Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets
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.

What to Make of the SEC’s Proxy Advice Vote

Some top-line thoughts on the SEC's final ruling on Exemptions from the Proxy Rules for Proxy Voting Advice.

CFA Institute Survey Points to Lag in Big Data and AI Adoption

CFA Institute FinTech survey results suggest investment managers are hesitant to deploy fintech solutions with uncertain cost-benefit tradeoffs.

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

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on how companies are reporting during the second quarter/half year, investors likely need to perform their own going concern analysis.

The Case for Mandatory Separation of Chairperson and CEO Roles in India

Most countries either require or recommend separation of independent directors, but India had long incentivized this separation by requiring a higher minimum ratio (50% instead of 33%) of independent directors on boards on which the chair is also the CEO.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations: Cash Is Not Just King, It Is Everything

As we noted in our introductory post on July 14, as the earnings season commences this week, we will undertake a series of posts over the next two weeks on issues we believe are important for… READ MORE ›

Notes on the German EU Presidency

A German EU presidency is no normal presidency. We hope the following thoughts on priorities are a useful contribution at a time when the EU’s economic and financial response to the COVID-19 crisis has been under intense scrutiny.



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