Fear of Public Speaking: Whistleblowing Risks and Rewards

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Fear of Public Speaking: Whistleblowing Risks and Rewards

Stephanie Gibaud did not plan on inserting herself into a controversy. “You do not wake up one morning saying, ‘Well, I am going to be a whistleblower,’” she explained at the 2018 CFA Institute European Investment Conference.

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Humans vs. Machines: The Stress Management Edge

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Humans vs. Machines: The Stress Management Edge

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
We’re stressed out

— Twenty One Pilots

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Breaking the Rules of Asset Management: Executives Adapting to Disruption

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Asset managers are intimately familiar with the challenges facing the investment industry. Financial professionals have been struggling to show positive returns in a low-growth, low-inflation environment, and the rise of passive management strategies has increased competition and compressed fees.

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Winning Advice from a Shadow Negotiator

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ne·go·ti·a·tion
nəˌɡōSHēˈāSH(ə)n/
noun
Discussion aimed at reaching an agreement.

Pause, for a moment, and think about a recent negotiation either at work or in your personal life. Then zoom out a little, and take stock of where in the world you are sitting. Asia? Africa? Europe? USA? Latin America? The UK?

Now take a few minutes to think about a major trade deal, corporate take-over, or regional conflict and how a different outcome would have changed or shaped your life. Our examples will be different, but the common thread between them is that negotiation steered the outcome. Read More

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Changes on the Horizon for Equity Investing

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Rising interest rates will make environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors one of the most important sources of alpha for investment managers, according to Omar Selim.

Selim is CEO of Arabesque, an asset management firm that uses self-learning quant models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of globally listed equities. At the 2017 CFA Institute European Investment Conference, he explained that the coming era of rising interest rates will change finance drastically. Those changes will put ESG at the forefront of investment management. Read More

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Innovating in Zeroes: Skype Co-Founder finds Lessons in Failure

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Jonas Kjellberg speaks on success through failure at the 2017 European Investment Conference

“No one really thought it was going to work but, actually, it went okay.” That is how Jonas Kjellberg, entrepreneur and investor, described the sentiment around one of his most famous ventures — Skype.

Kjellberg has always been interested in disrupting traditional systems, and he recalled some of his business successes and failures at the 2017 European Investment Conference in Berlin, offering plenty of advice for budding and experienced entrepreneurs alike. Read More

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Doomsday Plans for High Yield Strategies

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As a conference organizer, I have put together and witnessed dozens of sessions since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Nine years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it is still remarkable how often conference sessions get to a “Doomsday Moment” — the point when a presenter acknowledges that the spectrum of possible outcomes still includes financial Armageddon.

The Doomsday Moment in Jochen Felsenheimer’s presentation at the 2017 CFA Institute European Investment Conference came during the Q&A session, but if you’re new to this game and were in attendance, you’re forgiven for thinking it came earlier. Read More

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Productive Conflicts: Advancing through Mindfulness

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Karolien Notebaert and Ellen Frauenknecht in conversation about unconscious bias at the 2017 European Investment Conference.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, and reacting out of emotion instead of logic? Taking just one minute can get you out of the cycle of unproductive thoughts.

Take hold of something, whether it’s your coffee mug, a pen, or whatever you have nearby.

Close your eyes and focus on what the object feels like.

Move it around, think about how it feels on your skin. If you find your thoughts wandering, just refocus on the item in your hand for a few moments. That’s mindfulness, and it can be a powerful tool. Read More

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George Friedman’s Eyes Are on Germany

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“We have to wait for Germany to make its move,” George Friedman declared at the 2017 CFA Institute European Investment Conference.

“It’s not the first time in history,” he said. “It won’t be the last.”

Friedman, the chair of Geopolitical Futures, has a history of being right when many others are wrong and being predictive when many are reactive. He has spent his career navigating the convergence of geography with history, politics, economics, and societal imperatives. And in his presentation to financial professionals in Berlin, he explained that “there is one last piece” of the global financial crisis that must play out “before we can move on.” Read More

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How Unconscious Bias in Our Brain Counteracts Diversity

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By Karolien Notebaert


About a year ago, Sam became a proud parent. Sam was on parental leave for 9 months and is now back to work. Whilst reading those two sentences, what gender did you associate with Sam? Due to the fact that more women take parental leave compared to men, most of us spontaneously thought of Sam as a woman.

Let’s try again. You are the leader of a team and in charge of dividing assignments. Who will receive the analytical assignment? Juliet or Peter? Who will receive the communication assignment? In this situation, too, many of us unconsciously assume that men have better analytical skills and women better communication skills. Is there something wrong with this? Not necessarily. Although many unconscious assumptions can be helpful, they can also easily lead to ineffective decisions and discrimination, making ourselves and others the victim of our unconscious biases. Read More

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