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Alternative Investments


Book Review: How to Make Money with Global Macro

Global macro is as much an exercise in navigating the political economy as it is an alternative investment strategy. Practitioners must recognize its limitations and remember that change is the one constant.

Carbon Free? Really?

In the final analysis, can we truly measure the emissions of our portfolio? Or understand what the actual “carbon footprint” is? No, not really, says Christopher K. Merker, CFA, but it is becoming easier.

In Practice Summary: Social Responsibility (SR) Screens and Fund Performance

Does environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing add or subtract value from investment portfolios? According to the findings of a trio of researchers, summarized in the new In Practice series, the answer is neither: Investors can both match index performance while also “doing good” for the environment and society.

The Stampede into ESG

The recent stampede of asset managers into environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is reminiscent of another time and another industry, says Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA.

A Rebalancing Market Means Higher Oil Prices

Jennifer Stevenson sees strong support for oil prices, and a supply-side rebalancing could mean big gains for North American oil companies.

The Golden Age of Hedge Funds

How many of the hedge funds out there are actually worth investing in? Ben Carlson, CFA, explores the question.

Human Rights Issues and Your Portfolio: The Risks and Opportunities

So what are the risks and opportunities associated with integrating or failing to integrate human rights issues into asset allocation considerations? Anjali Pradhan, CFA, explores the issue.

Soros, Fallibility, Reflexivity, and the Importance of Adapting

Eternal market truths are hard to find and difficult for us fallible humans to understand, says Tadas Viskanta. He recommends getting reacquainted with George Soros's theory of reflexivity.

Book Review: Hedge Fund Investing

This introduction to hedge funds is also an instructive work of financial history. It discusses hedge funds in relation to other assets and describes specific hedge fund strategies in detail. It also delves into the nitty-gritty of hedge fund operations. Practical rather than theoretical, the book contains worked examples. And a companion website provides practice questions and guideline answers.

Muhammad Yunus: Charity with a Business Engine

“Everything starts with solving a very tiny slice of a problem,” explained Muhammad Yunus at the 2016 CFA Institute European Investment Conference. That is how social business begins. “There is no reason anyone should be poor; we just need to fix the system so that all are truly reflected in our economy.”



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