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How CME is looking to buy its way into foreign markets
Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago-based CME Group, which operates the biggest futures exchange in the world, already dominates a mature U.S. market. On Jan. 30, it hopes to win a bidding war that will help it gain ground in other parts of the world. While CME gets about 30 percent of its $3 billion in annual revenue from abroad, archrival IntercontinentalExchange has a stronger foothold in Europe, the key international market, and generating business in Asia and South America has been slow going.
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Integrating ESG factors in the investment process
CFA Chicago
The importance of responsible investing has increased notably in recent years and is gradually making a presence in the mainstream investment arena. Events such as the BP oil spill, accounting scandals, the collapse of an apparel factory in Bangladesh, and ongoing environment concerns such as water scarcity, climate change, and depletion of natural resources demonstrate that ESG factors can have a significant impact on a company's share price performance and hence on investment portfolios.
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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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Stick to the FACTS: A Framework for Evaluating Investments
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Used-car-salesman types are everywhere, especially in the asset management business. What defines the used-car-salesman type? They are often focused on selling something — anything on their lots that has four wheels — rather than identifying the right vehicle for the client. The same holds true with the asset management business. Some asset management salesmen just want to sell something — anything — regardless of its suitability.
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US regulators close small Chicago bank
The Associated Press via ABC News
Regulators have closed a small lender in Chicago, making it the second U.S. bank failure of 2015 following 18 closures last year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said that it has taken over Highland Community Bank, which operated two branches. The bank had $54.7 million in assets and $53.5 million in deposits as of Dec. 31.
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United Methodist pension fund revises investment guidelines
The Wall Street Journal
The United Methodist Church is implementing new guidelines for its $21 billion pension fund meant to steer it away from investing in coal energy and in companies that operate in countries thought to violate human rights. Under the guidelines announced, the church also plans to exert its influence as an investor over companies whose activities may conflict with church positions on climate change and human rights, church investment managers said.
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Northern Trust survey: Investment managers foresee higher volatility, expect continued strong US growth
Business Wire via MarketWatch
Investment managers overwhelmingly expect market volatility to increase in the first half of 2015 and remain concerned about geopolitical risk and a slowdown in Europe, but those issues do not alter a generally positive view of U.S. economic and corporate profit growth, according to a quarterly survey conducted by Northern Trust Asset Management.
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Stocks down slightly as investors shrug off eurozone fears
Chicago Tribune
U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading Monday as investors shrugged off an election victory by a party in Greece opposed to that country's bailout plan. Traders also pored over the latest batch of company earnings.
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Watchdogs: Rahm Emanuel's fundraising nears $30M
Chicago Sun-Times
Early last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped out developer Dan McCaffery by backing McCaffery’s controversial plan to transform the former Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park into apartments, condos and stores. After the Chicago City Council approved the project in April 2014, McCaffery, his wife and an executive with his McCaffery Interests development company contributed $65,900 to the mayor’s campaign fund between June 30 and Nov. 24.
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ESG strategies largely absent from ETF landscape
Pensions&Investments
As the integration of passive strategies into institutional portfolios accelerates, another unequivocal trend — the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors in investment decisions — remains primarily a pivot point for more socially aware, active investment decisions.
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