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MiFID II: Seizing the Opportunity

Investment firms that seize the opportunity created by the European Union’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) can create a much stronger value proposition for clients, writes Colin McLean, FSIP.

Where Are Fees and Expenses Not Costs?

In the often-alternative world of alternative investing, says Preston McSwain.

Emerging Market Mindsets: Don’t Forget the Rest of the World

While best practices and ethical principles endure regardless of locality, they can be challenging to implement in underdeveloped markets where the operational framework may be quite different.

ESG: The X-Ray of Finance

Rising interest rates will make environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors one of the most important sources of alpha for investment managers, according to Omar Selim.

Book Review: Winning the Loser’s Game

This book’s greatest value to investment professionals is its analysis of the organizational dynamics of institutional investing.

“Same Side Selling” to Improve Trust and Opportunities

Why do so many avoid seeking financial advice? It comes down to trust, says Isaac Presley, CFA.

Evolving States of Trust and Value: Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser

The "Future State of the Investment Profession" explores evolving states of trust and their interdependence with demonstrating and creating value. To get a better understanding of what it means for investment professionals to provide value and how that relates to building trust and improving investor outcomes, we discussed these topics with Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser.

Top Five Articles from August: The Market in Wartime, Sam Zell, Fund Names

Leading posts from August include Preston McSwain's call for more honest and accurate fee disclosures and performance reporting; an examination of Sam Zell's take on the economy by Julie Hammond, CFA; tips on how to ace job interviews by Julia VanDeren; Will Ortel's exploration of what's in a hedge fund name; and an analysis of capital markets during times of war by Mark Armbruster, CFA.

Toward a Professional Investment Industry: Richard Brandweiner, CFA

The "Future State of the Investment Profession" study explores "Four States for the Relationship between Investment Management and Society." To better understand these potential future states, we interviewed Richard Brandweiner, CFA, focusing our discussion on the factors required for finance to move towards a more “Professional Industry” as well as other ways it could serve the greater good.

Nutrition Labels for Investment Portfolios?

Before the Nutrition Label and Education Act of 1990 mandated the ubiquitous nutrition fact label, consumers did not always know what was in the food they ate. Could investors today use a similar solution when it comes to what's in their portfolios?



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