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29 Sep 2010
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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act : A real improvement or just another new law?

Essay - 9 pages - Finance

At the end of the year 2001, and during the year 2002, many financial scandals broke out and shook the confidence that had been placed in our global economy and the reliability of companies listed on the Stock Exchange such as Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Qwest, and Xerox. These scandals are not just...

14 Sep 2010
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Car insurance-Why do we need one

Essay - 2 pages - Finance

Car Insurance is a very critical aspect as it is a mandatory document for most states in the US. One may argue that one does not require a car policy. However, it is definitely a wise idea to purchase a comprehensive car insurance policy that covers you from theft and damage although you are a...

05 Apr 2010
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Firm characteristics and stock return

Essay - 5 pages - Finance

“What determines stock returns?” Although the answer to this question has been much sought by researchers and investors, most studies to date are empirical in nature and provide a very limited view of the problem. The general findings are that certain firm characteristics do have an...

12 May 2009
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The sub-prime loans crisis and the recent turbulences in the credit markets (2008)

Essay - 6 pages - Finance

The Russian economist Kondratiev has shown, in his theory of the cycles that in the economical life periods of economical recession followed periods of growth, and then followed by another period of growth, in an infinite cycle. The start point of these periods of recession is usually a great...

20 Jan 2009
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The subprime crisis: Definitions, causes and consequences

Essay - 8 pages - Finance

Subprimes are mortgages granted in the United States to customers who are not very solvent, on the basis of an increase in the interest rate. One applies a kind of premium to a borrower when his solvency is below a certain threshold. This operation is supposed to compensate for the risks taken by...

16 Jan 2009
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The impact of bank failures on the money stock during the inter-war period in the United States

Essay - 11 pages - Finance

In the following study the researcher attempt to analyze whether the monetary policy adopted by the Federal Reserve during the interwar period led to the Great Depression. The study would investigate through an extensive literature review by studying the perspectives of renowned economists in...

16 Jan 2009
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Fixed income analysis and risk management

Essay - 9 pages - Finance

As the ten OAT have the same anniversary dates, in other words the different cash-flows are paid at the same dates (25-Apr-08, 25-Apr-09, 25-Apr-10,), then we used a direct method of calculation of the spot rates, through two steps. Using a polynomial interpolation, we can recover the yield...

16 Jan 2009
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Nissan

Essay - 5 pages - Finance

The name NISSAN Motor Co. appeared for the first time in 1934 from a company called Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha, a combination of several automotive ventures and the Brand DATSUN. Nissan was the pioneer of the development of new automobile technology in the 1970s. It knew a very fast growth...

16 Jan 2009
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Collect foreign exchange spot and forward rate data and interest rate data for two currencies: examine whether CIRP holds: Analyze and discuss the results

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

The purpose of this assignment is to analyse whether the Covered Interest Rate Parity (CIRP) holds in the relationship between two actual currencies. I decided to focus on the euro and the dollar because it is the financial instrument the most active and the most used in the world. Since the euro...

16 Jan 2009
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Reporting analysis: Daimler-Chrysler (1998-2006)

Essay - 21 pages - Finance

We assume for the analysis of the group that the impact of IFRS in year 2004 is insignificant given that IFRS and US GAAP are closed. Moreover a complete analysis was impossible given that we didn't have all the figures before 2004. From 1998 to 2006 we can see that inventories increased from...

16 Jan 2009
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The financing of joint ventures

Essay - 7 pages - Finance

A joint-venture is an agreement between two partners from different countries and which consists of the creation or the joint acquisition of a joint venture on the market of the foreign partner. This co-operation is considered on the long-term. In other words, a joint venture is a group in which...

16 Jan 2009
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When a famous bank ( Société Générale ) is plunged into the world's largest financial fraud ever known by a simple junior trader

Essay - 8 pages - Finance

In January 2008, the financial world was disrupted by the world's largest financial fraud case known to date. The famous French bank, Société Générale, recorded a loss of 5 billion euros due to false positions taken by a junior trader, Jérôme Kerviel. To fully appreciate how he did this, it's...

16 Jan 2009
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Empirical evidence on Seasonalities - Inspecting the market anomalies

Essay - 20 pages - Finance

Anomalies, such as calendar effects, could be defined as phenomena where systematic returns patterns are observed. Partisans to informational market efficiency suggest that calendar effects are prone to disappear, as investors in the market could implement strategies in order to take advantage of...

16 Jan 2009
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Competition in the banking industry

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

Nowadays, the banking industry has become significantly more competitive than in the past and competition is likely to increase further. New competitive pressures are emerging from abroad, owing to the liberalization of international banking and capital flows, and as a result of the adoption of...

