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29 Sep 2010

Balance sheet of "Safeway Foods" and "Whole Foods" - the U.S. market for organic groceries

Case study - 16 pages - Finance

This report aims at performing a financial analysis of two American food providers: Safeway Foods and Whole Foods and assess the financial strengths and weaknesses of both companies. All the quantitative data in this analysis come from prior years annual reports. The American grocery market is...

29 Sep 2010

How far did the fair value principle contribute to accelerate the credit crisis in France?

Dissertation - 46 pages - Finance

The IFRS or the International Financial Reporting Standards are one element of the globalization of the world economy. The stated objectives of the IASB or the International Accounting Standards Board are: (a) "to formulate and publish in the public interest, accounting standards to be observed...

29 Sep 2010

Did the subprime crisis affect the hedging market?

Essay - 5 pages - Finance

The aim of this paper is to analyze if the financial crisis has changed the use of hedging techniques. Forecasting is the process of estimation of unknown situations. Forecasting is use to estimate a risk. It can be exchange rates risks, economic exposure, translation exposure, etc. In this...

29 Sep 2010

Citigroup undergoes corporate re-branding to become Citi

Case study - 35 pages - Finance

Citigroup is one of the most diversified financial services company in the world. This company operates in the following regions: North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The head office is in New York City. A)History Citigroup was formed on October, 8, 1998...

29 Sep 2010

Term paper: the subprime crisis:Reasons & Effects

Essay - 8 pages - Finance

Since the last few years, a frightening phenomenon concerning subprime is being observed in the United States of America. Some people think that the financial crisis that the whole world is living through is related to the subprime crisis, and some think that it was the beginning of a very slow...

29 Sep 2010

Mergers & Acquisitions and value creation for the shareholders

Dissertation - 34 pages - Finance

2008 was hit by one of the worst financial crisis in history and also by the record number of cancelled Mergers & Acquisitions. According to Dealogic, the financial data provider, the whole value of the transactions for 2008 comes to 3.280 billions of dollars which represents a decrease of...

29 Sep 2010

Mergers and acquisitions: GDF-SUEZ

Case study - 10 pages - Finance

The expression 'mergers and acquisitions' (abbreviated M&A) refers to the aspect of corporate strategy, corporate finance and management dealing with the buying, selling and combining of different companies that can aid, finance, or help a growing company in a given industry grow rapidly...

29 Sep 2010

The financial crisis and its consequences on the German financial system

Dissertation - 27 pages - Finance

The triggering element of the present financial crisis was the real-estate crisis in the United States. The crisis began with certain indifference in 2006, but then it reached its peak during the second semester of 2008. This was when we observed, day after day, a fall in prices of shares,...

29 Sep 2010

Advance corporate finance: Exercises

Tutorials/exercises - 9 pages - Finance

You have two stocks with the following Expected Returns (ER) and Standard Deviations (SD). Stock A: ER = 5%, SD = 5%. Stock B: ER = 10%, SD = 10%. The correlation coefficient is 0.5. Show how you can create a portfolio with these two stocks which would have an ER of 8%. What is...

29 Sep 2010

The growing impact of operational risks and its application to banks

Dissertation - 70 pages - Finance

Since their implementation in the banks in January 2007, operational risks are considered a main point of the strategy of banks. Operational risks are defined as “the risk of loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems, or from external events1.” The...

29 Sep 2010

Microsoft's failed attempt to acquire Yahoo

Case study - 4 pages - Finance

When Microsoft made its public bid on February 1st 2008, it surprised many investors. Even if Microsoft's interest in Yahoo had been rumored for a while, Yahoo was actually facing hard times. With the value of Yahoo's stock declining over the last few months, restructuration and lay-offs were...

29 Sep 2010

Mergers and Acquisitions

Case study - 9 pages - Finance

The acquisition of a company involves several significant steps that one must assess in order not to fail and lose money in the process. This is the case of David Kuchen, a 30 year-old graduate from a top MBA school, who is looking for a business to acquire or some other related opportunity. He...

29 Sep 2010

Analyzing financial statements: Coca-Cola vs Pepsi

Case study - 18 pages - Finance

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have been world leaders of the soft drinks market for more than 100 years. Coca-Cola brand has been created by John Pemberton in 1886 in Atlanta. The Pepsi-Cola brand has been created in 1898 by Caleb D. Bradham. Thanks to their strong reputation and the infatuation of their...

29 Sep 2010

Financial Management : EADS

Case study - 9 pages - Finance

The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company or the EADS was created by the combined will of several states to be competitive in the space and aeronautics sector. Yet, at the beginning of the 1990s, many concentrations were developed on the American market like Northrop and Grumman which...

29 Sep 2010

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs): Reactions of Developed Countries

Dissertation - 70 pages - Finance

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) have attracted increasing attention during the last few years, mainly due to their intervention in the rescue of the American and European financial systems. This intervention came at a time when the other financial systems were in a financial and economic turmoil....

