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Blockchain 101 with Campbell R. Harvey

So, what is blockchain? What will it do to our industry? Campbell R. Harvey led an extended presentation on the subject.

Weekend Reads from India: Agriculture, “Sin Stocks,” and Elon Musk

India's agricultural woes, the appalling state of the world's oceans, "sin stocks," and reshaping market mechanisms, are just a few of the selections in this edition of Weekend Reads from India by Shreenivas Kunte, CFA.

Shiller vs. Siegel: Is the Stock Market Overvalued?

Is the stock market overvalued? That depends on who you ask. Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller says "yes," while Jeremy Siegel says "no."

Navigating the Markets in a Year of Transition

Elizabeth Corley described 2017 as a year of transition as she shared her outlook on the economy, geopolitics, fiscal and monetary policy, and their implications for global investors. And while she characterized the environment as challenging and struck a cautious tone, she also offered hope and some words of advice for beleaguered active managers.

Is Your Gray Rhino Plan in Place?

Author Michele Wucker recommended financial professionals spend less time focused on potential black swans and more time addressing gray rhinos — the threats we can see charging right at us.

Book Review: Enterprise Risk Management in Finance

Providing a general overview of salient topics in risk management, this book is best suited to the experienced risk manager, who can turn to it for technical guidance and a good, succinct refresher on select topics. The beginner would do well to stick with the book’s qualitative discussions, which can serve as useful points of departure for further study.

Where Markets Fail: Markets Are Not Systemic

Markets are usually not systemic. Instead, from the bird’s-eye perspective of "Capitalism," many businesses are "opportunities" in the same way that it feels good to hit yourself in the head with a hammer: It's much better once you stop.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Super-Mega High-Quality Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, shares his picks for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition features stories about the dangers of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), a better way to think about and model the human brain, and how the notion of superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) is farfetched.

Weekend Reads: Getting Better with Age

Wisdom from John Bogle, a look at cryptocurrencies, and an exploration of the state of farmland in the United States are among the topics covered in this week's Weekend Reads from Sloane Ortel.

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.



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