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International Equities: Diversification and Its Discontents

Do international equities still offer diversification benefits?

Geraldine Sundstrom: Navigating the “Recession Moment”

“There is only one thing that keeps us up at night and could topple the economy into a big recession," says PIMCO's Geraldine Sundstrom. "That is a trade war."

Continual Learning: Will AI Give Gray Hair a Pay Cut?

There simply is no substitute for experience in the investment business. Right? Well, perhaps not anymore.

In Practice Summary: Reassessing the Drivers of Commodity Futures Returns

What is the effect on portfolio returns when the commodity futures market as a whole is in backwardation or contango during recessions and during unexpected inflation?

Top Five Articles from May: Chart Crimes, Investing Lessons from Mom, and the Invisible Octopus

Does the CFA charter add value? Why does everyone hate finance and what can be done about it? The leading Enterprising Investor posts from May address these questions and more.

Three Investing Lessons from My Mom

Plan for the unexpected. Get comfortable with losing. Enjoy the journey. Dougal Williams, CFA, shares some valuable investing advice from an unlikely source.

Avoid Unintended Bets in Your Investment Portfolio

Northern Trust CIO Robert P. Browne, CFA, discussed how asset allocation decisions are made using quantitative methods, while the underlying (active) portfolios are often run by managers from the fundamental school of investing, at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference.

Pension Trustees: Corporate Governance and the Behavior Gap

Good governance is not only important, but it also drives real results. Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA, explains.

An Index for Any Asset: The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index

The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index tracks the auction prices of 100 "representative" share and bond certificates. It represents the full scope of scripophily — the collection and study of old stock and bond certificates — Jeremy Monk explains.

Book Review: Frontier Investor

Like their emerging market forebears, frontier markets present unique and profitable opportunities for those willing to do the hard work. A veteran of the emerging market and frontier market spaces, author Marko Dimitrijević, CFA, attempts to close the gap between misperception and reality regarding this part of the investment world. Not merely a primer on these markets, Frontier Investor offers a basic, succinct grounding in emerging market and frontier market attributes and the intellectual toolkit with which to approach them. Both experienced and novice investors will find the book’s reflections and guidance at once entertaining and useful.



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