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George Friedman: A US Recession Is Imminent, So Watch Germany

George Friedman will be watching how one last piece of the global financial crisis plays out very carefully. Peter M.J. Gross explains.

Weekend Reads from India: Mendel’s Garden, New Normals, and Bank Recapitalization

To understand how good ideas can evolve into bad ones, the history of genetics provides an insightful illustration, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, observes.

Weekend Reads: Understanding Haiti and the Business of Philanthropy

Inspired by a recent trip to Haiti, Susan Hoover considers the nation's troubled history as well as its recent travails, the value and efficacy of international aid, and how to optimize charitable giving, in the latest edition of Weekend Reads.

US Tax Reform: “Voodoo Economics”

While Joachim Klement, CFA, has some sympathy for the proposals coming out of the White House and US Congress to cut corporate taxes despite the potentially negative long-term effects, he is less sanguine about their efforts to eliminate or reduce estate and individual income taxes.

Government Influence: Spurring and Stalling Fintech

Fintech is forcing official policy makers to weigh the interests of consumers and corporations, while balancing the need for innovation and protection, in rewriting government rules and operating methods, Joshua Bateman, CAIA, CFA, reports.

Weekend Reads: Facebook, Tribalism, and the Search for Meaning

Why smart people do foolish things, the search for meaning, and the potential dangers of social media and smartphones are among the topics covered in Lauren Foster's latest Weekend Reads.

US Tax Reform: Taking Care of Business

As 2017 enters its final quarter, the White House and US Congress are trying to tackle a key Republican pledge from the 2016 elections: comprehensive tax reform. A major aspect of the preliminary proposal: a reduction in corporate tax rates. Joachim Klement, CFA, explores the potential costs and benefits of such a policy in the first installment of his two-part analysis of US tax reform.

Four Headwinds to Economic Growth, Says Dallas Fed Chief

"I don't see GDP growth running away from us," Robert S. Kaplan said. "In fact, if we don't take wise actions from a policy point of view, I actually think potential GDP is likely to trend lower over the next number of years from where it is now."

Four Lessons from the CFA Society New York 80th Anniversary Dinner

Ultimately, the core of our profession’s success will be continuing education, says Bjorn Forfang.

Top Five Articles from September: The Value Factor, Non-Retirement, Finance and Civilization

A defense of modern portfolio theory (MPT) by Nathan Erickson, CFA, CAIA, and Richard Stott; Nicolas Rabener's analysis of the value of factor investing; and an examination of the non-retirement phenomenon by Barbara Stewart, CFA, were among the leading posts from last month.



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