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Speakers in the News: Andrew Smithers

In a recent opinion piece in Financial News, Andrew Smithers criticizes the U.S. Federal Reserve and says that private sector debt is a long-term problem that poses a serious threat to the world economy.

Smithers, chairman of Smithers… READ MORE ›

Historical Blind Spots

It was during the implosion of Enron and hundreds of dot-com and telecom bubble companies a decade ago that accountancy became the “in” profession on the dinner-party circuit. Formerly staid CPAs regaled guests, young and old alike, with their… READ MORE ›

Secret Society: Business as Usual for Derivatives

When the near-collapse of the global financial system in 2008 led to widespread calls for regulatory reform, much of the outcry was over derivatives—a major culprit in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression…. READ MORE ›

New Speaker Confirmed: Felix Zulauf

At the start of his career, Felix Zulauf decided that he was going to be the first Europe-based opinion leader able to understand the movements of the market to forsee major shifts. He is now one of Europe’s most… READ MORE ›

Mosaic Theory or Painting by the Numbers?

The initial hysteria over the “vast” insider-trading scandal has waned somewhat in recent days. Early indications pointed to an assault on the so-called “mosaic theory” and other types of primary research tools. A particular target… READ MORE ›

Harry Potter and the Dark Mosaic

A rumor is circulating that the longstanding practice of searching for and gathering individual pieces of nonpublic data to create a fuller research picture of a particular investment opportunity is somehow, well, inappropriate or far… READ MORE ›

New speaker announced

David Blanchflower, Bruce V. Rauner Professor at Dartmouth College and visiting professor at University of Stirling, will speak on the outlook for employment, inflation, output, and other key measures in his session at 09:00 on Monday, 9 May 2011…. READ MORE ›

Speakers confirmed for portfolio management sessions

Stan Beckers, managing director of BlackRock Solutions, EMEA, will draw on his extensive equity management experience for his presentation, “The Evolution of Risk Management.” Mr. Beckers will discuss the roles that absolute and relative risk should play in portfolio… READ MORE ›

SEC and RIAs: A Love-Hate Relationship

We survey members a lot at CFA Institute because the responses are generally well considered and focused on the ethical high road. We expected nothing different last month when we asked U.S. members in asset… READ MORE ›

A Network of Insiders

The now highly-visible insider trading probe on Wall Street is shining a harsh spotlight on “expert networks.” Relatively new to the investment research landscape, these networks offer access to experts across various industry sectors — medicine, biotech, technology, and… READ MORE ›