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Performance Measurement & Evaluation


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 October: Thaler, Trillion-Dollar Coins, Volatility

An unorthodox solution to the US retirement crisis from Sloane Ortel; a discussion of Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler's contributions to economics by Lauren Foster; and an analysis of the value of self-awareness by Jim Ware, CFA, are among the top EI posts from October.

Private Equity Presentations: Are Some Tall Tales?

Private investment fund internal rate of return (IRR) and volatility calculations can sometimes be quite misleading. So what can be done about it? Preston McSwain has some recommendations.

When Does Volatility Equal Risk?

The right question isn't whether volatility equals risk, says Gary Mishuris, CFA. Rather, the right question to ask is: When does volatility equal risk?

Book Review: The Power of a Single Number

Gross domestic product has become the comparative benchmark for the wealth and growth rates of nations. The author provides a concise history of GDP, which offers fertile ground for the consideration of future changes to its use and to the use of other inputs in the valuation of stocks and stock markets.

Top Five Articles from August: The Market in Wartime, Sam Zell, Fund Names

Leading posts from August include Preston McSwain's call for more honest and accurate fee disclosures and performance reporting; an examination of Sam Zell's take on the economy by Julie Hammond, CFA; tips on how to ace job interviews by Julia VanDeren; Will Ortel's exploration of what's in a hedge fund name; and an analysis of capital markets during times of war by Mark Armbruster, CFA.

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.

In Practice Summary: Social Responsibility (SR) Screens and Fund Performance

Does environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing add or subtract value from investment portfolios? According to the findings of a trio of researchers, summarized in the new In Practice series, the answer is neither: Investors can both match index performance while also “doing good” for the environment and society.

Shortcuts to Factor Investing: Multifactor Portfolios and Benchmarking

Mark Harrison, CFA, looks at combining factors in multifactor portfolios and considers issues of performance measurement in factor investing, in the third installment of his Shortcuts to Factor Investing series.

The Active Equity Renaissance: New Frontiers of Risk

One modern portfolio theory (MPT) pillar that is unquestionably broken is the use of volatility, specifically standard deviation, as a measure of risk, Jason Voss, CFA, and C. Thomas Howard write in the latest edition of The Active Equity Renaissance series. This initial error in MPT's development is a major contributor to active investment management underperformance.



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