Standout stories from the last month include the latest entry in the Alpha Wounds series by Jason Voss, CFA, in which he analyzes the lack of independent judgment among active managers; Matthew Borin's examination of the recent Brexit vote and its fallout; and Ron Surz's piece explaining how successful advisers are like successful waiters.
Michael Woodford, former president and CEO of Olympus Corporation, was controversially fired after revealing widespread company fraud. Woodford recounts his experience and discusses the role and perception of whistleblowers today.
For years, researchers have used historical returns as proxies for estimating equity risk premium. This approach is problematic, however, because the resulting estimates don't vary from one year to the next, even though equity market returns can be wildly divergent from year to year. Katsunari Yamaguchi, CFA, has developed a new method for estimating equity premiums.
Ng Kok Song, former group chief investment officer of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), and Jason Voss, CFA, discuss an increasingly meaningful tool in the investment toolkit: meditation.
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All 34 banks that underwent the Federal Reserve's annual stress test cleared the first round. "This year's results show that, even during a severe recession, our large banks would remain well-capitalized," Fed Governor Jerome Powell said. Bloomberg (22 Jun.)
The Alternative Reference Rates Committee, which is made up of major international banks, chose a Treasurys-backed repurchase agreement rate as an alternative to the London Interbank Offered Rate. "I am confident the new reference rate chosen today by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee is based on a deep and actively traded market and will be highly robust," said Jerome Powell of the Federal Reserve. Reuters (22 Jun.)
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