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Professor proposes slowing down automated trading
Chicago Tribune
In an era of high-speed, automated trading, a big debate rages over how to keep markets safe after several technology-related snafus scarred investors. Instead of cracking down on high-speed traders, a University of Chicago economist says he has a better idea: Change the rules of the game.
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Financial Post's 'most influential' Canadian has high expectations for 2014
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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Wall St. Training is bringing it back to the basics
CFA Chicago
Join CFA Chicago on Tuesday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Standard Club to have all of your questions answered about deal structuring and merger modeling. Not only will you learn how mergers and acquisitions are structured, attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on learning and will build dynamic models for different transaction structures. The course will also cover due diligence and legal issues, common structural issues, crucial merger consequence analysis and detailed analysis of transaction case studies.
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How to maximize after tax wealth
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Learn tips from expert charterholders and financial industry leaders to help maximize your after tax wealth; and the role of asset location, dedication, and diversification. Discover how taxes impact financial planning and investments. Join David Blanchett, CFA, CFP, and Don Duncan, MBA, CFA, CFP, CPA on Thursday, April 10 to learn five tips to maximize after tax wealth and studies that quantify the wealth impact of financial planning.
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The dynamics challenging traditional thinking
CFA Chicago
Many frameworks and finance models were created in an environment that shaped our collective experience over the last 30-50 years. Recently many dynamics in the investment landscape have changed: geopolitical instability, an expanded role of governments in capital markets, and correlations between previously believed unrelated securities has become a challenging reality. This new macro-driven investment climate has increased scrutiny of traditional portfolio management practices. On Thursday, May 1, join CFA Chicago at The University Club to discover how recent changes in the global investment landscape should shape your strategic and tactical investment decisions.
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Turning points: Real estate, emerging markets and politics
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
While the world is seemingly distracted with the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 730, the big news this month of course is Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. The Fed continues with its taper, and Yellen even gave us some indication that the Fed may start increasing rates late in 2014. Emerging markets around the world are feeling shaky as the stimulus pumped into those economies is finally starting to wear a little thin.
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Hedge fund managers shy away from mutual funds
Pensions & Investments
Huge growth in alternative investment mutual funds is fueling a big market for subadvisory hires for hedge fund managers. What's catching the attention of many smaller hedge fund managers, and to a lesser extent big fund complexes, is steady growth of multi- and single-manager hedge fund strategy mutual funds. Assets managed in these funds jumped 54 percent to $139.3 billion in the year ended Dec. 31 and increased 292 percent from year-end 2007, according to Morningstar Inc., Chicago.
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Eisen: Investors begin bracing stock and bond portfolios for first rate hikes
Market Watch
The Federal Reserve pinged investors of all stripes with a warning: the central bank’s key lending rate is eventually going to rise, and it may lift off sooner than the market thinks. In response to what’s likely to be a gradual transition to more normalized monetary policy in the coming years, stock and bond buyers should keep their eyes forward to prepare for a market where easy gains are rarer and certain traps may await, investment strategists say.
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Emerging market stocks: Have they hit bottom?
Barron's
While U.S. stocks have rallied impressively over the past several years, emerging markets stocks are essentially unchanged since the beginning of 2010. The euro zone sovereign debt crisis put pressure on emerging markets, with the biggest blows dealt during the second half of 2011. Recently, euro zone concerns have begun to fade, replaced by a new threat: the tapering of bond purchases by the Federal Reserve and with it, the prospect of the end of easy money and the expectation that foreign investment will plummet.
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Should young retirement savers load up on stocks? Maybe not
Reuters
Millennials don't seem to buy the traditional wisdom when it comes to investing. They're the most risk-averse investors since the Great Depression, with the average portfolio 52 percent in cash, according to a recent report by UBS Wealth Management Americas. That runs counter to what most investment experts will tell you — that young people need the greatest exposure to riskier stocks to meet long-range goals, and that equity allocations should decline as retirement approaches. That philosophy underpins the fastest-growing retirement savings product in the market today, the target date fund (TDF).
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Yellen says extraordinary support needed for 'some time'
Bloomberg
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said “considerable slack” in the labor market is evidence that the central bank’s unprecedented accommodation will still be needed for “some time” to put Americans back to work. Large numbers of partly unemployed workers, stagnant wages, lower labor-force participation and longer periods of joblessness show that Fed officials must continue their easing, Yellen said in remarks prepared for a speech in Chicago.
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Will new 'excubator' model increase startup success rates?
Forbes
Over the last five years, Red Rocket Ventures has consulted or mentored over 500 startups. But, unfortunately, most of these companies have had the same problem. They are typically so focused on building their product (e.g., website, mobile app), that they do not raise enough capital to afford the sales and marketing activities that will be required to help them achieve their proof-of-concept”, which will allow them to better attract additional venture capital down the road. This means many startups run out of money soon after launch, with no interested investors, because they did not properly plan far enough ahead, stalling out before they reasonably had a fighting chance.
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Professor proposes slowing down automated trading
Chicago Tribune
In an era of high-speed, automated trading, a big debate rages over how to keep markets safe after several technology-related snafus scarred investors. Instead of cracking down on high-speed traders, a University of Chicago economist says he has a better idea: Change the rules of the game.

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CME move to shrink board opposed
Financial Times
CME Group, the world’s largest futures exchange, is facing opposition over its efforts to slim down the size of its board after unveiling plans to reduce the representation of some of its traders and users. Five former board members are publicly opposing CME’s plans to reduce the board from 24 to 21 members .

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'Pretty incredible' changes in bond market coming
CNBC
Parse Janet Yellen's comments any way you want, but know one thing: This is likely to be an interesting year for bond investors. Financial markets took a jolt over comments from the Federal Reserve chair that traders immediately interpreted as the precursor for rate hikes that would come sooner than expected.

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Morgan Stanley's William Strong to join Chicago's Longford Capital
Chicago Tribune
Prominent banker William Strong will return to Chicago from Asia in May and become chairman of Longford Capital, a Chicago firm that invests in litigation in exchange for a cut of the profits. Strong, 61, is retiring after 21 years at Morgan Stanley, where he most recently was co-CEO of the Wall Street bank's operations in Asia and served on the bank's global management committee. According to Bloomberg, while based in Hong Kong, Strong oversaw the firm's expansion in Indonesia and exit from businesses in India.
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IMF still sees advantage for 'too important to fail' banks
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Top banks in the euro zone benefited from an implicit taxpayer subsidy of $90 billion to $300 billion last year due to ongoing state support which makes them "too important to fail," the International Monetary Fund said in a report. The IMF, a Washington-based global financial institution, analyzes the economic and financial policies of its 188 member countries and warns about potential problems. Its report could influence regulators in the United States and Europe that are implementing tough new rules for the financial industry to minimize the likelihood and cost of bailing out big banks.
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