* The key types of pension scheme
* The role of pensions in maximizing individual lifetime welfare
* The role of pensions in individual savings and retirement decisions
* The role and consequences of the pension plan from the company's viewpoint
* The role of pensions in promoting aggregate savings
* The role of pensions and retirement in overlapping generations models
* The economics of ageing and intergenerational accounting
* The social welfare implications of pensions
* The lessons of behavioural economics for pensions
* the allocation of personal wealth to different asset classes
* corporate pension finance
* the financial aspects of defined contribution pension plans during both the accumulation and distribution phases
* the financial aspects of defined benefit pension plans
* the role of pension funds and pension fund management
* pension fund performance measurement and attribution
* risk management in pension funds
Options are great for novice and experienced investors, great for all investors who wish to expand their portfolios and make money in stock market.Learn profitable and powerful options trading strategies which will lower your risk and increase your profits in today's market.
This book contains the following topics that will guide you through the path of Options Trading Strategy.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Options
The Importance of Learning Options
The Difficult Side of Options
Chapter 2a: Advantages of Options Trading
Hedging and Speculation
The Good and the Bad Sides of Options Trading
Chapter 2b: Nature and Characteristics of Options
Options Trading Parties
What is Call Option?
What is Put Option?
The Variants of Option
Option Trade Transacting versus Closing Out
Option Pricing and How It is Done
Chapter 3: Important Options Terms to Remember
Chapter 4: Should I Buy Futures or Should I Buy Options?
Buying Futures, Buying Options
Buying Options: Short Term and Long Term
Puts and Call – Buy Them but Don’t Sell Them
How to Make Money when the Market is Falling
Buying Puts for Surefire Gains
Buying Calls to Profit From an Up Trend
How to Profit when Buying Calls from a Bottoming Out Market
Chapter 5: How to Trade F&Os in Several Market Conditions
What It Means When You Buy in Wild Swings
Buying When Risk Aversion is High
Playing the Bull Market
How to Play in the Bear Market
Direction less Markets
Playing Range Bound Markets
Playing Intra day Moves
Being a Compulsive Trader
Trading a Falling Market Caused by Crazy Valuations
Trading a Falling Market Caused by Negative News
Trading a Rising Market Caused by Increasing Interest
Selling Puts Amidst High Tendency of Risk Aversion
Trading Accumulation and Distribution
Chapter 6: Understanding the Golden Rules of F&O Trading
Start by Having a Plan
Each Single Stock is Not a Trade
Don’t Buy a Mercedes if What You Can Afford is a Motorcycle!
Set Your Trades to a Maximum Limit of Three at Any Single Time
Don’t Trade Stocks That Have No Heavy Liquidity
Trade According to the Trend
The Value of Timing
Trade the Body and not the Head of the Price Move
Always Keep Track Of Your Emotions
Learn the Value of Being Consistent and Disciplined
Reality as Opposed to One’s Belief
A Trade is Born out of Positive Expectation that is Backed by a Positive Trend
Bread and Butter Money must be for Bread and Butter Alone
Be Contrarian in Your Thinking and Not When You Go Trading
Be Patient When You Find a Trade But Not When You Cut Losses
Emotions versus F&O Trading
The Value of Moderation in F&O Trading
Having a Profit Then Going Out With a Loss
When You Average a Loss in a Futures Position, You Are Simply Burning Money!
Avoid Watching TV!
The Unique Personality of Stock Futures and Options
Getting Different Results Mean Doing Things Differently
Buy Options in Low Cost/Premium
Buy Options When a Stock, a Sector or the Market is Trending Very Strongly
The Reality after Waking up from a Dream
Open Interest – How Real Can It Be
Understanding if the Option Price is Right
So What is the Real Deal on Options
Understanding How Options Really Work
Calls and Puts
Long and Short
European and American Options
Futures or Options?
This outstanding reference has already taught thousands of traders the concepts of technical analysis and their application in the futures and stock markets. Covering the latest developments in computer technology, technical tools, and indicators, the second edition features new material on candlestick charting, intermarket relationships, stocks and stock rotation, plus state-of-the-art examples and figures. From how to read charts to understanding indicators and the crucial role technical analysis plays in investing, readers gain a thorough and accessible overview of the field of technical analysis, with a special emphasis on futures markets. Revised and expanded for the demands of today's financial world, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in tracking and analyzing market behavior.
This book contains the following topics that will guide you through the path of Technical Analysis Of Stock Market.
Table of Contents
A Good Trader
Traders vs. Investors
Types of Traders
Traders Type (Time basis).
Position Traders –
What is a Trend?
What are types of Trends?
Advantages of Trend Trading:
What is Swing Trading?
