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 and a co-author (with Jason Voss, CFA) of CFA Institute's Investment Idea Generation Guide.
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.
A European Central Bank plan to normalize monetary policy is on track, says Jens Weidmann, president of Germany's Bundesbank. The ECB aims to end bond buying by year-end, clearing the way for gradual interest-rate increases, Weidmann says, and a forecast of 1.7% inflation in 2020 is in line with stability targets. Reuters (19 Aug.)
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he hopes for a breakthrough in talks between the US and Mexico about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Lighthizer also said he expects Canada might rejoin talks soon. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (17 Aug.)
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