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Ambiguity Tolerance Beats Artificial Intelligence

What can artificial intelligence (AI) do for the investment management industry? What can't it do? Markus Schuller provides his insights.

Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Liability-Driven Investment Strategies

The portfolio construction techniques popularized by modern portfolio theory (MPT) are not always practical, writes Dan Tammas-Hastings, CFA. That's why liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies are generating increased attention.

Investment Strategies amid Uncertainty

“What do you do in today’s market?” Three panelists addressed that question in a discussion at the CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity Conference. Susan Hoover provides a synopsis.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Pyramid Edition

Among the Weekend Reads selections from Jason Voss, CFA, are stories about China and Russia linking their currencies, the missing pieces of artificial intelligence (AI), and pyramids.

Keep It Simple: 11 Rules for Equity Valuations

James J. Valentine, CFA, shared his 11 rules for equity valuations and setting price targets at the CFA Institute Conference: Equity Research and Valuation 2017. Paul McCaffrey provides a synopsis.

Three Tips for Evidence-Based Retirement Plans

Isaac Presley, CFA, has a few suggestions to put a little evidence-based thinking into your clients' retirement plans.

Municipal Bonds: How Much to Hold?

How much should a taxable bond portfolio hold in tax-exempt US municipal bonds? Benjamin Doty, CFA, offers his analysis.

Social Selling: Building Relationships with the Clients of the Future

Advisers need to be using social media, says Barbara Stewart, CFA. Call it social selling. It is not a replacement for traditional, proven selling practices, but in today’s world, you have no choice but to incorporate it into your daily life as an adviser.

Collaborate with Clients to Create Investment Solutions

"Value is defined by the client," Elizabeth Corley explained at the 2017 CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity Conference. "You’ve got to demonstrate that you’re putting their interests first."

The Palm Oil Industry: Visualized through Big Data

Palm oil is an inexpensive and highly versatile vegetable oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. And with annual sales of around $50 billion, palm oil is also a big business, albeit one with oversized risks. Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM, and Kalev Leetaru use data visualizations to better understand the sector's interconnections.



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