01/26/2015

Why Mock Exams Are Important

“Befitting its Greek roots, the marathon unfolds classic drama, carrying equal doses of comedy and tragedy, euphoria and agony.“ Take out the reference to Greece and substitute CFA exam for marathon and this line from Marathon Training Plan & Schedule by Josh Clark sounds like a perfect description for the CFA exam study experience.

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01/20/2015

It Is Time for a Cyber FDIC

In today’s modern frictionless economy, the principal requisite for growth and order is the free flow of sensitive information, banking transactions, and private data on a global scale.

With this shift brought on by the unrelenting growth of e-commerce and mobile platforms comes the nagging reality that cyber risk is here to stay. It is the sort of drag on the market that needs to be priced into the system rather than treated like something that can be eliminated or perfectly controlled. Market and consumer expectations need to be adjusted accordingly and in the age of hyper transparency, people would be wise to remember that anything can be exposed to sunlight.

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01/14/2015

Four Reasons You Should Not Write a White Paper

White papers can be great marketing tools. Done right, they give web surfers reasons to join your email list and persuade them that you understand—and have solutions to—their problems. However, done poorly, white papers waste your time—and your readers’ time. To help you avoid pointlessly sinking your energy into white papers, I’m sharing four reasons you should not write a white paper.

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01/12/2015

The Best Defense to Litigation Is a Good Bank Culture

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Of all the financial markets that should be resistant to manipulation, foreign exchange surely tops the list. With $5.3 trillion traded daily by thousands of buyers and sellers across the world, this should be one hyper-efficient market.

And yet six major banks recently agreed to a $4.3 billion settlement with US, UK, and Swiss authorities over charges that the banks had failed to prevent traders from attempting to manipulate the market. In all three countries, it is possible that criminal charges against individuals may follow.

The settlement is the latest in a long line of massive legal actions that hold banks responsible for the activities of their employees. Prosecutorial efforts to hold shareholders liable for myriad problems that bank employees have caused seem to have no end in sight. The goal of these actions is to prompt boards and their managers to reform banking cultures. If banks want to avoid more floods of litigation in the future, they'll have to act fast.

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01/07/2015

Hot or Not: Predictions for Financial Services Job Prospects in 2015

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Will you be shown the door or welcomed with open arms by financial services firms in 2015? Yes, few financial services companies were overly bullish with recruitment in 2014, but for certain areas of investment banking—notably advisory functions—the landscape was much improved. Meanwhile, competition for talent from the buy-side ensured a steady stream of replacement hiring throughout the year.

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Four Easy Steps You Can Do Right Now for CFA Success after the Holiday Season

The year has really whooshed by for me—only a week or so to the new year. 

As the holiday season is nearly upon us, we'd advise you to focus on R & R (step 4 in this article!), but there are also a few easy steps that you can complete in the next five minutes or so, which we guarantee will make a HUGE difference to the way you approach and prepare for your upcoming CFA exams.

If you do one more CFA-related task this year, make it these four easy steps below.

1. Be fully informed by adding the CFA Calendar to your personal calendar (two minutes)

We've added a new tool, free for our readers, to the 300 Hours website this year. The CFA Calendar tracks significant events in the CFA program - informing you of upcoming registration deadlines, results day, test days, as well as CFA workshops that may be in your area.

This is completely free for all readers, always updated, and you can add this to your personal calendar in minutes. Make sure you do, and you'll be fully informed while you prepare for the CFA exams in the coming year!

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01/05/2015

How About a "Not-So-Fast" Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potentially historic trade agreement being aggressively pursued by the Obama administration, represents a cornerstone in its strategic pivot to Asia. If ratified by all 12 Pacific Rim countries currently engaged in the negotiations, it would create the largest free-trade zone in the world, accounting for some 40% of global GDP and a third of global trade.