How does Swing Trading work?
What are the advantages of Swing Trading?
The How, When and What of a Trade
What Kind of a Trader Are You?
How to Trade Like a Master
Trading Only High Probability Opportunities
Find a Shoe That Fits Your Size.
Timing the Markets.
Your Trade Should Fit the Type of Stock You are Trading
Supply Choke or 'Punting' Markets
How Many Open Trades at a Time?
Risk Control: How to Stop Losses and Protect Your Gains
Why Some Traders Don't Use Stop Losses
Trailing Stop Loss
Stop Losses for Volatile Stocks
Using Stop Losses to Protect Your Profits
Stop Losses When Markets Open with Gaps
Stop Losses When a Stock is Being Manipulated
The Art Of Reading Charts
Overbought/ Oversold Overload
Gaps in Candlestick Charts
Weekly Charts-- For a Longer Trading Position
Using Hourly Charts 41
Be With the Stock On the 'West Side' and Let it Go On the 'East Side'.
Never Fight the Market
Don't Trade When You Don't Have Any Edge
Trading Pitfalls-- and How to Avoid Them
How much should you trade?
Buy High, Sell Higher
Going for the Jugular Trade
Trade With What You Can Afford to Lose
When Day Trading, Be a Fruit Vendor.
Winning the Game of Odds
Secrets of Open Interest
Riding the Longer Cycle
Channel Trading Systems
Improving Your Odds
Trading the Different Types of Rallies
Short Covering Rally
Long Term Rally
The Successful Trader's Psychology
Trading Replicates the Behaviour of Fish
Stop Blaming Others
Don't Have Preconceived Notions About the Market's Direction
Reading the Mind of Others Who are Trading Your Stocks
Beware the Trading Minefields
Trading Secrets from the Masters
A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.
Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don’t know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the “impossible.”
For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know, and this second edition features a new philosophical and empirical essay, “On Robustness and Fragility,” which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.
Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications, The Black Swan will change the way you look at the world. Taleb is a vastly entertaining writer, with wit, irreverence, and unusual stories to tell. He has a polymathic command of subjects ranging from cognitive science to business to probability theory. The Black Swan is a landmark book—itself a black swan.
Praise for Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“The most prophetic voice of all.”—GQ
Praise for The Black Swan
“[A book] that altered modern thinking.”—The Times (London)
“A masterpiece.”—Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired, author of The Long Tail
“Idiosyncratically brilliant.”—Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times
“The Black Swan changed my view of how the world works.”—Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate
“[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne. . . . We eagerly romp with him through the follies of confirmation bias [and] narrative fallacy.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Hugely enjoyable—compelling . . . easy to dip into.”—Financial Times
“Engaging . . . The Black Swan has appealing cheek and admirable ambition.”—The New York Times Book Review
From the Hardcover edition.
Daryl R. Conner, founder and chairman of the consulting firm Conner Partners, is a leading expert on change management. He has served as “change doctor” for clients that include non-profit enterprises, government agencies and administrations, and Fortune 500 companies in an array of industries such as Abbott Laboratories, PepsiCo, American Express, Catholic Healthcare West, JPMorgan Chase, and the U.S. Navy.
Based on Conner’s long-term research and his decades of consulting experience, Managing at the Speed of Change uses simple, easy-to-understand language and elegant visuals to explore the dynamics of change, and in doing so, teaches readers
• why major change is difficult to assimilate
• what distinguishes resilient individuals from those who suffer future shock
• how and why resistance forms
• how people become committed to change
• why organizational culture is so important to the success of change
• the roles most central to change in organizational settings
• why powerful teamwork is at the heart of achieving change objectives, and how to foster it
In this pioneering book, updated for the twenty-first century, Conner demonstrates how both individuals and organizations can develop the capacity not only to endure change but to thrive on it.
From the Hardcover edition.
Whatever happened to growth? In Revenue Management, Robert G. Cross answers this question with his ground-breaking approach to revitalizing businesses: focusing on the revenue side of the ledger instead of the cost side. The antithesis of slash-and-burn methods that left companies with empty profits and dissatisfied stockholders, Revenue Management overturns conventional thinking on marketing strategies and offers the key to initiating and sustaining growth.
Using case studies from a variety of industries, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations, Cross describes no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech methods that managers can use to increase revenue without increasing products or promotions; predict consumer behavior; tap into new markets; and deliver products and services to customers effectively and efficiently. His proven tactics will help any business dramatically improve its bottom line by meeting the challenge of matching supply with demand.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Do you want to get a job in the asset management industry, analyzing
stocks or managing portfolios? It is a highly competitive process, with
hundreds of university graduates, MBA students, and others trying to get
into the industry every year, but not many available positions.
