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Usman Hayat, CFA

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Usman Hayat, CFA, writes about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing and Islamic finance. He is the lead author of "Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues in Investing: A Guide for Investment Professionals;" the literature review, "Islamic Finance: Ethics, Concepts, Practice;" and the research report "Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing and Islamic Finance: Similarities and Differences." He is interested in online learning and has directed three e-courses for CFA Institute: "ESG-100," "Islamic Finance Quiz," and "Residual Income Equity Valuation." The other topics he writes about are macroeconomics and behavioral finance. He has experience working in securities regulation and as an independent consultant. His qualifications include the CFA charter, the FRM designation, an MBA, and an MA in development economics. He has served as a content director at CFA Institute. He is a former executive director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and former CEO of the Audit Oversight Board (Pakistan). His personal interests include reading and hiking.

Author's Posts
Green Bonds: What’s Right, What’s Wrong

The young green bond market has grown fast. Since the market's initial inception in 2007, the total yearly green bond issuance has expanded to $36.6 billion for 2014, triple that of 2013.

Investment Decisions: How to Avoid Groupthink

What does it take to manage behavioral biases like groupthink in investment decisions? According to Paul Craven, ASIP, it's about being both self-aware and self-disciplined.

Ethics and Finance: Candid Insights from John Hendry

Does the financial services field constitute a profession? Are its practitioners more prone to ethical lapses than those in other sectors? Does it contribute to inequality? In this provocative interview, Cambridge University professor John Hendry, author of Ethics and Finance: An Introduction, offers some startling answers and considers ways to make financial services more ethical.

Nouriel Roubini: Unconventional Truth Six Years after the Crisis

Usman Hayat, CFA, interviewed Nouriel Roubini last month at the Middle East Investment Conference. Roubini shared his thoughts on why the unconventional monetary policies implemented since the Great Recession have not delivered on the hopes of their proponents or the fears of their detractors.

Is the Islamic Finance Industry a Success or Failure?

Since 1975, when the first Islamic commercial bank was established in Dubai, Islamic finance has come a long way. Its global assets are now estimated to be around US $1.5 trillion across the banking sector, capital markets, and takaful, or Islamic insurance. Given the available track record, how do informed observers characterize the development of this most prominent form of faith-based finance?

Film Review: Money for Nothing

The documentary film Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a critical evaluation of the policies pursued by the US Federal Reserve over the years. Released in the United States in 2013 and set amid the context of the global financial crisis, it explores what has become a rather familiar paradox: more debt is both the problem and the solution in pursuing economic growth.

Poll: What’s the Best Solution to the Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis?

Decision makers do not seem to support the Grexit, but a plurality of our readers do.

Poll: Is the 24/7 Financial News Cycle More Signal or Noise?

When we addressed this question to CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers, an overwhelming 84% of 847 respondents voted that it is generally more noise than signal.

Best of 2014: ESG Issues in Investing

Usman Hayat, CFA, rounds up his favorite pieces on socially responsible investing (SRI) from the past year.

Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Start-Ups: An Interview with Murat Ünal

Beyond traditional investment analysis and the relatively modern analysis of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues lies social network analysis (SNA), which promises to help inform investment decisions. But what is SNA and how and why can it inform investment decisions in start-ups? To answer these questions CFA Institute interviewed Murat Ünal, DBA.

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