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How Nate Silver won the Internet (and you can too)
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Nate Silver demonstrates how the internet has fundamentally changed the world. He was an unknown guy with no existing platform, sitting on analytical genius, and leveraged blogging and social media to grow an empire in just a few short years, putting both ESPN and The New York Times in his back pocket. Here's what you can learn from his story.
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More than $56,000 available in scholarships to Chicago-area financial professionals
CFA Chicago
CFA Society Chicago is pleased to announce that more than $56,000 in scholarships are available in 2013-2014 for candidates planning to sit for the CFA exam. CFA Chicago and CFA Program scholarships contribute to the vision of serving the interests of investors and society by promoting awareness of CFA Chicago and CFA Institute programs and by providing access to those programs to individuals.
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Be informed — Gary Black talks Fed policy changes to anticipate, outlook
CFA Chicago
Gary Black, global co-chief investment officer and chief investment officer of Alternative Investments, heads up the next CFA Chicago Distinguished Speaker Series. Black will discuss our macro economic outlook and market commentary in anticipation of the changes in Fed policy.
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Drinks and discussions — CFA Chicago Society summer happy hour
CFA Chicago
Join your fellow colleagues for a networking happy hour at Pazzo's @ 311, hosted by the CFA Women Advisory Group. Note: All members of the Society are welcome to attend. Please consider this an opportunity to showcase the diversity of the CFA Chicago Society to a female client or coworker, and support the charitable women's organization, Sarah's Circle, by bringing or donating one or more items on the Wish List.
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Why do people find it so hard to save?
CFA Institute
With the apparently universal human impulse to "gather ye rosebuds while ye may," why do people forgo the immediate pleasure of consumption and bother with all the self-denial involved in saving? The easy answer is they are fulfilling a basic need to meet their future liabilities, which might be known or unknown.
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Premier Bank ex-chief indicted in TARP fraud prosecution
Crain's Chicago Business
The former chairman of failed Premier Bank in Wilmette, along with his wife and two other defendants, have been indicted in Cook County Criminal Court on fraud charges in what was described as the first case in the country accusing former bank officers and directors of running a "criminal enterprise" to defraud the federal bank bailout program. Dr. Zulfikar Esmail, 70, of Evanston, is charged with financial institution fraud and being the organizer of a financial crimes enterprise, according to the indictment, brought by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.
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Changes quiet pits after 165 years of shouting
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Activity in Chicago's 165-year-old open-outcry grain markets has been declining for decades because of computerized trading, which can be executed much faster. But after the Chicago Board of Trade changed the way it reports end-of-day prices in June last year, the share of trading attributed to shout-and-gesture trading fell by about half.

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Wealth advisers pounce on nest eggs of American pilots
Reuters
When American Airlines dumped about $3.5 billion of retirement money into the laps of its pilots recently, the winners were the wealth managers who got a piece of the action. The bonanza came from a pension plan that American had closed last fall following the 2011 bankruptcy of its parent, AMR Corp.

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Alexander Paris Sr., founder of Chicago's Barrington Research, dies
Crain's Chicago Business
Alexander Paris, founder and longtime CEO of Barrington Research Associates Inc. in Chicago, died at home in Barrington Hills on July 22, the company announced. He was 79.

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Burnett looks to create products with innovation incubator
Crain's Chicago Business
Launched last year as an innovation incubator, Farmhouse is a 25-person department charged not just with creating advertising, but also with conceiving and developing products for clients — and, eventually, for Burnett itself. Burnett isn't the first agency to launch an incubator, nor the first to try its hand at product creation, but it's certainly the biggest.
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Ensemble investment group for startups arrives in Chicago
Chicago Tribune
A new startup investment group called Ensemble has launched in Chicago, offering discounts on services such as digital marketing and business consulting in exchange for equity stakes in high-growth companies. Ensemble is focused on Chicago but will accept startup clients from across the country and is also open to adding new members with specialties in digital services.
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Emanuel's Chicago is on path to be the next Detroit
Investor's Business Daily
Chicago appears to be following Detroit's lead to financial disaster, perhaps the latest victim of decades of one-party rule by Democrats eager to redistribute wealth while driving real wealth creators out of cities. Moody's Investors Service downgraded the Windy City's credit rating by three notches, partly the result of $19 billion in unfunded pension debt, leaving Chicago's lower than 90 percent of Moody's public finance ratings.
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Looking for signs of momentum in the economy
MarketWatch
To look at some of the purchasing managers surveys that have been recently released, one could think there's some real momentum building in the U.S. economy. But a read of the employment report would quickly lead to other conclusions.
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