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On Greece and Governments: Roger Bootle and Robert Jenkins

Governments have been "blithely insouciant towards the dangers posed by huge levels of public sector debt."

Insider Trading: Big Time for “Victimless Crime”

The prison sentences handed down to Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam — which, at 11 years, is the longest-ever sentence in an insider-trading case — and Incremental Capital and Galleon trader Zvi Gofer (10 years), should send a… READ MORE ›

Chicago Is in Demand: Will You Be There?

It’s a good time to book your room for the 65th CFA Institute Annual Conference, taking place 6–9 May 2012 in Chicago — the Windy City is one of the most popular cities for conventions in the United States,… READ MORE ›

Occupy Wall Street: The Beginning or the End?

What’s going on with the spontaneous move to occupy major financial centers? Is this the last gasp of disgust over the global financial crisis of  2008-09, or is it the first shot in a whole new war against finance?… READ MORE ›

European Sovereign Debt Crisis—What’s the End Game?

Why is Europe standing on the cliff’s edge? What went wrong? How did we get here?

These are simple questions with anything but simple answers. To help illuminate the issues, I hosted a live webinar on 11 October 2011 featuring… READ MORE ›

Speakers in the News: William De Vijlder forecasts “Perfect Storm” with past CFA speakers

William De Vijlder, chief investment officer of strategy & partners at BNP Paribas and presenter at the upcoming Fourth Annual CFA Institute European Investment Conference, recently made… READ MORE ›

Is Jack Bogle Right? Are ETFs Destabilizing the Market?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which offer investors diversification and liquidity at a low cost, have exploded in popularity in recent years and now represent a $1 trillion global market. Morningstar estimates that ETFs now account for at least a third… READ MORE ›

Wall Street: “Bloodsuckers” Unite

“If you see something, say something.” That has become the mantra of security organizations worldwide, drawing millions of additional eyes and ears into the struggle to keep the world safe. The same should apply to the financial services industry…. READ MORE ›

NRSROs Still Under Scrutiny

Conflicts relating to the work of credit rating agencies, also known as Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs), are not new. And debate about their ability to handle conflicts of interest is not about to go away, thanks to… READ MORE ›

EU Financial Transaction Tax: Will It Become Reality?

The debate over whether a financial transaction tax (FTT) should be imposed in Europe is an old argument — one that resurfaced regularly over the years but never seemed likely to lead to any substantive action. This has changed,… READ MORE ›