Practical analysis for investment professionals
Private Wealth Roundup: The US Elections

The big news for watchers of the wealthy (and U.S. elections) came in late January when Mitt Romney disclosed his tax returns for 2010. Not surprisingly, the presidential wannabe’s low effective tax rate prompted uproar and provided the news media with plenty of fodder.

Take 15 Series: Selecting and Implementing a Fixed-Income Attribution System

Performance attribution has become a standard requirement for institutional clients. This episode discusses practical issues selecting and implementing a fixed-income attribution system. The method requires a great deal of data and high-quality data management systems, but it could be the basis for a standard method of performance attribution in the fixed-income market.

Fixed Income Roundup: Stop Worrying about Europe

January 2012 will likely be remembered by investors as the month in which they stopped worrying about Europe and began discounting other issues.

Will “Incredible India” Be Incredible Again in 2012?

To say that last year was annus horribilis for the Indian economy is an understatement. With inflation above 9%, the Reserve Bank of India raised key interest rates several times only to see GDP growth projections drop to the 6%–7% range. Nonetheless, a panel of financial executives felt sure that with a few policy tweaks the year 2012 will be better than 2011.

Ethics Roundup

Unfortunately, stories of unethical behavior by both individuals and financial institutions continue to dominate the business news headlines. Insider trading and the integrity of asset managers' performance reports have been major themes over the past few months.

Africa: The Land of Alpha

The famed hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Frontier markets — especially those in Africa — are where alpha is going to be.

Economics Roundup

We all know that we live in unusual times. But are there any insights that can be gained by viewing current events through the lens of recent research in economics? As it turns out, there are a lot.

Five Success Factors for High-Growth Financial Advisers

Do you have what it takes to be a successful financial adviser? To find the answer, the folks at MarketPsych surveyed a group of advisers. Not surprisingly, they found there was a strong correlation between a focus on client relationships and business growth.

Dubious Measures: Hedge Funds’ Reporting Draws Scrutiny

There is a plethora of research that has documented a number of “irregularities” in self-reported hedge fund returns. These studies have found that some hedge funds reported smoothed returns, reported disproportionately more small positive returns than negative returns, and reported higher returns in December.

Take 15 Series: The Benefits of Complying with the GIPS Standards

Iain W. McAra provides insight into the many benefits gained by firms claiming compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). He also discusses how firms can leverage compliance for stronger internal controls and better portfolio oversight.



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