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Higher Interest Rates: Some Hedge Fund Strategies May Benefit

Rising interest rates will provide a tailwind to three hedge fund strategies, in particular.

More Than Just Oil: Saudi Arabia’s Improved Credit Rating

Contrary to the popular narrative, oil isn't all that matters to the Saudi economy.

The Russia–Ukraine War and Other Geopolitical Risks

The spillover effect of the Russia-Ukraine War will increase food prices and geopolitical risk throughout the world.

The Fed’s Blindspot on Global Inflation Drivers

What is driving the surge in inflation and how are central banks misplaying their hand?

Myth-Busting: Equities Are an Inflation Hedge

How can investors hedge against inflation risk? Do equities offer any protection?

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.



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