Jason Voss, CFA, unveils his choices for investor stories of the year. The winner is a presentation about the oddities of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have gone unnoticed by investors and their advisers.
Why are there so few women in asset management, specifically, and finance, generally? Put that question to Suni Harford, head of investments and group managing director at UBS Asset Management, and she would say: "Lack of opportunity."
Leading posts from August include Preston McSwain's call for more honest and accurate fee disclosures and performance reporting; an examination of Sam Zell's take on the economy by Julie Hammond, CFA; tips on how to ace job interviews by Julia VanDeren; Will Ortel's exploration of what's in a hedge fund name; and an analysis of capital markets during times of war by Mark Armbruster, CFA.
Japan's privacy commission is drafting instructions to provide higher data protection for EU citizens transferred to jobs in Japan than is provided by domestic law. The Personal Information Protection Commission is preparing guidelines as part of an agreement with the European Commission. MLex (subscription required) (15 Feb.)
France has reported an 8.9% unemployment rate for the fourth quarter, the lowest figure in nearly nine years, but Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire wants to ensure the drop in joblessness is the beginning of a long-term trend. Changes in apprenticeship and training being negotiated by the government should further improve employment in coming months, he says. Bloomberg (free registration) (15 Feb.)
A Trump administration budget plan to partly fund the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through fees on the futures industry that would likely be passed on to end users is not sitting well with Senate Republicans. CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, who has sought additional funding, stayed neutral on the proposal when asked at a recent hearing. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (15 Feb.)
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