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Book Review: The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond

The author summarizes past research on the BRICs and other emerging markets and predicts that by 2050, the world’s largest economies will not be the G–7 nations but will instead include several countries currently considered emerging markets.

Book Review: Behavioral Investment Management

Little has been done to improve the overall state of investment management on the basis of our growing knowledge of behavioral finance. This book is an attempt to address this void in a unified investment management framework based on portfolio optimization with a behavioral component that uses advances in utility theory.

Book Review: Freedom from Wealth

An innovative collaboration between Charles Lowenhaupt and Don Trone, Freedom from Wealth is intended to guide investors, and those who serve them, in forming more holistic (and prudent) plans for managing wealth.

Book Review: Pension Finance

M. Barton Waring has succeeded in creating one of the definitive works on the structure and management of defined benefit plans. This indispensable guide for pension advisers dispels any notion of easy solutions to the problems of defined benefit plans, especially underfunding. His sensible solutions are within our grasp if we choose to accept them.

Book Review: Winning Investors Over

The job of management is to maximize corporate value, which leads CEOs to seek ways to boost their companies’ stock prices. Although generating consistent long-term earnings growth for shareholders would seem the obvious path to reaching that goal, every company will experience difficult times. The question is whether shareholders will regard a down quarter or year as simply a short detour on the overall journey or consider short-run earnings misses significant.

Book Review: Red-Blooded Risk

No one who reads this book will ever again regard risk management as a necessary but unproductive appendage of the financial industry. Other authors have chronicled how quantitative finance influenced investment management, but Aaron Brown has made a compelling case for a far more profound economic impact.

Book Review: Managed Futures for Institutional Investors

Investment professionals thinking of offering managed futures should read this primer on the nuts and bolts of managed futures and conventional “how-to” guide to making money. It provides both the solid theoretical underpinnings of the asset class and the practical aspects of incorporating managed futures into a client’s portfolio.

Book Review: A Decade of Debt

Economics professors Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff document that the public and private debts of industrialized nations have grown to unprecedented levels relative to their GDPs. They find that a large public debt burden slows macroeconomic growth, even without explicit sovereign debt default.

Book Review: Ben Graham Was a Quant

The roots of value investing can be traced back to the 1934 publication of Benjamin Graham and David Dodd’s classic, Security Analysis. Graham later disseminated his views to the general public in the highly regarded book The Intelligent Investor. The influence of Graham’s methodology is indisputable. His disciples represent a virtual who’s who of value investors, including Warren Buffett, Bill Ruane, and Walter Schloss. As a measure of his enduring impact on the field, a search of “Benjamin Graham” on Amazon.com yields more than 900 results concerning Graham’s writings and works about his investment philosophy. Given the success of the master and his students, it is no wonder that Graham remains an investor of immense interest to practitioners.

Book Review: Super Sectors

This book provides a highly accessible and pragmatic approach to the subject of investment vehicles. For the relative newcomer to active investing, it offers several nuggets of useful information. For veteran system developers interested in further honing their trading acumen, it serves as a refresher of key concepts.



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