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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.

Shortcuts to Factor Investing: Multifactor Portfolios and Benchmarking

Mark Harrison, CFA, looks at combining factors in multifactor portfolios and considers issues of performance measurement in factor investing, in the third installment of his Shortcuts to Factor Investing series.

Shortcuts to Factor Investing: Equities and Beyond

In the latest installment of his Shortcuts to Factor Investing series, Mark Harrison, CFA, takes a deeper dive into equities and factor investing's wider applications to other asset classes, including fixed income.

Shortcuts to Factor Investing 101

If investors have the option to cheaply replicate their desired exposures to help solve their portfolio problems, then why shouldn't they? Mark Harrison, CFA, curates the latest insights on what is meant by smart beta and factor investing and how they differ.

Dumb Alpha: Dr. Quantlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stop Loss

Stop losses may not enhance returns, says Joachim Klement, CFA, but they enhance client well-being, and in the end, they may keep a client from selling what is otherwise a great long-term investment.

Dumb Alpha: Tactical Errors

If investors want to engage in tactical asset allocation, what would be the Dumb Alpha method of doing so? Joachim Klement, CFA, provides his advice.

Dumb Alpha: Do the Right Thing

One of the symptoms of middle age is that you start to give advice to younger people on what your experience has taught you about life. So Joachim Klement, CFA, puts his imaginary pipe into his mouth, adjusts his glasses, and explains why keeping it simple might be the most important "dumb alpha" lesson he has learned in his investing career.

Dumb Alpha: Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

Instead of being motivated by the rule “Don’t just sit there, do something,” investors might instead act based on the rule “Don’t just do something, sit there,” says Joachim Klement, CFA, in the latest edition of his Dumb Alpha series.

Dumb Alpha: Getting Rich Slowly

Instead of creating complex multilinear factor regressions, investors can outperform the market simply by selecting the stocks with the smoothest return profile — good, old, boring stocks that show no drama and a lot of stability, writes Joachim Klement, CFA.

Dumb Alpha: Trailing or Forward Earnings?

In the spirit of dumb alpha, we can say that simple trailing P/E ratios are far better value indicators than forward P/E ratios. Or as I tell my colleagues at work: Never ever use forward P/E ratios. Ever.