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Chicago Fed seeks risk from high-speed trading in stock market
Bloomberg Businessweek
Faster and less transparent markets pose risks that require more study, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which said high-speed trading may create dangers that aren’t properly appreciated or policed. In a document posted on the Chicago Fed website, senior policy adviser Carol Clark highlighted five questions for policy makers and regulators to consider, including how to oversee trading that’s spread across different asset classes around the world and whether rulemakers have adequate technology and systems in place to oversee markets.
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A 'top-down perspective' for Gluskin Sheff
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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Advice and recommendations on private equity
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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Words with one of The Wall Street Journal's 'top forecasters'
CFA Chicago
Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Mesirow Financial, is one of the most respected economists in the world and among the most quoted in the financial press. In addition, as advisor to the Federal Reserve Board and regional Reserve Banks, she is a Fed insider who can offer valuable insights on FOMC decisions, as well as economic trends. Join CFA on March 26 at 12:00 p.m. at The Chicago Club for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Diane Swonk.
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How understanding CEO candor can make you money
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Jason Voss' experience in investment management has taught him that half of the analysis battle is waged in the qualitative realm. Chief among these qualitative concerns is the honesty and character of management. Are they representing the truth of their firm’s past, present, and future? When character meets communications you have candor. Laura Rittenhouse, CEO of Rittenhouse Rankings, founded her firm to evaluate the candor of corporations. The rankings have proven to be predictive of the future stock performance of the rated businesses. Voss interviewed Laura recently about her work and thinks you will benefit from her insights.
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Foreign banks bracing for tough US Fed capital rules
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Overseas banks look set to win only minor concessions when the Federal Reserve signs off on new capital rules next week, as they become increasingly resigned to the fact that the cost of doing business in the United States will go up. The Fed, whose board of governors meets on Feb. 18, will require overseas banks to hold as much capital in the United States as their local rivals.
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Sales of Chicago companies trigger some uncomfortable flashbacks
Crain's Chicago Business
A recent string of buyouts of metro Chicago companies has triggered unsettling flashbacks to the 1990s. Those of us who were following Chicago business in those days remember it as a time of loss, when outsiders took possession of some premier corporate headquarters. Names like Inland Steel, Amoco and Ameritech succumbed to buyouts, stinging civic pride and eroding confidence in Chicago's future as a corporate center.
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Diane Swonk defines challenges for Yellen Fed
Fort Mill Times
More than five years on from the start of the Great Recession, Swonk underlines the sluggish growth of the U.S. economy. “A subpar recovery, combined with ongoing slack in the labor market, raises the risk of deflation, something to avoid at all costs. Falling prices are infinitely more damaging than rising prices, as they prompt hesitation in an economy that needs more, rather than less, risk-taking to grow.”
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Rosenberg sees inflation after calling housing bust in recession
Bloomberg
Prices in the U.S. may increase more than many expect this year, says David Rosenberg. That’s a 180-degree turn for the economist who not long ago correctly predicted a declining inflation rate, a view now prevalent among his peers. “This deflation, disinflation, benign inflation story which seems to be everybody’s mindset is really yesterday’s story,” said Rosenberg, 53, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff & Associates in Toronto.
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Are commodities safe yet?
The Wall Street Journal
After watching commodities take a beating over the past three years, investors may want to consider carefully treading back into the sector, financial advisers say. The average U.S. commodity-focused mutual fund and exchange-traded fund has gained 2.2 percent in 2014 through Feb. 13, according to Chicago-based investment-research firm Morningstar. Meanwhile, blue-chip stocks, as represented by shares of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, are down 0.91 percent over that period.
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Austan Goolsbee: Obama's former chief economic adviser on the state of the American economy
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President Obama’s former chief economic adviser Austan Goolsbee may tell you it’s an accident that he ended up in politics. But this son of a trucking executive has been making and breaking politicos since his college days, when he beat Ted Cruz out for the title of national champion debater. Today, you can find him in the economics department of the University of Chicago.
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Chicago Fed seeks risk from high-speed trading in stock market
Bloomberg Businessweek
Faster and less transparent markets pose risks that require more study, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which said high-speed trading may create dangers that aren’t properly appreciated or policed. In a document posted on the Chicago Fed website, senior policy adviser Carol Clark highlighted five questions for policy makers and regulators to consider.

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Rosenberg: Accelerating GDP growth could quickly turn into a big problem
Business Insider
This report contains the opening remarks of the testimony David Rosenberg delivered Feb. 4 before the United States Senate Budget Committee. Rosenberg had the pleasure to share the panel with Dr. Mark Zandi and Robert Greenstein. The topic the three were asked to address was "The 2014 Outlook: Moving from Constant Crises to Broad-Based Growth".

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Top anecdotal signs of a market bubble
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
At the risk of further inflating the bubble in discussion about whether or not global equity markets are in a bubble, Jason Voss, CFA thinks it is worth discussing the topic from a qualitative point of view. Most of the talk of bubbles is data-driven analysis focusing on things like multiples, profit margins, revenue growth, historic equity market tops, equity risk premiums, and so forth.

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More money managers bulking up to chase institutional clients
Pensions & Investments
A growing number of U.S. money managers of all sizes are expanding their sales teams to cater specifically to institutional clients. Executives at many of these firms have been slowly and steadily increasing their institutional sales staffs since the aftermath of the global financial crisis. But that growth has ramped up in the past six to 12 months due, in part, to an improving stock market and a growing institutional client base with an increased appetite for alternative assets.
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Guggenheim Partners accused of racketeering in annuity lawsuit
Crain's Chicago Business
Guggenheim Partners LLC and three insurance companies it controls were accused in a fraud and racketeering lawsuit by annuity buyers of concealing the true state of the carriers' finances. Lawyers for plaintiffs Clarice Whitmore and Helga Maria Schulzki claimed the asset manager raided the insurers' cash reserves after taking control of them, threatening the security of the annuities they sold, according to their complaint filed Feb. 12 in federal court in Chicago.
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