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All Regulation Is Local

The late former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill coined the popular slogan “all politics is local” to emphasize that a politician’s success is tied to the ability to understand and address the issues most important to their… READ MORE ›

A New Global Financial Architecture: Stalled

In the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Ian Bremmer and Nouriel Roubini paint a pessimistic picture of potential global coordination of financial services regulation. As they put it, “… the process of creating a new international financial… READ MORE ›

The GIPS Standards — Truly a Global Standard

I was in Zurich last week at the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) Executive Committee meetings where I was able to participate in several days of interesting and fruitful discussions. As an active observer, it struck me how the… READ MORE ›

Is the Regulatory Pendulum Broken in the EU?

It was interesting to see the dueling articles in the 21 March edition of the Financial Times, in which DG Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier warned of complacency as regulatory reform stalls in… READ MORE ›

Annual Conference Delegate Demographics: Jobs, Experience, and Companies

We strive to make our events educational and accessible for all members of the investment community, regardless of their level of experience. At the same time, we try to provide opportunities at our conferences for networking and idea sharing… READ MORE ›

Investor Preferences Being Considered for Auditor’s Reporting Model

When the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Office of the Chief Auditor (OCA) presented an update on 22 March on outreach to investors and others about changes to the auditor’s reporting model, it cited… READ MORE ›

Beyond the Conference

As a city that is rich in both history and culture, Edinburgh offers unique opportunities to visit some of Scotland’s most famous monuments and castles. We have organized a number of… READ MORE ›

SEC’s Small Comment on Expert Networks Has Big Impact

At the recent Annual IA Compliance Best Practices Seminar, the SEC offered some of its strongest language yet in clarifying its view of expert networks.

While the bulk of the speech by Carlo di Florio, director of the… READ MORE ›

The Company Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

The Financial Times brings news this week of the chilling practice of corporate retaliation against securities analysts who are negative on a company’s prospects. The FT story is similar to anecdotes we hear from CFA Institute members… READ MORE ›

Pension Plans — Assuming the Best in the Worst of Times

CFA Institute has spent considerable time developing a code of conduct for pension trustees. The Pension Trustee Code of Conduct (PDF) is not a how-to manual or another entry into the parade of best-practice guidelines for… READ MORE ›