How do you go about convincing a company to give you a job? What will
the interviews by like and how should you prepare? Should you apply for
sell-side research roles as well as buy-side ones? What are the real
differences between the buy and sell side?
This book, written by an experienced equity research analyst, will
answer these questions and more.
It will guide you every step along the way, from choosing which
companies to target, to mastering the specialized interview process, so
that you can stand out from the pack. It includes:
An overview of the asset management industry, also known as the "buy
Description of the role of the equity research analyst, including a
comparison of the buy side and sell side jobs.
Tips on preparing a great resume and cover letter.
Details about all the most common interview types you are likely to
encounter, and how best to prepare for them.
Advice on how to be successful once you start your career as an equity
John Donahue and Richard Zeckhauser show how the public sector can harness private expertise to bolster productivity, capture information, and augment resources. The authors explain how private engagement in public missions--rightly structured and skillfully managed--is not so much an alternative to government as the way smart government ought to operate. The key is to carefully and strategically grant discretion to private entities, whether for-profit or nonprofit, in ways that simultaneously motivate and empower them to create public value. Drawing on a host of real-world examples-including charter schools, job training, and the resurrection of New York's Central Park--they show how, when, and why collaboration works, and also under what circumstances it doesn't.
Collaborative Governance reveals how the collaborative approach can be used to tap the resourcefulness and entrepreneurship of the private sector, and improvise fresh, flexible solutions to today's most pressing public challenges.
On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell Op-Ed in the New York Times titled "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs." The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society -- and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago. Smith now picks up where his Op-Ed left off.
His story begins in the summer of 2000, when an idealistic 21-year-old arrives as an intern at Goldman Sachs and learns about the firm's Business Principle #1: Our clients' interests always come first. This remains Smith's mantra as he rises from intern to analyst to sales trader, with clients controlling assets of more than a trillion dollars.
From the shenanigans of his summer internship during the technology bubble to Las Vegas hot tubs and the excesses of the real estate boom; from the career lifeline he received from an NFL Hall of Famer during the bear market to the day Warren Buffett came to save Goldman Sachs from extinction-Smith will take the reader on his personal journey through the firm, and bring us inside the world's most powerful bank.
Smith describes in page-turning detail how the most storied investment bank on Wall Street went from taking iconic companies like Ford, Sears, and Microsoft public to becoming a "vampire squid" that referred to its clients as "muppets" and paid the government a record half-billion dollars to settle SEC charges. He shows the evolution of Wall Street into an industry riddled with conflicts of interest and a profit-at-all-costs mentality: a perfectly rigged game at the expense of the economy and the society at large.
After conversations with nine Goldman Sachs partners over a twelve-month period proved fruitless, Smith came to believe that the only way the system would ever change was for an insider to finally speak out publicly. He walked away from his career and took matters into his own hands. This is his story.
Jeremy Hope says it’s time to redefine the role of CFOs in today’s organizations, liberating them from ineffective number-crunching responsibilities and enabling them to focus on helping managers improve performance. Grounded in extensive research, Reinventing the CFO outlines seven critical roles—from streamlining redundant processes to regulating risk to identifying a few key measures—that CFOs must take on in order to successfully transform the finance operation.
Challenging many of the finance field’s accepted practices and systems, this bold book revolutionizes the role of financial managers and frees them to make smart, ethical, strategic decisions that add real value to the firm.
Signed by President Obama on April 5, 2012, Title IV of the JOBS Act amends the 1930s-era Regulation A, making it far easier for businesses to raise growth capital through public offerings. It is, in effect, a new type of IPO but with much less regulation and cost.
Regulation A+: How the JOBS Act Creates Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Investors spells out new processes that can and will have a dramatic impact on how companies obtain growth capital to create new jobs and bolster returns for investors. Some financial gurus believe that the new law, dubbed Regulation A+ due to the enhancements, will usher in a revolutionary period of growth and innovation comparable to our largest past economic expansions.
To date, much of the commentary on the JOBS Act has focused on Title III, which allows broader use of crowdfunding to raise up to $1 million per year. However, many entrepreneurs and economists believe that new changes to Regulation A will have a much greater impact on innovation and job creation. The best part? Regulation A+ lifts many constraints on soliciting funds and trading new stock issues. Among other things, readers of this book will learn how to take advantage of these provisions:Regulation A+ permits companies to raise up to $50 million, a tenfold increase over the old limit of $5 million, and much more than the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act ($1 million). Regulation A+ allows companies to market IPOs to more people than just accredited investors and makes it easier to get the word out on offerings. Regulation A+ allows certain companies to avoid the SEC periodic reporting regimen (Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, Form 8-K, and proxy statements), provided that the number of shareholders is kept below revised thresholds. Regulation A+ exempts certain companies from many onerous and costly compliance requirements, including Sarbanes-Oxley.
