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In the fall of 2008, fifteen of the world's leading economists--representing the broadest spectrum of economic opinion--gathered at New Hampshire's Squam Lake. Their goal: the mapping of a long-term plan for financial regulation reform.

The Squam Lake Report distills the wealth of insights from the ongoing collaboration that began at these meetings and provides a revelatory, unified, and coherent voice for fixing our troubled and damaged financial markets. As an alternative to the patchwork solutions and ideologically charged proposals that have dominated other discussions, the Squam Lake group sets forth a clear nonpartisan plan of action to transform the regulation of financial markets--not just for the current climate--but for generations to come.

Arguing that there has been a conflict between financial institutions and society, these diverse experts present sound and transparent prescriptions to reduce this divide. They look at the critical holes in the existing regulatory framework for handling complex financial institutions, retirement savings, and credit default swaps. They offer ideas for new financial instruments designed to recapitalize banks without burdening taxpayers. To lower the risk that large banks will fail, the authors call for higher capital requirements as well as a systemic regulator who is part of the central bank. They collectively analyze where the financial system has failed, and how these weak points should be overhauled.

Combining an immense depth of academic, private sector, and public policy experience, The Squam Lake Report contains urgent recommendations that will positively influence everyone's financial well-being--all who care about the world's economic health need to pay attention.
Contract design is currently at the center of interest in venture capital research. The existing literature points out that German venture capital contracts differ significantly from Anglo-Saxon contracting practices in their choice of financial instruments and covenants. Contract comparisons have, however, so far neglected the complementary role covenants play in the allocation of entrepreneurial cash flow rights to the contracting parties. Against this background of diverse contract designs, this dissertation provides a first comprehensive analysis of cash flow Incentives implemented through financial instruments in combination with covenants in German venture capital contracts. The author begins with a contract-theoretical analysis of the cash flow effects Implemented by common contract designs. This is followed by an empirical study that presents new evidence on the contracting patterns used in the German venture capital market. Integrating theoretical and empirical findings, the author derives implications for an improved incentive-driven contract design In Germany. With its state-of-the-art analyses, the dissertation contributes extensively to the existing international theoretical and empirical literature on venture capital contracting. Furthermore, it provides significant value added for venture capitalists and portfolio companies operating in the German market. This dissertation makes a significant contribution to current venture capital research and will, without doubt, become widely accepted by and give impetus to venture capital researchers and practitioners alike. Professor Ulrich Hommel, Ph.D.
De Detroit à Lahore, la plupart des villes du monde sont confrontées à des difficultés financières, alors même qu’elles doivent assumer des responsabilités de plus en plus complexes. Le présent ouvrage, Finances municipales : manuel à l’usage des collectivités locales, prend parti — le parti des maires et des gestionnaires municipaux. Rares sont les publications consacrées à cette question qui ciblent de façon aussi directe et pragmatique les responsables de l’action publique et le personnel financier à l’échelon local. Le contenu et les principaux messages de ce manuel ont été conçus de manière à répondre aux questions et préoccupations auxquelles les villes et les municipalités sont quotidiennement confrontées dans le cadre de la gestion de leurs finances. Le manuel Finances municipales prend position. Les auteurs de ses huit chapitres examinent les enseignements observés dans divers domaines : relations entre administrations, finances des métropoles, gestion financière, gestion des recettes, des dépenses et du patrimoine public, financements extérieurs et évaluation de la performance des finances municipales. L’ouvrage traite de sujets allant de la decentralisation à la transparence et à l’obligation de rendre compte. Il explore aussi des domaines moins balisés tels que la gestion du patrimoine, la solvabilité, la réponse aux crises financières. Le manuel Finances municipales appelle a l’ action. En plus de partager avec le lecteur un savoir très pointu sur de nombreux sujets techniques, il guide les autorités locales dans le labyrinthe des instruments existants. L’outil d’auto-évaluation des finances municipales (MFSA), décrit au chapitre 8, devrait tout particulièrement aider les municipalités à évaluer leur situation et à progresser sur la voie des réformes.

