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Finding Faith in Value after All These Years

The appearance of a new valuation paradigm awakens childhood fears in Will Ortel, who parses them with the help of the Annual Ben Graham Value Investing Conference IV.

Investing in Family-Controlled Businesses: Benefits and Risks

Is the potential value of family-controlled businesses overlooked by investors or are these firms better off ignored? A panel at the Ben Graham Value Conference IV, hosted by CFA Society New York, discussed these firms and why they might be worth investing in. Robert Del Mauro explores key takeaways.

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.

Top Five Articles from June: Blockchain, Shiller vs. Siegel, and Shooting Par

Larry Cao, CFA, discusses Campbell R. Harvey's definition of blockchain; Lauren Foster describes the continuing debate between Robert J. Shiller and Jeremy Siegel; Dougal Williams, CFA, suggests investors focus on shooting par in the investment market; Martin Fridson, CFA, reviews The End of Accounting and the Path Forward for Investors and Managers; and Mimmi Kheddache Jendeby provides some investing lessons from Epictetus, in the top Enterprising Investor posts from June.

Book Review: Concentrated Investing

Sharing insights from top value investors, the authors discuss the strategies that make concentrated value investing profitable while revealing how to reduce and manage risk over time.

Beat the Field by Shooting Par

"What if, instead of trying to beat the market, investors focused on outperforming other investors by earning investing’s equivalent to par?" asks Dougal Williams, CFA.

In Practice Summary: Social Responsibility (SR) Screens and Fund Performance

Does environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing add or subtract value from investment portfolios? According to the findings of a trio of researchers, summarized in the new In Practice series, the answer is neither: Investors can both match index performance while also “doing good” for the environment and society.

Artificial Intelligence for Investing

Being able to analyze more information with greater intelligence than what is humanly possible is a structural change in an investment industry well equipped for innovation, says Andrew Dassori.

The Stampede into ESG

The recent stampede of asset managers into environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is reminiscent of another time and another industry, says Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA.

The Retirement Gender Gap: Saving, Risk, and Guaranteed Income

“The big fear society has is your standard of living is going to drop dramatically [in retirement]. And that’s what clients come to you and ask for help on,” says Diane Garnick, chief income strategist and managing director for TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association). So what does the retirement data say? One of the most worrisome trends is the gender retirement gap.



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