Practical analysis for investment professionals

Private Wealth Management


Three Tips for Evidence-Based Retirement Plans

Isaac Presley, CFA, has a few suggestions to put a little evidence-based thinking into your clients' retirement plans.

Municipal Bonds: How Much to Hold?

How much should a taxable bond portfolio hold in tax-exempt US municipal bonds? Benjamin Doty, CFA, offers his analysis.

In Practice Summary: Managing Sequence Risk to Optimize Retirement Income

You arrive at your retirement day with a sizeable retirement fund. But then what? Some theorize that this is the point when there is the greatest risk of failure in your lifelong savings strategy. This edition of In Practice summarizes an innovative solution to this dilemma curated from new research from Cass Business School, London.

Weekend Reads: Understanding Haiti and the Business of Philanthropy

Inspired by a recent trip to Haiti, Susan Hoover considers the nation's troubled history as well as its recent travails, the value and efficacy of international aid, and how to optimize charitable giving, in the latest edition of Weekend Reads.

“Augmented Intelligence”: Combining Human Intelligence and Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) is making inroads into private wealth management in both investment management and practice management. It’s an exciting time for AI, but will it cause more disruption or innovation for wealth managers?

Top Five Articles from September: The Value Factor, Non-Retirement, Finance and Civilization

A defense of modern portfolio theory (MPT) by Nathan Erickson, CFA, CAIA, and Richard Stott; Nicolas Rabener's analysis of the value of factor investing; and an examination of the non-retirement phenomenon by Barbara Stewart, CFA, were among the leading posts from last month.

Planning for a Non-Retirement

Much of financial planning focuses on retirement. But what if your client isn’t planning to retire? Barbara Stewart, CFA, explores the question.

Book Review: Empire of the Fund

William Birdthistle provides a witty description of mutual fund design and categorizes its imperfections entertainingly, offering more palatable alternatives. This slender volume is a welcome addition to the library of the professional and retail investor alike.

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.

Do Index Fund Portfolios Live Up to Expectations?

Are investors expecting more than index funds can deliver?



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