A defense of modern portfolio theory (MPT) by Nathan Erickson, CFA, CAIA, and Richard Stott; Nicolas Rabener's analysis of the value of factor investing; and an examination of the non-retirement phenomenon by Barbara Stewart, CFA, were among the leading posts from last month.
Retail investors, with their varied illusions about wealth, are the weakest link in the financial services ecosystem, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, observes.
Household finance was once the investment and planning wallflower, but this is no longer the case. Stacked vertically, these three tomes, numbering about 1,000 pages each, could well serve as a footstool. And just as a footstool provides access to something otherwise out of reach, this extensive collection affords readers access to a rich chronology of developments in this field hitherto dispersed in academic journals.
We are socialized to believe that we get what we pay for. In the case of trustee and planning services, does the lack of a stated fee imply to clients that these services have little value? Preston McSwain offers his perspective.
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.
Barbara Roberts shared the lessons she has learned in her over 20 years as an entrepreneur and entrepreneur adviser at the CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity conference. She focused on what she calls “the owner’s journey,” specifically the issues owner-entrepreneurs must navigate in managing their wealth.
The application of artificial intelligence (AI) and other new technologies to regulatory compliance issues has a name: regtech, or regulatory technology. And it will be a key theme in wealth management in 2017, says April J. Rudin.
Successful client-adviser relationships are built on trust. Behavioral finance offers some insights on how to achieve that trust, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, observes. It starts with knowing the client — not just their financial means and aspirations, but how they think — and integrating that knowledge into the relationship and the investment plan in an open and forthright manner.
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