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Certified Fund Specialist

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One way academic researchers measure investment risk is by looking at stock price volatility.
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Table 9 lists the largest mutual funds in the U.S. as of December 2015, according to MarketWatch.com.  
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Arnott (1993) and Odelbo (1995)
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A cornerstone of indexing advocates is based on securities markets being efficient.
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1988

The year Institute of Business & Finance was founded.

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Wells Fargo Investment Advisors were the first to use indexed portfolios for some of their institutional pension plans from 1969-1971.
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A fund’s duration can sometimes be a misleading measurement of interest rate risk if the bond fund has a meaningful weighting in convertibles, fore

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Articles For Financial Advisors
One way academic researchers measure investment risk is by looking at stock price volatility.
Articles For Financial Advisors
Table 9 lists the largest mutual funds in the U.S. as of December 2015, according to MarketWatch.com.  
Articles For Financial Advisors
Arnott (1993) and Odelbo (1995)
Articles For Financial Advisors
A cornerstone of indexing advocates is based on securities markets being efficient.
Articles For Financial Advisors
Wells Fargo Investment Advisors were the first to use indexed portfolios for some of their institutional pension plans from 1969-1971.
Articles For Financial Advisors
A fund’s duration can sometimes be a misleading measurement of interest rate risk if the bond fund has a meaningful weighting in convertibles, fore
Articles For Financial Advisors
Fund popularity can be measured by percentage change in net cash flow over a stated period.
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Bogle (1999b) concluded 92% of return shortfall for active managers was due to expenses.
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In general, a currency futures contract locks in the exchange rate between two currencies.
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Most of the information from Table 5 comes from State Street’s SPDR ETF website. SPDR ETF symbols are shown in parentheses.
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R2

Barron’s defines R2 as a mutual fund term indicating “on a scale of 0 to 100, the percentage of a fund’s performance…explained by moveme
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For investors, serial correlation, also referred to as autocorrelation, measures predictability of returns from one period to the next.
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Systematic risk principle states expected return depends solely on asset’s systematic risk.
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Beta measures market risk, also known as systematic risk.
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A 2004 AAII Journal article by Daniel Burnside, How Many Stocks Do You Need to be Diversified, points out even a 100-stock portfo
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One way academic researchers measure investment risk is by looking at stock price volatility.
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From the beginning of 1980 through August 24, 2015, there have been just 29 instances (29/1851 weeks = 1.5% of the weeks) when the S&P 500 drop
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From March 2009 to March 2014, stocks returned 26% a year, as measured by the Wilshire 5000.
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The $33 billion Harvard portfolio is the largest endowment fund in the world.
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The WSJ writes Charles Ellis is “widely regarded as the dean of the investment-management industry” (source: WSJ, August 23, 2014
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1988

The year Institute of Business & Finance was founded.

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16,000

# of professionals that have taken our courses

Facts & Figures

Keeping It Real

Written by advisors for advisors

Certified Fund Specialist

Distinguish yourself with your education.

Certified Annuity Specialist

What you learn about annuities can make you invaluable.

Master of Science in Financial Services

One of the industry’s most pragmatic elite degrees.

Certified Income Specialist

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Give your clients investment related tax advice.

Certified Estate and Trust Specialist

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