Can you feel the change in the air? We have officially entered the era of big data capitalism. That’s according to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the University of Oxford.
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If you have 12 minutes to read this blog post, then you have enough time to become a bada$$.
That was the goal of Pete Ronayne’s session at the 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference, hosted by CFA Society of the UK. Ronayne, from the Center for Creative Leadership, led a presentation on How to Bring Your Best Brain and Bada$$ Self to All That You Do.
Central to the idea of bringing your best brain to something is the idea that your brain is both lazy, and paradoxically, greedy for energy. On average, it weighs 2% of a person’s body weight while consuming 20% of the body’s energy. And it is working at 100% of capacity, all the time! Read More
CFA Institute and the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) have released a series of reports addressing the current state of global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration. The most recent report ESG Integration in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: Markets, Practices, and Data explores the current state of ESG integration in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
This report follows the release of the following reports: ESG Integration in the Americas: Markets, Practices, and Data, and Guidance and Case Studies for ESG Integration: Equities and Fixed Income. Our findings covering the Asia-Pacific region will be published in May 2019. Read More
Paul Smith, CFA, returned to his hometown of London to deliver his fifth and final address as president and CEO of CFA Institute at the 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference, hosted by CFA Society of the UK.
Taking on the conference’s theme of disruption, Smith acknowledged the difficulties a “turbulent, ever-changing” world posed for investment professionals, but observed that such challenges made certain bedrock principles of CFA Institute ever more important, especially that of professionalism: building it, maintaining it, and demonstrating it.
From there, Smith looked back on his tenure, highlighting the remarkable growth in CFA candidates and charterholders across the globe. He also outlined the continuing challenges that he expected would occupy his remaining time as president and CEO and be key priorities of his successor, particularly those of diversity and continuing professional development.
“The journey continues for all of us,” Smith said, “and I am so glad to have accompanied you for part of it. I wish you all every success in your careers and in your lives.” Read More
The CFA Institute Annual Conference is an unrivaled opportunity to access high-quality, unbiased educational content that equips investment professionals with the latest thinking on critical industry issues. The 73rd CFA Institute Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta on 17–20 May 2020.
Ronald N. Kahn’s book, The Future of Investment Management, drew its inspiration from the changes that have transformed the finance industry over the last several decades.
Finance made civilization possible, and London has been a global financial capital for centuries. It has dealt with sovereign debt crises and “too big to fail” entities that date back to medieval times. This week, London will host the investment industry’s largest and longest-running educational gathering of investment professionals.
The forces of disruption will impact your career, the broader investment profession, and even your life. Which global shifts, technological innovations, and market developments should you understand to capitalize on the opportunities of the future? Recognizing change and adapting to disruption will allow you to thrive in the unfolding investment environment.
The 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference, hosted by CFA Society of the UK, will highlight Disruption: The New Reality in Investment Management, focusing on disruption and its effects on the global investment profession. Sessions will consider sustainability, fintech, and other topics of interest, providing facts, exploring research, developing strategies, and sharing opinions on managing the disruptive forces at play in global finance. Read More
Economic policy is the focus of intense debate — and for good reason: A dynamic, healthy economy that adapts to changes in financial systems requires dynamic, healthy discussions that adapt to changes in perspective. The shifting nature of modern business, for example, has raised questions about anti-trust regulation and whether it can address current challenges in global markets.
Mariana Mazzucato, economics professor and director of the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London, frequently enters the public debate to discuss how to improve productivity and limit rent-extracting behavior in the markets. Her most recent work aims to disrupt how we think about value. Read More
Blair duQuesnay, CFA, is an investment adviser at Ritholtz Wealth Management, LLC, where she is a member of the investment committee. She is also past president of CFA Society Louisiana, and she has been involved with CFA Institute conferences as a delegate, a panelist, and as a moderator. At the 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference, hosted by CFA Society of the UK, duQuesnay will be moderating a session on private wealth management led by Philip Marcovici. She agreed to answer a few questions ahead of the event.
Peter M.J. Gross: What are the most disruptive forces shaping private wealth management today?
Blair duQuesnay, CFA: The conversation about disruption generally focuses on technology and fee compression, but I think it misses another crucial element – changing demographics. Our clients are changing. More of our clients are women, more come from diverse backgrounds, and more are millennials. In North America, the average is adviser is a 59-year-old man. How will we relate to and connect with the next generation of clients? I think if wealth managers are not thinking about this question they are already behind the curve. Read More