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29 Sep 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

29 Sep 2010
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Investment management and modern portfolio theory

Essay - 9 pages - Finance

Various assets or types of investment (stocks, bonds and cash equivalents) held and/or managed directly by investors, constitute a portfolio. In order to build up a coherence between risk tolerance and the investing objectives, investors favor large cap value stocks based on index funds if their...

29 Sep 2010
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The value of the Chinese Renminbi (RMB), its management and risks associated with investing in China

Case study - 6 pages - Finance

Ever since China adopted its Open Door policy, it has received unparalleled attention from international scholars. In recent years, this has been evident with respect to the exchange rate regime that China has applied. At first, the policy was lauded because it helped China steer the dire waters...

29 Sep 2010
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Compare the 1997 Asian financial crisis with the subprime crisis

Essay - 4 pages - Finance

The subprime crisis was triggered by an expectation of defaults of payments on subprime mortgages in the US. It is an on-going crisis that has already led to the free fall of the US housing prices, billions of losses by banks, and generally speaking a slow-down (maybe a recession) of the American...

29 Sep 2010
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Ben L. Kedia and Ananda Mukherji, Global managers: Developing a mindset from global competitiveness

Book review - 2 pages - Finance

Ben L. Kedia is a Director of the Wang Center for International Business Education and Ananda Mukherji is a Dirctor from ZoomInfo, the largest index of business people in the world (source: Wikipedia) . They emphasize in this article the huge importance of having skills other than...

29 Sep 2010
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Evaluation of Capital Gains Tax Proposals for 2008/09 in UK

Essay - 3 pages - Finance

Capital Gains tax (CGT) has been much reformed in history because it is a very complex tax. CGT is "a tax on the increase in the value of an asset between its acquisition and its disposal" (IFS). Chancellor Alistair Darling introduced his Pre-Budget Reporting on 9 October 2007 which showed many...

29 Sep 2010
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There is no such thing as a perfect capital structure

Essay - 6 pages - Finance

The relevance of a company capital structure has been the subject of several theories and debate. The capital structure of a company is a mix of different securities. Capital structure refers to the way a corporation finances itself through a combination of equity sales, equity option, bonds and...

29 Sep 2010
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The Relationship between Risk and Return

Essay - 3 pages - Finance

Incertitude about expected returns is one of the criteria which influence the largest number of strategic investment decisions. Thus the relationship between risk and return is a fundamentally financial relationship, because it affects expected rates of return on investment. This relationship...

29 Sep 2010
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American Grain Corporation

Essay - 14 pages - Finance

American Grain Corporation: When shareholders are about to invest in project, they need to know what the financial consequences of it are. They need to plan the expenses and the possibilities of return on investment, regarding how long it will take to start earning a profit. To choose the project...

29 Sep 2010
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Financial Analysis of Southwest Airlines and United Airlines

Case study - 14 pages - Finance

The airline industry has significantly changed over the last few years of this century. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the attacks on Madrid and London, the Iraq conflict and the increase in fuel prices have resulted in losses for airline companies since 2001. Some of them...

29 Sep 2010
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A Dutch-French comparative corporate cultures survey through the study of the financing structures of two key-sectors multinational companies: KPN v. France Telecom; Royal Dutch Shell v. Total

Dissertation - 36 pages - Finance

The main cultural assumption in this research paper is about, the French corporate culture once being Latin-like and the Dutch one having been German-like, both the corporate culture of France and the Netherlands firms are converging towards the Anglo-Saxon model. In order to confirm or not the...

29 Sep 2010
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LEGO Group vs. MATTEL Inc.

Case study - 19 pages - Finance

The gross profit margin ratio measures the profitability (or gross profit margin) that is generated from each dollar of sales. Profit margin is very useful when comparing companies in similar industries. A higher profit margin indicates a more profitable company that has better control over its...

29 Sep 2010
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Lego's financial statements analysis (2005)

Case study - 15 pages - Finance

The gross profit margin ratio measures the profitability (or gross profit margin) that is generated from each dollar of sales. Profit margin is very useful when comparing companies in similar industries. A higher profit margin indicates a more profitable company that has better control over its...

29 Sep 2010
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Financial analysis: Under Armour, Inc

Case study - 16 pages - Finance

"Under Armour? is an American company founded by Kevin Plank a former University of Maryland football player in 1996. Initially, Kevin just wanted to make outfits that would allow athletes to be comfortable in their clothes during their practice sessions. Everything started with a plan to make a...

29 Sep 2010
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U.S. Law on Incoming FDI

Worksheets - 2 pages - Finance

As the saying goes ?The grass is always greener on the other side.' With this thought in mind, a venture of a foreign investment in a developed nation usually implies facing few problems and risks. In other words, different types of problems and hazards are encountered as compared to an...

29 Sep 2010
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The case of H&M and Inditex

Case study - 5 pages - Finance

The International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) dates back its formation to 1973. It was however restructured in 2001 when the name was changed to ?The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)'. The IASB is an independent private sector body. The prime objective of the IASB is...

29 Sep 2010
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Is "Al-Dar Islamic Fund", created by Pictet, a Geneva based Private Bank, Islamic compliant?

Essay - 10 pages - Finance

Who has created the ?Al-Dar Islamic Fund'? Is it Pictet which is a Geneva based Private Bank which is in compliance with the Islamic culture? The answer to this buzzing mind boggling question is ?No'. As confirmed, the contained shares are not Islamic compliant and secondly the...

29 Sep 2010
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Google vs Microsoft

Thesis - 13 pages - Finance

Since the launch of the Google Search engine, a paying version has been reserved for the enterprise, which allows firms' access to documents in the internal database of Google. Microsoft has now declared war on the famous search engine. It is a very profitable market and Gartner Group...

29 Sep 2010
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When Outsourcing Goes Wrong: A Look into the Outsourcing Relationship between Alcatel and HFS

Essay - 8 pages - Finance

The issue of outsourcing has been the topic of debate among business corporations. As companies continue to outsource the business operations and processes to other countries, there has been a division among those who embrace outsourcing and those who are oppose to it. On one...

29 Sep 2010
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The sarbanes-oxley act

Essay - 2 pages - Finance

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation affecting corporate governance and the practice of public accounting since the US securities laws of the early 1930s. The Act is relatively recent in the history of American accountancy. It was signed into law on 30 July...

29 Sep 2010
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Enron: the story of a symbolic financial scandal

Case study - 12 pages - Finance

The death of Kenneth Lay last spring and the recent 24-year sentence of Jeffrey Skilling have put an end to the darkest story of modern finance: the Enron case. Actually, this firm turned from a success model into a paradigm of all the problems of finance capitalism. With the giving up of the...

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...

29 Sep 2010
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Blue Elephant: PESTLE analysis

Case study - 3 pages - Finance

This document presents an environmental audit on Blue Elephant, a self-service high-pressure vehicle with jet washing stations. This center is located in Portsmouth in England. I will try to analyze and evaluate the consequences of running a business such as Blue Elephant. To facilitate easy...

29 Sep 2010
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Corporate audit project: Dior

Case study - 16 pages - Finance

The duet Arnault - Galliano is supplemented with wonder: of creative dimension which assembles crowd and other the cold effectiveness of the businessman. Their collaboration will lead to a true handing-over in saddle of the mark: this one attracts from now on younger and more international...