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Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote
The Associated Press via WFLD-TV
Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. The No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in the referendum against 44.7 percent who backed independence. The margin was wider than expected — most opinion polls on the eve of the vote were predicting a narrower 4-point victory for proponents of the union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Deadline for the 2014 Annual Dinner is approaching
CFA Chicago
The 2014 Annual Dinner is our premier networking event of the year, bringing together nearly 1,000 investment professionals and key decision-makers. The Officers and Directors of CFA Society Chicago invite you to attend this year's event where you will have the opportunity to socialize with individual members and show support for the new class of CFA Charterholders, the CFA designation and for the society. Gov. Jon Huntsman will serve as the keynote speaker, and Ralph Wanger, CFA, will be awarded the Hortense Friedman, CFA, Award for Excellence. The deadline for registration is Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., so register today to secure your spot!
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The vision behind Harris Associates
CFA Chicago
David Herro is the Chief Investment Officer-International Equities at Harris Associates L.P. and serves as the Portfolio Manager of The Oakmark International Fund, The Oakmark International Small Cap Fund, and The Oakmark Global Select Fund. Herro has been managing international portfolios since 1986, previously managing international portfolios for The State of Wisconsin Investment Board and The Principal Financial Group. Join CFA Chicago on Sept. 24 at The Standard Club for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Herro.
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Have the behaviorists gone too far?
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
In 1966, Abraham Maslow published The Psychology of Science: A Reconnaissance. Building on a concept he had touched upon in earlier works, Maslow wrote, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” It was a clever way to discuss confirmation bias, and the phenomenon he described became commonly known as Maslow’s hammer or man-with-a-hammer syndrome.
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An early investor offers some lessons from Alibaba's evolution
TechCrunch
GGV Capital co-founders Thomas Ng and Joel Kellman got to know Jack Ma in 1999, in the early days of Alibaba when the company was just starting up in a small apartment in Hangzhou, China. Fifteen years later, firm co-founder and managing director Hany Nada can only marvel at what his partners’ investment has wrought. Although no longer a major player in the company’s fate, GGV Capital was witness to the company’s earliest days, and watched how Jack Ma parlayed his marketplace for buyers and sellers into a global business which spans web services, payments, e-commerce, online-to-offline shopping, a mobile operating system, along with investments in ride-sharing companies, online video companies, music streaming services and much more.
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Energy investment boom drives economic recovery
The Hill
Americans seem to have a love-hate relationship with major energy companies. On the one hand, our iconic brands are global leaders and symbols of U.S. technological and economic prowess. On the other hand, Big Energy takes the heat when the public gets restive over rising gas prices, or there’s an extended power outage. A new Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) report highlights an underappreciated fact about energy companies — they are huge investors in the U.S. economy. In fact, along with telecoms and Internet-based businesses, they are leading our economic recovery.
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The wealthy have good news for Chicago, but (much) less of it for startups
Chicago Business Journal
Some good news for Chicago. The city's very rich are bullish on Chicago's economic future. But about the state of Illinois as whole, much less so, according to a new survey of 326 high net-worth investors in the Chicago area conducted between May and July of this year by Morgan Stanley's Wealth Management unit. For the purposes of this survey, Morgan Stanley defined "high net worth investor" as one with $100,000 or more in investable financial assets.
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Quinn: No pension 'plan B' before court ruling
The Associated Press via Belleville News-Democrat
Gov. Pat Quinn argued that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan to solve Illinois' pension crisis despite urgent financial difficulties and signals the landmark law signed by the Chicago Democrat in 2013 could be found unconstitutional. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Quinn said he'd like to get guidance from the courts before proceeding with another route.
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Siegel: Why investors may get a rude awakening
CNBC
Stocks could be in for a rough ride in the coming weeks as investors come to realize that the market is a "little behind the curve" on interest rates, longtime stock market bull Jeremy Siegel said as the Federal Reserve began its recent two-day policy meeting. But in the long-run, stocks should continue their march higher, the Wharton School professor added in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
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Financial firms don't connect with millennials, study finds
Trib Live
Layne Filio worries about how she'll save for retirement and afford the life she wants. Yet she has “zero trust” in financial professionals to help her. “A lot of them, I feel like they just want my money,” said Filio, 24, of Lawrenceville. Many of her peers share Filio's perspective, something that should be a wake-up call for an industry that often fails to connect with the so-called “millennial generation,” according to a study by Bank of New York Mellon and the University of Oxford.
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Jon Huntsman: It's time to break the gridlock
TIME
Is it interesting when two people agree? How about a group of people? What if they can’t agree on everything, but they can agree on 75 percent of things? The framers of the U.S. Constitution used 75 percent as the threshold for agreement on issues of the greatest consequence. Any changes to our Constitution must be ratified by 75 percent of the states. History has shown us that this level of consensus isn’t just-good-enough, it is strong. It solves problems and gives citizens confidence in their government.
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Gene Fama: When's the right time for active investing? Never
ThinkAdvisor
Early on in his presentation at the Morningstar ETF conference,, Eugene Fama, the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in economic sciences, asked himself a simple question. “When is active management good? The answer is ‘Never.’" Instead, “it’s always a zero-sum game; that’s a difficult perspective to get people to accept."
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Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote
The Associated Press via WFLD-TV
Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. The No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in the referendum against 44.7 percent who backed independence.

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Is the real crash coming?
ETF Daily News
Nobel Laureate in economics Jeremy Siegel says he is still not concerned with valuations and has upped his previous projection of 18,000 for the Dow by year-end to “possibly 19,000." However, Nobel Laureate in economics Robert Shiller is very worried, noting that the market is 65 percent overvalued based on the Shiller CAPE10 P/E ratio, the market’s main fuel now being “irrational exuberance”.

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The Scottish secession vote is more important thank you think
CFA Chicago's Enterprising Investor
Thursday, Sept. 18, is the date of the Scottish secession vote. Most finance commentators are focused on the likely huge economic considerations. Yet, this vote is far more important than you may think. The secession vote, even if it fails, signals the beginning of the end of the preeminence of the nation-state. Here is why.

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