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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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