Practical analysis for investment professionals

Equity Investments


Forecast Fatigue: What’s the Value of Annual Market Predictions?

At the beginning of each year, most leading brokerage houses and many prominent investors issue market forecasts. As we approach the saturation point, it is worth pondering whether these forecasts merit the attention of professional investors.

Take 15: ROE: The Wrong Performance Measure for Banks

Robert Jenkins, FSIP, cites the flaws in the traditional return on equity (ROE) measure in measuring bank financial performance and proposes some much needed alternatives.

The DCF Model: Question Your Assumptions

The recent public debuts of companies that have shown great revenue growth but little to no earnings, such as Groupon and LinkedIn, were reminiscent of the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, and there is a natural temptation to get caught up in the hype. For this reason, it is as important as ever for analysts to rely on the fundamental principles of investing and valuation. And the discounted cash flow (DCF) model is a great place to start.

Take 15: Global Investing in the New World Order

With much of the developed world in a sovereign debt crisis, what implications will this have on your portfolio risk profile, benchmark, and asset allocation? Having spent his entire career in emerging market and non-U.S. investments, Jeffrey P. Davis, CFA, describes what he believes is a fundamental shift in the global market portfolio.

Take 15: Superior Risk Management through Value Investing

Charles K. Bobrinskoy describes how Ariel Investments puts Buffett value investing principles to work.

Take 15: High-Frequency Trading, Flow Toxicity, and the Flash Crash

At the Asian Finance Association Conference in Macao SAR, China, Dr. Maureen O’Hara, an expert in market microstructure and trading, discusses high-frequency markets, algorithmic trading, flow toxicity, and differential access to price information in Asia, as well as the flash crash and market fragmentation.

The Search for Value Continues

Thought leaders from academia and industry were in New York recently for two days of engaging discourse at a conference on Security Analysis and the Search for… READ MORE ›

Take 15: Incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance Standards in Emerging Market Companies

Helga Birgden discusses responsible investing practices in Asia Pacific and makes a comparison with those in Europe and North America. She also addresses the latest trends in ESG investing globally and in Asia Pacific and the implications for the investment industry, as well as other pertinent issues.

Warren Buffett Shows His Hand

When Warren Buffett recently disclosed a 5.4% position in International Business Machines (IBM), it took almost everyone by surprise. How did the Oracle of Omaha manage to build a $10.7 billion position in the technology bellwether over the course… READ MORE ›

Book Review: Models.Behaving.Badly

Emanuel Derman spent two decades at Goldman Sachs, making valuable contributions to financial modeling. Before that, as recounted in My Life as a Quant (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), he was a physicist. Today, Derman is the head of risk management at Prisma Capital Partners and directs Columbia University’s financial engineering program. He also devotes energy to combating the belief that security markets can be analyzed with the same mathematical precision as heavenly bodies and subatomic particles.



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