Practical analysis for investment professionals
How can China Rebalance from an Export and Investment Driven Economy to a Higher Consumption Share of GDP?

At the Australia Investment Conference in Sydney, Michael Pettis (pictured left), a professor at Peking University and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discussed READ MORE ›

Take 15: Synthetic Risk and Reward Indicator: Simplifying or Over-Simplifying Risk?

Paul D. Kaplan, CFA, shares his analysis of the Synthetic Risk and Reward Indicator (SRRI) that has been introduced by the European Commission for investment funds as a part of the UCITS.

Is It Déjà Vu All Over Again?

The Wall Street Journal has published a number of articles about Groupon, the ecommerce internet company that is planning to go public. A July 28th article focused on Groupon’s use of a… READ MORE ›

Could Higher Energy Costs Abroad Lead to a Recovery in U.S. Manufacturing?

U.S. manufacturing may be down but don’t count it out. In fact, the U.S. manufacturing sector could be poised for a comeback. The reason? Skyrocketing energy and transport costs now make it far more attractive to produce goods locally,… READ MORE ›

BlackRock’s Rick Rieder on the Future of Fixed Income in a Post-QE World

When it comes to the European and U.S. debt crises are we nearing the dénouement — or still in the opening act?

At the Financial Analysts Seminar in Chicago earlier this week, Rick Rieder (pictured left), managing… READ MORE ›

Take 15: The Latin American Investment Climate

Latin America creates an interesting set of investment opportunities in light of its potential for economic growth and the development of its financial markets. Melvin Escudero discusses some of the elements that will be critical for Latin America's continued growth in the future.

Research in Emotional Finance Suggests That Trying to Beat the Market Causes Emotional Conflict and Instability

Do your investment decisions involve emotions?

You may be inclined to think not, but according to Professor David Tuckett, a psychoanalyst at University College London, emotions are part and parcel of investment decisions.

A researcher in emotional finance,… READ MORE ›

Limited-Purpose Banking: Can It Fix the Financial System?

Jimmy Stewart Is Dead.

It’s not an obituary. It’s the title of a recent book by Laurence Kotlikoff, a prominent economist and a professor at Boston University. The title is referring to the 1940s feel-good movie, READ MORE ›

How to Improve Your Investment Writing

To communicate effectively with your clients, use correct grammar and punctuation, avoid jargon, follow a clear structure, keep it concise, and employ a little wit.

That was the advice offered by two writing-skills trainers, Fiona Rintoul, a journalist (above, left),… READ MORE ›

Are Structured Products and Complex Credit Assets the Phoenix of the Financial Crisis?

As the Roman epic poet Virgil wrote in the Aeneid, “Fortune favors the brave.” For investors who live by this creed, complex credit assets and structured investments — once the scourge of global financial markets — are beginning to regain… READ MORE ›



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