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Top Five Articles from March: Cover Letters, Hedge Funds, Active Equity

Julia VanDeren shares some insights on giving presentations and writing cover letters; Ben Carlson, CFA, discusses how to determine which hedge funds to invest in; Mark Harrison, CFA, curates the best content on smart beta and factor investing; and C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, offer some advice on how to revive active equity, in the top Enterprising Investor Posts from March.

Financial Literacy Resources: Where Should They Go?

April is National Financial Literacy Month in the United States and a time to reflect on the state of financial literacy today and what can be done to improve it. In particular, where should the financial services industry direct its resources in strengthening financial literacy in the United States and throughout the world? We asked readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief what they thought.

Six Presentation Tips for Finance Professionals

Presenting is an essential responsibility for many finance professionals. To gauge just how essential, we asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers how often they have to give them. We also offer some critical advice from presentation expert Dave Underhill.

Where Will the S&P 500 Be in a Year?

How high can US equity markets go? For a sense of the S&P 500's direction, we conducted an informal poll of readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief for their perspective on where they see the index a year from now.

Top Five Articles from February: Buffett, Bernanke, and the Trials of Decision Making

Highlights from February include a guide to better decision making by Lauren Foster; an analysis of how to assimilate market sentiment and crowd psychology to make intelligent investment decisions from Greg Blotnick, CFA; a Todd Wenning, CFA, review of Yefei Lu's take on the unparalleled investment mind of Warren Buffett; a synopsis of Ben Bernanke's recent insights on the economy from John Bowman, CFA; and a discussion of the meaning behind labels like "emerging" and "frontier" market as analyzed by Will Ortel.

Library of Mistakes: How Long Is the Investment Learning Curve?

Are investment professionals less vulnerable to mistakes as they mature and gain experience? We asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers what they thought. Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, explores the results.

What You Believe Is the Biggest Obstacle to Global Economic Growth

So what precisely is impeding global economic growth? For insight, we asked readers of CFA Institute NewsBrief what they believe is the single biggest obstacle. Jason Voss, CFA, examines their response.

What’s the Difference between Emerging and Frontier Markets?

Labels like "emerging" and "frontier" market are not sociological in the least. Applied by the FTSE and MSCI on behalf of global investors, they concern only the investability of a market. But how can we break down such broad terms? To find out, we polled readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief to see what they thought most distinguishes an emerging from a frontier market.

Ethical Concerns and Your Career

Has an employer's business practices ever created ethical concerns for you? Has it affected your career? CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers weighed in, and Julia VanDeren analyzes the surprising results.

The Words We Long to Hear: Well Done!

We asked readers of CFA Institute Financial Newsbrief whose recognition they valued the most when they accomplish something in their jobs. It turns out, hearing from a happy client or getting a compliment from firm leaders may go further than we think.



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