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MiFID II: Seizing the Opportunity

Investment firms that seize the opportunity created by the European Union’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) can create a much stronger value proposition for clients, writes Colin McLean, FSIP.

Timing the Market: Momentum and Beyond

Pedro Barroso and his colleagues have studied the studied the time-varying volatility of momentum. among other equity factors, and its usefulness in managing exposure to momentum and its crashes.

All Roads Lead to China and Emerging Markets

"We are in a land of pure imagination," when it comes to US equities, says Mark Yusko. “We have been on an escalator up and will be taking an elevator down.” Investors need to look to China and other emerging markets for returns.

Top 10 Posts from 2017: Markets during War, Rules for Equity Valuations, LinkedIn Tips

What were the articles of the year on Enterprising Investor? The 10 leading posts covered a broad spectrum of subjects, from interviewing and cover letter tips, to how to optimize decision making and better understand blockchain technology. They were authored by some of the most influential thinkers in finance, including Michael Batnick, CFA, and Ben Carlson, CFA, and together offer an illuminating view into the state of the investment profession in 2017.

For Better Valuations, Avoid These Five Behavioral Mistakes

Investment strategist Michael Mauboussin explains how investors could generate more accurate valuations and improve their investment decision making by avoiding common behavioral pitfalls.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Holiday Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, curates a holiday edition of Weekend Reads for Investors. Selections examine the inefficiency of bitcoin, the momentum effects of market indices, how marketers manipulate you, and more.

Best of 2017: Top Stories for Investors

Jason Voss, CFA, unveils his choices for investor stories of the year. The winner is a presentation about the oddities of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have gone unnoticed by investors and their advisers.

Pakistan: The Growing Pains of an Emerging Market

The key dilemmas facing Pakistan’s equity market — a small investor base, few new listings on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), and shrinking turnover — are tied to the lack of trust among investors and issuers as well as unnecessary compliance and tax burdens. It will take greater professionalism among the intermediaries and the rationalization of compliance and taxation by regulators and tax authorities to realize the market's potential.

Best of 2017: Financial Analysts Journal, CFA Digest, and In Practice

What can we learn from downloads of CFA Institute publications in 2017? Mark Harrison, CFA, sifts through the most popular CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal articles as well as CFA Digest and In Practice summaries to uncover a few themes.

Top Five Articles from November: Equity Valuations, Amazon, Palm Oil

Eleven rules for equity valuations from James J. Valentine, CFA, as described by Paul McCaffrey; suggestions for evidence-based thinking in retirement plans by Isaac Presley, CFA; and Sloane Ortel's examination of how Amazon fits into the active vs. passive debate are among the top EI posts from November.

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