In short, Regulation A+ greatly simplifies the capital-raising process, making it easier to grow companies, create jobs, and reward investors.
By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.
The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects—modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.
Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized.
With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.
“Taleb’s crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems.”—Financial Times
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In Life Inc, award-winning writer Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from being convenient legal fictions to being the dominant fact of contemporary life. The resulting ideology, corporatism, has infiltrated all aspects of civics, commerce, and culture—from the founding of the first chartered monopoly to the branding of the self, from the invention of central currency to the privatization of banking, from the Victorian Great Exhibition to the solipsism of Facebook. Life Inc explains why we see our homes as investments rather than places to live, our 401(k) plans as the ultimate measure of success, and the Internet as just another place to do business. Most important, Rushkoff illuminates both how we’ve become disconnected from our world and how we can reconnect to our towns, to the value we can create, and, mostly, to one another. As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc shows us how to build a real and human-scaled society to take its place.
David E. Vance, C.P.A., is an instructor in the M.B.A. program at Rutgers University School of Business and director of executive development for the Rohrer Center for Management and Entrepreneurship.
Project Finance aims to provide:
*Overview of project finance
*Understanding of the key risks involved in project finance and techniques for mitigating risk
*Techniques for effective evaluation of project finance from both a financial and credit perspective
The author differentiates between recourse and non-recourse funding, tackles the issues of feasibility, identifies the parties normally involved with project finance plans, and details techniques for realistic cash flow preparation.
*Inspired by basic entry level training courses that have been developed by major international banks worldwide
*Will enable students, and those already in the finance profession, to gain an understanding of the basic information and principles of project finance
*Includes questions with answers, study topics, practical 'real world' examples and an extensive bibliography
Every three months, 14,000 publicly traded companies report sales and profits to their shareholders. Nothing is more important in these quarterly announcements than earnings per share, the lodestar that investors—and these days, that’s most of us—use to judge the health of corporate America. earnings per share is the number for which all other numbers are sacrificed. It is the distilled truth of a company’s health.
Too bad it’s often a lie.
The Number provides a comprehensive overview of how Wall Street and corporate America lost their way during the great bull market that began in 1982. With fresh insight, wit, and a broad historical perspective, Berenson puts the accounting fraud of the past three years in context, describing how decades of lax standards and shady practices contributed to our current economic troubles.
As the bull market turned into a bubble, Wall Street became utterly focused on “the number,” companies’ quarterly earnings. Along the way, the market lost track of what companies are really supposed to do—build profitable businesses with sustainable futures. With their pay soaring, and increasingly tied to their companies’ shares, executives were more than happy to give Wall Street the predictable earnings reports it wanted, what-ever the reality of their businesses. Accountants, analysts, money managers, and individual investors played along, while the Securities and Exchange Commission found itself overwhelmed and underequipped to cope with the earnings game.
The Number offers a unified vision of how today’s accounting scandals reflect a broader system failure. As long as investors remain too focused on the number, companies will find ways to manipulate it. Alex Berenson gives anyone who has ever invested in—or worked for—a public company the tools necessary to see beyond the cult of the number, understand accounting and its limits, and recognize patterns that can lead to fraud. After two decades of stock market hype, The Number offers a welcome dose of truth about the way Wall Street and corporate America really work.
From the Hardcover edition.
All the steps are fully explained with screenshots from a case model which can be downloaded online and used to practice as you work through the manual. The manual contains additional chapters focussing on circularity in models and how to troubleshoot related problems. The manual also includes a guide on to how to thoroughly check a model for errors and how to resolve them, and an introduction to the key Excel keyboard shortcuts and functions that will ensure fast, accurate modelling.
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In this thoroughly revised edition, he broadens his perspective to consider all companies that resist easy valuation, highlighting specific types of hard-to-value firms, including commodity firms, cyclical companies, financial services firms, organizations dependent on intangible assets, and global firms operating diverse businesses. He covers the entire corporate lifecycle, from “idea” and “nascent growth” companies to those in decline and distress, and offers specific guidance for valuing technology, human capital, commodity, and cyclical firms.
New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, home to the US. Over 40 percent of the book is new, including chapters identifying today's EHMs and a detailed chronology extensively documenting EHM activity since the first edition was published in 2004.
Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else—to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it.
Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can't maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools—false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power—are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago.
The material in this new section ranges from the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and, in perhaps the most unexpected and sinister development, the United States, where the new EHMs—bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others—“con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”
But as dark as the story gets, this reformed EHM also provides hope. Perkins offers a detailed list of specific actions each of us can take to transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all.
