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Fed doves stand by stimulus, though Evans has bright outlook
Reuters
A handful of Federal Reserve policy doves showed no sign they were prepared to dial down the U.S. central bank's extraordinary accommodation any time soon, even though one gave a highly optimistic outlook that the economy will turn the corner next year. Charles Evans, president of the Chicago Fed, forecast moderate growth this year of 2.5 percent, but gave a hearty endorsement of the economy's trajectory, saying he expects 2014 to be "terrific."
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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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Money Smart Week: How to Get/Enjoy the Career You Want & Make the Money You Need
CFA Chicago
Kerry Jordan, CFA, chair of the CFA Society Chicago Women Advisory Group will moderate a panel on how to get/enjoy the career you want and make the money you need — from college through retirement. Seats are still available. RSVP in advance at hqs1@juno.com or at 630-466-7095.
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Distinguished Speakers Series: Charles Evans
CFA Chicago
Listen as Charles L. Evans, the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as he gives his perspectives on the current state of the economy. For those interested at this inside looks, be sure to register here.
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The competing incentives and pressures that influence sell-side analysts
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
A recent study designed to decipher the "black box" of sell-side analyst decision making sheds new light on the driving forces behind two important outputs of their work: earnings estimates and stock recommendations.
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Futures regulators challenged by changing industry
Crain's Chicago Business
When people ask Michael Mason, a trader in the lumber pit of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, why he's wearing a flimsy temporary trading badge, he says it's a reminder that MF Global Inc. still owes him money. He once used MF Global to help execute his trades — with a badge that displayed that relationship — until the futures broker failed almost overnight, swallowing $1.6 billion in customer money that was supposed to be in protected accounts.
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Equity the main attraction among ETF buyers
InvestmentNews
Exchange-traded funds ended the first quarter of 2013 strong, posting their 16th consecutive month of net inflows at $13.5 billion in March. Combined with the first two months of the year, ETFs saw quarterly net inflows of roughly $51 billion.
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McDonald's 1st-quarter profit nearly flat
Chicago Business Journal
McDonald's Corp.'s profit barely inched up during its first quarter as sales continued to disappoint. Oak Brook-based McDonald's earned $1.27 billion, or $1.26 per share, nearly unchanged from $1.267 billion, or $1.23 per share, a year ago when it had more outstanding shares. Revenue rose 1 percent to $6.6 billion.
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Survey: Rich Chicagoans fret about Illinois economy
Crain's Chicago Business
Most wealthy Chicago-area investors are optimistic about the global and national economic outlook, but many fear a downturn in the Illinois economy this year, a new survey finds. The state's financial well-being has 76 percent of local investors "very concerned," while only 46 percent feel that way about the prospects for the U.S. economy, according to a survey by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.
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Caterpillar lowers outlook as Q1 profit misses
Chicago Tribune
Caterpillar Inc. lowered its guidance for 2013 Monday after reporting first-quarter profit shrank 45 percent to $880 million, or $1.31 per share, and revenue fell 17 percent to $13.2 billion, both missing analyst expectations.
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