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Corporate Chicago's billion-dollar addiction
Crain's Chicago Business
Stock buybacks have become the performance-enhancing drug of corporate America, and some of the heaviest users are right here in Chicago. Companies from Abbott Laboratories and Allstate to McDonald's and Motorola Solutions are pumping up their stats by gobbling up their stock.
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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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Charting the way
CFA Chicago
Michelle Seitz, CFA, Head of Investment Management, William Blair & Company, will share insights on her journey to becoming a powerful woman in finance. Structured as an intimate and conversational chat, Seitz will discuss strategies for women to achieve fulfillment and success in their careers.
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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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Is finance a noble profession?
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Whether or not finance is a noble profession is not a question arising solely because of the global financial crisis of 2008–2009. In my many years as an investment professional, I can attest that this question, and its variants, percolates to the surface frequently. Usually the conversation takes place among colleagues as we marvel at yet another tale of hubris emanating from our beloved profession.
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Hackers steal up to $1B from banks, security company says
Chicago Tribune
A hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what would be one of the biggest banking breaches known, a cybersecurity firm says in a report scheduled to be delivered Monday. The hackers have been active since at least the end of 2013 and infiltrated more than 100 banks in 30 countries, according to Russian security company Kaspersky Lab.
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Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management supports unitholder proposal aimed at enhancing Central GoldTrust redemption mechanism
Rock Hill Herald
Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management, investment advisor to Appleseed Fund and to high net worth individuals, is supporting a move to amend the redemption mechanism of Central GoldTrust, a Canadian-based closed-end fund that owns and holds physical gold bullion.
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The pros and cons of cheap oil: Why the 55 percent plunge in oil prices is roiling markets worldwide
Chicago Tribune
Buoyant consumers. With the price of a fill-up falling to its lowest level in 11 years, U.S. consumers will spend $750 less per household on gasoline this year than they did in 2014, the government estimates. That will spur consumer spending, which will lift the whole economy.
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How CBOE educated investors with new ad campaign
Crain's Chicago Business
The Chicago Board Options Exchange faced a challenge last year: Educating its target audience of investors about CBOE products they weren't familiar with and weren't trading. "As the market changes, so do the needs, wants and sensibilities of the target audience," said Ted Kohnen, CMO at SteinIAS, which has been CBOE's agency of record for more than three years.
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Investing: More great DOW stocks for dividends
Chicago Tribune
Cash dividends have accounted for roughly 40 percent of the U.S. stock market's total return over the past 90 years. Here are four companies that are well-positioned to boost payouts in the years ahead.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    14 charts worth your time (CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor)
The dangers of Illinois as a 'right to work' state (Chicago Sun-Times)
It's back to the future for fixed income (CFA Chicago)
Volatility concerns spiked during period of global unrest (PRNewswire via CNN Money)
Integrating ESG factors in the investment process (CFA Chicago)

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