The end of the year is a good time to look back and take stock. What Enterprising Investor articles did readers find most compelling in 2016? The results are illuminating. Our top content runs the gamut from the granular — tightly focused, practice-oriented material on starting a firm and what to read to stay informed — to more "big picture" analysis on negative interest rates and the ongoing active vs. passive debate. Taken together, they reflect the currents at work in the investment management profession at both the system-wide and individualized levels.
Highlights from last month include tips on how to effectively read financial news by Robert J. Martorana, CFA; James Grant's opinion of negative interest rates; a discussion of Marc Faber's take on the recent shifts in the global balance of economic power by Ron Rimkus, CFA; and the four main skill sets and one big realization that make up intelligence training, by Nathan Jaye, CFA.
“Radical monetary policy begets more radical policy,” says James Grant. “It seems to me at some point markets or voters will put a stop to this.”
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi surprised many last week by reducing the interest rate on deposits to a negative level (−10 bps). So, we asked readers whether negative rates would discourage banks from keeping deposits at the ECB or whether banks might prefer to pay a premium for safety.
Can anyone reasonably expect to earn a 5% real return with acceptable risk in today’s economic environment?
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