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Weekend Reads for Investors: Grumpy and Gloomy Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, shares his Weekend Reads for Investors selections. This month's stories consider shadow banking in China, how connected minds have higher IQs, an earth-shaking announcement from BlackRock, and more.

ESG: The X-Ray of Finance

Rising interest rates will make environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors one of the most important sources of alpha for investment managers, according to Omar Selim.

Best of 2017: Top Stories for Investors

Jason Voss, CFA, unveils his choices for investor stories of the year. The winner is a presentation about the oddities of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have gone unnoticed by investors and their advisers.

Best of 2017: Financial Analysts Journal, CFA Digest, and In Practice

What can we learn from downloads of CFA Institute publications in 2017? Mark Harrison, CFA, sifts through the most popular CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal articles as well as CFA Digest and In Practice summaries to uncover a few themes.

The Palm Oil Industry: Visualized through Big Data

Palm oil is an inexpensive and highly versatile vegetable oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. And with annual sales of around $50 billion, palm oil is also a big business, albeit one with oversized risks. Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM, and Kalev Leetaru use data visualizations to better understand the sector's interconnections.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Highly Caffeinated Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, provides his choices for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition features surprising facts about coffee consumption, global choke points in the food supply, graphics showing how cryptocurrencies are likely to affect finance, and more.

Toward a Professional Investment Industry: Richard Brandweiner, CFA

The "Future State of the Investment Profession" study explores "Four States for the Relationship between Investment Management and Society." To better understand these potential future states, we interviewed Richard Brandweiner, CFA, focusing our discussion on the factors required for finance to move towards a more “Professional Industry” as well as other ways it could serve the greater good.

The Purpose Imperative

Too many investment professionals are "addicted to winning," and it's a problem for them and their clients.

Resolving ESG Conflicts: Important, But Not Material?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are important, but are all of them material? California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) CIO Christopher J. Ailman discusses how he resolves investment conflicts.

Carbon Free? Really?

In the final analysis, can we truly measure the emissions of our portfolio? Or understand what the actual “carbon footprint” is? No, not really, says Christopher K. Merker, CFA, but it is becoming easier.



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