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  • Build Value: Don’t Just Meet Quarterly Targets!
    FCLT Global, a new not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote long-term thinking in business and finance, has issued a manifesto, “Rising to the Challenge of Short-Termism.” The paper was written by Dominic Barton, Jonathan Bailer, and Jos…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • Boston College’s CRR on Alternatives in Pension Portfolios
    The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has put out a white paper about public pensions and alternative investments.  It asks two questions: which plans have made the largest shift into alternatives? And, how has that shift mattered to…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • Real Estate Tops the Willis Alternative Investment League Table
    Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) recently posted its Global Alternatives Survey. WLTW is a consultancy with a long history, roots going back to 1828, and that now has 40,000 employees serving clients in 140 countries. The gist of its new report is…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • Networks, Modeling, and Funds of Funds
    Two scholars affiliated with FERI Trust, a leading investment manager of the German-speaking countries of Europe, have written a study of hedge fund strategies that uses a “network-based analysis” thereof. The two authors, Eduard Baitinger and Th…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • Boom or Bust? Are Advisors Ready For Baby Boomers To Retire?
    By Diane Harrison According to US census figures, Baby Boomers (defined as those born between 1946 and 1964) represent about 28% of the US population in 2017, and are currently between 53 and 71 years old. Give or take an error margin of several thou…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • A Simple Approach to the Management of Endowments
    By Hossein Kazemi & Kathryn Wilkens, CAIA Endowments and foundations are tax exempt and charitable organizations that rely on permanent pools of capital to fund their activities. These pools of capital are owned by institutions such as colleges, univ…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 8:31am -
  • Til and Heckinger on Commodity Debacles, Part II
    A new paper available at SSRN looks at two infamous commodity industry melt-downs: Amaranth and MF Global. It offers a diagnosis of each. The paper is co-authored by Hilary Till, of EDHEC – Risk, and Richard Heckinger, of the Working Group on Finan…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • Til and Heckinger on Commodity Debacles, Part I
    A new paper available at SSRN looks at two infamous commodity industry melt-downs: Amaranth and MF Global. It offers a diagnosis of each. Hilary Till, of the EDHEC – Risk Institute, and Richard Heckinger, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, sha…
    - 14 days ago, 3 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • KPMG: Alternative Investment Industry Deal Momentum Continues
    The auditing giant KPMG says in a recent report on merger and acquisition activity in the alternative asset management world that there was a dip in activity in this space in 2015, that there was a rebound “to more normalized levels” in 2016, and…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • An Alternative Approach to Responsible Investing
    On May 18, 2017, CAIA’s Boston Chapter held a panel discussion at the InterContinental Boston on “An Alternative Approach to Responsible Investing.” Moderated by Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association, panelists included leading ESG investing expert…
    - 17 days ago, 31 Jul 17, 10:43am -

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    • newHotels: Occupancy Rate up Year-over-Year

      Hotels: Occupancy Rate up Year-over-Year

      From HotelNewsNow.com: STR: US hotel results for week ending 12 AugustThe U.S. hotel industry reported mostly positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 6-12 August 2017, according to data from STR.In comp…
      - 5 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 2:16pm -
    • newEarlier: Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey "region continued to advance" in August

      Earlier: Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey "region continued to advance" in August

      Earlier from the Philly Fed: August 2017 Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey Manufacturing conditions in the region continued to advance in August, according to firms responding to this month’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey. The diffusion…
      - 9 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 10:36am -
    • newIndustrial Production Increased 0.2% in July

      Industrial Production Increased 0.2% in July

      From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization Industrial production rose 0.2 percent in July following an increase of 0.4 percent in June. In July, manufacturing output edged down 0.1 percent; the production of motor vehicles and pa…
      - 10 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 9:23am -
    • newWeekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 232,000

      Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 232,000

      The DOL reported:In the week ending August 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 232,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 244,000. The 4-week moving average was 240,500, a decrease of 500 f…
      - 11 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 8:32am -
    • newThursday: Unemployment Claims, Industrial Production, Philly Fed Mfg

      Thursday: Unemployment Claims, Industrial Production, Philly Fed Mfg

      Personal Note: Sometimes we must not remain silent. I found Mr. Trump's comments on Saturday disgraceful. His comments on Monday were more appropriate, and better late than never. However Mr. Trump's comments yesterday were despicable. Unfortunat…
      - 24 hours ago, 16 Aug 17, 7:33pm -
    • NY Fed: "Household Borrowing Grows Modestly; Credit Card Delinquencies Rise"

      NY Fed: "Household Borrowing Grows Modestly; Credit Card Delinquencies Rise"

      From the NY Fed: Household Borrowing Grows Modestly; Credit Card Delinquencies RiseThe CMD’s latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit reveals that total household debt rose by $114 billion (0.9 percent) to $12.84 trillion in the second…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 2:53pm -
    • FOMC Minutes: Balance Sheet Normalization "Relatively soon"

      FOMC Minutes: Balance Sheet Normalization "Relatively soon"

      From the Fed: Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, July 25-26, 2017. Excerpts: Participants also discussed the appropriate time to implement the plan for reducing the Federal Reserve's securities holdings that was announced in June in the Co…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 2:10pm -
    • Comments on July Housing Starts

      Comments on July Housing Starts

      Earlier: Housing Starts decreased to 1.155 Million Annual Rate in JulyThe housing starts report released this morning showed starts were down 4.8% in July compared to June, and were down 5.6% year-over-year compared to July 2016.  This was a weak re…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 10:44am -
    • Housing Starts decreased to 1.155 Million Annual Rate in July

      Housing Starts decreased to 1.155 Million Annual Rate in July

      From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and CompletionsHousing Starts:Privately-owned housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,155,000. This is 4.8 percent below the revised June estimate of 1,213,000 and is 5.6 percent…
      - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 8:38am -
    • MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase Slightly in Latest Weekly Survey

      MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase Slightly in Latest Weekly Survey

      From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Slightly Increase in Latest MBA Weekly SurveyMortgage applications increased 0.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey…
      - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 7:00am -

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