Asset Management

Author: Andrew Ang
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019938231X
Format: PDF
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In Asset Management: A Systematic Approach to Factor Investing, Professor Andrew Ang presents a comprehensive, new approach to the age-old problem of where to put your money. Years of experience as a finance professor and a consultant have led him to see that what matters aren't asset class labels, but instead the bundles of overlapping risks they represent. Factor risks must be the focus of our attention if we are to weather market turmoil and receive the rewards that come with doing so. Clearly written yet full of the latest research and data, Asset Management is indispensable reading for trustees, professional money managers, smart private investors, and business students who want to understand the economics behind factor risk premiums, to harvest them efficiently in their portfolios, and to embark on the search for true alpha.

Engineering Investment Process

Author: Florian Ielpo
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0081011482
Format: PDF, ePub
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Engineering Investment Process: Making Value Creation Repeatable explores the quantitative steps of a financial investment process. The authors study how these steps are articulated in order to make any value creation, whatever the asset class, consistent and robust. The discussion includes factors, portfolio allocation, statistical and economic backtesting, but also the influence of negative rates, dynamical trading, state-space models, stylized facts, liquidity issues, or data biases. Besides the quantitative concepts detailed here, the reader will find useful references to other works to develop an in-depth understanding of an investment process. Blends academic research with practical experience from quants, fund managers, and economists Puts financial mathematics and econometrics in their rightful place Presents useful information that will increase the reader's understanding of markets Clearly provides both the global framework, the investment process, and the useful econometric and financial tools that help in its construction Includes efficient tools taken from up-to-date econometric and financial techniques

Cracking the Emerging Markets Enigma

Author: G. Andrew Karolyi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199336636
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Forward-thinking investors are constantly looking for the next BRIC-what foreign market is on the brink of expansive growth? Will these investments payoff, or are the potential risks too great? Investing in these emerging markets requires a careful analysis of potential risks and benefits which vary greatly from country to country and even from day to day. In Cracking the Emerging Markets Enigma, emerging markets expert Andrew Karolyi outlines a practical strategy for evaluating the opportunities and-more importantly-the risks of investing in emerging markets. Karolyi's proposed system evaluates multiple dimensions of the potential risks faced by prospective investors. These categories of risk reflect the uneven quality or fragility of the various institutions designed to assure integrity in capital markets-political stability, corporate opacity, limits placed on foreign investors, and more. By distilling these analyses into a numerical scoring system, Karolyi has devised a way to assess with ease emerging markets by different dimensions of risk and across all dimensions together. This novel assessment framework already has been tested in the market to great success. Researchers, students, firms, and both seasoned and novice investors are poised to gain a clear understanding of how to evaluate potential investments in emerging markets to maximize profits.

Consumer Credit and the American Economy

Author: Thomas A. Durkin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199384967
Format: PDF, Docs
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Consumer Credit and the American Economy examines the economics, behavioral science, sociology, history, institutions, law, and regulation of consumer credit in the United States. After discussing the origins and various kinds of consumer credit available in today's marketplace, this book reviews at some length the long run growth of consumer credit to explore the widely held belief that somehow consumer credit has risen "too fast for too long." It then turns to demand and supply with chapters discussing neoclassical theories of demand, new behavioral economics, and evidence on production costs and why consumer credit might seem expensive compared to some other kinds of credit like government finance. This discussion includes review of the economics of risk management and funding sources, as well discussion of the economic theory of why some people might be limited in their credit search, the phenomenon of credit rationing. This examination includes review of issues of risk management through mathematical methods of borrower screening known as credit scoring and financial market sources of funding for offerings of consumer credit. The book then discusses technological change in credit granting. It examines how modern automated information systems called credit reporting agencies, or more popularly "credit bureaus," reduce the costs of information acquisition and permit greater credit availability at less cost. This discussion is followed by examination of the logical offspring of technology, the ubiquitous credit card that permits consumers access to both payments and credit services worldwide virtually instantly. After a chapter on institutions that have arisen to supply credit to individuals for whom mainstream credit is often unavailable, including "payday loans" and other small dollar sources of loans, discussion turns to legal structure and the regulation of consumer credit. There are separate chapters on the theories behind the two main thrusts of federal regulation to this point, fairness for all and financial disclosure. Following these chapters, there is another on state regulation that has long focused on marketplace access and pricing. Before a final concluding chapter, another chapter focuses on two noncredit marketplace products that are closely related to credit. The first of them, debt protection including credit insurance and other forms of credit protection, is economically a complement. The second product, consumer leasing, is a substitute for credit use in many situations, especially involving acquisition of automobiles. This chapter is followed by a full review of consumer bankruptcy, what happens in the worst of cases when consumers find themselves unable to repay their loans. Because of the importance of consumer credit in consumers' financial affairs, the intended audience includes anyone interested in these issues, not only specialists who spend much of their time focused on them. For this reason, the authors have carefully avoided academic jargon and the mathematics that is the modern language of economics. It also examines the psychological, sociological, historical, and especially legal traditions that go into fully understanding what has led to the demand for consumer credit and to what the markets and institutions that provide these products have become today.

Capital Budgeting and Investment Analysis

Author: Alan C. Shapiro
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780130660909
Format: PDF, ePub
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The most complete book on this subject available on the market, Capital Budgeting blends theory with practice by providing numerous real-world examples of its applications. It includes a discussion of capital budgeting's link to the corporate strategy for creating value as well as addresses the international aspects of capital budgeting.After a comprehensive introduction to the subject, this book covers capital budgeting principles and techniques; estimating project cash flows; biases in cash flow estimates; foreign investment analysis; real options and project analysis; risk and incorporating risk in a capital budgeting analysis; estimating project cost; financing side effects; discount rates for foreign investments; and corporate strategy and the capital budgeting decision.An excellent handbook for chief financial officers, vice-presidents of finance; treasurers; and comptrollers.

Valuing the Closely Held Firm

Author: Michael S. Long
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198041276
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A closely held firm is not a smaller version of a large public firm, anymore than a child is a miniature adult. Recognizing that value comes from the ability to generate future cash flows, this book emphasizes the differences between the large and small firms when presenting the concepts to value the closely held firm.

Congruent management of multiple resources

Author: Pacific Northwest Research Station (Portland, Or.)
Publisher:
ISBN:
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The Wood Compatibility Initiative (WCI) addresses options that may increase the compatibility between wood production and other societal values derived from forestlands. This volume of 25 papers presents the summaries of WCI-related research, compiled from the workshop. They are grouped into 6 general topics: workshop keynote papers; aquatic-related studies; issues relating to scale; silviculture studies; non-timber forest products related research; and social/economic studies. These papers set the context for scientific and management inferences as well as illustrate the complex and diverse array of information needed in the development of land management strategies at different spatial scales. Illustrated.