Practical analysis for investment professionals
Weekend Reads: Study the Exceptions

'Pataphysics is the hard-to-describe study of exceptions, and investment professionals are well served spending some time with it. Sloane Ortel explains.

Social Selling: Building Relationships with the Clients of the Future

Advisers need to be using social media, says Barbara Stewart, CFA. Call it social selling. It is not a replacement for traditional, proven selling practices, but in today’s world, you have no choice but to incorporate it into your daily life as an adviser.

Suni Harford: The Key to Retaining Women in Finance

Why are there so few women in asset management, specifically, and finance, generally? Put that question to Suni Harford, head of investments and group managing director at UBS Asset Management, and she would say: "Lack of opportunity."

Collaborate with Clients to Create Investment Solutions

"Value is defined by the client," Elizabeth Corley explained at the 2017 CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity Conference. "You’ve got to demonstrate that you’re putting their interests first."

The Palm Oil Industry: Visualized through Big Data

Palm oil is an inexpensive and highly versatile vegetable oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. And with annual sales of around $50 billion, palm oil is also a big business, albeit one with oversized risks. Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM, and Kalev Leetaru use data visualizations to better understand the sector's interconnections.

Weekend Reads from India: Mendel’s Garden, New Normals, and Bank Recapitalization

To understand how good ideas can evolve into bad ones, the history of genetics provides an insightful illustration, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, observes.

The Active-Pricing Conundrum in European Funds

European active managers look suspiciously expensive in comparison to their passive counterparts and are reflexively trying to justify or modify their prices. Chris Chancellor, CFA, explores some of their innovative new pricing strategies.

Shaping the Future of Finance: Recent Gender Diversity Research

Heather Brilliant, CFA, and Brad M. Barber discuss recent research on gender diversity at the CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity Conference. Lauren Foster provides a synopsis.

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.



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