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  • The Future of Hedge Fund Fees
    We can, in a speculative mood, ask ourselves, “Will hedge fund fees continue to drop or have they reached an equilibrium after the decline of recent years?” But it would be better to ask instead “whose fees?” For talk of the “average” fee…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Feb 20, 7:00pm -
  • Big Data is a Big Deal
    By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy, CAIA Association CAIA’s second webinar starring the authors of papers that are required readings for the FDP exam featured Gene Getman, CAIA, a client portfolio manager and…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Feb 20, 7:00pm -
  • Making Your Portfolio About #Goals
    By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Central Issue of the Paper If you’re a social media junkie, you have probably seen “#goals” in your timeline. In most cases, the hashtag is referring…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Feb 20, 7:00pm -
  • The Perils of Late-Cycle Investing
    It is widely believed that much of the world is now experiencing the late stages of a bull market. There will be a downturn because no tree grows to the sky. Forecasting the nature and severity of the coming downturn is tricky, but perhaps that is no…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Feb 20, 7:00pm -
  • Lessons from CAIS 2020
    John Bowman, CFA, Senior Managing Director at CAIA Association “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” (Mr. White to 007, Spectre) Despite the crystal blue island water, softly rolling Caribbean tide, and perfect skies outside the hot…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Feb 20, 2:19pm -
  • Climate: The ‘OUR’ Between Dog and Wolf
    By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association While this week’s post may harken to a certain book written by John Coates, there is a different play on the metaphor at work here, with our wheezing planet spinning in the center. Consider the wolf: powerful, a…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Feb 20, 12:07pm -
  • Biofuels and Deforestation: A CSR/ESG Cautionary Tale
    The Republic of France, in March 2019, decided that it would no longer consider fuel made from palm oil to be a “biofuel,” effective as of January 2020. So that  redefinition is now in effect. Meanwhile, the EU recently set tariffs on palm oil c…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Feb 20, 7:00pm -
  • Beyond the Meat; Beyond the Traditional

    - 13 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 7:00pm -
  • The Case for ESG as a Performance Additive
    Sustainability-sensitive investing has a net positive impact on performance, according to a paper released by Robeco. According to the paper written by Chris Berkouwer, a Robeco equity analyst, ESG was responsible for 20% of the outperformance of a R…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Feb 20, 7:00pm -
  • Alternative Data: A Road to Alpha
    Investment management firms are increasingly hard-pressed to hedge away risks, increase alpha, and lower costs: a daunting agenda. One way of going about that is by knowing what is going on in the underlying markets more quickly than the competitors…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Feb 20, 7:00pm -

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    • newThursday: Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg Survey

      Thursday: Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg Survey

      Thursday:• At 8:30 AM ET, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for 210 thousand initial claims, up from 205 thousand the previous week.• Also at 8:30 AM, The Philly Fed manufacturing survey for Februar…
      - 11 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 7:06pm -
    • newCAR on California January Housing: Sales up 10.3% YoY, Inventory down 26.9%

      CAR on California January Housing: Sales up 10.3% YoY, Inventory down 26.9%

      The CAR reported: California home sales maintain last year’s momentum in January, C.A.R. reportsClosed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 395,550 units in January, a…
      - 13 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 4:45pm -
    • newFOMC Minutes: Policy on Hold

      FOMC Minutes: Policy on Hold

      From the Fed: Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, January 28-29, 2020. A few excerpts: Participants generally saw the distribution of risks to the outlook for economic activity as somewhat more favorable than at the previous meeting, al­t…
      - 16 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 2:08pm -
    • newAIA: "Architecture billings continue growth into 2020"

      AIA: "Architecture billings continue growth into 2020"

      Note: This index is a leading indicator primarily for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment. From the AIA: Architecture billings continue growth into 2020Starting the year on a strong note, architecture firm billings strengthened slightly in Ja…
      - 17 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 12:31pm -
    • newLawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in January

      Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in January

      From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on publicly-available local realtor/MLS reports released across the country through today, I project that existing home sales as estimated by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted an…
      - 19 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 11:00am -
    • newComments on January Housing Starts

      Comments on January Housing Starts

      Earlier: Housing Starts decreased to 1.567 Million Annual Rate in JanuaryTotal housing starts in January were well above expectations and revisions to prior months were positive. The housing starts report showed starts were down 3.6% in January compa…
      - 21 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 9:14am -
    • newHousing Starts decreased to 1.567 Million Annual Rate in January

      Housing Starts decreased to 1.567 Million Annual Rate in January

      From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and CompletionsHousing Starts:Privately‐owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,567,000. This is 3.6 percent below the revised December estimate of 1,626,000, but is 21…
      - 21 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 8:37am -
    • newMBA: Mortgage Applications Decreased in Latest Weekly Survey

      MBA: Mortgage Applications Decreased in Latest Weekly Survey

      From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly SurveyMortgage applications decreased 6.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the w…
      - 23 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 7:00am -
    • Wednesday: Housing Starts, PPI, FOMC Minutes

      Wednesday: Housing Starts, PPI, FOMC Minutes

      Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.• At 8:30 AM, Housing Starts for January. The consensus is for 1.415 million SAAR, down from 1.608 million SAA…
      - 1 day ago, 18 Feb 20, 6:49pm -
    • Mortgage Rates and Ten Year Yield

      Mortgage Rates and Ten Year Yield

      With the ten year yield at 1.55%, and based on an historical relationship, 30-year rates should currently be around 3.5%. Mortgage News Daily reports that the most prevalent 30 year fixed rate is now at 3.46% for top tier scenarios.The graph shows t…
      - 2 days ago, 18 Feb 20, 2:11pm -

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