Author Archives: Len Costa

Len Costa was head of communications and content strategy at CFA Institute, where he oversaw global social media, mobile products, and digital content strategy. He previously served as director of interactive media at the Institute for Private Investors (IPI), a peer networking organization for ultra-high-net-worth families and their advisers. Costa also wrote a private wealth column for the Financial Times and, prior to joining IPI, he held senior editorial positions at Institutional Investor and Worth magazines. His writing has also appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Slate, and The New York Times. Costa holds a BA from the University of Virginia, a diploma in French language from the Université de Paris, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Financial Times Video: “Taking the Temperature of How the Smart Money Is Thinking”

John Authers queries speakers on a wide range of topics, including systemic risk, the global pensions crisis, and behavioral finance. Read More

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Flash Boys Debate: FT “Samples the Mood” on High-Frequency Trading at #FutureFinance Conference

Speakers at the CFA Institute Annual Conference hold a range of views on an issue that cuts to the heart of the transparency and fairness of financial markets. Read More

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Bill Sharpe on Retirement Planning: “I Would Prefer to Default People into an Annuity”

“Many people who are lower- and middle-income really are taking a big risk if they do not annuitize to some extent — a risk of basically running out of money,” he tells the FT‘s John Authers. Read More

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Sustainable Investing: Can Markets Save the World?

Leading practitioners make the case for integrating social and environmental factors into their investment processes. Read More

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Social Finance: Have We Reached An Inflection Point?

New collaboration and crowdsourcing platforms seem poised to disrupt the investment research process. Read More

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In Competitive Markets, Differentiation is Key to Financial Professionals’ Career Success (Video)

Building your personal brand is critical, says Megan Fitzgerald, international career coach and CEO of Career By Choice. Read More

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Day 2 Recap: The Investment Case for Africa (Video)

CFA Institute content directors Ron Rimkus, CFA, and Jason Voss, CFA, highlight more takeaways from the 66th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Singapore. Read More

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Recap: Uncovering Fraud in Japan, China’s A-Shares, and the Benefits of Meditation (Video)

CFA Institute content directors Ron Rimkus, CFA, and Jason Voss, CFA, highlight key takeaways from the first full day of the 66th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Singapore. Read More

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Using Social Network Effects to Enrich Yourself Like Facebook Does

Not all professional networks are created equal. But they can be shaped to improve leadership and analyzed for investment insights, says Northwestern University’s Brian Uzzi. Read More

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Fiscal Sustainability “Denial” Cannot Continue Forever, Says Willem Buiter

Citi’s London-based chief economist says the U.S. and Japan’s ability to borrow at risk-free rates despite weak fiscal positions could trigger a revolt by bond market vigilantes as early as 2013. Read More

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