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Is the Fed bluffing on rate hikes?
FT Alphaville
It might not be polite to say it overtly, but concerns are growing that the Fed’s rate hiking promises may be nothing more than a big bluff. The vogue for doubting Fed rhetoric started in earnest on March 11, when Ray Dalio, founder of hedge fund firm Bridgewater Associates, wrote to investors that there was a risk if the Fed raised rates too fast it could create a market rout similar to that of 1937.
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Investment uncertainty is not going away: Understanding complex systems can help
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
In the years since the 2008 crisis, I have seen a number of job postings for risk managers, advertisements for risk analytics, and papers on risk management. Judging by this burgeoning industry, risk is well understood and perhaps even under control in the investment process. The funny thing, though, is that I am not aware of any uncertainty managers.
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Latin American business soars in the cloud
Forbes
Over one million demonstrators marched in cities and towns across Brazil to protest a sluggish economy, rising prices and corruption. These marches arrive as Brazil struggles to overcome economic and political malaise and pick up the pieces of a boom that crumbled a few years ago. Sounds dire? According to business experts, the best time to invest in growth is when times are tough.
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Chicago Water Reclamation District signs on 2 for active global bonds, passive equities
Pensions & Investments
Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund hired Standish Mellon Asset Management to run $75 million in active global fixed income and State Street Global Advisors to manage about $150 million in passive domestic equity, said Susan Boutin, executive director. The $1.3 billion pension fund announced in November that it was looking to add active fixed-income managers to its roster in preparation for rising interest rates.
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You won't need all your fingers to count the women at the top of Chicago's private-equity firms
Crain's Chicago Business
Almost all the top partners at Chicago's private-equity firms have one common characteristic: They're men. At the city's 10 biggest private-equity firms, 69 of the 71 leadership positions, often known as managing directors, are held by men. The same profile is true at most of the 90 or so midsized and smaller companies in town.
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Chicago's unmentionable pension solution haunts mayoral election
Bloomberg
Chicago could avert financial doom with a new casino or an expanded sales tax. Or it could relieve the pressure from $20 billion in pension debt by slapping a levy on commuters. As the city’s credit rating slides toward junk status, the most direct remedy to dodge the threat of insolvency — raising property taxes -- is barely mentioned by the two men vying to run Chicago in the next four years.
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Chicago private equity firm acquires Germantown-based Gehl Foods
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Germantown-based Gehl Foods, a Milwaukee-area fixture for more than a century, has been acquired by Wind Point Partners, a Chicago private equity firm. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Gehl had nearly $250 million in annual sales in 2014. The company employs more than 330 people at three sites covering more than 800,000 square feet in Germantown and West Bend.
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Moral bankruptcy of Chicago's elites
Forbes
There is real pain in Chicago. In the last four years, 10,000 shootings have left the city scarred. Nearly 21,000 students are trapped in failing schools. Homeowners face rising property taxes — monthly property tax payments now rival mortgage payments. One million residents have fled the city since 1950 for prosperity elsewhere.
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New online tool helps budget for a financial emergency
Chicago Tribune
Financial planners often counsel clients to keep up to a year's worth of living expenses in a fairly liquid savings account for emergencies. Long-term joblessness, a major illness or the death of a partner could certainly chew up that hefty sum, but preparing for more common, smaller hiccups is important too.
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    The myth of volatility drag: Part 1 (CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor)
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