certificate and holds a BA degree from Lehigh University and a JD degree from the Washington College of Law, American University.

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