Practical analysis for investment professionals

Conference Collections

Gain fresh perspectives on key issues without leaving your office — CFA Institute Conference Collections assemble the best insights from global events in a single location. Each collection includes a video of the speaker’s presentation, a full transcript of their remarks, and thoughtful analysis placing it in a relevant context for investment professionals. Conference Collections are eligible for CE credits.


Edward Altman: The Benign Credit Cycle Is in Extra Innings

Edward Altman says the benign credit cycle is in “extra innings,” but the metaphorical relief pitchers — central bankers — are running out of gas. Though most indicators point towards the end of the benign cycle, Altman cannot predict when the stress cycle will begin.

Three Ways to Identify Governance Risk

“Responsible investment” has nothing to do with nebulous moral considerations — it’s all about generating sustainable financial returns, says Sandra Carlisle of Newton Investment Management. Understanding three different levels of a company's profile can help to identify and avoid bad actors, bridging the gap between values-based investing and prudent fiduciary duty.

10 Trends in Asset Stewardship

Rahki Kumar believes it is important for long-term investors to encourage long-term strategy at companies and for all investors to recognize the role they play in markets.

Invest-Tech: The Next Phase of Fintech Innovation

“All invest-tech rests on two pillars: data latency, which is the speed in acquiring or processing error-free inputs, and inferential depth, which is the profoundness and durable accuracy of insights,” says Ashby Monk.

Peter Zeihan on Geopolitics: “A World That Will Fragment”

Geopolitical expert Peter Zeihan foresees simultaneous political crises that will erode local state authorities, unleashing violence and terrorism. Capital flight, driven by geopolitical concerns, will surely follow. “The result is a world that will fragment," he said. "The result is a breakdown in global trade.”

Energy Markets and Musical Chairs

Ten years ago, we thought the world was running out of oil, that China and other emerging market countries would have insatiable energy demand growth, and that production costs would generally rise over time. We were wrong. Energy expert Amy Myers Jaffe explains why.

Responsible Investing Is Coming of Age

With social responsibility now firmly established across the financial services spectrum, Steve Lydenberg, CFA, sees the potential for responsible investing to go beyond mere product innovation and deliver fundamental changes to the operating norms of the global financial system.

Lessons from the Canadian Public Pension Fund Model

What's the secret formula behind the Canadian public pension fund model? Are its strategies applicable in other contexts? A panel of experts recently weighed in.

A New Model for Pension Management

Keith P. Ambachtsheer, long an outspoken advocate for pension reform, gave a sober assessment of the state of the world’s workplace retirement plans, praising the relative strength of plans in northern Europe while declaring those in southern Europe to be a “disaster.”

Mindfulness in the Age of Disruption

"It's very easy for many of us to feel out of control," said mindfulness expert Jeremy Hunter. "We live too much on gas pedal, too much on brake." But there is a way to get back to what Hunter calls our "zone of resilience — a capacity to be calm." The key to doing that is the practice of mindfulness.



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