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Aggressive High-Frequency Trading in Stocks

Irene Aldridge | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Why does aggressive HFT participation matter? Multiple academic studies have confirmed that aggressive HFTs worsen market conditions for institutional investors.

Is Climate Risk a New and Troubling Source of Systemic Risk?

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 12.24.2014 | Money
David W. Richardson, CFA

There are signs that environmental risks, particularly extreme weather and government regulations to reduce pollution, are becoming both more material but also systemic, with the potential to affect large swathes of investment portfolios.

Against Divestment -- Why Walking Away Won't Make a Difference

Nell Minow | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nell Minow

Submit shareholder proposals. Nominate new directors. Attend annual meetings to ask questions of the executives and board members. But do not sell the stock that gives you the right to engage on the issues you care about with the people who can make a difference.

There Is a Future of Finance (And It's Called Fiduciary Capitalism)

John D. Rogers | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
John D. Rogers

Fiduciary capitalism is well-situated to take on a leadership role for three major reasons: size, technology, and the priorities of major institutional investors. The top 1,000 such fiduciaries worldwide account for $25 trillion, which is more than half the world's equity market value.

Ben Hallman

Wall Street Has Found Its Latest Dangerous Financial Product, Activists Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

Housing and consumer activists warn that Wall Street is about to crash the housing market -- again. The activists said they are particularly concer...

The Largest Risk (and Opportunity) Investors Are Ignoring

Andrew Winston | Posted 04.05.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

How many investors got the timing right on the implosion of mortgage-backed security assets in 2008? Nearly none, and that systemic failure of vision contributed mightily to a global financial collapse.

A New Science of Pension Fund Management

Steve Currall | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Steve Currall

We urge other public pension funds to bring scientific research to bear on these questions. Like any other investor, these funds should invite, rather than resist, impartial scrutiny of their strategy

From Margins to Mainstream: World Economic Forum Tackles Impact Investing

David Bank | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
David Bank

From the folks who brought us Davos comes a new report that cautiously concludes that impact investing is ready to break out from its niche and captur...

Reward Investors in Banks That Break Up

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Brent Budowsky

I agree with George Will about as often as the Boston Red Sox agree with the New York Yankees, but as the law of broken clocks suggests, we must both be right at least twice a day.

Investors Start To Bow Out Of Farm Auction Frenzy

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2012 | Business

AUCTIONS IN VOGUE This hunger among farmers has prompted more sellers to put their land up for public bidding to see w...

Emerging Manager Programs: Not Just for the Emerging Anymore.

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee | Posted 12.29.2011 | Latino Voices
Carmen Ortiz-McGhee

Our communities have all that is needed, the intellectual and economic capital, the strategic and political savvy to ensure our places at the table and our ability to generate real wealth for our communities.

Interest Rates and Investor Decisions: The Long and Short of It

Erik Oppers | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Erik Oppers

What drives the investment decisions of investors with a longer time horizon? Our research found these investors generally do not look at differences in interest rates among countries when deciding where to invest.

Insurers Can Manage U.S. Municipal Bonds, Moody's Says

Posted 09.07.2011 | Business

Stresses in the U.S. public sector have not put property and casualty insurance companies at great risk, despite the firms' considerable exposure ...

Let's Dump The Rating Agencies

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

The time has come to recognize that rating agencies are research firms, and they are not deities endowed with inalienable rights to dictate the quality of investments.

Restricting Bank Funding for Hedge Funds: Paul Volcker Does Not Go Far Enough

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

While Alan Greenspan has been busy denying any blame or foresight into the financial crisis, Paul Volcker has been working to dissociate the speculative risks of hedge funds from banking. But "The Volcker Rule," does not go far enough.

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (Not)

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Bocan

Despite representing roughly 33% of the population, less than 14% of venture capital dollars find their way to the Midwest to convert technology discoveries into new companies and jobs.