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Increasing Client Withdrawal Rates in Retirement

For retirees, success means, in part, not outliving their money. Two recent studies shed insight on how advisers can help clients accomplish that, Isaac Presley, CFA, reports.

Book Review: The End of Theory

The End of Theory by Richard Bookstaber is relevant to anyone working in the financial industry.

Robo Advice: Are ETFs the Solution?

Much of the financial management industry has concluded that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are the future of robo advice, says Dan Tammas-Hastings, CFA. That is naive.

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. 

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.

The Adaptive Markets Hypothesis: A Financial Ecosystems Survival Guide

“We need to make investment plans that adapt to market conditions and also take into account our own personal frailties,” says Andrew W. Lo.

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.

Book Review: Adaptive Markets

The concepts presented in Adaptive Markets relate to all types of investors, assets, and markets. Andrew Lo reviews efficient markets, the random walk, and standard risk/reward measures in investments.

Top Five Articles from November: Equity Valuations, Amazon, Palm Oil

Eleven rules for equity valuations from James J. Valentine, CFA, as described by Paul McCaffrey; suggestions for evidence-based thinking in retirement plans by Isaac Presley, CFA; and Sloane Ortel's examination of how Amazon fits into the active vs. passive debate are among the top EI posts from November.



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