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Investing in Europe: Where’s the Return?

US investors aren’t too fond of European stocks these days and for good reason. But it may be time to consider investing in European equities, Michael Batnick, CFA, writes.

What’s Next for Robo-Advisers?

The future of the investment management industry is online and advisers will render themselves obsolete if they don't figure out how to add value beyond just overseeing portfolios, Randy Cass, CFA, told delegates at the CFA Institute European Investment Conference. The good news is that advisers who can add value for their clients are secure. “In fact," Cass said, "the commoditization of portfolio management and asset allocation is probably the best thing that could ever happen to them.”

Next Generation Investors: How Millennials Will Influence Finance

So how will millennials most influence finance in the next few years? For insight, we asked readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief what they believe. Rebecca Fender, CFA, examines their response.

How to Read Financial News: Tips from Portfolio Managers

Reading obscure financial information may look and feel like productive work, but most of this content has little chance of leading to better results, says Robert Martorana, CFA. So portfolio managers must learn to read fast and quickly detect nonsense.

Invest-Tech: The Next Phase of Fintech Innovation

“All invest-tech rests on two pillars: data latency, which is the speed in acquiring or processing error-free inputs, and inferential depth, which is the profoundness and durable accuracy of insights,” says Ashby Monk.

Book Review: Wall Street Potholes

The author, together with four other expert money managers, addresses a range of investment topics that pose special dangers to investors, including nontrading REITs, yield dependence, structured notes, hedge funds, Wall Street inefficiency, mutual fund fees, annuities, brokers and fiduciaries, and the future for investors.

Good Communications: The “Undiscovered Country” of the Investment Profession

Tom Brakke, CFA, believes that investment professionals concentrate on their analytical responsibilities — and their performance results — but neglect their communication skills. Yet their ability to communicate within their firms and with their clients is often the real difference maker. To counteract this, Brakke recommends that investment pros focus as much on communications performance as they do on investment performance.

Can the Low-Risk Anomaly Be Exploited?

Dr. Benjamin R. Auer discusses why he and Frank Schuhmacher decided to study the low-risk anomaly and what their investigations revealed, in an interview with Abby Farson Pratt of the Financial Analysts Journal.



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