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Futurology — Can Things Only Get Better or Worse?

The only certainty about the future is that it will continue to serve as an endless source of debate for intellectuals and economists.

Meet The Hedge Fund Manager Who Asks: Why Are You Not Indexing?

Do you really think that you are good enough to beat the market? If not, Lars Kroijer explains how you can invest simply in low-cost alternatives. It's easier, cheaper, and for many investors, likely to produce better results.

The Future of Long-Short Equity

Although historically one of the leading strategies in the hedge fund world, long/short equity has recently underperformed other venues for hedge fund investment. What does the futture hold?

Behavioral Finance and the “Freudian Put”: An Interview with StockTwits’ Phil Pearlman

Several days ago CFA Institute sat down with a man who has his finger on the pulse of the markets better than most, Phil Pearlman, executive editor of StockTwits.

Details You May Have Missed at Social Investing: Digital Wall Street

A panel of financial social media influencers and startup founders discussed the current state of social investing, as part of New York Social Media Week. Here are some highlights from the event.

Will the “Value Investing Challenge” Yield the Next Great Investment Idea?

Yesterday the Value Investing Challenge, a partnership between the Value Investing Congress and SumZero, announced the three finalists for its inaugural investment idea contest, from which a winner will be announced at the 8th Annual New York Value Investing Congress, to be held October 1–2, 2012 in New York City. The winner will also be asked to present at the conference, which will also feature presentations by headliners David Einhorn and Bill Ackman.

New Mantra for Investors: “Show Me How”

“Show me how” should be the mantra of all investors. For decisions big and small, examining the assumptions behind the predictions can tell you a great deal about the potential risks and rewards of an investment.

Asset Allocation in An Uncertain World: Three Market Experts Share Their Outlooks For The Year Ahead

At a recent conference, investment professionals from Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, and the State of Wisconsin Investment Board shared their frameworks for decision making and presented competing visions for how the next 12 months are likely to unfold. They also hinted at how they would position portfolios for optimal advantage.

Social Impact Bonds: Turning the Recidivism Rate into an Internal Rate of Return

Is it possible to earn a return by investing in reducing recidivism among prisoners? The link between the economic activity of investing and the social problem of prisoners who are repeat offenders may be far from obvious, but the answer is yes, it is possible.

Innovation in Impact Investing: Social Impact Bonds (Video)

Toby Eccles, founder and development director at Social Finance, explains the concept of investing through social impact bonds and how this innovative investment structure can help solve social problems while generating a return on investment for the socially motivated investors.



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