Practical analysis for investment professionals
European Sovereign Debt Crisis: Overview, Analysis, and Timeline of Major Events

Most commentators trace the beginning of the European sovereign debt crisis to 5 November 2009, when Greece revealed that its budget deficit was 12.7% of gross domestic product (GDP), more than twice what the country had previously disclosed. However, the real origins of the crisis can be traced to the very structures that govern Europe's institutions.

Take 15: Rebalancing: What’s Next for the China Growth Story?

Michael Pettis reviews the growth track record of China over the past decades and discusses how rebalancing from an investment and export driven economy to a more consumption focused economy could take place going forward. He also discusses Renminbi internationalization and the impact that China’s rebalancing could have on Australia and similar commodity exporting countries.

Low-Rate Environment Favors “Jackie O” Charitable Lead Trust

With interest rates at record lows, wealth managers who serve charitably minded clients in the United States may want to take a closer look at the merits of a charitable lead trust, a vehicle that is sometimes referred to… READ MORE ›

Book Review: Models.Behaving.Badly

Emanuel Derman spent two decades at Goldman Sachs, making valuable contributions to financial modeling. Before that, as recounted in My Life as a Quant (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), he was a physicist. Today, Derman is the head of risk management at Prisma Capital Partners and directs Columbia University’s financial engineering program. He also devotes energy to combating the belief that security markets can be analyzed with the same mathematical precision as heavenly bodies and subatomic particles.

Anatomy of the MF Global Debacle

Here we go again: Another high-profile bankruptcy of a financial firm… Another scandal… It’s just another day on Wall Street, it seems. In October, following a series of debilitating credit downgrades and a steep drop in its stock price,… READ MORE ›

Take 15: How Are Asian Financial Institutions Impacted by Changing Accounting and Regulatory Regimes?

Yin Toa Lee, CFA, reviews the new global regulatory initiatives and changing accounting standards and their business impacts on Asian financial institutions. He discusses what board, management, and audit committees should be doing today to prepare for such significant changes, including issuing communications to the investor and analyst communities.

Take 15: Is Liquidity the Missing Equity Investment Style?

Roger G. Ibbotson argues that a liquidity strategy meets the criteria for a legitimate and sustainable style with clear performance advantages.

European Sovereign Debt Crisis: Pertinent Statistics

It is one thing to talk about the European sovereign debt crisis and its many details and another to look at the statistics that are germane to understanding the crisis. Here then are… READ MORE ›

Ahead of Print: Articles from the November/December FAJ

Articles from the upcoming issue of Financial Analysts Journal include: Active Management in Mostly Efficient Markets; Trading Relative Performance with Alpha Indexes; and more.



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