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What Is Your Belief System?

If you can isolate the beliefs that are truly influential in your professional work, you can improve your success rate significantly, says Jim Ware, CFA. Ask yourself, “What do I believe is true? And how does this affect my decisions and behavior?”

Maximize Career Success: Pearls from Carla Harris

Morgan Stanley's Carla Harris says that everyone needs to cultivate performance currency and relationship currency. What are they? Performance currency is simply delivering what was asked of you plus a little bit more. Relationship currency is created by spending time with people in your organization. Harris said the former will get you noticed, but it is the latter that allows you to maximize your success.

Career Mobility for the Future Starts Now

With expectations for average working years extending from 30 to 50 and beyond, we have to be comfortable with sweeping career changes. This is not just due to evolving external factors, but also because our interests, values, and search for meaning will evolve over the span of our working lives. These were among the key takeaways Tracey Wilen emphasized during a Career Conversations interview with Julia VanDeren.

Weekend Reads: Ubuntu, a Sub-2:00 Marathon, and Quiet Reflection

“I am, because of you.”

This, very simply, is ubuntu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu famously described ubuntu as meaning “my humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.” It is ubuntu that guides the mission and strategy of the… READ MORE ›

Conscious Communication: Headline Speaking and Writing

You never expect to hear a client say, “I enjoy an inartfully delivered, vague, and winding message with digressions and personal updates about your private life.” And yet that's how some advisers communicate with them. Jim Ware, CFA, discusses the art of headline writing and speaking for effective communication.

Top Five Articles from March: Cover Letters, Hedge Funds, Active Equity

Julia VanDeren shares some insights on giving presentations and writing cover letters; Ben Carlson, CFA, discusses how to determine which hedge funds to invest in; Mark Harrison, CFA, curates the best content on smart beta and factor investing; and C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, offer some advice on how to revive active equity, in the top Enterprising Investor Posts from March.

Six Presentation Tips for Finance Professionals

Presenting is an essential responsibility for many finance professionals. To gauge just how essential, we asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers how often they have to give them. We also offer some critical advice from presentation expert Dave Underhill.

Yes, You Need a Cover Letter: Here’s How to Make It Good

If you don't take the time to think strategically about your cover letter and make sure it is well written, you are missing an important opportunity, says Julia VanDeren.

Five Tips to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

Two of the most common problems with LinkedIn profiles are that they are either skeletal or generic. Julia VanDeren shares some advice from Ross Macpherson, president of the executive resume writing and career marketing company Career Quest, on how to invigorate your LinkedIn presence.

Top 10 Posts from 2016: How to Read Financial News, Active Investing

The end of the year is a good time to look back and take stock. What Enterprising Investor articles did readers find most compelling in 2016? The results are illuminating. Our top content runs the gamut from the granular — tightly focused, practice-oriented material on starting a firm and what to read to stay informed — to more "big picture" analysis on negative interest rates and the ongoing active vs. passive debate. Taken together, they reflect the currents at work in the investment management profession at both the system-wide and individualized levels.



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