Investment management is evolving into three distinct branches, says Ronald N. Kahn: indexing, smart beta/factor investing, and pure alpha.
When it comes to big data and artificial intelligence (AI) in the investment management industry, some people anticipate a rosy future with various new sources of alpha. Others worry about the jobs that might be lost to machines through process automation.
Here in the United States, it is Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. And that means two things: summer reading lists and fireflies, Lauren Foster writes.
Eleven rules for equity valuations from James J. Valentine, CFA, as described by Paul McCaffrey; suggestions for evidence-based thinking in retirement plans by Isaac Presley, CFA; and Sloane Ortel's examination of how Amazon fits into the active vs. passive debate are among the top EI posts from November.
Palm oil is an inexpensive and highly versatile vegetable oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. And with annual sales of around $50 billion, palm oil is also a big business, albeit one with oversized risks. Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM, and Kalev Leetaru use data visualizations to better understand the sector's interconnections.
In the era of Big Data, the increased volume of data analysis inevitably entails an upsurge in bad analysis. The author argues that consumers should be extra vigilant when interpreting and relying on data analysis and encourages readers to improve their critical assessment of data analysis to optimize decision making.
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