Led by China and the East, the world economy has changed at an unprecedented pace and scale. Shifts in the global pecking order could be even more significant by 2050. The 6th CFA China Investment Conference was an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the change drivers influencing investment opinion. Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, offers some observations and lessons from his two days in Beijing.
With a combined market capitalization of $10 trillion, the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges are the second largest in the world, writes Tony Tan, DBA, CFA, and recent research demonstrates that, contrary to popular perception, they don't move in lockstep or mostly in response to macro factors. Investors searching for alpha cannot ignore them.
The key to success for emerging markets is to reform institutions to compete for talent and capital on a global scale, according to Martyn Davies. Diversification is not a policy, but a “people-driven initiative” about attracting skilled workers and intellectual property.
Ten years ago, we thought the world was running out of oil, that China and other emerging market countries would have insatiable energy demand growth, and that production costs would generally rise over time. We were wrong. Energy expert Amy Myers Jaffe explains why.
In the latest Weekend Reads compilation, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, curates readings on the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, interest rates, the economic outlook in China and India, and more.
Willis Sparks of the Eurasia Group discussed the potential effects of geopolitics as a market influencer in his presentation to the CFA Institute Middle East Investment Conference in Bahrain.
It was a holiday-shortened week last week, so there weren't a lot of companies talking. It is annual report season though, so a lot of this week's quotes come from shareholder letters. Commentary continues to be positive. Optimism has rebounded with the markets.
In the latest edition of Weekend Reads for Global Investors, Larry Cao, CFA, highlights articles on AlphaGo, a Chinese insurer's bid for Starwood, and the Brussels terrorist attacks, all developments that demonstrate how fast the world we live in is changing.
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