Practical analysis for investment professionals
Losing Money to Preserve Capitalism: Can We Afford to Continue Bailouts? (Part 1)

A major and ancient tenet of capitalism is the importance of losses to preserving the efficiency of markets. Yet modern banking system bailouts fly in the face of this perennial philosophy.

Book Review: Super Sectors

This book provides a highly accessible and pragmatic approach to the subject of investment vehicles. For the relative newcomer to active investing, it offers several nuggets of useful information. For veteran system developers interested in further honing their trading acumen, it serves as a refresher of key concepts.

Trust is in the Details: Why Advisers Need to Close the Knowledge Gap on Alternative Strategies

A recent survey suggests that some investment advisers may be recommending alternative investment strategies that neither they nor their clients fully understand. In order to regain the confidence and trust of clients and the public at large, investment professionals must commit to doing a better job of understanding — and communicating — the features, characteristics, and risks of these complex strategies.

The DCF Model: Question Your Assumptions

The recent public debuts of companies that have shown great revenue growth but little to no earnings, such as Groupon and LinkedIn, were reminiscent of the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, and there is a natural temptation to get caught up in the hype. For this reason, it is as important as ever for analysts to rely on the fundamental principles of investing and valuation. And the discounted cash flow (DCF) model is a great place to start.

Take 15: How Much Is the Financial Sector Contributing to the Real Economy?

Roger Bootle shares his views on concerns about the relative size of pay and performance in the financial sector as well as what needs to be done to address these concerns.

Top 5 Articles from December

Last month's most popular posts from the blog include articles on the potential FX mortgage crisis in Europe, competitive currency devaluation, and the sustainability of China's economic growth.

Leadership Lesson for the Eurozone: The Rule of Small Groups

Physical limitations in humans seem to limit our ability to make effective group decisions when the number of the group exceeds seven members. This has important implications for boards of directors, investment committees, and transnational economic organizations, such as the eurozone.

Take 15: Global Investing in the New World Order

With much of the developed world in a sovereign debt crisis, what implications will this have on your portfolio risk profile, benchmark, and asset allocation? Having spent his entire career in emerging market and non-U.S. investments, Jeffrey P. Davis, CFA, describes what he believes is a fundamental shift in the global market portfolio.

Book Review: Portfolio Design

Richard Marston certainly has the credentials to author a book on portfolio design. Currently the academic director of the Private Wealth Management Program at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, he has taught in five countries, is the recipient of both a Rhodes Scholarship and a Fulbright Fellowship, and—perhaps most relevantly—has taught asset allocation to more than 5,000 financial advisers as a faculty member in the Certified Investment Management Analyst program. Marston has accomplished what many investment academics find difficult—namely, produce a book that is truly practical and “hands-on” for both financial advisers and investors. Portfolio Design: A Modern Approach to Asset Allocation deftly combines rigorous academic research with everyday investment experience to provide a guidebook to the complexities underlying portfolio design and asset allocation.

Take 15: Valuation: Lessons Learned from the Crisis

Steven J. Sherman discusses the role of the International Valuation Standards Council and how it differs from that of the accounting standard setters. Mr. Sherman also provides his thoughts on the large number of restatements by public companies in recent years due to valuation issues.



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