Sloane Ortel serves CFA Institute's members globally as a curator and commentator. Based in New York City, she is a regular contributor to the Enterprising Investor, a co-author (with Jason Voss, CFA) of CFA Institute's Investment Idea Generation Guide, and a frequent interviewer of leading industry figures.
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 Will 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.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has unanimously approved guidance that explains what publicly traded companies must disclose to investors regarding cybersecurity risks and incidents. Chairman Jay Clayton has called on public companies to examine cybersecurity procedures and controls. Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (21 Feb.)
US bank regulators should keep the power to liquidate large, complex failed financial institutions in an orderly manner, the Treasury Department said in a report. However, this authority should be employed "as an emergency tool for use under only extraordinary circumstances," the report said. Bloomberg (free registration) (21 Feb.)
Sales of previously owned homes in the US declined 4.8% last month compared with January 2017, the sharpest year-over-year drop since 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors. Demand is strong, but prices are rising and supply is tightening, the trade group says. CBS News (21 Feb.)
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