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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?

In Practice Summary: Optimizing Exposure to Precious Metals through a Fund

What is the best way to hold more traditional stores of value, such as gold? Mark Harrison, CFA, and Keyur Patel explore the question in the latest edition of the In Practice series.

Investment Strategies amid Uncertainty

“What do you do in today’s market?” Three panelists addressed that question in a discussion at the CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity Conference. Susan Hoover provides a synopsis.

Selling Sugar Short?

The irresistible demand of public opinion has forced universal male suffrage, women’s suffrage, prohibition (and its repeal), civil rights, and anti-tobacco laws. Sugar may be the next big crusade. Investors should keep this in mind when looking at food companies and pharmaceuticals.

Best of 2016: A Bad Year for Armchair Investors

Mark Harrison, CFA, provides a list of the most popular write-ups from CFA Institute conference presentations in 2016.

What Explains the Oil Crash? Not Reduced Demand

“What drives long-term energy demand growth? People and income,” Jennifer Stevenson explained.

Book Review: Commodity Markets and the Global Economy

The author focuses on market dislocation issues that make commodities different from other asset classes, looking at the market’s dynamics through the four major forces that influence the commodity landscape. He examines long-term issues and takes the discussion of commodity markets beyond the typical focus on financial pricing models, emphasizing instead the larger competitive forces of supply and demand.

Commodities as an Asset Class: Delivering Beta and Beyond

David-Michael Lincke, CFA, said that commodities continue to offer many investors meaningful benefits through diversification, inflation protection, and absolute returns.

Martyn Davies Is Bullish on (Some) Emerging Markets

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.

Amid Low Oil Prices, MENA Charts a Way Forward

New drivers of economic growth, transitioning away from oil production, and increasing entrepreneurship and the growth of small and medium enterprises were focal points at the 2016 Middle East Investment Conference.



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