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Yellen wants to put people back to work
Bloomberg Businessweek
The year was 1999, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, and President Bill Clinton’s top economic adviser had a message for economists gathered at Yale University: Tight labor markets, in which the demand for workers is high, are beneficial for blacks, Hispanics, and male high school dropouts. The speaker was Janet Yellen, and she brings the same focus on the disadvantaged to her new job as chair of the Federal Reserve.
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Top influencers in a male-dominated C-suite
CFA Chicago
What does it take to be a groundbreaker? Award-winning executive producer Betsy West shares behind-the-scenes stories and surprising insights from interviews with the most influential women in America — from Meg Whitman to Ursula Burns to the late Muriel Siebert — all part of the innovative and inspiring MAKERS series from AOL and PBS. On Tuesday, June 3 at 5 p.m., we will see and discuss women trailblazers in finance, women who reached the C-suite and women who prospered in traditionally male professions.
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When unusual financial strategies work
CFA Chicago
Besides boasting a successful 30-year career in portfolio management, Rob Arnott has made a name for himself in the financial landscape for reasons other than tenure — Arnott has continued to impress his colleagues as "one of the world's most provocative practitioners." On Thursday, June 19 at 12 p.m., Arnott will share his respected theories and intriguing analysis with those who attend the Distinguished Speaker Series at the Metropolitan Club in Willis Tower. This is a must-attend event, so register now to secure a spot.
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Axel A. Weber: Far-reaching practices
CFA Chicago
Axel Weber was elected to the Board of Directors (BoD) at the 2012 AGM and was thereafter appointed Chairman of the BoD. He has chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee since 2012 and became chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee in 2013. Weber was president of the German Bundesbank between 2004 and 2011, during which time he also served as a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements, German governor of the International Monetary Fund, and as a member of the G7 and G20 Ministers and Governors. Join CFA on Friday, June 27 from 12 - 1 p.m. for the Axel A. Weber Distinguished Speaker Series
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The future of finance: 10 key talks from the 67th CFA Institute Annual Conference
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
These days, far too many financial industry conferences feature CEOs and CFOs talking up their companies or academics touting their most recent papers. That makes it tough for curious and committed finance pros to learn anything of use. This year’s recently concluded CFA Institute Annual Conference in Seattle was, as in year’s past, refreshingly different, with many presenters sharing learned opinion, startling new perspectives, and novel ways of thinking about both the world at large and the practice of investing.
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BlackRock calls for international fund redemption rules
Financial Times
ClackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is calling for international rules that could impose redemption fees for some kinds of funds, to cut the chances of damaging runs during times of market panic. The company says regulators should eliminate any “first-mover advantage” to investors who sell out of a fund as market liquidity is starting to dry up. The risk that mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles are vulnerable to runs has become a key focus of international regulators.
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Low volatility: How to profit from a quiet VIX
Barron's
Before the 2008 financial crisis, only a small group of investors paid attention to the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, and those who did have it on their radar generally used it as a barometer of how much panic was in the markets. During the past few years, however, the VIX has gone from obscure to ubiquitous, and now a broad range of investors routinely keep tabs on the VIX in real-time to evaluate market sentiment.
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CME vows to keep trading pits open if electronic platform fails
Reuters
CME Group Inc. recently pushed back against calls for it to close open-outcry trading if its electronic platform fails, saying that most traders have access to the pits. "To close down the floor because the electronic platform closed down, I don't know why we would do that, unless there was a circumstance that warranted closing all the markets," Executive Chairman Terry Duffy told reporters following the company's annual meeting.
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SEC probes Schwab, Merrill, for anti-money laundering violations, sources say
Chicago Tribune
U.S. regulators are investigating Charles Schwab Corp. and Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch brokerage over whether they are doing enough to learn about their clients' identities, sources said, the latest sign a crackdown on money laundering is expanding. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into whether the brokerages missed red flags that could indicate attempts to move money illicitly or to feed proceeds from drug trafficking and other crimes into the financial system by failing to know their customers well enough, the sources said.
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JPMorgan to invest $100 Million in Detroit
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Financial giant JPMorgan Chase plans to invest $100 million over five years into bankrupt Detroit, two newspapers reported. The money will be divvied up in loans and grants and will include funding for home mortgage loans, job training for Detroit residents and blight removal. "Obviously Detroit was having issues," JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon told the Detroit Free Press. "I got together some of our senior people and said, what can we do that's really neat, that could be really creative."
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City should consider all revenue proposals to fund pension
Chicago Tribune
If you live in Chicago, it is starting to feel like bills are just piling on. First it was Peoples Gas, announcing a potential rate hike after a long and extremely cold winter. Then it was ComEd with its own rate hike just when the weather starts to warm up and you are thinking about changing the filter in your A.C. unit. There is a new, higher bill coming your way unless all options are put on the table in an open, transparent manner
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Yellen wants to put people back to work
Bloomberg Businessweek
The year was 1999, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, and President Bill Clinton’s top economic adviser had a message for economists gathered at Yale University: Tight labor markets, in which the demand for workers is high, are beneficial for blacks, Hispanics, and male high school dropouts.

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Emanuel skeptical of teachers' union pension plan
WBEZ-FM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is swatting down key aspects of the Chicago Teachers Union’s proposal to shore up the ailing pension fund for city teachers.

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5 TED talks that will change the way you live, love and work
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
From time to time, we publish book lists on everything from what to read to become a better finance professional to ways to improve your career prospects. But Lauren Foster figured: Who has time to read a pile of books?

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UBS Chairman Weber warns 'don't shoot holes' in Swiss economy
Bloomberg Businessweek
Axel Weber, chairman of Switzerland’s biggest bank, warned against adopting popular measures that risk hurting the country’s economic competitiveness. “You’re in a small boat,” the chairman of UBS AG told the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. “If you shoot holes in your boat, it’s harder to sail troubled waters.”
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Exclusive: Chicago Growth Partners calls it quits
Fortune
Private equity firm Chicago Growth Partners has abandoned efforts to raise its third fund, Fortune has learned. Instead, the mid-market private equity firm's partners have opted to begin winding things down. CGP was formed more than 30 years ago as the in-house investment group of investment bank William Blair & Co., before spinning out as an independent entity in 2004. It typically looked to acquire profitable companies within the education, healthcare, industrial technology and tech-enabled services sectors, with typical equity outlays of between $15 million and $75 million.
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