Sloane Ortel publishes The Sloane Zone, an email newsletter that comes when you least expect it and makes more sense than it should. She joined CFA Institute's staff as a sophomore at Fordham University, and was instrumental to the global growth of Enterprising Investor as a collaborator, curator, and commentator over the subsequent eight years.
The top 10% of firms account for 80% of all profits, Sloane Ortel observes. This leaves us with two seemingly conflicting truths: Winners win bigger than ever, but Amazon, one of the world’s biggest winners, is not making much in the way of profits.
Across the globe, it has been a summer of storms, both real and figurative. Good luck tuning out the thunder. But Sloane Ortel has a suggestion for this weekend — a long one in the United States: Spend some time on the slower-moving tempests.
Can luck be multiplied through language? Picking a name for your firm that is both pronounceable and memorable would seem to play some role in the overall success of your effort. After all, you are unlikely to be the only game in town.
The UK's National Cyber Security Center will no longer notify the Information Commissioner's Office about data breaches, but will encourage organizations to comply with the law. NCSC chief Ciaran Martin said the agency "will never pass specific information to a regulator without first seeking the consent of the victim." Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (24 Apr.)
Principal has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for approval of three exchange-traded funds that select equities based upon value, quality growth and momentum factors. If approved, the Principal International Multi-Factor Core Index ETF, Principal U.S. Large-Cap Multi-Factor Core Index ETF and Principal U.S. Small-MidCap Multi-Factor Core Index ETF will select stocks from broad Nasdaq indexes that are rebalanced every six months. ETF (24 Apr.)
Contenders to succeed Mark Carney as governor of the Bank of England when his contract expires in February 2020 are emerging. They include Andrew Bailey, the chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, BoE Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy Ben Broadbent, and Raghuram Rajan, a professor of business at the University of Chicago. BBC (24 Apr.)
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