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Book Review: Concentrated Investing

Sharing insights from top value investors, the authors discuss the strategies that make concentrated value investing profitable while revealing how to reduce and manage risk over time.

Book Review: Financial Crises, Liquidity, and the International Monetary System

In this reprint of a collection of lectures, the Nobel Prize–winning author expounds on regional and international regulation and monetary and fiscal policy, as well as a host of other economic topics. His insights predate but point toward the recent global financial crisis, and his guidance is timely and critical for a global economy still facing the fallout from the crisis.

Selling Sugar Short?

The irresistible demand of public opinion has forced universal male suffrage, women’s suffrage, prohibition (and its repeal), civil rights, and anti-tobacco laws. Sugar may be the next big crusade. Investors should keep this in mind when looking at food companies and pharmaceuticals.

Book Review: Too Little, Too Late

The book is a collection of 15 papers on the current challenges in sovereign debt restructuring and alternatives for resolving them. For investment analysts, it is a valuable resource of systematic analysis, insight, and data on an increasingly important topic.

Book Review: Inside the Investments of Warren Buffett

In four parts, author Yefei Lu covers specific cases from Warren Buffett’s career. Lu digs through old annual reports, Moody’s Investors Service manuals, and partnership letters to provide the reader with the key data points and metrics that Buffett would have seen when he first researched the 20 businesses. This kind of valuation work should be of great interest to equity analysts and value-minded portfolio managers.

The Job Market for Analysts: How to Ride a Swinging Pendulum

The job market for analysts today is more competitive than ever, and reaching the top requires a different skillset than was expected of previous generations.

Book Review: A Theory of Accumulation and Secular Stagnation

The author investigates Thomas Malthus’s theories of secular stagnation and uses his findings to shed light on the sluggish growth and lethargic employment rates that have recently plagued the US economy.

Mentoring: A Constant State of Learning

How do you know a mentor–mentee relationship will be effective and rewarding?

Book Review: Opening Credit

Focusing on traded credit, the authors lay out the basic principles of fundamental corporate credit analysis and illustrate the key elements with recent examples. They explain why credit analysis should be focused on management rather than reported financial results. To be useful to credit analysts, financial results should be adjusted to reflect the company’s “economic behavior.” The authors also discuss common company manipulations and effective methods for dealing with these manipulations.

Book Review: Environmental Finance and Investments

The authors analyze environmental commodity markets and how they can attract investments, focusing on the application of market-based instruments to incentivize the behavior and change needed to deliver environmental quality and mitigate environmental risk. This book can be read linearly, chapter by chapter, or it can be used by fund managers, regulatory investors, and green-finance experts as a reference to gain valuable insights into how to manage carbon markets.



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