Found 438 article(s) for author 'Financial Services'

As Congress Rolls Back Banking Regulations, One Historian Urges Caution

As Congress Rolls Back Banking Regulations, One Historian Urges Caution. Nancy Koehn, May 29, 2018, Audio, “This month, Congress approved changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, a series of banking reforms passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to stabilize the nation’s economy.  The rollback is limited, applying only to midsize and regional banks. Restrictions on the country’s largest banks are still in place. However, Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn cautioned against deregulating the industries responsible for the 2008 crisis too quickly.Link

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Andrei Shleifer at the Ratio Institute

Andrei Shleifer at the Ratio Institute. Andrei Shleifer, May 28, 2018, Video, “Andrei Shleifer is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. On May 28th he gave a lecture in memory of Eli F. Heckscher at Stockholm School of Economics by invitation from EHFF and the Ratio Institute. In this Ratio dialogue with Ratio CEO Nils Karlson he discusses the Heckscher lecture 2018: ‘A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility’Link

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Do Founders Control Start-Up Firms that Go Public?

Do Founders Control Start-Up Firms that Go Public? Jesse Fried, May 2018, Paper, “Startup founders, who generally must cede control to obtain VC financing, are widely believed to regain control in the event of an IPO, à la Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Indeed, the premise that founders expect to be able to reacquire control if there is an IPO underlies the leading finance theory for why venture capital cannot thrive without a robust stock market. But little is known about how frequently founders regain control via IPO. Using a sample of over 18,000 VCbacked firms, we show that founders generally do not reacquire control via IPO. In almost 60% of firms that go public, the founder is no longer CEO at IPO.Link

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Pension Policy and the Financial System

Pension Policy and the Financial System. David Scharfstein, May 2018, Paper, “This paper examines the effect of pension policy on the structure of financial systems around the world. In particular, I explore the hypothesis that policies that promote pension savings also promote the development of capital markets. I present a model that endogenizes the extent to which savings are intermediated through banks or capital markets, and derive implications for corporate finance, household finance, banking, and the size of the financial sector. I then present a number of facts that are broadly consistent with the theory and examine a variety of alternative explanations of my findings.Link

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Trade Invoicing, Bank Funding, and Central Bank Reserve Holdings

Trade Invoicing, Bank Funding, and Central Bank Reserve Holdings. Gita Gopinath, Jeremy Stein, May 2018, Paper, “We develop a model that shows how the currency denomination of a country’s imports influences the funding structure of its banking system, and in turn, the currency composition of its central bank’s reserve holdings. The link between the dollar’s role in bank funding and its role as a central bank reserve currency is stronger when the country’s fiscal capacity is limited, and when exchange rates are volatile. In the data, there is a pronounced cross-country relationship between the fraction of imports that are dollar invoiced, and the fraction of central-bank foreign-exchange reserves that are held in dollars.Link

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Issuer Default Risk and Rating Agency Conflicts

Issuer Default Risk and Rating Agency Conflicts. Anywhere Sikochi, April 2018, Paper, “This study examines whether rating agencies assign more stringent and accurate rating adjustments for issuers with higher default risk and whether this leads to adjustments that are more relevant to financial markets. We expect that rating agencies will make more informative subjective adjustments to limit their reputational risk for issuers with a higher likelihood of default—an event that can reveal the quality of assigned ratings. For defaulting issuers, especially those with a higher pre-failure default risk, we find that adjustments grow more stringent and accurate in the months leading up to default and better predict lender default recovery rates.Link

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The boom in Puerto Rican debt has nothing to do with reality

The boom in Puerto Rican debt has nothing to do with reality. Lawrence Summers, April 17, 2018, Opinion, “Desmond Lachman, Brad Setser and Antonio Weiss have written a very strong analysis of the Puerto Rico situation. If ever there was a disconnect between underlying reality and what is happening in financial markets, it is the boom in Puerto Rican debt that has nearly doubled the value of some of its debt securities during the past few months.” Link

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Making Sense of Soft Information: Interpretation Bias and Loan Quality

Making Sense of Soft Information: Interpretation Bias and Loan Quality. Dennis Campbell, April 2018, Paper, “We explore whether behavioral biases impede the effective processing and interpretation of soft information in private lending. Taking advantage of the internal reporting system of a large federal credit union, we delineate three important biases likely to affect the lending process: (1) limited attention (or distraction), (2) task-specific human capital, and (3) common identity. Specifically, we find that using soft information in lending decisions leads to worse loan quality when loan officers are busy or before weekends and around national holidays; when loan officers had earlier sales experience; and when both officers and borrowers are men. Overall, we provide novel evidence of non-agency-related costs in the use of soft information in lending decisions.Link

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A Measure of Risk Appetite for the Macroeconomy

A Measure of Risk Appetite for the Macroeconomy. Emil Siriwardane, Adi Sunderam, March 2018, Paper, “We document a strong and robust positive relationship between the one-year real rate and the contemporaneous valuation of volatile stocks, which we contend measures the economy’s risk appetite. Our novel proxy for risk appetite explains 41% of the variation in the real rate since 1970, while the valuation of the aggregate stock market explains just 1%. In addition, the real rate forecasts returns on volatile stocks, confirming our interpretation that changes in risk appetite drive the real rate. Increases in our measure of risk appetite are followed by a boom in investment and output.Link

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