Practical analysis for investment professionals

Markets and Economics


Tilting Portfolios to Leverage Macro Trends and Political Winds

Back in the 1980s, “monetary policy was a great way to stimulate the economy,” Jack Ablin, CFA, said. Not anymore.

Generating Alpha in China: The Missing Ingredient

With a combined market capitalization of $10 trillion, the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges are the second largest in the world, writes Tony Tan, DBA, CFA, and recent research demonstrates that, contrary to popular perception, they don't move in lockstep or mostly in response to macro factors. Investors searching for alpha cannot ignore them.

Corporate Taxes Matter, But Not in the Way You Think

The common assumption is that lower tax rates should increase corporate profits, share prices, investment, and consumption, and thus lift the entire economy. Unfortunately, this is not quite how it happens in the real world.

Where Markets Fail: Markets Assume Fungibility

Markets are useful but imperfect, says Jason Voss, CFA. One imperfection is that they assume fungibility. Assuming that a dollar spent on one thing is equivalent to a dollar spent on something else has serious consequences for investors.

A Rebalancing Market Means Higher Oil Prices

Jennifer Stevenson sees strong support for oil prices, and a supply-side rebalancing could mean big gains for North American oil companies.

Bob Geldof on Investing in Africa

Africa is a unique opportunity because it is a “blank slate,” according to Bob Geldof. “Corkers,” his description of firms poised to take off once they get capital, are just waiting for new investment.

Politics Matters — Sometimes

Investors need to become experts in the rapid assessment of geopolitical events to be successful in the coming years.

The Golden Age of Hedge Funds

How many of the hedge funds out there are actually worth investing in? Ben Carlson, CFA, explores the question.

The “Relatively” Easy Way to Forecast Long-Term Returns

Why bother with long-term return expectations? For asset owners or asset managers compiling a strategic asset allocation, long-term forecasts are relevant and necessary. When combined with estimates for risk and correlation, these forecasts allow investors to fine-tune their long-term benchmarks and consider trade-offs between asset classes to enhance the implied risk and return profile of the fund.

President Nixon: The Man Who Sold the World Fiat Money

President Richard Nixon's decision to untether the US dollar from gold has left a harsh and lasting legacy for economies all around the globe.



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