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Why Isn’t There Any Inflation?

Published estimates suggest inflation has been nonexistent despite extended, near-zero interest rates and a near doubling of the M2 private money supply since the recession.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Free Lunch Edition

In this edition of Weekend Reads, Jason Voss, CFA, curates stories on the many bogus ways people convince themselves that there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Top Five Articles from February: Body Language, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence

Sloane Ortel and Thomas Brigandi's examination of the seven asset owner organizations shaping the market and a review of Richard Bookstaber's The End of Theory by Robert N. Farago, ASIP, are among the leading Enterprising Investor posts from February.

Beyond Carbon: Water Risks and Sustainable Investing

The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, demonstrates that carbon emissions and climate change are not the only sustainability threats, says Monika Freyman, CFA. Water concerns already affect investors' bottom lines as well as future risks to their top lines.

Can Fundamental Momentum Diagnose Mr. Market?

Ben Graham, the father of modern value investing, introduced his Mr. Market analogy back in 1949. Nearly 70 years later, investors are still trying to anticipate Mr. Market's moods. Moshik Kovarsky and Paul Kovarsky, CFA, (no relation) think the Fundamental Momentum strategy can help.

Tomáš Sedlácek: The Junction of Moral Values and Economic Choices

Tomáš Sedlácek moves beyond mere criticism to propose that accepting the sociological roots of economics can improve its practice. That is, once we acknowledge the underlying values hidden in economics, then smarter decisions may be made.

Peter Zeihan on Geopolitics: “A World That Will Fragment”

Geopolitical expert Peter Zeihan foresees simultaneous political crises that will erode local state authorities, unleashing violence and terrorism. Capital flight, driven by geopolitical concerns, will surely follow. “The result is a world that will fragment," he said. "The result is a breakdown in global trade.”

Fact File: S&P 500 Sigma Events

A seemingly endless battle is waged between believers in the efficient market hypothesis, such as Eugene Fama, and believers in behavioral finance, such as Daniel Kahneman. Regardless of your perspective, an analysis of the S&P 500’s history of sigma events provides an interesting field for the battle to be waged.



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