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Beware of index funds that aren't
The Wall Street Journal
Index funds aren't always what you think they are. And your innocence could cost you. To most investors, of course, index funds are passive investments, providing returns that basically mirror the market they are designed to follow. They charge low fees and carry no hidden costs. But the old definition is starting to change.
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Money Smart Week: The best designation for your financial education — MBA, CFA, MSF
CFA Chicago
Additional education after college has become a prerequisite for career advancement in many investment fields. For those considering a career in investments or financial services, the great debate has been whether to obtain a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Finance or The CFA Institute's Chartered Financial Analyst designation. All have their advantages but considering the expense of the degree programs and the difficulty of attaining the CFA designation, choosing among the three makes for a rather difficult decision.
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Career Management Series: Resume Development, Preparing For Your Next Role
CFA Chicago
This Resume Development workshop will emphasize the elements of a compelling resume and how to construct your resume to differentiate yourself in a very crowded employment market. When you realize that 70 percent of searches include online keyword screens, it is important to construct your resume accordingly. The workshop will be led by Gail Meneley, co-founder of Shields Meneley Partners and CFA Chicago board member.
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Navigating the Evolving World of ETFs
CFA Chicago
There is no denying the growing popularity of ETFs. Assets for all U.S. listed ETFs exceed $1.4 trillion today and grew at a 27 percent clip in 2012 over the prior year. Please join us as our panel of expert ETF providers and investors address what opportunities are available for portfolio construction with ETFs, as well as what are the pitfalls and benefits?
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Why investing should return to the stone age
CFA Institute
VideoBriefSaker Nusseibeh, speaking at the European Investment Conference, questions the basics of investment practice and draws unique parallels to medieval alchemists and the Stone Age. With a doctorate in medieval history, in addition to his financial expertise, Nusseibeh brings a wealth of historical knowledge to his exposition, allowing him to step back and look at the big picture.
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New Chicago firm to invest in lawsuits
Chicago Tribune
As law clerks to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2008, Travis Lenkner and Ashley Keller helped draft opinions on significant legal disputes. Now they are placing bets on big lawsuits. But what's unusual about their new firm is the type of investments it plans to make — not stocks, bonds or anything else that can be traded on an exchange.
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Rauner's love/hate relationship with pension funds
Crain's Chicago Business
When Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner says the state's pension system is "fundamentally corrupt and broken," he should know. He's had a front-row seat for the past three decades investing pension funds as a co-founder of GTCR LLC, Chicago's second-largest private-equity firm.
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Money Smart Week chance to learn about finances
The Beacon News
The 12th annual Money Smart Week returns to the Chicago area during the week of April 20-27, featuring 500 free financial educational programs. Topics this year will range from budgeting to saving for college and retirement. Events are coordinated and hosted by partnering organizations, including local banks, universities, government agencies, plus community groups and libraries.
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Bummed by Obamacare? Not this CEO
Crain's Chicago Business
VideoBriefVentas Inc. is a $20 billion Chicago-based company but it's unknown to most people outside of health care and real estate. As one of the nation's largest health care and senior housing real estate investment trusts, Ventas also invests in and manages properties — more than 1,400 nationwide and in Canada.
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Survey: Frugality reigns 5 years after crisis
The Associated Press via USA Today
The frugality and investing discipline that the 2008 financial crisis imposed on Americans appear to have led to permanent changes in behavior on money matters, according to a survey by the nation's second-largest mutual fund company.
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Madison Dearborn gets several offers for Yankee Candle
Reuters via Crain's Chicago Business
Yankee Candle Co. has attracted offers from several private-equity firms in a sale process that could value the largest scented candle maker in the United States at about $2 billion, people familiar with the matter said.
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Ex-Im Bank partners with Illinois trade center network
The FINANCIAL
The Export-Import Bank of the United States has entered a new marketing partnership with the state of Illinois in order to help Illinois businesses boost export sales and jobs. Ex-Im Bank's City/State Partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity gives thousands of exporters, especially small businesses, access to information about the bank's resources.
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