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A billion in venture capital funding is real money for Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business
More venture capital flowed into Chicago startups in 2014 than any year since the dot-com boom 15 years ago, topping $1 billion. But while all that cash makes it easier to launch and grow a company here, funding levels still lagged behind those of other big cities. The year started off anemically, with barely more than $100 million in venture capital investments in each of the first two quarters, but roared through the last 13 weeks of 2014, with more than $400 million in funding, based on totals compiled by Crain's.
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Distinguished Speakers Series: James Bullard to address the US economy and monetary policy
CFA Chicago
James Bullard, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will address the U.S. economy and monetary policy. Regular, candidate, and affiliate Members may apply function tickets as payment for non-member or student-member. Credit card required to guarantee all reservations except for reservations using function tickets. Day-of-event registrations accepted on-site only if applicable and space available. There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5 p.m., Jan. 12.
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January Investment Exchange Forum: Bring actionable ideas
CFA Chicago
The Investment Exchange Forum is a stock-picking meeting of 10-15 CFA Chicago members. Each meeting features actionable ideas by presenting volunteers and a lively discussion of the topic at hand. The IEF is both an opportunity to learn how others present investment ideas concisely and a chance to practice stock pitches. In order to keep the quality of the stock picks as high as possible, we encourage attendance by members who are actively involved in investment management.
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Career Management: Industry Roundtables for Investment Professionals
CFA Chicago
Engage in face-to-face interaction with top investment professionals in a small group setting. Learn how different sectors operate in a casual yet structured setting during three 30 minute rounds at pre-selected tables. This members-only program will begin with an overview on the interconnectedness of the industries within financial services, thus, providing insights on identifying your ideal job.
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Investing in a multidimensional market
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Twenty-six years ago, the Financial Analysts Journal published findings on the payoffs to stock market “anomalies” — stock price behaviors that were considered anomalous in the context of the efficient market hypothesis. We found the market to be permeated with a complex web of such price behaviors, reflecting the interaction of numerous fundamental and behavioral factors, as well as such institutional features as the regulatory environment.
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Money management blues
Barron's
With the stock market near an all-time high, this would seem to be a golden moment for asset managers’ shares. Yet, the group’s performance was uninspiring in 2014, and analysts are cautious on the outlook for this year. As of late last year, according to Glenn Schorr, an analyst at EvercoreISI, money-management stocks were up just 7 percent, versus the broad market’s gain of 11 percent. Trust bank stocks rose by low double digits, while brokerage shares led the pack, with an increase of 18 percent.
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Should you look for value in cash flows?
Value Walk
Most deep-value investors look at the balance sheet and P/E multiples when they are hunting for bargains, a strategy taught by the godfather of value investing, Benjamin Graham. However, what strategies like these fail to take into account is cash flow. Glen Greenberg and Donald Yacktman are two respected value investors, both of whom invest not just with asset value in mind but also cash flows.
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Enron billionaire frets about public pensions' solvency
POLITICO
When former Enron trader and Texas billionaire John Arnold donated more than $1 million to a November 2014 initiative to reform the public pension system in Phoenix, pension activists took notice. Arnold’s donation to Proposition 487, also known as the Phoenix Pension Reform Act, constituted close to 75 percent of total donations for the ballot measure, which failed.
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Chicago Policemen launch search for chief investment officer
Pensions&Investments
Chicago Policemen’s Annuity & Benefit Fund is searching for a chief investment officer, said acting CIO James Maloney, in an email. Maloney, chairman of the $4 billion pension fund’s investment committee, was appointed acting CIO last month following the departure of Samuel Kunz. Kunz joined the University of California, Oakland, in the new position of managing director, asset allocation and investment strategy.
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The Economist's 'Most Influential Economists of 2014'
New Republic
Recently, The Economist published a list of the top 25 most influential economists in 2014 and it contained a glaring omission: Not a single woman made the list, including the chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.
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