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Moats or Market Power?

“The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that […]
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Fraud and Deception Detection: Five Language Fingerprints

Last month, I described how computer-aided text-based analysis can help uncover fraud and deception in company communications. But what other insights can we glean from this research into scandal companies? We used Deception And Truth Analysis (D.A.T.A.) to examine 10 of the largest corporate scandals in recent history and found that the average lead time […]
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Five Investing Success Stories from Five International Women

This International Women’s Day we all need and deserve some upbeat, inspiring, and enriching stories. After all, a lot has happened since 8 March 2020. My 2021 research paper “Hear Me Roar,” released today, contains 58 investing success stories from smart women around the world. Women don’t tend to brag about making money, but they […]
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A Call to Action: Aligning Gender Lens Investing and ESG

Gender lens investing (GLI) is a thematic environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy that is inspired by women in leadership (WIL) and related gender equality criteria. The primary publicly traded GLI equity funds available to individual investors include 12 global and 16 regional funds that together closed out 2020 with US$2.67 billion in assets under […]
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How Alpha Hides in GAAP Accounting: Return on Equity

Every mismatch between GAAP metrics and business reality is a potential alpha opportunity. You can find significant alpha in the mechanics that drive GAAP accounting. Investors can buy companies with temporarily ugly numbers and short stocks with superficially good reports. Entrepreneurs can better market their equity to potential investors and beat the competition in the […]
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Book Review: Too Smart for Our Own Good

Too Smart for Our Own Good: Ingenious Investment Strategies, Illusions of Safety, and Market Crashes. 2018. Bruce I. Jacobs. McGraw Hill Education. Too Smart for Our Own Good is a cri de coeur about investment products that lull investors with the appearance of low risk and the promise of high returns, while actually introducing systemic […]
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How Long Does Competitive Advantage Last? A Sector Analysis

Economic theory holds that absent monopoly powers and barriers to entry, every firm’s competitive advantage in an industry will diminish and its profits fall to zero over time. While this is just economic theory, it raises some interesting questions: Does a firm’s competitive advantage tend to endure longer in some sectors than others? And if […]
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Aswath Damodaran on the COVID Crucible: A Play in Three Acts

Aswath Damodaran determined early on not to treat the COVID-19 crisis like previous market shocks. As the pandemic unfolded, he could see how it was developing and realized it was having the same three-stage effect on investors as previous financial upheavals. “First you lose perspective. Why? Because in the middle of chaos, things are melting […]
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ESG Matters: Global Trends and Transitions

How are women growing in importance in the investment ecosystem? How are firms approaching the sustainability journey? What is the Nordic perspective on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) space? For insight on these questions, Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA, and Barbara Stewart, CFA, shared their perspectives in a wide-ranging conversation. Reichenberg Gustafsson is the editor […]
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