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Best stock market since 1997 seen with S&P 500 momentum
Bloomberg
The broadest equity rally on record will pick up speed through year end and lift the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the biggest annual increase in 16 years, if history is any guide. Shares have climbed in the final two months 82 percent of the time since 1928 when the benchmark gauge advanced at least 10 percent through October, data compiled by S&P and Bloomberg show. The mean November and December increase of 6 percent would boost the index to 1,862.79, an all-time high that is about 20 percent above the record 1,565.65 set in 2007.
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Diversification, inflation protection or return enhancement — What role do your commodities take on?
CFA Chicago
Commodities investing has typically served as a protector of institutional and retail investor portfolios — Investors employed several different methods to gain diversified exposure. Things have changed though, and a new breed of passive commodity investors have stepped onto the scene. Jodie Gunzberg, S&P Dow Jones Indices, explores the pros and cons to the multiple differing approaches in commodities investing.
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Traditional resumes are expected, LinkedIn resumes just as critical
CFA Chicago
There's more to a LinkedIn profile than career titles and endorsements: With LinkedIn's new features, it's critical to utilize everything to make sure your online story is current and attractive. Of course, shaping your presence doesn't always come easy, but that's where career strategist Kathy Graham steps in — When it comes to managing social media practices within the financial services industry, Graham is the expert.
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Creating value in the eyes of investors
CFA Chicago
A company's investment identity is central to its success and critical to how investors value it. It needs to be shaped and maintained in order to maximize investor interest and value. Miles D. White can speak to the success of his own company's investment identity — White serves as Chairman and CEO of Abbott, whose 2013 performance has received much "applause" from investors.
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Different sizes, similar strengths: Common traits of successful investment practices
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
On the surface, Steadyhand Investment Funds and Mawer Investment Management are very different money management firms. Vancouver-based Steadyhand has a total of nine employees and markets no-load mutual funds directly to investors. Mawer, which is based in Calgary, employs ten asset class managers as part of a 103-person office that sells funds through brokers and to individual investors. However, at the 2013 Wealth Management Conference hosted by CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Calgary, the presidents of both firms agreed that common components drove their successes.
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The 'BeyondAlpha' social network for financial advisors
ETF Trends
The newly launched BeyondAlpha online social network helps financial advisors share ideas and access a range of assets through exchange traded funds and other investment options. ETF Trends’ Tom Lydon sat down with Rich Dion, President of Placemark Investments, at the Morningstar ETF Invest Conference in Chicago to discuss the newly revealed BeyondAlpha initiative.
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LinkedIn member base climbs almost 40 percent in year
CNet
Ten-year-old professional social network LinkedIn continues to grow at an impressive clip, proving that new strategies emphasizing content and mobile apps are working to attract a wider variety of business users. The company said that it has grown its member base to 259 million people, up 38 percent year-over-year, and that members are engaging — just a buzzword for interacting with apps — at record levels on desktop and mobile devices, according to a press release.
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US House passes bill to delay fiduciary rules at SEC, Labor Dept
Chicago Tribune
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a controversial bill that would delay two government regulators from adopting rules requiring stock brokers and retirement account financial advisers to put their customers' interests ahead of their own. The bill, which was approved in a 254-166 vote, has virtually no chance of becoming law, after the White House threatened to veto the measure.
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AlphaMetrix stops trading, will liquidate investment funds
Chicago Business
Chicago-based AlphaMetrix LCC, the troubled commodity asset manager, said it is entering into “an orderly liquidation” of its customer funds and ceased all trading Oct. 31. The firm said in a short statement that it will return 90 percent of “proceeds” next month to investors that haven't already redeemed their investments and the remainder once it has completed a “final audit.” In answer to a follow-up question, AlphaMetrix said through a spokesman that the company isn't going out of business.
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Rewards shift to stock pickers in US market rally
Chicago Tribune
It's a good time to be a stock picker. Some 57 percent of U.S. funds run by active managers are beating their benchmark indexes this year, according to fund-tracker Morningstar. That is the best overall performance for the industry since 2009 and well above the 37 percent of funds that typically top the indexes.
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Among the many things that his years in finance have taught him is that the more well-rounded you are, the better you are as a financial professional. Investing demands that you be a polymath — knowing a lot about many things (including nonfinancial topics) and how those things interconnect into an organic whole.

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Best stock market since 1997 seen with S&P 500 momentum
Bloomberg
The broadest equity rally on record will pick up speed through year end and lift the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the biggest annual increase in 16 years, if history is any guide. Shares have climbed in the final two months 82 percent of the time since 1928 when the benchmark gauge advanced at least 10 percent through October, data compiled by S&P and Bloomberg show.

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Why the Midwest is better for startups than saturated Silicon Valley
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Traditionally, top talent flocks to the coasts for the in-demand and most coveted technology jobs. The Midwest is rarely seen as a technology hub, if at all. In recent years that has been attributed to the “brain drain” phenomenon — the idea that talent created and nurtured in Midwest cities leaves for larger cities that are more well-known for their business and tech culture.

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Here are the American companies with incredible track records of raising their dividends
Business Insider
If you rely on a portfolio of shares for some or all of your income, it's important to find companies that can be trusted not to cut their dividends. Better still, though, are the companies that keep raising them. Quite simply, many pensioners depend on these payouts to supplement their pension – and retirement may last decades. A dividend stream that fails to rise will be severely degraded by the effects of inflation over such long periods.
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All-time high for a dividend ETF sans a high-flying sector
ETF Trends
During the darkest days of the financial crisis, banks aimed to shore up their solvency and conserve cash by cutting and suspending dividends. Although major U.S. banks are generally viewed as healthier in 2013 than they were in 2008 or 2009, some, such as Bank of America and Citigroup, still pay piddly quarterly dividends of just a penny per share. Even with little dividend help from BofA and Citi, the financial services sector has been one of the biggest contributors to S&P 500 dividend growth over the past three years.
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