This text aims at educating the students the fundamentals of Corporate Finance, and explains how various theories can be applied for efficient decision making for the financial managers.
The book is conceptualized on practical approach, and explores various topics in an easy and step-by-step approach, backed by numerous examples, self-test exercises and India-centric cases.
The complex financial concepts related to capital structure, risk and return analysis, valuation of financial securities, market efficiency and portfolio management have been explained in a reader-friendly manner to provide a unique learning experience.
The book is intended for the postgraduate students of Management, and practising financial managers.
• The chapters are backed by strong practical experience of in-depth financial analysis of Companies.
• Supplemented with real-life examples and scenarios in a concise and comprehensive presentation.
• India-centric cases to create an interactive class room environment.
• Topics for further research have been included on each major topic as ‘Researchable Issues’.
• Each chapter contains side-boxes to highlight the important points for quick revision.
• Each chapter is incorporated with Review Questions, Practice Exercises and Self-Test Questions to add analytical approach to the subject.
• Revision set and PPT slides provided as web support.
• Solutions Manual for instructors, available on request.
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Tony in his straight-forward, jargon free style provides the investor and business owner with a simple guide to protecting assets, reducing tax and keeping wealth in the family for future generations.
Inside you’ll discover how to:
1. Protect assets that have been accumulated in your personal name.
2. Ensure that your wealth is passed securely to your descendants and is not diluted by in-laws who marry into the family.
3. Ensure your wealth is controlled (even after you have passed away) according to your wishes, so that it is not squandered by irresponsible, extravagant heirs.
4. Place assets into a Trust that will not end in 80 years, but one that continues forever.
5. Ensure that once all structures, wills and protections are in place, they are updated and remain compliant with any changes in the law and in your personal circumstances.
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The authors believe that students who understand the intuition underlying the basic concepts of finance are better able to develop the critical judgments necessary to apply financial tools in real-world, decision-making situations. Their text develops intuitive thinking while simultaneously helping students develop problem solving and computational skills. It then shows students how to apply intuition and analytical skills to decision making, while integrating it all with valuation and building shareholder value.
Fresh from writing thelondonpaper's City Girl column, Suzana S. gives us the inside track on life in the financial capital of the world. This is her story. Confessions of a City Girl tells us what really went wrong - and explains why girls are the only ones who can put it right.
The trade mark 'City Girl' is used under licence from NI Free Newspapers Limited.
But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned book, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places.
Using tools ranging from animal experiments to supercomputer simulations, an ambitious new breed of economist is trying to unlock the secrets of society. The Logic of Life is the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of this new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy.
The Logic of Life presents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people: the athlete who survived a shocking murder attempt, the computer geek who beat the hard-bitten poker pros, the economist who defied Henry Kissinger and faked an invasion of Berlin, the king who tried to buy off a revolution.
Once you’ve read this quotable and addictive book, life will never look the same again.
From the Hardcover edition.
Alternative Investments: CAIA Level I, 3rd Edition is the curriculum book for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Level I professional examination. Covering the fundamentals of the alternative investment space, this book helps you build a foundation in alternative investment markets. You'll look closely at the different types of hedge fund strategies and the range of statistics used to define investment performance as you gain a deep familiarity with alternative investment terms and develop the computational ability to solve investment problems. From strategy characteristics to portfolio management strategies, this book contains the core material you will need to succeed on the CAIA Level I exam. This updated third edition tracks to the latest version of the exam, and is accompanied by the following ancillaries: a workbook, study guide, learning objectives, and an ethics handbook.
Most investment analyst education programs focus primarily on the traditional asset classes, pushing alternative investments to the sidelines. The CAIA designation was developed in response to the tremendous growth of alternative investing, and is the industry's premier educational standard. This book is your official study companion, bringing you fully up to speed on everything you need to know (with the exception of the ethics material covered in a separate handbook).Understand the complexities of each alternative asset class Learn the quantitative techniques professionals use every day Dig into the unique aspects of alternative investments Master the core material covered by the CAIA Level I exam
More than 300 financial institutions and hedge funds have committed key executives to the CAIA exam, and this rapidly growing trend speaks to the designation's rising status as a must-have credential for anyone in the alternative investment sphere. Increase your chances of success by getting your information straight from the source in CAIA Level I.
This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy. With unprecedented access, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia takes us from factory floors to small-town dealerships to Detroit’s boardrooms to the White House. Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit’s self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves did? Complete with a new Afterword providing fresh insights into the continuing upheaval in the auto industry—the travails of Toyota, the revolving-door management and IPO at General Motors, the unexpected progress at Chrysler, and the Obama administration’s stake in Detroit’s recovery—Crash Course addresses a critical question: America bailed out GM, but who will bail out America?
