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As 2013 comes to a close, CFA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the CFA Society Chicago Newsbrief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7.


Generation next: Crain's 20 in their 20s
Crain's Chicago Business
From May 7: Whether you think of them as Generation Y or millennials, people currently under the age of 30 are the subject of seemingly endless study and generalization. Having come of age in the era of social media and text messaging, they're frequently derided as "Generation Me" — narcissistic, shallow and entitled.
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Analysis: Why we're not the next Detroit
Chicago Sun-Times
From July 23: About 280 miles separate Chicago from Detroit, too long for a quick drive but too short for one city's financial calamity to go unnoticed in the other. Many investors who buy municipal bonds for tax-free income have similar images of the two cities: upper Midwest, industrial jobs in decline, crime rampant in too many places.
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CME's Terry Duffy on the trade that changed his life
Crain's Chicago Business
From June 25: In 1981, future CME Group Inc. chief Terry Duffy was a 21-year-old in a fix. With a few years of college behind him, he had persuaded his mother to mortgage the family's Mount Greenwood bungalow for $50,000 so he could trade futures. Just weeks after joining the trading pits, he lost the $50,000 and another $100,000.
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Crain's best places to work 2013
Crain's Chicago Business
From April 2: Which workplaces do Chicagoans love most? With the help of Buck Consultants, a New York human resources specialist, Crain's identifies the Top 20 and lays out the array of motivating perks and feel-good benefits that help these organizations attract and retain top talent.
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Chicagoans make list of 100 fastest-growing urban businesses
Chicago Grid
From May 28: Eleven Chicago companies, ranging from a transportation logistics firm to an environmental health software seller, made this year's Inner City 100, a ranking of the fastest-growing companies in the nation's urban neighborhoods.
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From the CME Trading Floor: It's quiet...too quiet?
Seeking Alpha
From Sept. 17: As Vikram Rangala worked in the MrTopStep office across from the CME, he kept hearing the same thing from traders taking a break from the floor. One 40-year vet stopped him in the hall and growled, "I was on the floor today. It sucked!" Rangala thought, "Well, he's started early." But he heard it from others all day: "Nothing's happening," "Nobody's taking a risk," "It's dead." Everyone was waiting for someone else to go first.
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CFTC unveils final rules for swaps trading
Reuters
From May 21: The top U.S. derivatives regulator unveiled rules for swaps trading that could break open Wall Street's dominance of the $630 trillion market, yet contain important concessions to the industry.
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Chicago Fed's Evans backs scrutiny of high-frequency firms
The Wall Street Journal
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said federal regulators should proceed with plans to impose stricter rules on high-speed computer trading. Mr. Evans, in a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, embraced the CFTC’s push to develop rules aimed at taming the practice of computer trading.

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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.

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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.

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What are CME Group, CBOE selling at Blackhawks games?
Chicago Grid
From June 18: At the United Center, brand-building on the sideboards extends beyond fast food, insurance and light beer to another arena that's long been part of the city's identity: trading. The city's two major exchange companies, CME Group and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, advertise rink side along the likes of McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts.
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Bernanke: Fed monitoring 'reaching for yield'
The Wall Street Journal
From May 14: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently said the U.S. central bank was monitoring for signs of excessive risk-taking, such as “reaching for yield,” given low interest rates.
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