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Federal Reserve in no rush to halt bond buying
The Boston Globe
Federal Reserve officials are in no hurry to retreat from their bond-buying campaign to stimulate the economy and are likely to postpone any cuts to the program until next year, according to public statements by Fed officials and interviews with some of them. Job growth has strengthened in recent months, and Fed officials expect continued improvement in the coming year. Fed chairman Ben S. Bernanke predicted in June that the central bank would taper its purchases by the end of this year, and officials say they still could announce such a cut next week, when the Fed’s policy-making committee is scheduled to hold its final meeting of the year.
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Investment considerations in equities and fixed income
CFA Chicago
Following the financial crisis, monetary policy and politics have significantly shaped the investment environment. In early 2014, a new chair will take the helm at the Federal Reserve. What opportunities might the investment landscape offer in 2014? What should investors consider in developing their 2014 investment strategies? How might higher interest rates impact investment choices? Join us for our forecast event where keynote speaker, Austan Goolsbee and our panel of leading strategists in economics, equities, and fixed income will share their insights and outlook for 2014.
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Seeking 'Bon' — recommendations on private equity
CFA Chicago
T. Bondurant "Bon" French, CFA, is responsible for the management of Adams Street Partners and actively participates as an investment professional. French has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980 and has been instrumental in the development of its private equity investment strategies, fund management and client service. Join CFA Chicago on Feb. 25 for the T. Bondurant "Bon" French Distinguished Speaker Series.
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Knowing the world: Intuition, theories, models and data
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Some 70 years ago, cybernetics was a hot field; 30 years ago, catastrophe theory was on everyone’s lips. Those Greek-derived words for disciplines that once brought hope of explaining human behavior now evoke a quaint nostalgia, like Polaroids of long-haired young people in bell-bottom jeans and tie-dyed T-shirts. The new buzzword nowadays is big data, the fashionable term for capturing and analyzing the vast collections of information that people reveal about themselves when shopping online at Amazon.com and Travelocity or when writing about themselves on Facebook and Twitter.
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Greenspan: Economic 'uncertainty' greatest I have known
Money News
Uncertainty now represents the biggest problem plaguing the economy, says former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. While the Fed's massive easing program has stabilized much of the economy, "the issue goes beyond that, because, even though we have very major expansion of the balance sheets, it has not essentially spilled over in lending by commercial banks into the usual pattern that one sees when reserves go up," he told CNN's "GPS" program. So why aren't banks lending more?
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Chicago Fed's Evans says he is open to December taper
Chicago Tribune
A top Federal Reserve official said on Dec. 6 he was "open-minded" to the idea of reducing the U.S. central bank's bond purchasing stimulus program this month, but he would like to see a stronger labor market first. Asked whether strong job creation in November put a tapering of bond purchases on the table at this month's Fed meeting, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the data showed the economy was moving in the right direction.
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CME in final stage of BOE talks on Europe exchange, CEO says
Bloomberg
CME Group Inc. is in the final stages of talks with the Bank of England to start a new European exchange and is confident it will be allowed to offer currency futures, according to its chief executive. As the world’s largest futures exchange seeks to allay the regulator’s concern about some aspects of settlement, it hopes for approval soon, CEO Phupinder Gill said in an interview in Singapore. CME Europe, as the new exchange is called, has been delayed twice pending the central bank’s decision.
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Why this pension deal is good for Illinois taxpayers
Crain's Chicago Business
Decades of dire warnings and several years of legislative negotiations culminated with the passage of comprehensive state pension reform legislation in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly. Gov. Pat Quinn has indicated that he will sign the bill into law, setting up an inevitable legal challenge before the Illinois Supreme Court. Despite the long road ahead, Illinois taxpayers have legitimate cause for optimism.
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J.B. Pritzker: Chicago is tech hub but needs capital, young talent
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago has transformed from being a technological desert to birthing tech startups that have achieved more than $50 billion in collective market value — but it’s still a challenge to attract startup capital and to keep young talent from fleeing to Silicon Valley, venture capitalist and billionaire J.B. Pritzker said recently. Local successes reflect “real companies with real revenue that focus on profitability,” but at the same time, a dearth of local capital exists for still-fledgling ideas, Pritzker said in a keynote speech to the CFA Society of Chicago.
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Federal Reserve in no rush to halt bond buying
The Boston Globe
Federal Reserve officials are in no hurry to retreat from their bond-buying campaign to stimulate the economy and are likely to postpone any cuts to the program until next year, according to public statements by Fed officials and interviews with some of them. Job growth has strengthened in recent months, and Fed officials expect continued improvement in the coming year.

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The future of Chicago tech involves options traders in their underwear
ChicagoGrid
Jon Najarian looks to be more comfortable in a Brooks Brothers suit than a hoodie, and at 56, he’s old enough to be the father of the throngs that crowd startup incubators like 1871. But Najarian is at the helm of the most successful tech startups in a city that’s starved for happy stories about Internet companies not named Groupon.

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Family feud over, Pritzkers invest Hyatt fortune in startups
Upstart Business Journal
To some, the split up of the Hyatt family fortune may seem like the end of an era. The Pritzker family built one of America's flagship hotel chains; created the top international prize in architecture; ran 150 private businesses across the United States; and donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.

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Emanuel announces pick for Chicago comptroller
WMAQ-TV
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his choice Nov. 6 for the city's new comptroller. “I am pleased to have Dan Widawsky join the City of Chicago’s finance team," Emanuel said, noting the former Citadel, LLC managing director's 20-plus years of experience in the finance, tax and legal profession. Widawsky succeeds Amer Ahmad who resigned from his job this summer to work in the private sector and whose work for the city was scrutinized after he was indicted in Ohio on charges of money laundering, bribery and public corruption.
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Chicago's tech scene faces competition from all sides
Mashable
Chicago’s reputation as a tech cluster is rising quickly. Several initiatives are encouraging the city’s entrepreneurs to stay put, not to relocate to either maritime coast to seek their fortunes. Moreover, its time zone between the west and east poles of San Francisco and New York make it an attractive place not only for local startups, but also for European ones. Unfortunately, in addition to battling the coasts, Chicago has serious opposition from other smaller hubs in the region.
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Here's why volatility isn't a big problem for Bitcoin
The Washington Post
Bitcoin investors have had a wild ride over the last week. On Nov. 4, the cryptocurrency was trading near $1,200. Then, over the next couple of days, the currency plunged, falling below $600 early Nov. 7. Then the currency rallied, rising to around $900 as this article was posted. Bitcoin skeptics say this illustrates a fatal flaw in the decentralized payment network. "Bitcoins will undoubtedly rise in quoted value again, and also fall again," writes Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times. "The one inevitability about them is their volatility, to which there's no end in sight."
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