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Top Five Articles from August: The Market in Wartime, Sam Zell, Fund Names

Leading posts from August include Preston McSwain's call for more honest and accurate fee disclosures and performance reporting; an examination of Sam Zell's take on the economy by Julie Hammond, CFA; tips on how to ace job interviews by Julia VanDeren; Will Ortel's exploration of what's in a hedge fund name; and an analysis of capital markets during times of war by Mark Armbruster, CFA.

What to Call Your Fund

Can luck be multiplied through language? Picking a name for your firm that is both pronounceable and memorable would seem to play some role in the overall success of your effort. After all, you are unlikely to be the only game in town.

What Is Your Belief System?

If you can isolate the beliefs that are truly influential in your professional work, you can improve your success rate significantly, says Jim Ware, CFA. Ask yourself, “What do I believe is true? And how does this affect my decisions and behavior?”

Investing Lessons from Epictetus: Focus on What You Can Control

The Stoic philosopher Epictetus has something to teach the investment profession, says Mimmi Kheddache Jendeby.

The Active Equity Renaissance: Renaissance Investment Management Firms

The primary focus of the renaissance investment management firm is delivering the best possible investment performance, not on scaling for scaling’s sake, C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, explain in the latest entry in The Active Equity Renaissance series.

Weekend Reads: Open Offices, Gigs Revisited, Snapchat Falls Flat

The open-office environment is all the rage these days. But does it accomplish what it sets out to? Paul McCaffrey explores this question, the gig economy, Snapchat's dismal showing, and more, in the latest Weekend Reads.

Cyber Threats: Can Financial Firms Maneuver Fast Enough?

As a core part of the critical economic infrastructure, financial firms offer a prime target for adversaries who want to steal data and funds or even to disrupt the industry. Financial firms effectively have fallen behind in a cyber arms race, and the magnitude of risk has vastly increased, with organized crime and state-sponsored attacks becoming more active and powerful. But financial professionals may have a surprising ability to adapt.

Survival Strategy: A Learning Investment Team

The less personal the variable to be optimized in an investment process, the lower the resistance. Let's call it "Schuller's Law."

Putting Out Trust Fires

Trust is core to team effectiveness. If it is damaged, team performance will decline. For this reason, treat trust issues as you would kitchen fires: Put them out immediately.

Collective Intelligence: Three Factors for Building Smarter Teams

So what is it that makes one team "smarter" than another? Anita Williams Woolley believes it's collective intelligence. A key component of collective intelligence is social perceptiveness. and it turns out women tend to be better at that than men. So when constructing teams, be sure to include more women.



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