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Do Index Fund Portfolios Live Up to Expectations?

Are investors expecting more than index funds can deliver?

The Active Equity Renaissance, A Case Study: Alpine Capital Research

Active equity managers can outperform their benchmarks, especially if they follow some important guidelines. Alpine Capital Research (ACR) and its CIO, Nicholas Tompras, CFA, provide a case study on how to implement these factors.

In Practice Summary: Build in Buybacks for Better Forecasts

When investors forecast long-run drivers of stock returns, are cash dividends or payouts such as buybacks more accurate criteria than fundamentals? A new study suggests that they are. Mark Harrison, CFA, explains.

Where Markets Fail: Visible Hands

Markets frequently fail, despite their pristine reputation among capitalists. One way is the many actions taken by buyers and sellers to tilt a transaction in their favor. These visible hands create asymmetries between the parties. Jason Voss, CFA, explains.

Emerging Market Equities: Unloved and Under-Owned

“Emerging market equities [have] a history of headlines — mostly negative — and volatility,” said Devan Kaloo, head of global emerging markets equities at Aberdeen Asset Management. Yet there is reason for optimism, especially for those value investors who dive deeply into the fundamentals, which may be turning positive, Kaloo told attendees at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference.

Carbon Free? Really?

In the final analysis, can we truly measure the emissions of our portfolio? Or understand what the actual “carbon footprint” is? No, not really, says Christopher K. Merker, CFA, but it is becoming easier.

Eugene Fama: Stick with Basic Factors

Have the advances in technology, computing power, and data made the markets more efficient? It’s “not clear,” according to Nobel laureate Eugene Fama.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Wake Up from the Summer Doldrums Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, provides his picks for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition curates stories on the potential repeal of the tax deduction corporations in the United States receive on debt payments, the end of Big Oil, how we can recognize machine consciousness, and more.

Book Review: Concentrated Investing

Sharing insights from top value investors, the authors discuss the strategies that make concentrated value investing profitable while revealing how to reduce and manage risk over time.

Beat the Field by Shooting Par

"What if, instead of trying to beat the market, investors focused on outperforming other investors by earning investing’s equivalent to par?" asks Dougal Williams, CFA.



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