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Weekend Reads: Open Offices, Gigs Revisited, Snapchat Falls Flat

The open-office environment is all the rage these days. But does it accomplish what it sets out to? Paul McCaffrey explores this question, the gig economy, Snapchat's dismal showing, and more, in the latest Weekend Reads.

Book Review: Finance-Led Capitalism

Drawing on his extensive economics expertise, Robert Guttmann dives deeply into the topic of innovation as it relates to economic growth. The book is impressive in scope and groundbreaking in addressing both the positive and negative effects of financial innovation on society. The author discusses the global financial crisis as well as other historical financial crises to explore the ways innovation has enriched and endangered society.

Trust and Fiduciary Services: Questions to Consider

We are socialized to believe that we get what we pay for. In the case of trustee and planning services, does the lack of a stated fee imply to clients that these services have little value? Preston McSwain offers his perspective.

The Active Equity Renaissance: Behavioral Financial Markets

Jason Voss, CFA, and C. Thomas Howard have questioned many orthodoxies of modern portfolio theory (MPT). But what do they propose to take their place? Behavioral finance.

Weekend Reads: Ubuntu, a Sub-2:00 Marathon, and Quiet Reflection

“I am, because of you.”

This, very simply, is ubuntu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu famously described ubuntu as meaning “my humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.” It is ubuntu that guides the mission and strategy of the… READ MORE ›

Book Review: Frontier Investor

Like their emerging market forebears, frontier markets present unique and profitable opportunities for those willing to do the hard work. A veteran of the emerging market and frontier market spaces, author Marko Dimitrijević, CFA, attempts to close the gap between misperception and reality regarding this part of the investment world. Not merely a primer on these markets, Frontier Investor offers a basic, succinct grounding in emerging market and frontier market attributes and the intellectual toolkit with which to approach them. Both experienced and novice investors will find the book’s reflections and guidance at once entertaining and useful.

Conscious Communication: Headline Speaking and Writing

You never expect to hear a client say, “I enjoy an inartfully delivered, vague, and winding message with digressions and personal updates about your private life.” And yet that's how some advisers communicate with them. Jim Ware, CFA, discusses the art of headline writing and speaking for effective communication.

The Fintech Files: Understanding Blockchain

Blockchain is an often discussed, rarely understood topic. What is it all about? What changes will it bring to financial services? What are the benefits and road blocks? Larry Cao, CFA, asked Jennifer Qin of Deloitte for her take on these questions.

Top Five Articles from April: Active Equity, Robos, and ETFs

Jason Voss, CFA, and C. Thomas Howard share some insights on the demise of modern portfolio theory (MPT); Lauren Foster discusses the future of robo-advisers; and Tadas Viskanta advocates that we keep ETFs weird, in the top Enterprising Investor posts from April.

Investing in Europe: Where’s the Return?

US investors aren’t too fond of European stocks these days and for good reason. But it may be time to consider investing in European equities, Michael Batnick, CFA, writes.



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