Robert Stammers, CFA, is director of Investor Engagement for CFA Institute and is responsible for increasing the use and distribution of Future of Finance and CFA Institute content by various audiences. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Stammers was the principal for his founded company where he consulted for real estate owners, lenders, and syndicators to develop and analyze structured real estate investments. There he devised strategy for obtaining debt and preferred equity capital and created finance-related marketing materials and research papers for various clients. Stammers has authored over 100 articles on various financial and investment topics for such investment periodicals as Forbes and Investopedia. He served as a senior equity analyst, where he was responsible for the creation of new investment tools and instructional products to provide the revenues for two new investment education companies. As a senior executive for several institutional fund managers, Stammers was the portfolio manager for a $1 billion enhanced real estate fund, a $1.2 billion private timber fund, and several pension fund separate accounts.
"Parallel Worlds," one of the four potential scenarios envisioned in the "Future State of the Investment Profession" study, anticipates the rise of populism, a reduction in the size of the middle class, and a decrease in social mobility. For a better understanding of how this scenario could affect the future of the investment management industry, Robert Stammers, CFA, spoke with Giuseppe Ballocchi, CFA.
The "Future State of the Investment Profession" explores evolving states of trust and their interdependence with demonstrating and creating value. To get a better understanding of what it means for investment professionals to provide value and how that relates to building trust and improving investor outcomes, we discussed these topics with Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser.
The "Future State of the Investment Profession" study explores "Four States for the Relationship between Investment Management and Society." To better understand these potential future states, we interviewed Richard Brandweiner, CFA, focusing our discussion on the factors required for finance to move towards a more “Professional Industry” as well as other ways it could serve the greater good.
“Purposeful Capitalism” describes an evolution of capitalism wherein the investment industry becomes more professional, ethical, and client-centric. Lutfey Siddiqi, CFA, discusses this scenario in an interview with Robert Stammers, CFA.
April is National Financial Literacy Month in the United States and a time to reflect on the state of financial literacy today and what can be done to improve it. In particular, where should the financial services industry direct its resources in strengthening financial literacy in the United States and throughout the world? We asked readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief what they thought.
Many investment professionals exhibit behaviors that negatively influence performance. If individuals and firms are going to be effective at eliminating these bad habits, the first step is to identify the most egregious — those that seriously impede the achievement of long-term client goals. To help, we asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers what patterns they thought were the most counterproductive.
Whether clients choose to work with an automated or a flesh-and-blood investment adviser, it is paramount that they select one that has a similar investment philosophy, recognizes what the client will and will not abide by in specific investment situations, and is committed to working as a trusted partner in achieving the client's long-term investment objectives.
Trust is the main ingredient that binds clients to particular investment professionals or firms. But that trust can be easily broken, leading investors to seek alternate service providers. Trust is a broad concept, however, and according to a new poll, what causes clients to lose trust and leave a firm is not necessarily what advisers think it is.