Found 490 article(s) in category 'Financial Services'

Index Funds and the Future of Corporate Governance: Theory, Evidence, and Policy

Index Funds and the Future of Corporate Governance: Theory, Evidence, and Policy. Lucian Bebchuk, November 28, 2018, Opinion, “Index funds own an increasingly large proportion of American public companies, currently more than one fifth and steadily growing. Understanding the stewardship decisions of index fund managers—how they monitor, vote, and engage with their portfolio companies—is critical for corporate law scholarship. In a study that we recently placed on SSRN—Index Funds and the Future of Corporate Governance: Theory, Evidence and Policy—we seek to contribute to such understanding by providing a comprehensive theoretical, empirical, and policy analysis of index fund stewardship.Link

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Uber Prepares to Go Public, and China’s Social Credit System

Uber Prepares to Go Public, and China’s Social Credit System. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, November 14, 2018, Audio, “Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee discuss how much Uber is worth as it prepares to go public, before debating China’s controversial Social Credit system. They also share their After Hours picks for the week.Link

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Short-Termism and Capital Flows

Short-Termism and Capital Flows. Jesse Fried, Charles Wang, November 2018, Paper, “During 2007-2016, S&P 500 firms distributed to shareholders $7 trillion via buybacks and dividends, over 96% of their aggregate net income, prompting claims that “short-termism” is impairing firms’ ability to invest and innovate. We show that, when taking into account both direct and indirect equity issuances, net shareholder payouts by all public firms during this period were only 41% of net income. And, in fact, during this decade investment increased substantially while cash balances ballooned. In short, S&P 500 shareholder-payout figures cannot provide much basis for the notion that short-termism has been depriving public firms of needed capital.Link

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Challenges Ahead

Challenges Ahead. Ricardo Hausmann, 2018, Book Chapter, “Sovereign debt ratios in advanced and emerging economies have grown to near record highs, while in low-income countries, debt levels have been gradually building since the debt relief of the early 2000s. As global monetary conditions tighten, the burden of debt will grow, and rollover risks will increase. And with a more fragmented creditor base, timely and orderly restructurings may become harder to achieve. This chapter will explore these challenges and consider which policies might enhance crisis prevention and strengthen crisis resolution. It will also consider the extent to which these objectives can be pursued by individual countries, and where multilateral action may be required to improve the international architecture.Link

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Harvard’s Rogoff Says Next Global Crisis to Come From China

Harvard’s Rogoff Says Next Global Crisis to Come From China. Kenneth Rogoff, September 12, 2018, Video, “Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff discusses the risks posed by emerging markets and warns that the next global crisis may potentially come from China. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg).Link

 

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Dodd-Frank regulations good and bad for financial system, Harvard director says

Dodd-Frank regulations good and bad for financial system, Harvard director says. Hal Scott, September 11, 2018, Video, “Hal Scott, director of the program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School, and Sebastian Mallaby, the Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss what triggered the financial crisis in 2008 and if we are safe from another.Link

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Crash Time

Crash Time. Kenneth Rogoff, September 7, 2018, Opinion, “A decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the global financial crisis, it is clear that many lessons have been learned, while many economic misconceptions remain embedded in the public consciousness. If economic history teaches us anything, it is to be mindful of our own limitations in a world of infinite uncertainties.Link

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What Next for the US Stock Market?

What Next for the US Stock Market? Martin Feldstein, August 28, 2018, Opinion, “August 22 marked the longest period of rising share prices in US history. But the stock market’s nine-year bull run won’t last much longer, as three factors drive up long-term interest rates, reducing the present value of future corporate profits and providing investors with an alternative to equities.Link

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