Prof Bernard Lee talks about his latest title

Consider these phenomena:

Savers at surplus countries are often “penalized” by astronomical consumer prices, while spenders at debtor countries enjoy bargain basement prices;Silicon Valley continues to be the global leader in R&D and innovation despite chaos in public finance; andSurplus countries worry about holding potentially worthless IOUs issued by elected debtor governments.

In this book, Professor Lee has tried to better understand sovereign wealth management in the context of saver and debtor countries, by presenting a unified model that can explain these observed phenomena. His attempt is a clear departure from traditional theories, in which these observations would be considered aberrations from “standard assumptions”. Although no model is perfect, this new framework can be useful to explain why, for example, it will be bad economic news for all if saver countries use their public surpluses to hoard food and fuel.

This accessible book is built from a scholarly paper presented by Professor Lee at the venerable Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association.

Contents:Overview:Are SWFs Potential Causes for Concern?Research on SWF InvestingImplications to Global ImbalancesShould there be Structural Solutions prior to Launching Rescue Attempts?Can Sovereign Wealth Funds Save the Global Economy?Potential Policy ImplicationsSummaryPast Realities:Brief History of Sovereign Wealth ManagementFactors Impacting Investing BehaviorRisk and Performance AnalysisSummaryEvolving Roles:IntroductionAbstract Model of Global EconomyPotential Outcomes of Policy InterventionsImplications to SWF InvestingSummaryFuture Directions:Evolving Global Financial LandscapeThinking AheadInvestment Policy ImplicationsSummaryConclusions
Readership: Students, researchers and professionals interested in international finance, investments or money and banking.
Keywords:Sovereign Wealth Fund;Central Bank Reserves;Global Imbalance;Financial Crisis;Market Constraints for Mega-Sized InvestorsKey Features:Discussion is set in the context of practical not hypothetical investment considerationsFocuses on the past, present and future of sovereign wealth managementAnalyses were developed by partnering with real-life investors and allocatorsReviews:

“Students, researchers and professionals interested in international finance, investments or money and banking will find this highly useful.”

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C. B. TILANUS, EDITOR This book tries to strengthen the ties between, on the one hand, the business administration and accounting world and, on the other, the operational research and management science world. The readership for which it is intended consists ofthe following categories: managers and professionals in organizational departments of business administration, management science, automatic data processing, etc. ; management and operational research consultants; and students in academic departments of business administration, business economics, operational research, information systems, industrial engineering, etc. The book deals with the quantitative approach. to budgeting problems. Budgeting in this text is defined as the making of a financial, short-term plan for an organization. The budget is financial. Although volumes and prices play their part, the budget is finally expressed in terms of amounts of money thus allowing of the well-known two-way counting and balancing of double bookkeeping. (Whether items appear twice on the assets and liabili ties sides of balances, or are counted twice in the rows and columns of a matrix is immaterial. ) The budget is short-term. It is a detailed, quantitative plan of action in the near future. In this sense, budgeting is opposed to strategic planning which considers the course of action to be taken in the medium and long term. Strategic planning is of a more aggregative, qualita tive nature than is budgeting. The budget is a plan for an organization, and as such it is complete.
Although central banking is today often presented as having emerged in the nineteenth or even twentieth century, it has a long and colourful history before 1800, from which important lessons for today's debates can be drawn. While the core of central banking is the issuance of money of the highest possible quality, central banks have also varied considerably in terms of what form of money they issued (deposits or banknotes), what asset mix they held (precious metals, financial claims to the government, loans to private debtors), who owned them (the public, or private shareholders), and who benefitted from their power to provide emergency loans. Central Banking Before 1800: A Rehabilitation reviews 25 central banks that operated before 1800 to provide new insights into the financial system in early modern times. Central Banking Before 1800 rehabilitates pre-1800 central banking, including the role of numerous other institutions, on the European continent. It argues that issuing central bank money is a natural monopoly, and therefore central banks were always based on public charters regulating them and giving them a unique role in a sovereign territorial entity. Many early central banks were not only based on a public charter but were also publicly owned and managed, and had well defined policy objectives. Central Banking Before 1800 reviews these objectives and the financial operations to show that many of today's controversies around central banking date back to the period 1400-1800.
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