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Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA

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Biography

Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA, is a director with Private Asset Management at Robert W. Baird & Co. Merker holds a Ph.D. in Investment Governance and Fiduciary Effectiveness from Marquette University. He is past president of the CFA Society Milwaukee, and a founder and current board member of the CFA Society Milwaukee Foundation, a sister organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy. An adjunct professor of finance at Marquette University, where he teaches the investment course, “Sustainable Finance”, he is also executive director of Fund Governance Analytics, LLC, a provider of ESG research and diagnostic tools for asset owners and institutional investors. He publishes the blog, “Sustainable Finance”, which covers current topics around governance and sustainability in investing (www.sustainablefinanceblog.org).

Author's Posts
Four Challenges in the ESG Market: What’s Next?

It's time for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing to become more of a science and less of an art, says Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA.

Investing: Past, Present, and Future

Memes are simple ideas that sometimes take hold and change the world. Finance has undergone two major cycles of transformation under this principle over the last 100 years and a third cycle more recently. Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA, explains.

Is Investment Expense a Proxy for Good Governance?

Americans are a cost-conscious lot. We all like a good deal. And that's become especially clear when it comes to investing. In almost every governance survey of asset owners, investment expenses have emerged as one of the top three concerns.

Pension Trustees: Corporate Governance and the Behavior Gap

Good governance is not only important, but it also drives real results. Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA, explains.

Carbon Free? Really?

In the final analysis, can we truly measure the emissions of our portfolio? Or understand what the actual “carbon footprint” is? No, not really, says Christopher K. Merker, CFA, but it is becoming easier.

The Stampede into ESG

The recent stampede of asset managers into environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is reminiscent of another time and another industry, says Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA.



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