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Speaker Change: Julie McDowell

Julie McDowell of Standard Life Investments will be replacing Ken Costa at this year’s CFA Institute 64th Annual Conference in Edinburgh. Ms. McDowell’s session, “Adding Value through Values: The Evolution of… READ MORE ›

A Matter of Opinion?

Newsof Standard & Poor’s negative outlook on the U.S. government’s long-term debt met with the unsurprising response from Washington that the S&P analysis was flawed.


As we’ve pointed out before,… READ MORE ›

Annual Conference Delegate Demographics: Home Countries

The CFA Charter is a mark of distinction in the global investment community, and to that end we try to involve ideas and individuals from all parts of the world when planning our events. Reviewing the home countries of… READ MORE ›

Derivatives and the Cost of Beer

Readers should check out the lead article in the Wall Street Journal today, “Risk Rule Riles Main Street,” by Victoria McGrane, to get a sense for just how convoluted and acrimonious the debate over derivatives regulation has… READ MORE ›

Author Events at the Annual Conference

Developing keen financial insights is only part of what it takes to be a great analyst — it’s equally important to share those insights with others clearly… READ MORE ›

Regulatory Reform — a Johnson-Bachus Solution to Dodd-Frank

If there ever was an uphill battle, efforts to institute proper financial regulatory reforms are mired in it. There are so many distractions and barriers, not just here in the U.S. but globally, that proper… READ MORE ›

Exchange Merger Mania

The frenzy of merger-related activity in the exchanges business shows no sign of abating. Last week, it was the turn of first BATS Global Markets and then NASDAQ/IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) to enter the fray — BATS with the announcement that… READ MORE ›

Arrive Early for Extra Insight

The 64th CFA Institute Annual Conference kicks off with Liaquat Ahamed’s opening address on Sunday evening, but you should arrive early to attend one of Sunday’s workshop sessions.

A separate registration fee applies to register for the workshops, which have… READ MORE ›

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 ›