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.
In Bangladesh, analysts contend with interest ranges instead of interest rates because of a well-intentioned savings program gone wrong. Sloane Ortel and Asif Khan, CFA, take a look at what's happened and what can change.
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.
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The Federal Reserve has nearly completed a proposal for the net stable funding ratio, said Governor Lael Brainard. "This significant liquidity regulation is important to ensure that large banking firms maintain a stable funding profile over a one-year horizon," she said. MLex (subscription required) (19 Apr.)
The US Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Securities and Exchange Commission's administrative law judges. The SEC defends use of in-house judges, but the solicitor general says the way the SEC picks the judges is unconstitutional. Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (23 Apr.)
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