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Volatility concerns spiked during period of global unrest
PRNewswire via CNN Money
Financial advisors remain significantly concerned about how to capitalize on volatility and best protect their clients' assets. For the third straight quarter, anxiety over volatility has increased and is now rated 112.5 on the Advisor Top-of-Mind Index, up dramatically from 103.6 the prior quarter and 102.2 in July, according to the most recent Eaton Vance Advisor Top-of-Mind Index Survey. Kathleen Gaffney, CFA, co-director of diversified fixed income at Eaton Vance, believes market turbulence will continue well into 2015, bringing with it opportunities to selectively add strategic risk.
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It's back to the future for fixed income
CFA Chicago
At The Metropolitan Club, Kathleen Gaffney, vice president of Eaton Vance Management, co-director of Investment-Grade Fixed Income and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance's investment-grade fixed-income team, will be discussing changing markets and the transition that lies ahead for fixed income investors.
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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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14 charts worth your time
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Charts are fascinating. And I don’t just mean the 14 charts below. In one of the more interesting lectures I’ve ever heard, Bret Victor makes a number of really thought-provoking points that I hope you’ll chew over as you skim the images below. In a discussion focused on designing new media to assist engineers and designers, he observes that “Media are thinking tools,” and by extension posits that “our representations of a system are how we understand them.”
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Chicago treasurer sees power in numbers
Pensions & Investments
Kurt Summers, Chicago's city treasurer, wants to change the way Chicago-area pension funds pay investment managers and assess investment opportunities. His proposals, part of a larger 90-day plan to improve Chicago's financial standing, include securing lower fees from investment managers and giving consideration to Chicago-centric investments and emerging managers, among others.
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The 'very simple question' that impact investors should ask
Chicago Tribune
How can impact investors get the most bang for their buck? Cathy Clark, the director of Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, said it depends on how they define the bang. For some, financial returns will be a driver, while others will prioritize the social benefits. But problems can arise when investors seek to quantify the latter.
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The dangers of Illinois as a 'right to work' state
Chicago Sun-Times
Gov. Rauner has asked state and local lawmakers to consider adopting union-free business zones. So let’s imagine Illinois as a “right to work” state. First a clarification. The phrase “right to work” is a misnomer that has little to do with the right of a person to seek and accept gainful employment.
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Could this 73-year-old banker be Chicago's busiest angel investor?
Crain's Chicago Business
After almost a half-century of wheeling and dealing, Dick Kiphart could be slowing down. But he's not. The 73-year-old banker has become one of the most active angel investors in Chicago startups, with a dozen deals last year ranging from an education-technology fledgling, GetSet, to a new health data company, PhysIQ.
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Illinois' financial woes
Chicago Tribune
When Gov. Bruce Rauner blames the state’s financial woes on unions and proposes local governments be allowed to make their towns right-to-work areas (which have the effect of weakening or destroying unions in those areas), he is saying that Illinois’ problems are caused by workers who receive decent pay and benefits for their work. Don’t be fooled.
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