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Muhammad Yunus: Charity with a Business Engine

“Everything starts with solving a very tiny slice of a problem,” explained Muhammad Yunus at the 2016 CFA Institute European Investment Conference. That is how social business begins. “There is no reason anyone should be poor; we just need to fix the system so that all are truly reflected in our economy.” Read more

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Private Equity’s Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Private equity’s demise has been overreported, according to Claudia Zeisberger, founder of INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative. Critics of private equity are not hard to find, and if you listen to them long enough, you’ll hear all kinds of stories that make your stomach turn. No doubt, there have been bad actors abusing the label of “private equity investment.” But private equity is a governance structure, not a business model or industry. Read more

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Top Five Articles from September: Shareholder Value and Career Coaches

Top Five Articles from September: Shareholder Value and Career Coaches

Highlights from last month include a critique of shareholder value maximization by Anjali Pradhan, CFA; a discussion of the distractions caused by vision-narrowing apps and dysfunctional networks from Mark Harrison, CFA; an analysis of the benefits of hiring a career coach by Julia VanDeren; and Daniel Goleman’s take on the the key elements of emotional intelligence as reported by Matthew Borin. Read more

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Top Five Articles from August: James Grant, Marc Faber, Bond Market Bubbles

Highlights from last month include tips on how to effectively read financial news by Robert J. Martorana, CFA; James Grant’s opinion of negative interest rates; a discussion of Marc Faber’s take on the recent shifts in the global balance of economic power by Ron Rimkus, CFA; and the four main skill sets and one big realization that make up intelligence training, by Nathan Jaye, CFA. Read more

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Book Review: Commodity Markets and the Global Economy

Book Review: Commodity Markets and the Global Economy

The author focuses on market dislocation issues that make commodities different from other asset classes, looking at the market’s dynamics through the four major forces that influence the commodity landscape. He examines long-term issues and takes the discussion of commodity markets beyond the typical focus on financial pricing models, emphasizing instead the larger competitive forces of supply and demand. Read more

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