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Accelerated Share Repurchases (ASRs): Managing EPS?

Accelerated share repurchases (ASRs) account for a growing proportion of share buybacks. So what are they and how are they used? Ahmet C. Kurt, PhD, explains.

Book Review: Keeping Your Dividend Edge

In Keeping Your Dividend Edge, Todd Wenning, CFA, describes the new market environment that necessitates a revised approach for selecting and monitoring dividend-paying stocks.

In Practice Summary: Build in Buybacks for Better Forecasts

When investors forecast long-run drivers of stock returns, are cash dividends or payouts such as buybacks more accurate criteria than fundamentals? A new study suggests that they are. Mark Harrison, CFA, explains.

Recovery or Expansion? Abby Joseph Cohen, CFA, on the US Economy

The US economy is not just in recovery, it is now in an expansion, according to Abby Joseph Cohen, CFA.

Best of 2016: Top Stories for Investors

There were so many important stories for investors this year, from US productivity, to stock buybacks, to the rise of populism. Jason Voss, CFA, provides his list of the most captivating content he's read in 2016.

Weekend Reads for Investors: The Passive vs. Active Debate Continued

The cold war between passive and active investing has heated up considerably in the last two years, writes Jason Voss, CFA. He offers more insight on this, as well as other picks in this week's edition of Weekend Reads for Investors.

Weekend Reads for Investors: The Let It Be Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, highlights some of the most-compelling reads he's encountered over the last month. Among the topics explored: share buybacks, central banks, and dark matter.

The Buyback Binge: Is It Good for Shareowners?

They've been dismissed as "self-cannibalization," "corporate cocaine," a recipe for conflict of interest, and a form of stock price manipulation — not to mention short-sighted and counterproductive. But are share buybacks really that bad? We polled CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers to see what they thought.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Montier, Musk, and Mauboussin

Central bankers in the US have long fixated on the equilibrium real interest rate (ERIR) as their lodestar, an obsession that GMO’s James Montier, in The Idolatry of Interest Rates, bemoans as “a massive exercise in navel gazing.” According to Montier, the broad acceptance of the theoretically dubious ERIR — the real interest rate consistent with full employment of labor and capital resources—is not an example of the wisdom of crowds, but rather “groupthink extraordinaire.” Further, investors’ collective preoccupation with interest rates as an economic “cure-all” and their “deification of central bankers” are equally misguided, says Montier.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Merger Mania, Peak Profits, and Value Investing

The burgeoning market for mergers is reflective of a lack of organic growth opportunities, cheap capital, and flush corporate coffers. Additionally, elevated stock prices provide buyers with a strong currency and sellers with a reason to cash in, which helps explain why M&A activity has tended to peak around market tops, most recently in 2007, and before that in 2000. So while the pace of deals may be a sign that CEOs and their boards are more confident about their prospects for growth, investors should be aware that their timing of late has been less than prescient. For those investors tempted to pick the next takeover target, the safer bet may be on the Wall Street bankers who are doing the matchmaking and financing. They always get paid.



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