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The Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policies on Bank Soundness

by Frederic Lambert & Kenichi Ueda

Unconventional monetary policy is often assumed to benefit banks. However, we find little supporting evidence. Rather, we find some evidence for heightened medium-term risks. First, in an event study using a...


Executive Finance and Strategy: How to Understand and Use Financial Information to Set Strategic Goals

by Ralph Tiffin

Many strategies are explained as actions that will achieve the desired goals or visions of the company, but in order to predict the success of your strategy it is vital to gain an understanding of how it will...


Do the Type of Sukuk and Choice of Shari'a Scholar Matter?

by Christophe Godlewski & Rima Turk Ariss

Sukuk, the shari’a-compliant alternative mode of financing to conventional bonds, have expanded considerably over the last decade. We analyze the stock market reaction to two key features of this financial...


Islamic Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa : Status and Prospects

by E. Gelbard & Mumtaz Hussain

Islamic finance is a fast growing activity in world markets. This paper provides a survey on Islamic Finance in SSA. Ongoing activities include Islamic banking, sukuk issuances (to finance infrastructure projects),...


Handbook in Monte Carlo Simulation: Applications in Financial Engineering, Risk Management, and Economics

by Paolo Brandimarte

An accessible treatment of Monte Carlo methods, techniques, and applications in the field of finance and economics

Providing readers with an in-depth and comprehensive guide, the Handbook in Monte Carlo Simulation:...


Measuring Competition in the Financial Industry: The Performance-Conduct-Structure Indicator: The Performance-Conduct-Structure Indicator

by Jacob A Bikker & Michiel van Leuvensteijn

The 2008 credit crisis started with the failure of one large bank: Lehman Brothers. Since then the focus of both politicians and regulators has been on stabilising the economy and preventing future financial...


Balance Sheet Repair and Corporate Investment in Japan

by Joong Shik Kang

We trace Japanese firms’ behavior over the last decades using aggregate corporate balance sheet data. Financial health of Japanese corporate sector has improved and firms paid back significant amount of debt...


Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Purpose, Critique, Implementation Status and Policy Issues

by DOUGLAS D EVANOFF & William F Moeller

In this volume, what are thought to be some of the more important aspects of the Dodd–Frank Act are discussed from a number of perspectives, including that of industry scholars who have been actively involved...


People's Republic of China : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the People's Republ

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Context. After three decades of remarkable growth, the economy has been slowing. Much of the slowdown has been structural, reflecting the natural convergence process and waning dividends from past...


United Kingdom :  2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the United Kingdom

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES The economy has rebounded strongly and prospects are promising. Headwinds that previously held back the economy—relating notably to credit conditions and confidence—have eased. Nonetheless, sustaining...


International Approaches to Real Estate Development

by Graham Squires & Erwin Heurkens

An international approach to the study and teaching of real estate is increasingly important in today's global market. With chapters covering numerous countries and every continent, International Approaches...


Democracy and Diversity in Financial Regulation

by Nicholas Dorn

Financial markets have become acknowledged as a source of crisis, and discussion of them has shifted from economics, through legal and regulatory studies, to politics. Events from 2008 onwards raise important,...


International Finance Regulation: The Quest for Financial Stability

by Georges Ugeux

As the global market expands, the need for international regulation becomes urgent

Since World War II, financial crises have been the result of macroeconomic instability until the fatidic week end of September...


Macroprudential Solvency Stress Testing of the Insurance Sector

by Andreas A. Jobst & Nobuyasu Sugimoto

Over the last decade, stress testing has become a central aspect of the Fund’s bilateral and multilateral surveillance work. Recently, more emphasis has also been placed on the role of insurance for financial...


Chile:Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Chile: 2014 Article IV Consultation:Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Chile

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

KEY ISSUES

Politics: President Bachelet won the Presidential election on a platform to foster

inclusive growth and reduce inequality. Her government took office in March 2014 and is launching

an ambitious policy...


Sovereign Debt Restructurings in Belize : Achievements and Challenges Ahead

by Tamon Asonuma & Gerardo Peraza

This paper examines the causes, processes, and outcomes of the two Belize sovereign debt restructurings in 2006–07 and in 2012–13 that occurred outside of an IMF-supported program. It finds that the motivation...


Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody

by William Poundstone

A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market.

People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how...


Succession Planning for Financial Advisors: Building an Enduring Business

by David Grau

This book is going to challenge you and everything you think you know about succession planning.

For independent advisors, succession planning is quickly becoming the cornerstone to a strategic growth strategy...


First-Time International Bond Issuance-New Opportunities and Emerging Risks

by Anastasia Guscina & Guilherme Pedras

International bond issuance by debut issuers has risen in recent years. The uptick was a result of both demand and supply factors. The search for yield and demand for portfolio diversification have resulted...