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8 posts from June 2013


Students! Maximize Your Online Employability


If you’re an undergraduate about to enter the job market, or a postgraduate gearing up to reacquaint yourself with working life, it’s probably time to get to grips with your online presence.

Student life can leave a trail of embarrassing information online. However, it’s now that social media should become less about sharing photos of your friends in night clubs and more about advertising yourself to potential employers.

A recent survey of 300 recruiters by the social media monitoring service Reppler revealed that 91% of employers use social media to screen applicants. “These days professional reputation and the standard of your CV is only three quarters of the game and your online presence makes a huge difference,” said Richard Bland, head of finance careers at the London Business School. “We encourage our students to start by Googling themselves on somebody else’s computer, so that they can review exactly what information employers can see.”

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Book Review: Reinventing Yourself


Career change is one of the most difficult things to do in your professional life. Yet, it has become an urgent imperative for many as the financial industry consolidates and downsizes. We are now in an era of rapid job turnover, and frequent change in industry business models. Steve Chandler, author of Reinventing Yourself: How to Become the Person You've Always Wanted to Be concludes, "...at some point you'll need to reinvent yourself professionally..." as this is "a new era of faster-moving professional trajectories, shorter tenures at jobs and the ability to instantly communicate your message across the world."

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Recent Research: Highlights from June 2013

"An Investment Strategy in Active ETFs"
The Journal of Index Investing (Summer 2013)
Sharon Garyn-Tal

Previous evidence suggests that selectivity or active management positively affects mutual fund performance, hedge fund performance, and passive ETF performance. I examine whether active ETF performance is also positively affected by active management. First, I look at active ETF performance estimated via the Fama–French–Carhart four-factor model. Second, using weekly return data on 10 active ETFs for the period 2008–2012, I find an investment strategy in active ETFs that earns a positive risk-adjusted excess return, based on R2 as extracted from the regression of the ETFs’ excess return on the four-factors’ excess return.

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Five Golden Rules for Workplace Cursing in the Style of Jamie Dimon


Using profane language and working in an investment bank may seem as apt a combination as wearing a stetson and rounding up cattle. But swearing at work is a difficult business. If you get it right, you can end up looking like Jamie Dimon – who earlier this week insisted there was ‘no bullsh*tting’ about the London Whale. If you get it wrong, you can end up looking like Mel Gibson in the midst of a meltdown.

These are the golden rules for workplace profanity.

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"You're Hired!" Now What?

Congratulations on your new job.  Your skills, experience and credentials have brought you success in your job hunt.  Enjoy your triumph.  Take your victory lap. 

And get busy.  

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How to Pitch to Your Firm to Sponsor Your CFA Program

When I was attempting my Level II, I was feeling mighty poor. 

I had just left my role in finance and I wanted to try my hand at something else that had caught my attention - advertising. 

Weird, I know. 

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The Real Uncle Tom and the Unknown South He Helped Create

When President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, during the Civil War, he reportedly said: “So you’re the little lady who started this great war.” There was some truth to his words. The book played a huge role in persuading northerners to view southerners as cruel, corrupt and insatiably greedy.

Neither Lincoln nor the book’s hundreds of thousands of readers had any idea that there was a real Uncle Tom and a real South that was very different from the portrait painted by Stowe and other anti-slavery critics such as her brother, the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. Like Mrs. Stowe, most of these critics believed that God had inspired them to demand the immediate abolition of slavery — and condemn slave owners as contemptible. The vast majority of modern readers are equally unaware of the real Tom and the South he lived in.

The article originally appeared in Financial History magazine and is adapted from A Disease in the Public Mind by Thomas Fleming (Da Capo Press, 2013)

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When Should You Be Entering the CFA Program: December or June?

Now that CFA Institute will be holding December Level II exams starting in 2014, this question is much easier to answer.

What? You hadn’t heard about this new December exam development? 300 Hours broke the news this past April in their blog. They also reference the related press release.

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