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The Case for Further Stock Market Gains

The stock market often moves contrary to consensus forecasts, says Mark Armbruster, CFA. In the face of many stock market naysayers, there is a reasonable argument for further gains.

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.

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.

Keep It Simple: 11 Rules for Equity Valuations

James J. Valentine, CFA, shared his 11 rules for equity valuations and setting price targets at the CFA Institute Conference: Equity Research and Valuation 2017. Paul McCaffrey provides a synopsis.

Shiller vs. Siegel: Is the Stock Market Overvalued?

Is the stock market overvalued? That depends on who you ask. Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller says "yes," while Jeremy Siegel says "no."

Selling Sugar Short?

The irresistible demand of public opinion has forced universal male suffrage, women’s suffrage, prohibition (and its repeal), civil rights, and anti-tobacco laws. Sugar may be the next big crusade. Investors should keep this in mind when looking at food companies and pharmaceuticals.

The Active Equity Renaissance: Understanding the Cult of Emotion

“I know you are afraid and you should be afraid. I will invest you in products that will not stir up your fears." This sentiment is applied over and over again in the investment industry in one form or another, by the "Cult of Emotion."

Where Will the S&P 500 Be in a Year?

How high can US equity markets go? For a sense of the S&P 500's direction, we conducted an informal poll of readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief for their perspective on where they see the index a year from now.

Weekend Reads: Populism, Equity Markets, and the Gig Economy

Is there a way to reconcile current market bullishness with the populist wave spreading across the globe? Selections in the latest Weekend Reads tackle this question as well as the future of retail, the gig economy, Red Sox great Ted Williams, and more.

Mitigating Short Exposure: Learning from Others’ Mistakes

There is no road map for short sellers. This leaves them two options: Make their own mistakes, or learn from those who have already made them. Greg Blotnick, CFA, has found the latter approach is far cheaper.



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