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JPMorgan spars with CME over $375 million
Bloomberg
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is locked in a debate with CME Group Inc. (CME) over whether the owner of the world’s biggest futures market is setting aside enough money to safeguard trades. The dispute, highlighted at the Futures Industry Association conference in Chicago, is over the $375 million of its own money that CME has pledged in case a member defaults. If JPMorgan, one of the largest derivatives dealers in the world, had its way, CME’s “skin in the game” would almost double to $687 million.
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Jeremy Siegel
CFA Chicago
Jeremy Siegel is the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being one of the most respected business school professors in the nation, Siegel has a long and storied career in finance, as well as highly-acclaimed books on investments. Join CFA Chicago for the Jeremy Siegel Distinguished Speaker Series, on Nov. 13. The event will be held from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. at The University Club. Tickets will sell quickly, so register today.
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Progressive networking luncheon is this Wednesday — register now
CFA Chicago
Join CFA Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 12 for a progressive networking luncheon at Petterino's. The luncheon will feature a three-course meal, and attendees will switch tables after each course. Please bring at least 50 business cards, marketing materials to pass out, and prepare your two minute "elevator speech" about yourself.
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Put your knowledge to the test
CFA Chicago
Join CFA Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 22 for The Schweser Level I Mock Exam. The Schweser Live Mock Exam is a proctored six-hour classroom exam designed to match the format, topic weightings, and level of difficulty of the actual CFA® exam. It helps develop your test-taking skills and identify your weak areas. Afterward, view answer explanations, check your score compared to those of other candidates, and drill deeper into each question with the Online Tutorial (included).
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The global impact of the Chinese shadow banking system
CFA Chicago
While Chinese economy has continued to grow at 7-8 percent per annum, Chinese finance is undergoing dramatic changes which are not yet widely understood. In response to the global financial crisis in 2008-2009, a flood of credit was created to underwrite robust investment growth. Recently to prevent fears of overcapacity, Chinese policymakers began to engineer an economic slowdown through restrictions on formal lending to reform and re-balance the economy towards consumption. However, to date, credit continues to fuel investment through the "shadow banking" sector. This rapid credit growth has raised concerns about future defaults and their macro impact on the Chinese and global economy. Join us on Nov. 19 as three veteran analysts of China's economy present both the facts and their differing opinions on the evolution of the Chinese shadow banking system.
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Mission impossible: Beating the market forever
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
The remarkable fact is that nobody can beat the market forever — not even Warren Buffett. A quick glance at the most recent Berkshire Hathaway annual report highlights an amazing data point: Warren Buffett has compounded at 19.7 percent a year from 1965 through 2013; the S&P 500 Total Return Index has compounded at 9.8 percent a year from 1965 through 2013. The immediate reaction to these figures is predictable: “Warren Buffett is an investing god, so we should buy Berkshire Hathaway and throw away the keys.”
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Vanguard gets record $163.4 billion in 2014 investor cash
Investment News
Vanguard Group Inc., the largest U.S. mutual fund firm, attracted more money from investors in the first 10 months of 2014 than it has in any full calendar year in its 39-year history. The company received $163.4 billion in subscriptions in its mutual funds and exchange-traded funds through October, John Woerth, a spokesman for the Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based firm, said in an e-mail. The firm got $141 billion in 2012, its previous high.
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US bank regulator to boost cybersecurity exams for small banks
Reuters
U.S. community banks and vendors providing services to them should expect more stringent exams to ensure they have adequate defenses against computer hackers, a top U.S. regulator said. Smaller banks are particularly vulnerable through outside vendors on whom they often rely for expertise and technology support, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry told a community bankers conference at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank.
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How Nvestly aims to help investors learn from each other
Chicago Tribune
In 2008, when most people were falling out of love with the stock market, Otavio Dalarossa’s passion sparked. “For me, it was turning on CNBC one day and seeing how crazy things were,” said Dalarossa, CEO and co-founder of online investment network Nvestly. “I became very fascinated with how things were so volatile with the whole crisis.”
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Detroit bankruptcy taught muni investors painful lessons
Bloomberg
No matter what a federal judge decides about approving Detroit’s $18 billion bankruptcy plan, the record-setting case has already taught municipal bond investors some painful lessons. Above all, pensions trump bonds, and when local politicians are forced to choose sides, Wall Street will be left out.
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Cramer, market pro: US needs financially literate society
CNBC
The next 25 years of the U.S. investment sector hinges on greater financial literacy, says Mellody Hobson, president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments and chair of DreamWorks SKG. Financial literacy should "start much earlier than college. I think you need to start in grade school and at the very minimum, in high school," Hobson said in an interview with CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer.
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Yellen says rate rises could increase financial volatility
The Wall Street Journal
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the central bank could trigger some financial turbulence when it starts raising short-term interest rates from near zero, where they have been pinned for six years. The Fed will try to limit such volatility by communicating its interest rate plans clearly, Ms. Yellen said in remarks prepared for delivery at a central banking conference in Paris.
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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to send $6.8 billion to US Treasury
Chicago Tribune
Government-controlled mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said they will pay U.S. taxpayers $6.8 billion after reporting a third-quarter profits that modestly rose from the second quarter. Once they have made the latest payments in December, the two companies will have returned $225.5 billion to taxpayers in exchange for about $188 billion in taxpayer aid they received after being placed under the government's wing at the height of the financial crisis.
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