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Robert Shiller: democratizing finance

You have been asked to write a 'briefing' article for The Economist analysing the debate initiated by Robert Shiller about democratising finance and comparing this with the kinds of regulatory measures that have been adopted in the OECD countries in the wake of the recent financial crisis. The issues you need to consider in your

Finance & Accounting

Finance & Accounting Answer the following: 1. What three accounting statements help the manager monitor a firm's performance? What can the balance sheet tell the firm about its assets and financial structure? 2. What are three types of business organizations? Explain briefly. 3. Calculate the annual depreciation cha

Finance Dividends and Investment Strategy

ABC pays dividends over the next 4 years: 2.50; 3.20; 4.75; and 5.20 beginning in period 1 1. After the 4th year the firm projects constant growth of 3%. Assuming investors need an 11% return, what is the current share price? 2. The CFO has proposed new investment opportunities and needs to present them to the board for app

Real Estate Finance Problem Set

1. The difference between the rate of return on assets and the cost of borrowing is: (A) financial leverage (B) spread (c) debt service (D) none of the above 2 When the rate of return on assets exceeds the cost of borrowing, it represents: (A) negative spread (B) positive spread

Funding for a Business

In 2-3 pages: 1. I need funding options (For a US Business; I'm a US resident so maybe US Funding options) available for a Start Up Business. 2. I need THREE clear examples of such. 3. Please help me to understand the things I need to have to get funding and to get accepted and why I may not get funding, any possible pr

Decision Tree and Estimation

Mark is looking at the forecasts of expected economic growth. He plans to invest $120,000 in an investment whose return would depend on the economic conditions. It is estimated that the economy will have a high growth with a probability of 25%, normal growth with a probability of 50% and a slow growth with a probability of 25%.

Retirement system

If the Social Security retirement system was a private retirement system, it would be declared bankrupt. Discuss why this is so and why the Social Security system can continue to pay benefits despite the fact that it can be considered bankrupt. Discuss why the Social Security tax rate has increased so much in recent years. What

Cost-benefit analysis to reduce air pollution in a city

How would you set up a cost-benefit analysis of a program to reduce air pollution in a city? Carefully indicate the items you would include, such as benefits and costs, and discuss the problems encountered in measuring these benefits and costs.

Calculate the minimum bid value in the given case.

A company has posted a request for bid on 230k cases of widgets per year over the next 5 years. Determine what bid price makes the most sense as a potential supplier. An Initial investment of 1 million is required to begin production. This investment will be depreciated using the straight line to zero method throughout the co

Walmart's Financial Health

I choose Walmart. Provide a financial summary of your selected company's financial health. Define 2 financial concepts and how they played a major part in the company's financial press. Based on your research of your company's financial health, describe the company's financial health.

Portfolio expected return and volatility

I need some guidance for the following scenario: You manage a portfolio that consists of 70 percent in S & P 500 index stocks and 30 percent in a Crude Oil ETF. Over the past 10 years the S & P 500 has had an average monthly return of 1.2 percent and a monthly return volatility of 2.2percent. Over the same period, crude oil h

Coefficient of Variation, Risk and Return

Based on the following information, calculate the coefficient of variation and select the best investment based on the risk/reward relationship. Std Dev. Exp. Return Company A 7.4

President Obama and Federal Appropriations

- Identify three (3) areas where President Obama wants to increase federal appropriations. - Identify three (3) areas where President Obama wants to decrease federal appropriations. - Analyze and describe four (4) governmental expenditures each from the federal, state, and local budgets that will have a greater impact on the n

Financial Management: Risk and Return

1) Based on the following information calculate the holding period return: P0 = $10.00 P1 = $12.00 D1 = $1.22 2) Risk & Return and the CAPM. Based on the following information, calculate the required return based on the CAPM: Risk Free Rate = 3.5% Market Return =10% Beta = 1.08 3) Risk and Return, Coefficient of V

Median Voter Theorem

Find several articles that assess the validity of the median voter theorem. Critique advantages and disadvantages of the median voter theorem in elections, public goods, and majority rule.

finance perspective and relate this to the stakeholder approach

1. Define the goal of the firm from a finance perspective and relate this to the "stakeholder" approach. 2. Relate the importance of economics and accounting to finance. 3. Define progressive taxes and why it is particularly important to the corporate form of business. 4. Contrast the information provided in the balan

Cost estimation

Controller completed a cost study of the firms' material handling department in which he used work measurement to quantify departments' activity. Factor unit used in the work measurement study was hundreds of kg of equipment unloaded or loaded at the company's loading dock. Month units of activity material handling dpt cost

Copperline's Risk Pools

Please provide assistance answering the problems in the attached file on Copperline Company with regards to its risk pools. See the attached file.

Managers overemphasis short-term profits

Please help with the following problem. Provide at least 200 words in the solution. If managers focus on the current stock value, might this lead to an overemphasis on short-term profits at the expense of long-term profits?

Excessive, Operating and Financial Leverage

Q1. What does it mean when it is said that a company is excessively leveraged? What could be the effects of excessive leverage? Q 2. Differentiate operating leverage, financial leverage, and the total leverage of the firm. Do these types of leverage complement one another? Why or why not? Q3. (Weighted average cost of cap

Standard Deviation of Stock Returns & Market Return

1. The standard deviation of stock returns for Stock A is 30%. The standard deviation of the market return is 20% and the correlation between Stock A and the market is 0.75. a. Calculate Stock A's beta. b. In a bull market with rapidly increasing stock prices, will Stock A likely outperform or underperform the average stock

Determining Lowest Cost Alternative

A healthcare firm's investment of $1,000 in a piece of equipment will reduce labor costs by $400 per year for the next 5 years. Thirty percent of all patients seen by the firm have a third-party payer arrangement that pays for capital costs on a retrospective basis. Thirty percent of all patients also reimburse for actual operat

Basic Concepts in Finance

1. Julio purchased a stock one year ago for $27. The stock is now worth $32, and the total return to Julio for owning the stock was 37 percent. What is the dollar amount of dividends that he received for owning the stock during the year? 2. Babs purchased a piece of real estate last year for $85,000. The real estate is now wo

CVP Charting Calculations

Franscioso Company sells several products. Information of revenue and cost per unit when 11,000 units are sold is as follows: Selling price per unit $28.50 Direct material $5.25 Direct manufacturing labor $1.15 Manufacturing overhead $0.25 Variable selling costs $1.85

Budgetary Variance Model

In the attached paper, the answers are already given. However I am not able to interpret the four pages because I don't have a clue what the answers mean. Can you please help me? Please given me a tutorial with ideas and references that I can look up and read to get more of an understanding of the budgetary variance model, ba

Break even point and variances

Please explain this: Part 1 What is the role provided by a break-even point and how would you calculate this point? What are the limitations of using a break-even point and how would you incorporate this point with management strategic planning? Part 2 What is the difference between favorable and unfavorable variances

Finance Exercises

Q1(Inflation and project cash flows) Carlyle Chemicals is evaluating a new chemical compound used in the manufacturing of a wide range of consumer products. The firm is concerned that inflation in the cost of raw materials will have an adverse effect on the projects cash flows. Specifically, the firm expects the cost per unit

Financial Theory and Market Efficiency

Please help with the given questions: 1. What financial theory do you think affects the global capital market the most and why? 2. What are the implications of major trends of R&D expenditures in the U.S.? 3. What are the theoretical aspects of market efficiency?