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Where Are Fees and Expenses Not Costs?

In the often-alternative world of alternative investing, says Preston McSwain.

The Vollgeld Initiative: A Primer

Switzerland will vote on a measure to end fractional reserve banking in 2018. Known as the Vollgeld, or "Full Money," Initiative, this proposal could transform modern finance as we know it. Jason Voss, CFA, curates a helpful reading list.

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.

US Corporate Tax Cuts: Companies Concerned about Year-End Time Crunch

Yesterday, Congress passed the tax reform bill that reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Tax law changes will make it into financial statements when they are signed by President Donald Trump. While the changes are not effective until 2018, they significantly impact estimates made in 2017 financial statements once the bill is signed.

ESG: The X-Ray of Finance

Rising interest rates will make environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors one of the most important sources of alpha for investment managers, according to Omar Selim.

Good Financial Adviser/Bad Financial Adviser

Inspired by a Ben Horowitz essay, Isaac Presley, CFA, sets out to define what differentiates the good financial advisers from the bad ones.

US Corporate Tax Cuts: Two Boogeymen to Keep in Mind

The yet-to-be-completed US tax bill reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and encouraging the repatriation of earnings is generally seen by investors as a positive development. But investors should be mindful of several resulting tax consequences that may decrease valuations and corporate earnings once the bill is enacted.

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.

Book Review: Winning the Loser’s Game

This book’s greatest value to investment professionals is its analysis of the organizational dynamics of institutional investing.

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.



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