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.

Behavioral Economist Meir Statman: Emotions Get in the Way of What Investors Really Want

We invest ostensibly for utilitarian benefits, says the Santa Clara University finance professor, but all too often emotion trumps reason. Read More

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What Can Pierre-Auguste Renoir Teach Us about Risk Management?

BlackRock Solutions’ Stan Beckers says that effective risk management is as much an art as it is a science. Read More

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Deflation Is What Keeps Central Bankers Up at Night, Says David Blanchflower

The Dartmouth economics professor and former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee contends that the U.S. Federal Reserve ought to initiate QE3 — and possibly QE4. Read More

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Liaquat Ahamed on How to Stop (Central) Bankers from Breaking the World

In the opening session of the 64th CFA Institute Annual Conference, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Lords of Finance analyzes the lessons of the 1929 Crash and the Great Depression. Read More

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Investment Management After the Global Financial Crisis

Portfolio and risk management are changing as investors digest the lessons of the recent financial turmoil, says Sergio Focardi, professor of finance at EDHEC Business School. Read More

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