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APPLYING PRACTICAL INSIGHT TO
COMPLEX FINANCIAL CONCEPTS

Karen Firestone has spent over thirty years honing skills applied to
the investment world, while at the same time navigating a path through the work/familyscape. She considers many issues from an unusual angle, including stock market movement, factors facing professional women today, and how to think in simple terms about some complex financial structures. Karen shares her observations in posts that also appear in the Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post. As the CEO of Aureus Asset Management, a former fund manager at Fidelity Investments, and the mother of four grown children, Karen has a rare perspective into which she injects humor and some irreverence.

WSJ: Impatient Investors Get Caught in the ‘Return Gap’

This morning, the WSJ article had a piece similar to our most recent Investment Perspectives on market timing and the impact to investor returns. There is a lot of overlap between the two pieces but there are a few stats in the WSJ article that were interesting, particularly about which types of funds’ investors “market…

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Getting a handle on a scandal

The recent Facebook “crisis” over user data is just the latest chapter in the long history of corporate crises. In this article, The Economist analyzes the impact of such crises on long-term shareholder value. Read the full article in The Economist

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Which firms profit most from America’s health-care system

Healthcare has been a great sector in which to invest for many years now. But as The Economist lays out in this article, there are factors in place that may change the source of those high returns, especially for some participants in the industry. Read the full article in The Economist

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The Economist: Steven Pinker’s case for optimism

Steven Pinker’s latest book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress,” posits that the prevalence (and allure) of negative news undermines the amazing progress humanity is making. Nowhere is this more true than the public markets, where the most recent bout of volatility focused the minds of investors (and clients alike) more…

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