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What Chicago's startup scene really needs: Wealthy investors
Crain's Chicago Business
When it comes to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, Chicago has a great base to build off of. We have the startups. We have the infrastructure. Talent is available and Chicago is a "sticky" city — that is, college students who grow up here tend to want to come back. So what does Chicago's startup scene lack? Capital.
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Don't procrastinate — Kaplan Schweser is here to help you
CFA Chicago
The Level 1 December 2014 CFA exams will be here before you know it! You are invited to join leaders from CFA Chicago and members from Kaplan Schweser to find out how to best prepare for the CFA exam. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to win a scholarship for a prep-course study package awarded by Kaplan Schweser. Join fellow students on Thursday, July 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a study group kick-off party and open house — the event is free, but you must register to attend.
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The alpha executive leading BlackRock's Alpha Strategy
CFA Chicago
Rick Rieder, Managing Director, is BlackRock's Chief Investment Officer of Fundamental Fixed Income, Co-head of Americas Fixed Income and a member of the Executive Committee of the firm-wide Alpha Strategy business, a member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee and Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Council. Join CFA Chicago on July 29 at 12 p.m. for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Rieder.
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GAMCO: Growing under Gabelli
CFA Chicago
Mario Gabelli, CFA is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of GAMCO Investors, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company that is a widely recognized provider of investment advice to alternative investments, mutual funds, institutional and private wealth management. GAMCO Investors, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Gabelli founded the firm in 1977 as an institutional broker-dealer. It has grown into the diversified financial services corporation it is today. Join CFA Chicago on Tuesday, August 12 at 12 p.m. for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Gabelli.
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Impact investing in India: Poised to grow?
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Impact investments are expected to increase globally this year, with South Asia and Southeast Asia among the top target regions, according to a recent survey by JPMorgan and Global Impact Investing Network. This could bode well, in particular, for India’s nascent impact investment sector, which is one of the most active in the region.
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3 second-half picks from a billionaire value guru
NASDAQ
With the second half of the year underway, it's prudent to take stock on how your portfolio performed in the first six months of 2014. In the same vein, it's also the perfect time to see where any value or growth opportunities may lie as we go into the end of 2014. One billionaire has decided to make the latter much easier for investors.
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Rising complacency? Don't worry, be happy
Investing
Recently, there has been a rising cacophony of voices warning about the low volatility environment spawning complacency and excessive risk taking. In early June, Jon "Fedwire" Hilsenrath penned a Wall Street Journal article describing how various Fed officials had raised concerns about the low volatility environment.
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Where to invest in Europe
Barron's
Two years ago, there seemed to be no end to the bad news coming out of Europe. While Greece teetered on the edge of collapse, rates on Spanish 10-year government bonds were nearly 8 percent, and fear of financial contagion rippled through the Continent. Yet, bargain-hungry investors have come back to the Old World — and in no small way.
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BNP asks to keep managing pension assets: US official
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
BNP Paribas has sought permission to continue to manage U.S. pension assets, a federal official in Washington said on July 1, a day after the French bank pleaded guilty to criminal charges. BNP made its request to the U.S. Labor Department on June 30, said agency spokesman Michael Trupo. Under agency rules the guilty pleas could disqualify BNP as a "Qualified Professional Asset Manager" allowed to handle pension plan assets, unless it receives an exemption.
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Central banks ending era of clear promises, return to 'artful' policy
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
The world's major central banks are returning to a more opaque and artful approach to policymaking, ending a crisis-era experiment with explicit promises that they found risked their credibility and did not substitute for action. From Washington to London to Tokyo, the global shift from transparency to flexibility underscores the challenges central bankers face as they test the limits of what monetary policy can achieve.
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BlackRock's Rieder: Easy money is gumming up the recovery
MoneyNews
There are five reasons why excessively low rates from the Federal Reserve may be retarding the economy and blocking job growth, according to BlackRock's Rick Rieder. Rieder, chief investment officer at BlackRock Fundamental Fixed Income, said the central bank's impact on both issues is unintended but real.
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Yellen sees little threat to financial stability
The Associated Press via WFLD-TV
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that she doesn't see a need for the Fed to start raising interest rates to defuse the risk that extremely low rates could destabilize the financial system. Yellen said she does see "pockets" of increased risk-taking. But she said those threats could be addressed through greater use of regulatory tools. Many of those tools, such as higher capital standards for banks, were put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, which triggered the Great Recession.
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What Chicago's startup scene really needs: Wealthy investors
Crain's Chicago Business
When it comes to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, Chicago has a great base to build off of. We have the startups. We have the infrastructure. Talent is available and Chicago is a "sticky" city — that is, college students who grow up here tend to want to come back.

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City Hall better explain risky financial deal
Chicago Sun-Times
The City of Chicago’s significant exposure to interest-rate swaps liabilities, as detailed by Sun-Times reporter Dan Mihalopoulos (“Rahm’s $200 Mil Time Bomb,” June 18), highlights a need for additional transparency on the specifics of such deals and the city’s rationale for entering into them.

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The cities stealing jobs from Wall Street
Forbes
When we think about American finance, the default image is of a pinstriped banker on Wall Street. But increasingly financial services is shifting away from the traditional bastions of money. In an analysis of recent and longer-term employment trends, we have identified the large cities — those with over 450,000 jobs — that are gaining jobs in financial services, a sector that employs 7.9 million people nationwide.

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