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Book Review: The End of Theory

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

Book Review: Gaining Currency

This work is effectively two books in one: (1) an account of the rise and internationalization of the renminbi and of its prospects for continued ascendancy over the near term and the medium term and (2) a concise description of the various vehicles for investing in Chinese assets.

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.

Book Review: Behavioral Risk Management

The author proposes debiasing techniques that can improve the practice of operational risk management by countering behavioral biases.

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.

In Practice Summary: Managing Sequence Risk to Optimize Retirement Income

You arrive at your retirement day with a sizeable retirement fund. But then what? Some theorize that this is the point when there is the greatest risk of failure in your lifelong savings strategy. This edition of In Practice summarizes an innovative solution to this dilemma curated from new research from Cass Business School, London.

The Palm Oil Industry: Visualized through Big Data

Palm oil is an inexpensive and highly versatile vegetable oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. And with annual sales of around $50 billion, palm oil is also a big business, albeit one with oversized risks. Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM, and Kalev Leetaru use data visualizations to better understand the sector's interconnections.

Top Five Articles from October: Thaler, Trillion-Dollar Coins, Volatility

An unorthodox solution to the US retirement crisis from Sloane Ortel; a discussion of Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler's contributions to economics by Lauren Foster; and an analysis of the value of self-awareness by Jim Ware, CFA, are among the top EI posts from October.

Do “Gray Rhinos” Pose a Greater Threat Than Black Swans?

"We don't pay enough attention to the big obvious problems that are in front of us," says Michele Wucker, the author who coined the term gray rhino. Investors should learn to identify four kinds of gray rhinos: charging, recurring, meta, and unidentified, she explains in an interview with Nathan Jaye, CFA. Each type can require different solutions.

Weekend Reads for Investors: On the Road Edition

Risk intelligence, the importance of meditation for investment pros, and dynamical dark energy are just some of the topics covered in this week's Weekend Reads for Investors, curated by Jason Voss, CFA.



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