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How to See the Hidden Risks of ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to fulfill client objectives, but they also create a handful of opportunities to miss the mark. So advisers need to be vigilant. 

Timing the Market: Momentum and Beyond

Pedro Barroso and his colleagues have studied the studied the time-varying volatility of momentum. among other equity factors, and its usefulness in managing exposure to momentum and its crashes.

Luis Viceira: Activism, Indexing, and the Investment Management Workshop (IMW)

Luis Viceira of the Harvard Business School talks to Paul Kovarsky, CFA, about the industry-specific strategic issues facing our profession and his experiences running the Investment Management Workshop (IMW).

Autonomous Learning Investment Strategies (ALIS): What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

“ALIS” stands for  “autonomous learning investment strategies.” The ALIS wave is driven by smaller funds that leverage recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the explosion in data availability, and inexpensive cloud computing to generate alpha at a fraction of the cost of traditional managers.  

Top 10 Posts from 2017: Markets during War, Rules for Equity Valuations, LinkedIn Tips

What were the articles of the year on Enterprising Investor? The 10 leading posts covered a broad spectrum of subjects, from interviewing and cover letter tips, to how to optimize decision making and better understand blockchain technology. They were authored by some of the most influential thinkers in finance, including Michael Batnick, CFA, and Ben Carlson, CFA, and together offer an illuminating view into the state of the investment profession in 2017.

Financial Market History Can Help Today’s Investors

What do practitioners need to know about financial market history? Nathan Jaye, CFA, interviews David Chambers and Elroy Dimson, editors of Financial Market History: Reflections on the Past for Investors Today, for their insights on this question.

US Corporate Tax Cuts: Companies Concerned about Year-End Time Crunch

Yesterday, Congress passed the tax reform bill that reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Tax law changes will make it into financial statements when they are signed by President Donald Trump. While the changes are not effective until 2018, they significantly impact estimates made in 2017 financial statements once the bill is signed.

Book Review: Money in the Great Recession

In this important contribution to the literature, noted monetary macroeconomists argue that the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 was caused by a crash in money growth.

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.

US Corporate Tax Cuts: Two Boogeymen to Keep in Mind

The yet-to-be-completed US tax bill reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and encouraging the repatriation of earnings is generally seen by investors as a positive development. But investors should be mindful of several resulting tax consequences that may decrease valuations and corporate earnings once the bill is enacted.



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