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How to Read Financial News: Tips from Portfolio Managers

Reading obscure financial information may look and feel like productive work, but most of this content has little chance of leading to better results, says Robert Martorana, CFA. So portfolio managers must learn to read fast and quickly detect nonsense.

Is Active Management Dead? Not Even Close

Rumors of active management's demise are greatly exaggerated, AthenaInvest's C. Thomas Howard tells Jason Voss, CFA, and he has the evidence to make his case and the tools to help change active management for the better.

Cutting through the Noise of Volatile Markets

Changing conditions impair the signal-to-noise ratio. Investors should commit more time to looking for deeper explanations for market behavior.

A Little Industry Experience May Make You a Better Analyst

Is an analyst with prior industry experience more likely to be on target with his earnings forecasts and stand a better chance of being named to Institutional Investor magazine’s All-America Research Team? In a word, yes. At least that was the conclusion of a recently published study which examined the biographical data and earnings estimates of 2,590 analysts over a period of nearly three decades.

Tougher Times for Securities Analysts

Increased scrutiny of securities analysts typically follows in the wake of widespread financial turbulence. This time, it seems, is no different.

The Competing Incentives and Pressures that Influence Sell-Side Analysts

A recent study designed to decipher the “black box” of sell-side analyst decision making sheds new light on the driving forces behind two important outputs of their work: earnings estimates and stock recommendations.

Will the “Value Investing Challenge” Yield the Next Great Investment Idea?

Yesterday the Value Investing Challenge, a partnership between the Value Investing Congress and SumZero, announced the three finalists for its inaugural investment idea contest, from which a winner will be announced at the 8th Annual New York Value Investing Congress, to be held October 1–2, 2012 in New York City. The winner will also be asked to present at the conference, which will also feature presentations by headliners David Einhorn and Bill Ackman.



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