"In a world of increasing financial complexity and shorter time frames in which to assess the wealth or dearth of information, this book provides an invaluable and easily accessible guide of critical building blocks of credit analysis to all credit professionals."
--Apea Koranteng, Global Head, Structured Capital Markets, ABN AMRO
"The authors do a fine job of combining latest credit risk management theory and techniques with real-life examples and practical application. Whether a seasoned credit expert or a new student of credit, this is a must read book . . . a critical part of anyone's risk management library."
--Mark T. Williams, Boston University, Finance and Economics Department
"At a time when credit risk is managed in a way more and more akin to market risk, Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis provides well-needed support, not only for credit analysts but also for practitioners, portfolio managers, CDO originators, and others who need to keep track of the creditworthiness of their fixed-income investments."
--Alain Canac, Chief Risk Officer, CDC IXIS
Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis provides professionals with the knowledge they need to systematically determine the operating and financial strength of a specific borrower, understand credit risks inherent in a wide range of corporate debt instruments, and then rank the default risk of that borrower. Focusing on fundamental credit risk, cash flow modeling, debt structure analysis, and other important issues, and including separate chapters on country risks, industry risks, business risks, financial risks, and management, it guides the reader through every step of traditional fundamental credit analysis.
In a dynamic corporate environment, credit analysts cannot rely solely on financial statistical analysis, credit prediction models, or bond and stock price movements. Instead, a corporate credit analysis must supply loan providers and investors with more information and detail than ever before. On top of its traditional objective of assessing a firm's capacity and willingness to pay its financial obligations in a timely manner, a worthy credit analysis is now expected to assess recovery prospects of specific financial obligations should a firm become insolvent.
Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis provides practitioners with the knowledge and tools they need to address these changing requirements. Drawing on the unmatched global resources and capabilities of Standard & Poor's, this valuable book organizes its guidelines into three distinct components:Part I: Corporate Credit Risk helps analysts identify all the essential risks related to a particular firm, and measure the firm through both a financial forecast and benchmarking with peers Part II: Credit Risk of Debt Instruments explains the impact of debt instruments and debt structures on a firm's recovery prospects should it become insolvent Part III: Measuring Credit Risk presents a scoring system to assess the capacity and willingness of a firm to repay its debt in a timely fashion and to evaluate recovery prospects in the event of financial distress
In addition, a fourth component--Cases in Credit Analysis--examines seven real-life studies to provide examples of the book's theory and procedures in practice. Senior Standard & Poor's analysts explore diverse cases ranging from North and South America to Europe and the Pacific Rim, on topics covering mergers (AT&T-Comcast, MGM-Mirage, Kellogg-Keebler), foreign ownership in a merger (Air New Zealand-Ansett-Singapore Airlines), sovereign issues (Repsol-YPF), peer comparisons (U.S. forestry), and recovery analysis (Yell LBO). Industry "Keys to Success" are identified and analyzed in each case, along with an explanation on how to interpret performance and come to a credit decision.
While it is still true that ultimate credit decisions are highly subjective in nature, methodologies and thought processes can be repeatable from case to case. Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis provides analysts with the knowledge and tools they need to systematically analyze a company, identify and analyze the most important factors in determining its creditworthiness, and ensure that more "science" than "art" is used in making the final credit decision.
Independent United States Senator Bernie Sanders—with a thirty-five-year career in public service, first as Burlington, Vermont’s mayor, then as Vermont’s sole representative to Congress, and currently as a United States senator—is now campaigning to become president of the United States. His goal is to build a movement to take back our country from the rich and powerful, and return it to its rightful owners—we, the American people.
Sanders’ common sense, populist message is resonating with Democrats, Republicans, independents, as well as ordinary working- and middle-class Americans from all walks of life, including millennials, seniors, veterans, immigrants, environmentalists, union workers, and more.
In this short, accessible book, author Jonathan Tasini draws heavily from Sanders’ ample public record of speeches, statements, and interviews, and couples his working-class spirit with specific legislation he has championed on a number of core proposals that comprise a broader people’s agenda for America, including:A national, single-payer health care system; Free public higher education; Taking on wealth and income inequality; Preserving Social Security; Caring for our veterans; Ensuring civil rights for all; Combatting climate change; Reforming Wall Street, and much more.
The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is a must-read for anyone who shares a vision for a forward-looking, sustainable, and more just United States of America, and is eager to change the course of history.
