John Bowman, CFA, is former managing director, Americas, at CFA Institute. He also served as managing director and co-lead of education at CFA Institute. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Bowman was a fund manager and equity analyst for Mellon Growth Advisors and State Street Global Advisors. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Mary Washington.
The asset management industry is at an inflection point. Learning clients’ goals, considering the whole picture, understanding their risk profiles, and using their unique objectives to create custom benchmarks are far better uses of time than debating the merits of active vs. passive investing, quarterly returns, or any of the other issues that are secondary to helping secure a brighter future for our clients.
It was just shy of two weeks since President Donald Trump’s inauguration when former US Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke took to the podium at the CFA Society Boston’s 31st Annual Market Dinner. His presentation covered a broad range of topics, from the current state of macroeconomics, regulation, and policy, to financial stability and the geopolitical climate at large. John Bowman, CFA, shares a few key takeaways from his speech and the subsequent question-and-answer session.
John Bowman, CFA, argues that the public's' outrage of The Wolf of Wall Street wasn't because of the glorified “bad guy”, Jordan Belfort, but rather, the fact that the movie was a microcosm of lingering frustration based on the fundamental flaws that still exist in the finance industry.
Sebastian Dovey explains the importance of a deeper understanding of the client, the implications of the digital revolution, the cross-cultural influences on client profile, and how these dynamics will shape the future of the wealth management industry.
Jan Straatman, global CIO of Lombard Odier, believes that risk management at the portfolio level has been negligent, and a different approach with a new sense of urgency is needed to build more effective solutions.
Lord Meghnad Desai discusses his "rediscovered" historical perspective on India as well as the Indian economy, capital markets, and its people going forward and the implications for investment professionals.
With much of the developed world in a sovereign debt crisis, what implications will this have on your portfolio risk profile, benchmark, and asset allocation? Having spent his entire career in emerging market and non-U.S. investments, Jeffrey P. Davis, CFA, describes what he believes is a fundamental shift in the global market portfolio.
Roger G. Ibbotson argues that a liquidity strategy meets the criteria for a legitimate and sustainable style with clear performance advantages.
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