Mark S. Rzepczynski is CEO of the Funds Group at FourWinds Capital Management, Boston
This book is the US intelligence community’s best assessment of critical drivers and political scenarios worldwide over the next 15 years. The overview is broken into megatrends, game changers, and potential alternative scenarios. It delineates those regions and issues that may hold both the greatest opportunities and the greatest risks in the future.
The author, an international finance expert, focuses on the complexities of the US dollar as the global reserve currency. Exploring current fundamental modeling and the politics of international financial coordination, he details why, in spite of news reports concerning its demise, the dollar will continue to be the dominant world currency.
Using 50 years of theory and empirical evidence, the author presents processes, or protocols, for investment success. He focuses on using effective tools for managing more efficient portfolios without relying on forecasting skill. The book develops protocols that appreciably improve portfolio efficiency.
This fourth book in the Market Wizards series includes 15 interviews with hedge fund traders. It details many variations regarding which markets to trade in, what time frame to incorporate, and how to use information. The wizards trade in all markets, including futures, options, equities, and bonds.
These books deepen our knowledge of the key issues surrounding the global financial crisis. Although both works suffer somewhat from a myopic viewpoint, together they enhance the finance professional’s understanding of the crisis and its causes.
Little has been done to improve the overall state of investment management on the basis of our growing knowledge of behavioral finance. This book is an attempt to address this void in a unified investment management framework based on portfolio optimization with a behavioral component that uses advances in utility theory.
M. Barton Waring has succeeded in creating one of the definitive works on the structure and management of defined benefit plans. This indispensable guide for pension advisers dispels any notion of easy solutions to the problems of defined benefit plans, especially underfunding. His sensible solutions are within our grasp if we choose to accept them.
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