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ETF flows could offer clues about investor sentiment
Pensions & Investments
Do exchange-traded product flows provide a signal for investors? Unlike mutual fund flows, which are reported monthly, ETP flows can be discerned daily and are seen by some as representing the trading views of institutional investors. While other data points are helpful for spotting anomalies or trends around individual products, flows can be compared in aggregate or individually, by fund sponsor or index provider, by size or sector, by asset class and geography.
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Is social media helping or hurting your industry reputation?
CFA Chicago
When it comes to managing social media practices within the financial services industry, career strategist Kathy Graham is the expert. Come with questions about developing your own interactive identity via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Space is LIMITED — register for our Oct. 3 discussion with Graham before it's too late to fine-tune your social media presence.
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Value Investing: It makes sense and it works — over time
CFA Chicago
Value investor Jean Marie Eveillard has studied the practices exemplified in Ben Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" and Warren Buffet's letters to shareholders. Eveillard expands upon these approaches and applies it to what happened to value investors in 2008 to answer one of the biggest questions regarding the practice — If value investing makes sense, how come there are so few doing it? Those who chose not to attend this valuable luncheon can still engage themselves via a free live webcast of the presentation.
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Blowing the whistle: Revealing fraud in the financial industry
CFA Chicago
Fraud is one of the most devastating incidences to happen to the financial services sector. On Oct. 10, CFA is hosting a panel led by the industry's finest compliance experts — Come prepared with questions for a whistleblower, a former SEC examiner and other securities professionals as they discuss recent frauds within the industry.
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NY Times best-selling author and TIME "most influential" person has the power of near-perfect prediction
CFA Chicago
Nate Silver has been called a "spreadsheet psychic" and "number-crunching prodigy" by New York Magazine — He uses his experience in baseball statistics to formulate incredible forecasting models for politics. CFA Society Chicago is proud to announce Nate Silver as the keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Dinner, the premier networking event of the year — register now to gain insight into Silver's incredible predictions and socialize with nearly 800 investment professionals.
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Family values: Are the stocks of family-controlled firms good investments?
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Nearly a decade ago, Adelphia Communications founder and CEO John Rigas, along with his son Timothy, were convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud, and securities fraud for looting the family-controlled cable company. The Rigas family, which had held majority voting control of Adelphia, had treated the firm as their personal ATM, financing a Gatsbyesque lifestyle at the expense of the company’s minority shareholders. Adelphia was forced into bankruptcy and its shareholders were wiped out.
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US Bank looks to break out of Chicago pack
Chicago Business
U.S. Bank, the nation's sixth-largest bank, is targeting Chicago as one of its best opportunities nationally for growth. The Minneapolis-based bank, with $353 billion in assets, has grown its local workforce by 13 percent in the past 18 months and is considering a substantial increase in spending on local marketing for next year. “Chicago has really increased in importance to U.S. Bank,” said Marsha Cruzan, the former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive who became U.S. Bank's Chicago market president in February 2012.
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Use LinkedIn's new channels to expand your business
Business 2 Community
Social media’s most professional network is rolling out a new feature that could help your business grow. LinkedIn users can now follow channels, which are broken into broad-based topics such as marketing strategies, higher education and healthcare. Once you follow a channel, it shows up on your home feed. What’s the benefit, you ask? According to LinkedIn, following channels that are connected to your business will keep you ahead of industry trends and allow you to engage with business leaders.
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The Washington hedge
Barron's
Congress should be looked upon as a necessary unpleasantness of life, and be avoided as much possible. Literate investors will recognize that sentence as a play on something a misogynistic Tolstoy wrote long ago; others will simply recognize a timeless truth. Now is one of those times when avoiding Congress is difficult. The federal government's budget expires soon, and the Founding Fathers gave Congress power over the purse. This year, Congress might use it.
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Google chooses Chicago's 1871 for Tech Hub Network
Biz Journals
Google has announced that it is launching a Tech Hub Network in North America, starting with seven locations, one of which is the 1871 co-working center in Chicago. Preeti Upadhyaya of the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported that Google did not provide details of financial benefits to being part of the network, but she noted that this initiative fits with the company’s pattern in recent months of buying more start-ups.
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EBay to buy Braintree for $800 million
Crain's Chicago Business
PayPal parent eBay Inc. is buying credit card software company Braintree Inc. for about $800 million in cash, a deal that's been rumored for weeks. "Exits like Braintree set a marker for investors to say, 'I ought to be trolling those waters.' It used to be guys in Silicon Valley or New York didn't want to stop over in Chicago," said J.B. Pritzker, partner at Chicago-based venture fund New World Ventures. "Now it's clear there are a lot of opportunities in Chicago to make money. Capital coming into Chicago from outside is a huge determinant whether we'll be able to continue momentum into the future."
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CME delays London exchange launch for second time
Chicago Tribune
CME Group Inc. has again put off the start of operations in London because of a technical problem. It did not provide a new date. The 165-year-old exchange, the No. 1 U.S. futures market operator, is trying to better compete with European rivals such as Germany-based exchange Eurex with its first exchange abroad.
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CME seeks to become swaps exchange
Chicago Tribune
Chicago-based CME Group Inc, the biggest U.S. futures market operator, has applied with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to register as a swap execution facility (SEF), an exchange-like platform created as a result of the global crackdown on the derivatives that helped bring the 2007-2008 credit crisis.

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ETF flows could offer clues about investor sentiment
Pensions & Investments
Do exchange-traded product flows provide a signal for investors? Unlike mutual fund flows, which are reported monthly, ETP flows can be discerned daily and are seen by some as representing the trading views of institutional investors.

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From crisis to con men: Top 20 films about finance
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Over the past few months, Usman Hayat has watched countless films about finance, from movies to documentaries to television programs. His aim: to identify the top 20 films on the basis of both their entertainment value and their educational value.

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Nate Silver on finding a mentor, teaching yourself statistics, and not settling in your career
Harvard Business Review
Perhaps no one has done more for the cause of data-driven decision-making in the minds of the public than Nate Silver. His book, "The Signal and the Noise," explains the power of statistical modeling to improve our predictions about everything from the weather to sports to the stock market. Data science is the hottest field to be in right now, and Silver is its poster child. But for most people, the gulf between recognizing the importance of data and actually beginning to analyze it is massive. How do those without extensive training in statistics equip themselves with the skills necessary to thrive (or even just survive) in our age of “big data”?
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Addison Group announces partnership with Trilantic Capital Partners
Fort Mill Times
Addison Group, a professional staffing firm, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Trilantic Capital Partners, a global private equity firm, to form a partnership that will support Addison Group’s organic and acquisition growth strategy. As part of the transaction, Trilantic, along with Addison management, will acquire Addison Group from Lake Capital Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on investments in service-based enterprises.
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Editorial: Mayor, hang out on pensions
Chicago Tribune
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was exactly right when he wrote those words in a July 14 essay in the Tribune. Which made it all the more disappointing to read in a Sept. 26 Tribune that the mayor wants to delay the payment schedule for police and firefighters pension fund contributions.
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VeriFone vet Douglas Bergeron leads $500 million financial tech fund
San Francisco Business Times
Former VeriFone CEO Douglas Bergeron is partnering with GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, to launch a potential $500 million Palo Alto, Calif., investment vehicle called Opus Global Holdings, which will aim to buy companies in the "fragmented" financial technology sector. It is the just the latest partnership between Bergeron and GTCR. He will invest up $50 million, while GTCR has committed up to $450 million of equity capital.
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