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Three Formulas for Acing Your Next Job Interview

The "CV Queen" Victoria McLean, founder and CEO of City CV, offered some useful tips for acing job interviews in a recent CFA Institute webinar.

Executive Presence: How to Present Yourself as a Leader

Some familiar leadership competencies include decisiveness, confidence, flexibility, intelligence, perseverance, and respect. But executive coach and author Julie Jansen notes a few others that deserve closer examination.

Collective Intelligence: Three Factors for Building Smarter Teams

So what is it that makes one team "smarter" than another? Anita Williams Woolley believes it's collective intelligence. A key component of collective intelligence is social perceptiveness. and it turns out women tend to be better at that than men. So when constructing teams, be sure to include more women.

Lucy Kellaway on Being Fearful, and Fearfully Driven

“Fear has defined my working life,” Lucy Kellaway says. But it was not the fear that she inspired in others or the fear that others attempted to instill in her. She was driven by a self-imposed fear of “being found out,” a fear that she would fail to meet expectations. That fear was her greatest weapon.

Sallie Krawcheck Discusses How to Conquer Groupthink

Fresh off her ouster as CEO of Citi Global Wealth Management, Sallie Krawcheck spent some time studying the causes of the Great Recession. An epiphany led her to what she believes was the prime culprit: groupthink. So is there a cure for groupthink that could forestall another financial crisis? Krawcheck thinks there is.

What Explains the Oil Crash? Not Reduced Demand

“What drives long-term energy demand growth? People and income,” Jennifer Stevenson explained.

Forecasting Fixed-Income Default Rates

“Typically when the default rate is 1% or more above the Moody’s forecast, it is a good time to own distressed bonds," Martin Fridson, CFA, said. "Similarly, if the bonds are priced 1% or more below Moody’s, then the distressed bonds are priced too tightly (i.e., a signal to sell).”

Value Stock Picking: Finding “Horses with Legs”

Leah Zell, CFA, discusses her firm's approach to fundamental analysis and why identifying companies with good governance is imperative for managing risks.

Edward Altman: The Benign Credit Cycle Is in Extra Innings

Edward Altman says the benign credit cycle is in “extra innings,” but the metaphorical relief pitchers — central bankers — are running out of gas. Though most indicators point towards the end of the benign cycle, Altman cannot predict when the stress cycle will begin.

Three Ways to Identify Governance Risk

“Responsible investment” has nothing to do with nebulous moral considerations — it’s all about generating sustainable financial returns, says Sandra Carlisle of Newton Investment Management. Understanding three different levels of a company's profile can help to identify and avoid bad actors, bridging the gap between values-based investing and prudent fiduciary duty.



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