In August's leading posts, Larry Cao, CFA, receives a blockchain update, Julie Hammond, CFA, considers the state of fixed income, and Clare Flynn Levy shares tips for succeeding as a portfolio manager.
Why do professional investors talk about behavioral finance more than they apply its insights? How do single stocks influence factor returns? The leading Enterprising Investor posts from last month address these questions and more.
In Bangladesh, analysts contend with interest ranges instead of interest rates because of a well-intentioned savings program gone wrong. Sloane Ortel and Asif Khan, CFA, take a look at what's happened and what can change.
The European Central Bank is optimistic bond buying will end this year, because inflation is expected to steady. Officials expect inflation to stay in line with a goal of slightly less than 2% yearly. ABC News (11 Oct.)
S&P Global Ratings might downgrade UK banks in the event of a no-deal Brexit, warning "current ratings and/or outlooks may not prove to be consistent with a disruptive Brexit accompanied by a severe economic shock." Fitch Ratings says that banks are well-capitalized but that any lengthy disruption in wholesale markets could present challenges. Reuters (11 Oct.)
Pedro Sanchez, prime minister of Spain and leader of the minority Socialist government, has signed a budget deal with the far-left Podemos party that would raise taxes, increase the minimum wage and expand some welfare programs. Sanchez might call early elections if lawmakers do not approve the budget. Politico (12 Oct.)
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