But, at the same time, some traditional sporting organizations have sought with some success, to chart a middle way, retaining traditional sporting movement objectives whilst also embracing a form of commercialism. The Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland, the supporter-owned FC Barcelona football club, and New Zealand rugby union, offer illustrative examples of such strategies examined in detail. This book explores the background to this clash of commercial and traditional sporting objectives, and debates the consequences for wider sports governance.
This book was published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.
You’re about to discover essential strategies and tips on how to become successful on Amazon. A lot of people want to have the freedom of working for themselves. Thanks to Amazon anyone with a computer has the opportunity to make thousands and even millions from the comfort of their own home. Provided in this book is a proven step by step process on how to get your online business started. Also provided in this book are proven strategies and steps on how to grow your business make huge profits right away!
This book contains the following topics that will guide you through the path of FBA Amazon Selling Private Label : How To Make Money With Amazon FBA
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: FBA = Fulfillment By Amazon
What Is "Fulfillment By Amazon"?
Advantages of Using FBA:
What's the Catch? Understanding the FBA Fee Structure
Chapter 2: What Should You Sell on Amazon.com?
What Should You Sell on Amazon.com in the start?
How Much Are Your Media Items Worth?
What Can You Do With Items That Won't Sell Well on Amazon?
Chapter 3: The Essentials Steps To Selling Your Products
Step 1: Choosing Your Niche
Step 2: Preselling Your Product
Step 3: Sourcing Your Products.
Step 4: Launching Your Product.
Chapter 4: Listing Your Books (and Other Media) on Amazon.com
Creating Your Seller Account
Listing & Pricing Your Merchandise
Four Specific Examples of Book Pricing
Chapter 5: Beyond the Books Building a Company with FBA
Update Your Account
Expert Account Extra Features
Becoming a Better Bookseller.
Devices to Make Bookselling Easy.
Sales Rank - Is It Important?
Sourcing Non-Media Inventory.
Use FBA Across the Web
Chapter 6: What You Need To Know About Private Labeling
What is Private Labeling?
The Benefits of Private Labeling
Chapter 7: Shipping Your Merchandise to Amazon
Cleaning Your Inventory
Packing Your Merchandise
How to Create an FBA Shipment
Chapter 8: Growing Your Company
What To Do After Your First Product Launch
Growing Your Profits and Product Line.
Automating Your Amazon Business.
This book explains how CFOs earned their privileged status, and what the future may hold for them. It describes their ever-expanding role, and how they are reshaping their departments to help them deal with that transformation. Insights from current and former CFOs provide a first-hand perspective on finance leaders' aspirations and doubts. It is a useful reference for finance chiefs seeking to learn from peers and benchmark their own performance; for those looking to build a career in the C-Suite; for managers seeking to improve their relationship with the finance department; for service providers—banks, accountancies and consulting firms—and anyone else who wants to get on the good side of the keeper of the corporate checkbook.
In this book, you’ll learn how financial planning works. You’ll learn to take stock of your current financial situation, set goals and a course of action, and then evaluating those strategies. This book will teach you how to put your financial plan into action, and then review and revise that plan as necessary. This step-by-step guide will prepare you for any future financial planning as well.
This book contains the following topics that will guide you through the path of Financial Planning And Analysis.
Table of Contents
What Is Financial Planning?
The Need for Financial Planning.
Who Is A Financial Planner?
Remuneration Of Financial Planners
Who Needs Financial Planning Advice?
Who Is A Successful Financial Planner?
Comprehensive Financial Planning-- A Six-Step Process
Why Companies Issue Equity Share?
Risks Associated With Equity Investing:
Checking Your Equity Investment 39
Tax Impact On Your Equity Investment Returns.
Insights On Gold Investing
Why Gold Should Form Part Of Your Investment Portfolio
SECURITY AGAINST GLOBAL UPHEAVALS:
SIMPLE TO STORE:
HEDGE AGAINST INFLATION:
Ways of Investing In Gold
Different Forms Of Gold Investing – A Comparison.
Tax On Gold Investing:
Gold Is A 'Capital Asset':
Capital Gains Tax On Physical Gold
Wide range Tax On Physical Gold:
Tax obligation Applicable On Gold Futures Contracts.
Tax Applicable On Gold Etfs:
Misconceptions About Gold.
MISCONCEPTION: Investment In Stock Is Better Than Gold.
Misconception: Gold Is A Risky Investment.
Misconception: If Your Jeweller Is Willing To Buy Back The Gold You Purchase From.
Misconception: It Is Safer To Buy Branded Jewellery Than To Buy Jewellery From.
Plan Your Life Insurance
Paid up policy
2. Cleaning Your Life Insurance Portfolio
Plan Your Health Insurance
Compensation Based Policies Vs. Lump Sum Benefit Plans
Individual Vs. Family Floater Health Insurance Policies.
