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11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge—there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they have an uncanny ability to get things done. Even when juggling multiple projects, they reach their goals without fail.

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. —Thomas Edison

It feels incredible when you leave the office after an ultra-productive day. With the right approach, you can make this happen every day. You don’t need to work longer or even do more—you just need to work smarter. Try these 11 productivity hacks that ultra-productive people rely on:

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The Best-Seller for Equity Analysts to Master Their Profession

The most highly acclaimed and comprehensive learning tool available, Best Practices for Equity Research Analysts is an on-the-job reference filled with the practical knowledge and specific tasks buy-side and sell-side equity analysts need to claim their place among the most highly regarded in their industry.

Most equity research analysts learn their trade on the job, by apprenticing under a senior analyst or portfolio manager. However, these senior producers often have little time to train new analysts. Those who do have the time may not have developed research skills worth emulating (after all, over half of money managers underperform their benchmarks). Furthermore, in modern day equity research, analysts without a mentor don’t have time to learn on their own through trial and error because the stakes are too high.

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CFA Exam Taking Tips

June is near and CFA candidates all over the world are counting down the days until exam day. All of us at NYSSA wish the best of luck, strong composure, and laser focus to those members of the NYSSA community who took our weekly or condensed review courses, problem solving or essay writing workshops, bootcamps and mock exams!

Because luck is not always enough, here are some easy to remember exam-taking strategy tips from our Lead CFA instructor, O. Nathan Ronen, CFA for you to internalize before exam day:

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Lower Earnings, Higher Stock Prices: The Voting Machine

 “The stock market is a voting machine rather than a weighing machine. It responds to factual data not directly, but only as they affect the decisions of buyers and sellers.”- Graham and Dodd, Security Analysis

Earnings drive stock prices, so says investing lore. As earnings rise, stock prices move higher. As earnings fall, stock prices move lower. If it were only that simple.

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Canisius College Team Wins International Competition in Financial Analysis

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From left, Golden Griffin Fund financial team members Carl Larsson, Ryan Zimmer, Matt Coad, Kevin Monheim and Stephen Miller (not shown) won the CFA Institute Research Challenge Global Championship, emerging first among 4,000 students. Derek Gee/Buffalo News

Five students win international contest testing financial analysis skills

Commencement is around the corner and the real world is waiting, and now Ryan Zimmer can add an impressive credential to his résumé: world champion financial analyst.

Zimmer and four other Canisius College students recently won an international financial analysis skills competition that pitted them against 4,000 students from 865 colleges across the globe.

The Canisius victory marked the first time since 2007 that a team from the United States captured the CFA Institute Research Challenge Global Final title.

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How 30 Minutes Wasted Could Cost You $5,000

By James Valentine, CFA


We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but I find some analysts use it much more effectively than others. Based on my experience I don’t sense the level of a person’s time management skills has anything to do with their intelligence, professional experience or even their degree of ambition. It comes down to their level of self-discipline for staying focused.

To help get your attention, let me pose the issue this way: If an analyst is being compensated $100,000 per year, and he wastes just 30 minutes of a typical 10-hour day, that amounts to a loss of $5,000 per year. What would you do with an extra $5,000 a year?

To help frame the issue, let’s take a quiz.

Beware! These Toxic Thoughts are Success Killers

No matter who you are or what you do I am willing to bet that if you are having any of these thoughts below, then you are holding yourself back from achieving great success. As an executive coach, I am fortunate to work with and get into the brilliant minds of the brightest and most successful executives on Wall Street and beyond. Like the rest of us, my clients have insecurities that we work on recognizing and banishing from their minds. Here is the list of thoughts that are surprisingly common and are the greatest offenders to our success.

Beware of these toxic thoughts.

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Are Equities Overvalued?

MspenceBy Michael Spence

Since the global economic crisis, sharp divergences in economic performance have contributed to considerable stock-market volatility. Now, equity prices are reaching relatively high levels by conventional measures – and investors are starting to get nervous.

The question is whether stock valuations are excessive relative to future earnings potential. The answer depends on two key variables: the discount rate and future earnings growth. A lower discount rate and/or a higher rate of expected earnings growth would justify higher equity valuations.

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