Practical analysis for investment professionals

Portfolio Management


Take 15: Superior Risk Management through Value Investing

Charles K. Bobrinskoy describes how Ariel Investments puts Buffett value investing principles to work.

Deploying Financial Emotional Intelligence

Emotions can influence financial decisions in surprisingly predictable ways. We tend to be overconfident in our own knowledge and decisions, we extrapolate recent trends while dismissing the past, we refuse to accept losses gracefully by hanging on to our… READ MORE ›

Book Review: Don’t Count on It!

In a lecture presented in 2004, John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, documented a direct and substantial relationship between management costs and mutual fund returns. Stratifying all funds by expense ratio, from lowest to highest, he reported the following 10-year average annual returns by quartile: 10.7 percent, 9.8 percent, 9.5 percent, and 7.7 percent. A presumption of market rationality would lead one to expect that investors demanded reduced fees in response to this negative correlation. According to Bogle, however, the average equity fund’s expense ratio was on a long-run rise, which represented a gain for mutual fund operators but an aggregate loss for the consumers they served.

Take 15: High-Frequency Trading, Flow Toxicity, and the Flash Crash

At the Asian Finance Association Conference in Macao SAR, China, Dr. Maureen O’Hara, an expert in market microstructure and trading, discusses high-frequency markets, algorithmic trading, flow toxicity, and differential access to price information in Asia, as well as the flash crash and market fragmentation.

The Search for Value Continues

Thought leaders from academia and industry were in New York recently for two days of engaging discourse at a conference on Security Analysis and the Search for… READ MORE ›

Take 15: Sovereign Credit Risk and Market Turmoil: Challenges for China’s Economic Policies

Jing Ulrich discusses the economic situation in China, the challenges for policymakers, the development of China’s capital markets, and the management of trillions of dollars of foreign exchange reserve assets in the context of heightened sovereign credit risk and… READ MORE ›

Take 15: Incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance Standards in Emerging Market Companies

Helga Birgden discusses responsible investing practices in Asia Pacific and makes a comparison with those in Europe and North America. She also addresses the latest trends in ESG investing globally and in Asia Pacific and the implications for the investment industry, as well as other pertinent issues.

Take 15: Is Liquidity the Missing Equity Investment Style?

Roger G. Ibbotson argues that a liquidity strategy meets the criteria for a legitimate and sustainable style with clear performance advantages.

Is Jack Bogle Right? Are ETFs Destabilizing the Market?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which offer investors diversification and liquidity at a low cost, have exploded in popularity in recent years and now represent a $1 trillion global market. Morningstar estimates that ETFs now account for at least a third… READ MORE ›



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