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US Tax Reform: Three Q1 Considerations for Investors

As US companies begin to report their first quarter results, investors will need to consider the ongoing effects of the 2017 US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, writes Sandra Peters, CPA, CFA.

Assessing Value in the Digital Economy

Analysts need new tools to evaluate new business models.

Book Review: Equity Management

The authors have compiled a highly readable, entertaining, and well-informed collection of articles on the history and development of the quantitative techniques of stock selection.

Time for a Low-Cap Diet?

The emergence of "Godzilla caps" has endangered many "well-diversified" portfolios, making concentration risk much greater than it appears, says James Stefurak, CFA.

Top Five Articles from March: Inflation, Manager Selection, Skill Ratio

The introduction of the Skill Ratio by Daniel Blais, CFA; Brodie Gay's examination of how inflation is underreported; and an exploration by Ziad Abou Gergi, CFA, of the manager-selection process, are among the top posts from March.

The Case for Further Stock Market Gains

The stock market often moves contrary to consensus forecasts, says Mark Armbruster, CFA. In the face of many stock market naysayers, there is a reasonable argument for further gains.

Managers or Analysts: Whose Tone Matters More on Earnings Calls?

The tone of analysts and managers on earnings calls can influence returns for investors. But the tone of analysts, in particular, is especially impactful for institutional investors, according to a recent study.

Skill Ratio: A New Measure for the (Lack of) Persistence in Active Management

Daniel Blais, CFA, introduces a new metric to help identify and differentiate those investment managers who achieve alpha through skill and those who generate it by luck.

Manager Selection: An Alpha Generator in Multi-Asset Portfolios

Cheap exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and smart beta products are no substitutes for active management, says Ziad Abou Gergi, CFA. But the manager-selection industry needs to adapt to the changing environment and investors' price sensitivity.



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