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National venture capital firms invest in Chicago tech
Medill Reports Chicago
Investments in Chicago’s digital start-up sector nearly doubled in 2013 as angel investors and venture capitalists invested in technology companies around the city. Funding increased to $1.06 billion from $391 million in 2012, according to a report by Built In Chicago, a local online start-up community. “This is our biggest year since Groupon in 2011,” said Maria Katris, Built In’s CEO. “This isn’t about just one company choosing to build in Chicago.” Groupon Inc. closed a $972 million investment round in 2011, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the total tech investment for that year.
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Bon French: A life spent dedicated to the Chicago financial industry
CFA Chicago
T. Bondurant "Bon" French, CFA, is responsible for the management of Adams Street Partners and actively participates as an investment professional. French has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980 and has been instrumental in the development of its private equity investment strategies, fund management and client service. Join CFA Chicago on Feb. 25 for the T. Bondurant "Bon" French Distinguished Speaker Series.
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Insight with one of Business Insider's 'smartest people' on Wall Street
CFA Chicago
Join CFA Chicago on Tuesday, April 29 from 12 - 1 p.m. for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring David Rosenberg, Chief Economist and Strategist for Gluskin Sheff and Associates. Fees for members are $45 dollars, the student-members fee is $10, and non-members are welcome to join for $55. This series also qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the CFA Institute Professional Development Program.
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Book review — Financial Blogging: How To Write Powerful Posts That Attract Clients
CFA Institutes's Enterprising Investor
Resolved: to write effectively! Susan Weiner, famous among CFA societies for her effective-writing workshops, has produced a powerful reference guide that should become the single best source for assisting independent and fee-only advisers in their blogging activities. The lessons contained in Financial Blogging: How to Write Powerful Posts That Attract Clients are highly accessible. Through exercises and outlines, reinforced with a workbook-style appendix, the reader quickly learns what it takes to accomplish excellent short-form communication.
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Why isn't CME doing better?
Crain's Chicago Business
CME Group Inc. is stuck between its past and future, dragged back by industry traditionalists as it struggles to expand a global electronic futures exchange. CME is the world's largest futures exchange. Yet management efforts to evolve beyond its Chicago trading roots and appeal to new customers often trigger a backlash from longtime shareholders and traders whose livelihoods are threatened by changes at the 166-year-old institution.
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Regulators start work on new bank asset valuation plan
Chicago Tribune
Global regulators are planning the world's first common rule within three years to value hard-to-price assets held by banks after unexpected revisions have unsettled investors, the man overseeing the plan told Reuters. The initiative may face resistance from a banking sector worried that assets will be more conservatively priced, hitting bonuses and bumping up capital requirements.
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4 big mistakes that kill financial websites
The Financial Brand
According to the latest Nielsen “Trust in Advertising” report, corporate websites are now the second most trusted form of advertising, second only to “recommendations from people I know.” Consumers will simply no longer tolerate a website that’s not easy and intuitive, delivering a delightful and valuable experience. They will not invest the time and effort to figure it out, especially when one of your competitor’s has gone out of its way to make it easy for them. While these maxims are true for any brand in any industry, it is particularly true with the easily confused and overwhelmed financial consumer.
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JPMorgan profit hit by Madoff, weaker investment banking
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
JPMorgan Chase & Co posted a 7.3 percent decline in quarterly profit recently, as legal woes and weak demand for investment banking services capped off a tough year for Chief Executive Jamie Dimon. The largest U.S. bank had $1.1 billion of legal expenses in the fourth quarter, about $850 million of which was linked to a recent settlement for failing to report its suspicions of fraud at its client Bernard Madoff's fund.
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National venture capital firms invest in Chicago tech
Medill Report's Chicago
Investments in Chicago’s digital start-up sector nearly doubled in 2013 as angel investors and venture capitalists invested in technology companies around the city. Funding increased to $1.06 billion from $391 million in 2012, according to a report by Built In Chicago, a local online start-up community. “This is our biggest year since Groupon in 2011,” said Maria Katris, Built In’s CEO. “This isn’t about just one company choosing to build in Chicago.”

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Expect a blow-out year
Yahoo
It was the best year for the markets since 1997. The past year's 29.11 percent in the benchmark S&P 500 index certainly exceeded even some of the more optimistic expectations for the year. What can we expect for 2014? David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff, is one of the most widely-followed and respected economists today. He offers his three predictions on the economy in general and on the markets specifically to Talking Numbers.

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Alternative thinking vs. alternative assets
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
If you’ve sat in on any presentations on alternative assets, or picked up any of the marketing materials, you will have heard all the reasons why financial advisers and portfolio managers should own alternatives. The checklist of potential roles that alternatives play in a portfolio goes something like this: Low correlations, which lead to better diversification, great inflation hedge, capital protection in down markets, pure alpha (i.e., great return potential) and strategic allocations — or a dedicated "slice."

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Wall Street's brightest minds reveal their best investment ideas for the next decade
Seattle Pi
Most agree that we have witnessed the end of a massive, three-decade bull market in bonds. Some are also skeptical of the potential for returns in the stock market in the years ahead, given common valuation multiples that are currently above historical averages. Seattle Pi asked a few of their favorite traders, strategists, and economists for their best investment ideas for the next 10 years. Here's what they said.
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Chicago ready to host a flourishing bitcoin economy
CoinDesk
On Jan. 7, the temperature in Chicago was negative four degrees. That evening, a Tuesday, nearly 40 people ventured out in to the Arctic conditions and gathered at the Atlas Brewing Company for beer and food. The reason? Bitcoin. In a city with a population of 2.7 million, 40 people at a bitcoin meetup is clearly a drop in the ocean. But bitcoin’s Chicago cheerleaders say it’s a sign of a dedicated community, one they say is growing. What’s more, they argue, the city is ripe to host a flourishing bitcoin economy.
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Financial stability concerns should not deter Fed on policy: Bernanke
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
The U.S. Federal Reserve should give the economy the stimulus it needs despite "credible" worries that its aggressive bond-buying program could destabilize the financial system, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Jan. 16. In his last planned public remarks as head of the central bank, Bernanke said concern about the potential harm to financial stability is the only risk from unconventional monetary policies "that I find personally credible."
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