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Renminbi Internationalization: Background and Milestones

Wend Guo, CFA, recently sat down with Tse Yung Hoi to discuss the basic concepts, background, and key milestones of renminbi (RMB) internationalization, as well as lessons to be learned from the internationalization of the Japanese yen.

Take 15: Trends in Investment Reporting and Challenges in Performance Reporting to Private Wealth Clients

This Take 15 interview with James M. Edmonds, CFA, sheds light on the intricacies and challenges of performance reporting for high-net-worth investors and financial advisers. Mr. Edmonds also discusses the GIPS standards for firms managing private wealth clients and the appropriate benchmarks.

Take 15 Series: Selecting and Implementing a Fixed-Income Attribution System

Performance attribution has become a standard requirement for institutional clients. This episode discusses practical issues selecting and implementing a fixed-income attribution system. The method requires a great deal of data and high-quality data management systems, but it could be the basis for a standard method of performance attribution in the fixed-income market.

Take 15 Series: The Benefits of Complying with the GIPS Standards

Iain W. McAra provides insight into the many benefits gained by firms claiming compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). He also discusses how firms can leverage compliance for stronger internal controls and better portfolio oversight.

Take 15: The “New Normal,” Cap-Weighted Indexing, and Passive Strategies in Europe and Asia

Lower expectations for economic growth and capital markets returns stem from increasing indebtedness and deficits, as well as from demographic trends in the "New Normal." Jason Hsu discusses the implications for passive index strategies and cap-weighted index investing and talks about how asset owners and investing institutions view these issues in Europe and Asia.

Take 15: The Case for Investing in Africa

Clifford D. Mpare, CFA, discusses which African nations have the most improved macro environments and how these factors can support equity investments. Mr. Mpare also explores valuation of African equities including long-term trends, sectors of interest, and company case studies, as well as the importance of diversification.

Take 15: The Risk Factors and Economic Impact behind Commercial and Sovereign Debt

Stephen G. Cecchetti discusses commercial bank leverage, calculating risk weightings, and the long-term effects of excessive sovereign debt.

Take 15: Why Is Leadership Critical to Your (and Your Firm’s) Success?

James Ware, CFA, discusses the importance of leadership skills in the investment industry in light of the recent global financial crisis, how firm culture contributes to (or detracts from) success, and critical skills investment professionals need in today’s climate.

Take 15: ROE: The Wrong Performance Measure for Banks

Robert Jenkins, FSIP, cites the flaws in the traditional return on equity (ROE) measure in measuring bank financial performance and proposes some much needed alternatives.

Take 15: How Much Is the Financial Sector Contributing to the Real Economy?

Roger Bootle shares his views on concerns about the relative size of pay and performance in the financial sector as well as what needs to be done to address these concerns.



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