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The risks of betting on the rising US dollar
The Wall Street Journal
The dollar is on a tear. But if you are considering a direct bet on a rising greenback, it could pay to think twice. The WSJ Dollar Index hit a five-year high on Nov. 6, and it is up 8.3 percent in 2014, through Nov. 13. The index gauges the dollar’s performance against a basket of currencies, including the euro and the yen.
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The CFA exam: Are you adequately prepared?
CFA Chicago
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Policy options and regulatory structure of the Chinese government
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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Top 10 CFA Institute Conference Proceedings from 2014 reflect investor anxieties
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
After each CFA Institute conference, editors prepare Conference Proceedings of selected speeches that are likely to have enduring interest for investment professionals. Which are most popular with readers this year? So far in 2014, the 10 most popular Conference Proceedings downloads (via the CFA Institute mobile app) reflect persistent investor anxieties about volatility, currency, downside risk, pensions, active management, and the future of the finance profession.
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The best remedy for an ailing economy
The Wall Street Journal
When the economy goes into a tailspin, the events that created the trouble can suddenly stand out with remarkable clarity. Such clarity is rather more difficult to achieve ahead of time. James Grant, the publisher of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, was notably prescient in 2007-08 when he warned of the debt bubble that did indeed culminate in financial crisis. In “The Forgotten Depression,” he turns his attention to how we should respond to a crisis once it has happened.
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Federal Reserve to back real-time payment system for US
Forbes
The Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Reserve Board are moving ahead with plans for a real-time payment infrastructure in the U.S. A study the Fed commissioned from McKinsey concluded that the business case for a new infrastructure was neutral to slightly negative, said Sean Rodriguez, senior vice president for industry relations at the Chicago Fed and moderator of a Money2020 panel on The Need For Speed.
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CBOE bond volatility futures make silent debut
Reuters
A CBOE futures contract tied to a gauge on the expected volatility of the U.S. bond market, comparable to the exchange's futures for its VIX index for stocks, made nary a ripple in its debut. The Chicago Board Options Exchange launched its futures contract tied to the CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index. The contracts are geared to traders who want to hedge against large swings in U.S. bond yields.
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The books that illuminate a turbulent decade in business
Financial Times
On Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008, the day after Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, judges of the Business Book of the Year Award gathered at the FT in London to select six finalists for that year’s prize. The world was moving into the most perilous phase of the deepest financial and economic crisis for generations. But of the longlist of 15 books, only two directly addressed the market turmoil — Charles Morris’s The Trillion Dollar Meltdown and the eventual winner, When Markets Collide , by Mohamed El-Erian.
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Chicago banks, investment firms join forces to boost minority hiring
Chicago Tribune
As the nation gets more diverse, 13 financial services firms with operations in the Chicago area have joined together to look for ways to get more black and Latino workers into their industry. Minorities are underrepresented in the financial services industry, according to figures cited by Chicago Community Trust, a local foundation that is also involved in the effort. More than 90 percent of senior-level staffers at Chicago-area financial services firms are white, according to a 2012 survey detailed on the trust's website.
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The lesson of forex trading: Learn from your losses
The Wall Street Journal
Six big banks recently paid $4.3 billion to settle allegations that they had conspired to rig the global currency markets. But even if the bad behavior has stopped, the little guy still has the cards stacked against him. A new study of more than 110,000 transactions finds that individual “forex” traders lose an average of 3 percent a week. Yes, a week.
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Founder Equity tries new twist on venture fund model
Crain's Chicago Business
Venture capital is built on the idea of home runs, creating the next Google or Facebook. Founder Equity Fund, a boutique firm that's part venture fund and part incubator, sees plenty of opportunity for singles and doubles. The Chicago-based fund, started last year by Joe Dwyer, Sean Johnson and Matt Anarde, is taking big stakes in small companies, aiming to get them to a point where bigger companies will buy them.
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