Survey: Most Retail Investors See Algorithmic Trading As Hurting Stock Market

In an attempt to limit the impact of fast-trading robots, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is imposing a news embargo for listed companies in the minutes after the market’s 4 p.m. (Eastern) close. According to a Wall Street Journal article, the NYSE, a unit of Intercontinental Exchange Inc., plans to prevent firms from issuing…

 

My Notes From the CFA Institute’s Annual Conference

I spent the first half of this week at the CFA Institute’s Conference in Philadelphia. The conference is targeted toward CFA charterholders and covers a very wide range of topics. It’s also an international conference, with the third biggest delegation of attendees, behind the U.S. and Canada, coming all the way from South Africa. I’ve…

 

Retail Investors Have Mixed Opinions on Fixed-Income “Bubble”

Since the financial crisis of 2008, central banks around the globe have been working to jumpstart economies and stock markets. The main tool has been “quantitative easing” or QE–a monetary policy of purchasing government securities or other securities from the market in order to lower interest rates and increase the money supply. While the US…

 

Retirement Can Be Long Enough for Something to Go Haywire

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock). He raised the topic during a discussion about retirement…

 

Notes from the CFA Conference

The CFA Institute held its annual conference in Montreal this week. The conference draws global speakers from academia, the investment industry profession and even rock ‘n roll—Sir Bob Geldof spoke yesterday. (Unfortunately, he didn’t sing, opting instead to discuss investing in Africa.) The conference also attracts a truly global audience. Yesterday, I sat down across…

 

Saving for Retirement: What You Need to Know

At a time when nearly one of three U.S. households have $0 saved for retirement, the nonprofit Alliance for Investor Education (AIE) is making available “Saving For Retirement: What You Need To Know About 401(k), Traditional IRA and Roth IRA Plans.” AIE is a consortium of 18 leading U.S. financial-related foundations, nonprofit organizations, associations and…