Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets
Blockchain and the Consumption of Financial Information — an Investor Perspective

For blockchains to be adopted they must be standardized and provide interoperability solutions. To be of real value content and nomenclature must be consistent. For this to happens regulators need to work with industry and standard setting initiatives.

CFA Institute Supports Intent of Sustainability Standard Setters to Work Together

CFA Institute supports the alignment among the leading sustainability and integrated reporting organizations—SASB, GRI, IIRC, CDSB and CDP— in advancing a sustainability standards discussion.

ESG Disclosure: Why Only the Development of a Global Standard Can Further Enhance Sustainability Practices in the Financial Sector

CFA Institute supports the “template” approach that the European Supervisory Authorities have taken ESG disclosures ensuring they are included in the description of adverse sustainability impact of investment decisions.

Can Blockchain Technology Help with The Production of Financial Reporting Information?

A recent CFA Institute report discusses what a blockchain is and answers the question posed in the article title, Can Blockchain Technology Help with The Production of Financial Reporting Information?

CFO Article on Buffett Garners Comment from Prominent Investor. We Argue Mr. Graham’s View is Minority Among Investment Professionals

Our outreach and investor engagement tells us this accounting – a position we have had for over thirty years – is preferred by investors as it more prominently and transparently displays investment market risks. If an investor does not prefer this accounting, they can easily adjust to remove these unrealized gains or losses – having been fully informed by this more prominent presentation.

Indian MCA Proposes Audit Reform to Improve Quality

In a market like India, where corporate governance concerns are top of mind for investors, the role of auditors in providing assurance to investors is critical.

Lessons for India from LIBOR Transition

The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) transition is a landmark event, and most discussions in India have focussed on the impact. The lessons the LIBOR transition holds for Indian benchmark reforms are more interesting.

Virus Fallout: Survey points to large-scale bankruptcies and growth of asset mispricing risks

Based on a global survey conducted in April, the report details CFA® charterholders’ observations on a wide range of issues. This article focuses on five key themes: market liquidity, asset price formation, government intervention, impact on the financial services industry, and risk of misconduct.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

A plethora of non-GAAP and alternative performance measures will arise throughout 2020 to explain the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Investors need to critically evaluate the nature of the adjustments, what the resulting measure is meant to communicate, why the new or revised measure is being presented by management, and why the measure is a better or more meaningful measure. This information should be used as a jumping-off point for a conversation with management.

Like capitalism, but worse.

The question Benjamin Braun poses himself is this: How does index fund dominance change the political economy of corporate governance? Our question: Is it time to address this more deeply?

Unlimited and Unchecked Stimulus: Are We Killing Capitalism?

Government must show courage and planning now to ensure that the stimulus lands where it is needed, that accountability is guaranteed, and that our experiment with whatever-it-takes intervention into free markets ends.

A closer look at the Commission-proposed quick fix of MiFID II within the EU capital market recovery package

Since CFA Institute has been focusing particularly on the impact of the MiFID II rules for the past two and half years (the directive entered into force on 3 January 2018), we will be looking only at the tweaks to this regulatory framework.

ESG Q&A: The role of financial regulators in treating climate change as a systemic risk

One of the most important issues surrounding climate change for financial professionals is the policy response regulators and policymakers make around such issues as climate change data transparency and quality.

Capital Markets Americas Quarterly Update

This report highlights the activities of the CFA Institute Capital Markets Policy Group located in the Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, VA, offices of the America’s division.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

We encourage investors to “look under the hood” at the results — not for their predictive ability this quarter per se but rather for the ability of a company’s forward-looking statements to be evaluated and to make their own assessments of future prospects. Until there is a vaccine, company results and outlook will likely be filled with uncertainty, and these interim results can provide insight into the impact of the pandemic and how the business may respond in the future as the pandemic ebbs and flows over the next few years.



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