Practical analysis for investment professionals
Richard Thaler: To Intervene or Not to Intervene

Richard Thaler reviewed many of our behavioral frailties during his lively and engaging presentation at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The key takeaway, according to Shreenivas Kunte, CFA: If only we could learn.

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.

Weekend Reads: Summer of Storms

Across the globe, it has been a summer of storms, both real and figurative. Good luck tuning out the thunder. But Will Ortel has a suggestion for this weekend — a long one in the United States: Spend some time on the slower-moving tempests.

Book Review: A Man for All Markets

A Man for All Markets is the autobiography of a man regarded by many as the father of quantitative finance. His story is one of a mathematician who moved from solving such casino games as blackjack to applying his skills to option pricing and statistical arbitrage. As he recounts his journey, he provides insights for all money managers on how to generate an edge and beat the markets through deep research.

Toward a Professional Investment Industry: Richard Brandweiner, CFA

The "Future State of the Investment Profession" study explores "Four States for the Relationship between Investment Management and Society." To better understand these potential future states, we interviewed Richard Brandweiner, CFA, focusing our discussion on the factors required for finance to move towards a more “Professional Industry” as well as other ways it could serve the greater good.

What Happens to the Market if America Goes to War?

Mark Armbruster, CFA, reviews historical capital markets performance during times of war.

Nutrition Labels for Investment Portfolios?

Before the Nutrition Label and Education Act of 1990 mandated the ubiquitous nutrition fact label, consumers did not always know what was in the food they ate. Could investors today use a similar solution when it comes to what's in their portfolios?

Russell Napier, ASIP: 21 Lessons from History

The astute investor appreciates both knowledge and thought by embracing the lessons of history, and financial market historian Russell Napier, ASIP, has studied those lessons extensively.

The Purpose Imperative

Too many investment professionals are "addicted to winning," and it's a problem for them and their clients.

Weekend Reads from India: China, Capital Shifts, and Thucydides Traps

Led by China and the East, the world economy has changed at an unprecedented pace and scale. Shifts in the global pecking order could be even more significant by 2050. The 6th CFA China Investment Conference was an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the change drivers influencing investment opinion. Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, offers some observations and lessons from his two days in Beijing.



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