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12/31/2014

Book Review: Bonds Are Not Forever

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This book is recommended for anyone interested in the contemporary role of bonds in investment portfolios. The author explores the history of debt from ancient to modern times and discusses the growth of derivatives, developments in risk management, inflation in the modern era, the political backdrop of today’s debt standoffs, and why “bonds are not forever.”

Bonds Are Not Forever: The Crisis Facing Fixed Income Investors explores the history of debt from ancient to modern times. It discusses the growth of derivatives, developments in risk management, inflation in the modern era, the political backdrop of today’s debt standoffs, and why “bonds are not forever.”

Author Simon Lack is well qualified to present such a wide-ranging and timely discussion, having spent his entire career in bond trading, derivatives, hedge funds, and investment management, including 23 years at J.P. Morgan overseeing some 50 professionals in a highly profitable group and sitting on the firm’s investment committee. In 2009, he founded SL Advisors, LLC (a registered investment adviser), and he is involved in a number of community volunteer boards. Often quoted in the business press, Lack is the author of the international bestseller The Hedge Fund Mirage and frequently speaks on financial subjects.

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12/29/2014

Are You Looking for a New Job for All the Wrong Reasons?

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Are you about to make a bad exit?

You want a new job in finance? Fair enough—it’s that time of year. But before you succumb to the urge to switch employers, try running some safety checks on your impetus for quitting. The grass may seem greener across the street, but that could just be because you’re looking through green tinted lenses…

Ask yourself:

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12/22/2014

NYSSA TV™: A Fireside Chat with William Thorndike and William Cohan

Authors William Thorndike and William Cohan share a “Fireside Chat” about the challenge for management to create value in a climate of rising shareholder activism and increased M&A activity.

12/17/2014

224,640 Minutes

You can’t squeeze blood from a stone.

Count from the first minute of 2015 until you get to the last one on June 5th, and you ‘ll have 156 days, 3,744 hours or 224,640 minutes. That’s all the time you have before the next CFA® exam. This result won’t change no matter how hard you try. Given this, your assignment is to figure out how to best use your time.

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12/11/2014

Book Review: Zero to One

Zero-OneZero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything I learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palentir and then as an investor in hundreds of startups including Facebook," wrote Peter Thiel at the book's opening. Thiel, as the opening suggests, has lots of insights and lessons for those interested in business startups. The narrative is a mixture of professional and life guidance, the latter of which may not interest financial professionals.

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12/10/2014

Four Social Media Tips to Help You Get (and Keep) a Job on Wall Street

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Like it or not, social media is becoming an ever-important job search tool. Used properly, social sites can be highly beneficial in cutting out human resources and connecting with hiring managers and thoughts leaders directly. Used improperly, you can find yourself leaving a permanent online footprint that will keep recruiters from reaching out to you. Increasingly, headhunters and HR managers tell us that they’ll conduct a social search on a candidate before moving forward.

To help navigate the online waters, we spoke to social recruitment specialist Katrina Collier, founder of Winning Impression. Here are her four tips on how to use social media sites to your benefit while avoiding their pitfalls.

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12/08/2014

NYSSA TV™: Executive Presence

How would you rate your executive presence? You may not think about how others perceive you, but each encounter can make a lasting impact on every individual you meet. 

Your presence is both visual and audible. Eye contact, a firm handshake, and a warm smile are important, but what about your conversation style? For some, their chosen style is overly assertive - which can be inferred as agression; or about being heard - which may be interpreted as interrupting others. Here, Expert Executive Coach Nina Fiddian-Green shares strategies that can help you build and develop executive presence to help you succeed in your career transition or development.

12/03/2014

MONEYBALL: Reinventing the Game of Capitalism Using a New Scientific Model

There is an epidemic failure within the game to understand what is really going on. And this leads those who run major league teams to misjudge their players and mismanage their teams… Baseball thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions.

People see this new way of thinking as a threat, and not just to a way of doing business, but, in their minds, it’s a threat to the game itself…

But anybody who is not tearing their team down right now and rebuilding it using your model − they’re dinosaurs.

- Dialog from the movie Moneyball

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