29 Sep 2010

Derivative products

Essay - 5 pages - Finance

It is an indisputable fact that the present financial and economical tsunami is one of the worst slowdowns just close to the previous one, being the economic collapse in 1929. Indeed each semester previsions a particular percentage of growth. However, this foresight is depleting in terms of the...

29 Sep 2010

Financial Analysis Performing: Coca Cola Inc. vs. Pepsi Co.

Case study - 25 pages - Finance

Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia. John Pemberton created the Coca Cola formula in a three legged brass kettle in his backyard. The name was a suggestion by his bookkeeper Frank Robinson who also scripted the famous logo. The...

29 Sep 2010

Risk management

Essay - 9 pages - Finance

Measuring operational risk allows, in so many ways to anticipate the continuous and discrete potential risks that hold many intangible elements. By sophistical trends, we can measure how it could affect any project on the long term and involve in its management ways. Even the measurement needs to...

29 Sep 2010

EADS : A cross cultural merger

Case study - 8 pages - Finance

Since the early 1980s, mergers and acquisitions have been developing in Europe and worldwide. After the dramatic increase in the number of mergers and acquisitions in the second half of the 1980s, the 1990s leaves its mark by rapid cross-border connections and increased significant value of...

29 Sep 2010

The banking risk management

Dissertation - 36 pages - Finance

The risk of diversification is a basic precept of the banking activity. A big part of the large banking failures was due, in a way or another, to a concentration of the credit risk. The banking controlling authorities have, at all times, strongly encouraged the banks placed under their...

29 Sep 2010

The evolution and implications of Hedge Fund institutionalization

Essay - 12 pages - Finance

Hedge funds and their managers, once obscure enigmas of the investment community, have become in the last decade household names due to their overwhelming publicity as money-hungry madmen. Part of the reason why these loosely regulated funds have drawn so much attention is because their explosive...

29 Sep 2010

United Airlines and Southwest Airlines (2008)

Case study - 12 pages - Finance

Nowadays flying has become a must do in our lives. Some of us use it everyday as a business way of travelling, and some others for vacation, or to visit friends or relatives. Whatsoever the purpose, there are no fastest ways of traveling around, but also no safest ones. But in the...

29 Sep 2010

Analyzing Financial Statements

Case study - 13 pages - Finance

The groups Coca Cola Company and Pepsi Co are both major actors in the sector of soft drinks. The profitability of this industry is always present, in spite of a slight decline which we have seen since the beginning of the 21th century, with the consumption more and more important of non bubbly...

29 Sep 2010

The consequences of the financial crisis on theory and practical aspects of asset management

Dissertation - 55 pages - Finance

2007 is going down in history with the subprime phenomenon which came as a surprise to all market observers. According to P. Artus, Director of the Economic Research at Natixis , the word subprime was mentioned in 6,000 articles in the international press in 2006, 32,000 during the first 6...

29 Sep 2010

Critical analysis of the arguments surrounding the morality of engaging in "insider trading" in securities markets: although it is illegal in most stock markets, could the practice ever be eradicated totally and would this be desirable?

Essay - 5 pages - Finance

As the securities markets were expanding rapidly in the second part of the 20th century, a widespread assumption maintaining that insider trading must be prohibited on moral grounds took root in the collective consciousness. These economic transactions are illegal in most stock markets and the...

29 Sep 2010

Southwest Airlines financial statements analysis

Case study - 33 pages - Finance

In 1998, US airlines carried a record of 551 million passengers1. At that time,the whole industry was in a pretty good shape2. Unfortunately, many things have changed since then. The 2001 terrorist attacks on the twin towers have marked a turnaround in the United States of America's history, and...

29 Sep 2010

Case study: Southwest Airlines and United Airlines

Case study - 13 pages - Finance

In 1998, the US airlines carried a record 551 million passengers . At that time, the whole industry was in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, many things have changed since then. The 2001 terrorist attack on the twin towers has marked a turnaround in the industry and especially in the...

29 Sep 2010

Financial analysis of Coca Cola Company & Pepsico Incorporation

Case study - 10 pages - Finance

In that report, we will analyze two major American companies principally functioning in the beverage market: Coca Cola and PepsiCo Incorporation. Even if sodas are now considerate as non healthy products, people do consume them. As Coca Cola's activity shows, more than 35% of their revenues...

29 Sep 2010

Analysing financial statements: analysis of Mattel and Hasbro

Case study - 55 pages - Finance

For this analysis, I have decided to study the cases of Mattel and Hasbro. These two companies sell toys all over the world. After the computation of all figures and ratios, we have decided to study the companies on two different standpoints: Loubna will demonstrate which one of the two companies...

29 Sep 2010

Financial management: BIC

Case study - 20 pages - Finance

The year was very important for BIC Group, with an increase in the challenges of the global economic, from raw material price increases to currency fluctuations. BIC is actually gaining market share in highly competitive categories. And also, it launched the first disposable phone in France. That...