When To Buy Health Insurance—When Healthy Vs. When Unhealthy
Health Insurance Protects Your Wealth.
It 'S A Long-Term Product, Not Short-Term
What Is The Waiting Period?
Tax Benefits Of Health Insurance.
5 Things To Look For In A Health Insurance Policy
1. Go For A Basic Policy
2. Maximum Renewal Age.
3. Consider Sub Limits And Caps.
4. Optimum Cover.
5. Insurer Credibility.
Good Websites To Check And Compare Health Insurance
Plan Your Emergency Fund
Peace Of Mind
How Much To Keep Aside
Where To Invest?
1. Savings Bank Account
2. Liquid Funds
3. Online Fixed Deposits
4. Credit Card
What Is Retirement Planning?
What Is The Need For Retirement Planning?
Rising Cost Of Medical Services
Failure Of Joint Family System
Rise In Longevity
Why The Need For Retirement Planning Is Increasing
Who Needs Retirement Planning Advice?
Role Of Financial Planners In Making Efficient Retirement Plans
Exactly how Are Financial Planning And Retirement Planning Interrelated?
Exactly how Can My Retirement End up being Tax obligation Reliable?
Step 1: Start Early And Retire Peacefully.
Step 2: Have A Concrete Plan
Step 3: Consult A Financial Planner/Financial Advisor
Step 4: Monitor The Investments And Review The Plan:………………………………………………………………………..
Step 5: Do Not Dip Into Your Retirement Savings
At a time when investor confidence in Wall Street and corporate America is at an historic low, when many are seriously questioning whether or not they should continue to invest, Levitt offers the benefits of his own experience, both on Wall Street and as its chief regulator. His straight talk about the ways of stockbrokers (they are salesmen, plain and simple), corporate financial statements (the truth is often hidden), mutual fund managers (remember who they really work for), and other aspects of the business will help to arm everyone with the tools they need to protect—and enhance—their financial future.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Here, one of the world's leading economists offers a lucid, unified, and comprehensive introduction to modern corporate finance theory. Jean Tirole builds his landmark book around a single model, using an incentive or contract theory approach. Filling a major gap in the field, The Theory of Corporate Finance is an indispensable resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate students as well as researchers of corporate finance, industrial organization, political economy, development, and macroeconomics.
Tirole conveys the organizing principles that structure the analysis of today's key management and public policy issues, such as the reform of corporate governance and auditing; the role of private equity, financial markets, and takeovers; the efficient determination of leverage, dividends, liquidity, and risk management; and the design of managerial incentive packages. He weaves empirical studies into the book's theoretical analysis. And he places the corporation in its broader environment, both microeconomic and macroeconomic, and examines the two-way interaction between the corporate environment and institutions.
Setting a new milestone in the field, The Theory of Corporate Finance will be the authoritative text for years to come.
The bestselling author of Investment Biker is back from the ultimate road trip: a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness record for the longest continuous car journey. In Adventure Capitalist, legendary investor Jim Rogers, dubbed “the Indiana Jones of finance” by Time magazine, proves that the best way to profit from the global situation is to see the world mile by mile. “While I have never patronized a prostitute,” he writes, “I know that one can learn more about a country from speaking to the madam of a brothel or a black marketeer than from meeting a foreign minister.”
Behind the wheel of a sunburst-yellow, custom-built convertible Mercedes, Rogers and his fiancée, Paige Parker, began their “Millennium Adventure” on January 1, 1999, from Iceland. They traveled through 116 countries, including many where most have rarely ventured, such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Angola, Sudan, Congo, Colombia, and East Timor. They drove through war zones, deserts, jungles, epidemics, and blizzards. They had many narrow escapes.
They camped with nomads and camels in the western Sahara. They ate silkworms, iguanas, snakes, termites, guinea pigs, porcupines, crocodiles, and grasshoppers.
Best of all, they saw the real world from the ground up—the only vantage point from which it can be truly understood—economically, politically, and socially.
Here are just a few of the author’s conclusions:
• The new commodity bull market has started.
• The twenty-first century will belong to China.
• There is a dramatic shortage of women developing in Asia.
• Pakistan is on the verge of disintegrating.
• India, like many other large nations, will break into several countries.
• The Euro is doomed to fail.
• There are fortunes to be made in Angola.
• Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are a scam.
• Bolivia is a comer after decades of instability, thanks to gigantic amounts of natural gas.
Adventure Capitalist is the most opinionated, sprawling, adventurous journey you’re likely to take within the pages of a book—the perfect read for armchair adventurers, global investors, car enthusiasts, and anyone interested in seeing the world and understanding it as it really is.