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Essential Listening: Great Places to Work

There are two potential impediments to podcasting's continued emergence into the mainstream: one is a demographic challenge, the other is the potential limitations of the long-form audio format.

Are Investors Expecting Too Much from Infrastructure?

Infrastructure is seen as an attractive proposition, not only because of its (in some sectors) double-digit returns in a low-yield environment but also because it offers diversification opportunities coupled with reliable earnings and consistent cash flows. Infrastructure can also be used for liability matching and inflation hedging (given that inflation tends to be built into the revenue stream of projects).

How Will the Next Decade Change Markets?

As the saying goes, it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. But it’s manifestly worth the effort because catching big trends is how fortunes are made and catastrophic losses are avoided.

Navigating the Fog: Geopolitics and the Global Bond Market

Dan Fuss, CFA, vice chair of Loomis Sayles, has always encouraged analysts and portfolio managers to think broadly about their approach to investment analysis. He provided a global analytical framework through his four Ps — peace (or lack thereof), people, politics, prosperity, and adding perhaps a fifth P for policy and the evolving role of central banks — at the 2015 CFA Institute Fixed-Income Management Conference.

After Short-Termism: The Uneasy Road to Long-Term Investing

Crises create challenges and spark debates that give us mirrors for introspection. Among the many important issues that arose from the 2008 financial crisis is the ever growing focus on short-termism in financial markets.

The End of Western Geopolitical Hegemony?

While US hegemony has long been the norm, large-scale geopolitical changes are afoot that may alter the playing field when it comes to financial matters, says Philippa Malmgren.

The Risk of Venture Capital Bubbles Beyond Wall Street

Increased capital flows to a space with low transparency and distinctly limited opportunities can be the classic setup for a bubble. In venture capital, this is magnified by the boom-or-bust nature of the companies themselves.

The Impact of Six Nobel Laureates on Finance

Following the announcement of Princeton economist Angus Deaton's Nobel Prize, we asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers which recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences and CFA Institute conference attendee had made the most positive impact on the investment industry.

Shuffling Sideways: What If Markets Are Bound for Chronic Underachievement?

All the recent market scares have been driven by the same implied menace. Whether it’s another round of anxiety about Greece, another head fake by the US Federal Reserve on raising rates, or fears about China’s economy, investors appear to be nervous about a major correction, downturn, or crash. But what if the real danger were of a very different sort?

Weekend Listening: Listen Widely and Be Curious

Tadas Viskanta curates a selection of finance- and investment-related podcasts — from Barry Ritholtz and Tim Harford, among others — in the premiere edition of the Weekend Listening series on Enterprising Investor.



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