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Financial Statement Analysis


Resolving ESG Conflicts: Important, But Not Material?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are important, but are all of them material? California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) CIO Christopher J. Ailman discusses how he resolves investment conflicts.

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: The End of Accounting and the Path Forward for Investors and Managers

Drawing from a comprehensive empirical analysis, the authors demonstrate how financial reports have largely lost their relevance and present an actionable alternative for finance professionals.

Where Markets Fail: Markets Are Not Systemic

Markets are usually not systemic. Instead, from the bird’s-eye perspective of "Capitalism," many businesses are "opportunities" in the same way that it feels good to hit yourself in the head with a hammer: It's much better once you stop.

Book Review: Capital Returns

Although a collection of company analyses may not seem like compelling reading, this volume covers an important and underappreciated topic and boasts a superb introduction by one of the great financial writers of our era, Edward Chancellor. Both real-life and fictional examples help readers deepen their understanding of the capital cycle and teach managers and analysts capital cycle pitfalls to avoid.

Non-GAAP Business Performance Measures: An Investor Perspective

Non-GAAP company performance measures are growing in prominence. Is this a good thing for investors who rely so strongly on accounting numbers for evaluating performance and valuing businesses? A recent CFA Institute webinar explored the issue.

The Benefits of Customizing Client Statements

Are customized client statements a good fit for managers and clients?

Is Accrual Accounting Actually Accurate?

Accrual accounting often plays a crucial role in investment decisions. But based as it is on subjective judgment and abstraction, does accrual accounting provide an accurate picture of a business?

Insights from India: Opportunities, Aging Gracefully, and Averting Crises

At the 6th India Investment Conference in Mumbai, sessions discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the investment management industry in India.

Three Clues for Assessing Management

Assessing management is the most difficult analytical task and requires the greatest amount of humility.



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