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Matthew Borin is an intern at CFA institute. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics from Williams College, Williamstown, MA.

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Bob Geldof on Investing in Africa

Africa is a unique opportunity because it is a “blank slate,” according to Bob Geldof. “Corkers,” his description of firms poised to take off once they get capital, are just waiting for new investment.

Selecting Small- and Mid-Cap International Value Equities

Jonathan Moog, CFA, and the Lizard Investors team concentrate on the international small- to mid-cap space because they believe there are inefficiencies in that market.

How to Improve Your Memory

"When someone has a razor-sharp memory, we perceive them to be more intelligent,” says memory expert Chester Santos. “And we always want to do business with, we’re always going to refer, those professionals we perceive to be the most intelligent." That's why it's worth sharpening our memory skills, says Santos. And he has some pointers to help hone them.

Daniel Goleman: Three Steps to Better Investing

There are three elements to emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman: mindfulness, empathy, and relationship skills. Developing these attributes is critical to becoming a better investment adviser.

Health Care Is Critical to Wealth Care

Carolyn McClanahan believes that financial planners need to help clients figure out their long-term goals rather than focusing on investments alone. She finds that many financial planners avoid discussing health with their clients despite its significant implications.

What Explains the Oil Crash? Not Reduced Demand

“What drives long-term energy demand growth? People and income,” Jennifer Stevenson explained.

Good vs. Lucky: Assessing Portfolio Manager Performance

There are three intangibles that all good portfolio managers have, says Jacques Lussier, CFA, but factor-based benchmarks are still the best way to distinguish the effective managers from the lucky ones.

Weekend Reads: Summer Olympics Edition

Gold, a bitcoin hack, and which Olympic events are the most "watchable," are just a few of this week's Weekend Reads offerings.

James Grant: Negative Interest Rates Will End — Badly

“Radical monetary policy begets more radical policy,” says James Grant. “It seems to me at some point markets or voters will put a stop to this.”

Edward Altman: The Benign Credit Cycle Is in Extra Innings

Edward Altman says the benign credit cycle is in “extra innings,” but the metaphorical relief pitchers — central bankers — are running out of gas. Though most indicators point towards the end of the benign cycle, Altman cannot predict when the stress cycle will begin.



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