16 Jan 2009
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Michelin : financial case study

Essay - 12 pages - Finance

The world tire market was equal to 80 billion dollars in 2005. That is to say that each year more than 1 billion tires are sold for cars and light trucks. 75% of the sales are for European, North American and Asian countries. Michelin is the leader of this market in those areas because it deals...

16 Jan 2009
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Options, futures and other derivatives

Essay - 9 pages - Finance

The binomial model is used to describe stock price movements through consecutive periods of time over the life of the option and to determine the actual price of this derivative. Each period is an independent trial. The binomial formula describes a process in which stock return volatility is...

16 Jan 2009
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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - published: 16/01/2009

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

On July 30, 2002, President Bush signed into law a revolutionary Act: the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act. In the wake of many financial scandals, this law establishes new accounting and control requirements on U.S. publicly owned...

16 Jan 2009
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Trading volatility

Essay - 13 pages - Finance

Traditionally, to make a profit, most individual investors and fund managers are forced to take a view on the direction of the price of something. The traditional or fundamental strategy is to study all the aspects of the market-place, all the factors affecting the price or that might affect the...

16 Jan 2009
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The effectiveness of legal restrictions on distributions to shareholders in achieving "Creditor Protection"

Essay - 2 pages - Finance

In this essay, I will critically evaluate the effectiveness of legal restrictions on distributions to shareholders in achieving “creditor protection”. It consists of showing the good and the bad points of these restrictions. Firstly, I will define the terms used previously. Then, I will...

15 Jan 2009
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The London Stock Exchange

Essay - 5 pages - Finance

Financial globalization has grown since the nineties. In 2004, the portfolios of British institutional investors contained 26% of foreign assets. In comparison, this rate was of 11% in the United States and 23% in Japan, which makes the LSE the biggest international Stock Exchange. Moreover, as...

15 Jan 2009
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The Capital asset Pricing Model (CAPM) isn't wrong. It just doesn't go far enough

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

The capital asset pricing model (CAPM) is a mathematical model that explains the relationship between risk and return in a rational equilibrium market. The model is used in finance to determine a theoretically appropriate required rate of return asset, if that asset is to be added to an existing...

15 Jan 2009
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Corporate finance: Financial analysis of Ford and BMW

Essay - 9 pages - Finance

This report will deal with the financial analisys of two main competitors of car market. Effectively, Ford and BMW (Bayerish Motoren Werke AG) are two important car manufacturers in the world. Even if they are competing on the same market, we can't say that these two manufacturers are...

15 Jan 2009
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The role of the TARGET system in the European financial integration

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

When Euro was introduced in 1999 as the European single currency, a large value payment system was also set up. The so-called Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross settlement Express Transfer (TARGET) system was expected to be the basis of both financial integration and European Central Bank...

15 Jan 2009
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The prospects and limitations of a global governance of finance

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

In our modern societies, market mechanisms shape the modes of production and distribution of goods and services, particularly more and more through the financial sphere, “that part of an economy that links savings with investments through different instruments denominated in monetary...

15 Jan 2009
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Introduction to research & development decision analysis

Essay - 5 pages - Finance

A firm optimizes its market value when it successfully implements strategies that generate positive discounted cash flows applied against initial investments with net present value (NPV) greater than zero. One purely economic analysis, which serves as a guidepost to this work, applies a...

13 Jan 2009
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Britain and the euro: not for yesterday, not for today, not for ever...?

Essay - 14 pages - Finance

The EMS's Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) has long been a source of political controversy, playing for instance a relevant part in the final drama of Margaret Thatcher's resignation as a serving Prime Minister. Britain entered the ERM in 1990 to exit from it in 1992 and afterward, the new...

13 Jan 2009
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Textbooks say that banks transform risks: What are the risks involved? and how are they transformed?

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

Financial crisis may be very damaging for the whole society, as bank failures can either lead to runs or to panic. Bank runs occurs when problems at a bank “undermine depositors' confidence.” The depositors' reaction is to rush to withdraw their money since they know that the...

13 Jan 2009
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Accounting report to the board of direction

Essay - 3 pages - Finance

Today our company is using a cost-plus pricing approach to price its product. In fact this method used to price our products can be inadequate in certain cases for our firm. In the usual course this method is used in a monopoly situation. Today, we have to try to notify if our company has a...

09 Jan 2009
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Operational auditing

Essay - 9 pages - Finance

According to the Institute of Internal Auditors, Internal Auditing could be defined as "an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation's operations. It helps an organisation accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic,...

01 Dec 2008
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Economic activity, investments and technological policy

Essay - 7 pages - Finance

The concept of competitiveness of the national economies and the viability of the national productive systems in the context of globalization focuses on the role of innovative competitive advantages, which are related to the technological know-how. The competitive advantages of low production...