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Top Five Articles from March: Inflation, Manager Selection, Skill Ratio

The introduction of the Skill Ratio by Daniel Blais, CFA; Brodie Gay's examination of how inflation is underreported; and an exploration by Ziad Abou Gergi, CFA, of the manager-selection process, are among the top posts from March.

Skill Ratio: A New Measure for the (Lack of) Persistence in Active Management

Daniel Blais, CFA, introduces a new metric to help identify and differentiate those investment managers who achieve alpha through skill and those who generate it by luck.

Manager Selection: An Alpha Generator in Multi-Asset Portfolios

Cheap exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and smart beta products are no substitutes for active management, says Ziad Abou Gergi, CFA. But the manager-selection industry needs to adapt to the changing environment and investors' price sensitivity.

The Active-Pricing Conundrum in European Funds

European active managers look suspiciously expensive in comparison to their passive counterparts and are reflexively trying to justify or modify their prices. Chris Chancellor, CFA, explores some of their innovative new pricing strategies.

Weekend Reads for Investors: On the Road Edition

Risk intelligence, the importance of meditation for investment pros, and dynamical dark energy are just some of the topics covered in this week's Weekend Reads for Investors, curated by Jason Voss, CFA.

Book Review: Concentrated Investing

Sharing insights from top value investors, the authors discuss the strategies that make concentrated value investing profitable while revealing how to reduce and manage risk over time.

Beat the Field by Shooting Par

"What if, instead of trying to beat the market, investors focused on outperforming other investors by earning investing’s equivalent to par?" asks Dougal Williams, CFA.

Book Review: Efficiently Inefficient

The author provides a thorough guide to the key trading strategies used by hedge funds and offers an overview of active management. He also explains such diverse approaches as quantitative, macro, dedicated short bias, and many more.

C. Thomas Howard: “View the Markets as They Are”

C. Thomas Howard, an opponent of the efficient markets hypothesis, advocates for a radical departure from the idea of diversification at the core of a healthy portfolio.

The Active Equity Renaissance: Renaissance Investment Management Firms

The primary focus of the renaissance investment management firm is delivering the best possible investment performance, not on scaling for scaling’s sake, C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, explain in the latest entry in The Active Equity Renaissance series.



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