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Lauren Foster

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Biography

Lauren Foster is the former managing editor of Enterprising Investor and co-lead of CFA Institute’s Women in Investment Management initiative. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for Barron’s and the Financial Times. Prior to her freelance work, Foster spent nearly a decade on staff at the FT as a reporter and editor based in the New York bureau. Foster holds a BA in political science from the University of Cape Town, and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.

Author's Posts
Avoiding the Siren Song of Emotions: Notes from the Wealth Management Conference

What do Homer’s Odyssey, Boombustology, and "financialese" have to do with wealth management? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Private Wealth Roundup: The US Elections

The big news for watchers of the wealthy (and U.S. elections) came in late January when Mitt Romney disclosed his tax returns for 2010. Not surprisingly, the presidential wannabe’s low effective tax rate prompted uproar and provided the news media with plenty of fodder.

Five Success Factors for High-Growth Financial Advisers

Do you have what it takes to be a successful financial adviser? To find the answer, the folks at MarketPsych surveyed a group of advisers. Not surprisingly, they found there was a strong correlation between a focus on client relationships and business growth.

Whither the Single-Family Office? New Rules Redefine Family Offices

We are just two months shy of the deadline for the SEC’s new rules on family offices, which could shake up the way the ultra wealthy manage their affairs and prompt some consolidation in the industry.

Helping Clients Monetize Privately Owned Businesses

Starting a private business could put you on the path to untold riches. But it could also land you in a precarious financial position.

Prepaid Variable Forwards: Hedging Risk and Deferring Taxes

Think of the name Lauder and the first thing that probably comes to mind is cosmetics. But mention the family to a savvy tax and estates attorney, or a financial adviser who is adept at arranging tax-advantaged transactions, and you may be surprised to hear the words “prepaid variable forward contract.”

Private Wealth Roundup: The Eurozone Crisis

While the eurozone crisis dominated the news in recent weeks, there were plenty of other articles on topics of interest to wealth advisers and their clients.

Getting Your Arms — And Those Of Your Clients — Around Effective Philanthropy

Pop quiz: If your client wants to talk to you about effective giving strategies, are you equipped to handle the discussion?

If not, consider this: Wealthy clients are increasingly expecting their advisers to talk about philanthropy. According to the READ MORE ›

Daniel Kahneman: Financial Advisers Aren’t Immune from the “Illusion of Skill”

A few weeks ago, Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel prize-winning psychologist and pioneer of behavioral economics, wrote a fascinating article in The New York Times Magazine that examines the illusion of skill as it… READ MORE ›

Low-Rate Environment Favors “Jackie O” Charitable Lead Trust

With interest rates at record lows, wealth managers who serve charitably minded clients in the United States may want to take a closer look at the merits of a charitable lead trust, a vehicle that is sometimes referred to… READ MORE ›



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