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US Corporate Tax Cuts: Companies Concerned about Year-End Time Crunch

Yesterday, Congress passed the tax reform bill that reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Tax law changes will make it into financial statements when they are signed by President Donald Trump. While the changes are not effective until 2018, they significantly impact estimates made in 2017 financial statements once the bill is signed.

US Corporate Tax Cuts: Two Boogeymen to Keep in Mind

The yet-to-be-completed US tax bill reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and encouraging the repatriation of earnings is generally seen by investors as a positive development. But investors should be mindful of several resulting tax consequences that may decrease valuations and corporate earnings once the bill is enacted.

Resolving ESG Conflicts: Important, But Not Material?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are important, but are all of them material? California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) CIO Christopher J. Ailman discusses how he resolves investment conflicts.

Book Review: Financial Crises, Liquidity, and the International Monetary System

In this reprint of a collection of lectures, the Nobel Prize–winning author expounds on regional and international regulation and monetary and fiscal policy, as well as a host of other economic topics. His insights predate but point toward the recent global financial crisis, and his guidance is timely and critical for a global economy still facing the fallout from the crisis.

Book Review: Frontier Investor

Like their emerging market forebears, frontier markets present unique and profitable opportunities for those willing to do the hard work. A veteran of the emerging market and frontier market spaces, author Marko Dimitrijević, CFA, attempts to close the gap between misperception and reality regarding this part of the investment world. Not merely a primer on these markets, Frontier Investor offers a basic, succinct grounding in emerging market and frontier market attributes and the intellectual toolkit with which to approach them. Both experienced and novice investors will find the book’s reflections and guidance at once entertaining and useful.

Book Review: Risk

Risk: Your Global Guide is a slim but valuable guide to risk management and fraud detection. The book’s message is simple: Understand the basic principles of finance, reduce unintended risk, and obtain a level of reward commensurate with the level of risk that you assume. This high-level perspective allows the reader to see the big picture and understand how fraud at the highest levels of finance and government affects ordinary citizens.

Selecting Small- and Mid-Cap International Value Equities

Jonathan Moog, CFA, and the Lizard Investors team concentrate on the international small- to mid-cap space because they believe there are inefficiencies in that market.

Book Review: Environmental Finance and Investments

The authors analyze environmental commodity markets and how they can attract investments, focusing on the application of market-based instruments to incentivize the behavior and change needed to deliver environmental quality and mitigate environmental risk. This book can be read linearly, chapter by chapter, or it can be used by fund managers, regulatory investors, and green-finance experts as a reference to gain valuable insights into how to manage carbon markets.

Book Review: Better Bankers, Better Banks

Because they do not regard ethical failings in the financial industry as the actions of a few bad apples but, rather, as inevitable consequences of an unhealthy culture, the authors seek to restore the environment that existed before the major investment banks transformed themselves from partnerships into publicly traded corporations. The problems addressed in this book affect every participant in the financial system.

The Outlook for Fixed Income: Stagnant Prices, Tighter Money

Interest rates are nearing a lower bound, David Schawel, CFA, tells Will Ortel during a recent Take 15 interview. “Most likely we’re not going to be in a 30-year bull market for interest rates falling again,” he said. So what does this mean for fixed-income investors?



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