“Responsible investment” has nothing to do with nebulous moral considerations — it’s all about generating sustainable financial returns, says Sandra Carlisle of Newton Investment Management. Understanding three different levels of a company's profile can help to identify and avoid bad actors, bridging the gap between values-based investing and prudent fiduciary duty.
"It has never been more important to be able to differentiate yourself as a financial adviser than it is right now," Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, explained. "And social is how we do it. It’s how anyone can do it if they want to put in the time and the effort."
Advisers should be aware of their clients’ health, talk with them about it regularly, and integrate what they have learned into a more comprehensive and effective financial plan.
At the recent CFA Institute Equity Research and Valuation Conference in Philadelphia, Fidelity fund manager Chuck Myers, CFA, drew on his experiences as a value investor and shared some of the lessons he learned along the way that have come to shape his investing philosophy.
The leading posts to emerge from the European Investment Conference in London include a report on Tim Harford's take on economic forecasting; a Lindsey Matthews, CFA, presentation on the resurgence of middle-office positions; and a dire warning from Michala Marcussen, CFA, on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
There is still time for the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in 2015, but at last month's CFA Institute Fixed-Income Management Conference in Boston, several speakers noted that "boosting rates for the first time in nearly a decade is hard — and getting harder with each passing month."
The pioneering businesswoman Barbara Roberts examined how far women in finance have come in the last 50 years and presented some surprising research about where things may be heading today in her presentation at the recent Women in Investment Management Conference. In particular, she focused on demographic changes, the ongoing pay gap, and the blossoming influence of millennials.
Truly diverse teams bring to bear broader networks of resources, power, and talent and when led by a culturally fluent leader can significantly outperform less diverse teams. Abandoning exclusionary habits and building a consistently inclusive firm culture is not a simple endeavor. Still, as leaders you can employ strategies to move the firm in this direction.
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