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Emerging Pieces From The Emerging Markets Decline

It’s no secret that emerging markets (EM) are in a bit of a rough patch. While the unfortunate events in Turkey garnered most of the attention initially, nearly anything related to EM has slid in value. What exactly is going on here? Is this just another acute crisis making its way through the lesser developed regions of the world again? Or have other signals emerged to suggest there to be a larger issue at play? Given the is-ought approach we take on this site, it’s worth digging into some more. After all, a better grasp of what this market driver is—if anything—should better inform us for how we ought to position our portfolios.

18 days

Thriving With Systematic & Discretionary Investing

Let’s face it; we investors are all after the same thing: return. While individual risk tolerances and expectations might vary, the purpose of investing is universal: to preserve and/or increase wealth using that which we already have. It’s a distinctly human activity. While there may seem like an infinite number of ways to invest—and in fact there are—at the end of the day, I believe you can boil each down to either a discretionary or systematic approach. Why just these two methods? Investing draws heavily upon one’s cognitive ability. Human reasoning operates in just two ways, through induction and deduction. I find that the discretionary and systematic categories align quite well with these.

20 days

The Smashing Effects Of A Trade War

There was a period of time when I was obsessed with home improvement shows. I’d watch almost anything on the subject: Backyard makeovers, kitchen remodels, gut renovations, you name it. It’s fascinating to see what a skilled craftsman can do with the proper tools. In fact, if there’s one lesson I learned from these shows it’s the importance of using the right tool for the job.

29 days

Leveraging Big Data To Drive Financial Planning and Analysis Decisions

Having worked with many financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams around the world, I have witnessed how Big Data can deliver competitive advantages to both these teams and their entire organizations. One of the biggest and most common challenges I’ve seen is how they implement and harvest both financial and operational Big Data.

1 month

How To Implement a Zero-Based Budgeting Strategy

My work with companies around the world, paired with access to a robust collection of academic research and case studies, has enabled me to create a matrix of best practices for implementing a zero-based budgeting (ZBB) strategy. And like any good list of things an organization should do, there are always a few things not to do.

2 months

Four Banking Business Models in the Digital Age

Digitization of the banking industry is making new banking business models possible. But, it is the combination of regulation and technology that is making new business models a necessity.

2 months

The Financial Diaries – Can Tech Truly Alleviate the Middle Class Crunch

While many outside of the US might think of the US as one of the richest countries in the world, the reality is that financial inequality has produced a land of opportunities where a large percentage of the population have serious day-to-day financial challenges, least of all getting access to day-to-day financial services.

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