Practical analysis for investment professionals
02 April 2018

Top Five Articles from March: Inflation, Manager Selection, Skill Ratio

1. Why Isn’t There Any Inflation?

Published estimates suggest inflation has been nonexistent despite extended, near-zero interest rates and a near doubling of the M2 private money supply since the recession. But those estimates are misleading, says Brodie Gay.

2. Manager Selection: An Alpha Generator in Multi-Asset Portfolios

Cheap exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and smart beta products are no substitutes for active management, says Ziad Abou Gergi, CFA. But the manager-selection industry needs to adapt to the changing environment and investors’ price sensitivity.

3. Red States, Blue States: Two Economies, One Nation

Red and blue states vary so much in their economic trajectories that they may as well be two distinct countries, writes Joachim Klement, CFA.

4. Skill Ratio: A New Measure for the (Lack of) Persistence in Active Management

Daniel Blais, CFA, introduces a new metric to help identify and differentiate those investment managers who achieve alpha through skill and those who generate it by luck.

5. Increasing Client Withdrawal Rates in Retirement

For retirees, success means, in part, not outliving their money. Two recent studies shed insight on how advisers can help clients accomplish that, Isaac Presley, CFA, reports.

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About the Author(s)
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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