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Women: The Private Investigators of Finance

All advisers are capable of spotting fraud. But based on a couple of recent stories and some interesting statistics, Barbara Stewart, CFA, thinks women may have a head start.

Sam Zell on Global Growth: “Where’s the Demand?”

The first question Sam Zell asks when someone offers up an investment opportunity is “Where’s the demand?"

The Sharing Economy and the Evolution of Crowd-Based Capitalism

Technological advances are reshaping the global economic system and the future of work. At the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference, Arun Sundararajan shared his findings on how technology is transforming the labor force and business organizations.

Resolving ESG Conflicts: Important, But Not Material?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are important, but are all of them material? California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) CIO Christopher J. Ailman discusses how he resolves investment conflicts.

The Future of Digital Banking: What’s Next?

“Digital banking hasn’t actually arrived yet,” David M. Brear of 11:FS told Lauren Foster. But it's coming. He discussed how he anticipates digital banking and fintech to disrupt the finance industry.

The Active Equity Renaissance, A Case Study: Alpine Capital Research

Active equity managers can outperform their benchmarks, especially if they follow some important guidelines. Alpine Capital Research (ACR) and its CIO, Nicholas Tompras, CFA, provide a case study on how to implement these factors.

In Practice Summary: Build in Buybacks for Better Forecasts

When investors forecast long-run drivers of stock returns, are cash dividends or payouts such as buybacks more accurate criteria than fundamentals? A new study suggests that they are. Mark Harrison, CFA, explains.

Where Markets Fail: Visible Hands

Markets frequently fail, despite their pristine reputation among capitalists. One way is the many actions taken by buyers and sellers to tilt a transaction in their favor. These visible hands create asymmetries between the parties. Jason Voss, CFA, explains.

Geopolitical Uncertainty in Investing: Plan for Every Scenario

Politics and geopolitics are polarizing and confusing. Yet it is critical that investors integrate such criteria into their analysis, according to Willis Sparks.

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.



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