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Case Study: Porsche versus Volkswagen

Baur, Dirk G., Case Study: Porsche versus Volkswagen (August 21, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=26491 “This case study describes Porsche’s attempt to acquire Volkswagen. It covers the timeline of events and major press releases, the history of the two companies, their operating and financial performances and ownership structures. The case also illustrates theContinue Reading

Innovative methods to bring books to kids and promote literacy

Librarians on Bikes Are Delivering Books and WiFi to Kids in “Book Deserts” by Susan Johnston via GOOD: “…In the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Soar with Reading (a project of JetBlue Airlines) installed book vending machines to dispense 100,000 brand-new free books in three locations for kids ages 0-14. Soar with Reading is nowContinue Reading

GAO Reports – SEC Conflict Minerals Rule, Unmanned Aerial Systems, U.S. Savings Bonds

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Initial Disclosures Indicate Most Companies Were Unable to Determine the Source of Their Conflict Minerals, GAO-15-561: Published: Aug 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2015. Unmanned Aerial Systems: FAA Continues Progress toward Integration into the National Airspace, GAO-15-610: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 2015. U.S. Savings Bonds: FutureContinue Reading

A Macroeconomic Analysis of the President’s 2016 Budget

A Macroeconomic Analysis of the President’s 2016 Budget August 21, 2015 Report – “The President’s policies would make U.S. output larger over the next decade than it would be under current law – mostly by changing immigration laws. Such economic effects would feed back into the budget in ways that would reduce deficits.” “Each year, afterContinue Reading

How will we fill 9 billion bowls by 2050?

Thomson Reuters Report July 2015- “The food chain is broken. On paper, we produce enough food to feed our current population of 7 billion. Yet an estimated 805 million people go to bed hungry each night, and hidden hunger – or micronutrient deficiency – affects an additional 2 billion. Poverty, political instability, income inequity andContinue Reading

2015 Digital Business Global Executive Study and Research Project

“MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte’s1 2015 global study of digital business found that maturing digital businesses are focused on integrating digital technologies, such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud, in the service of transforming how their businesses work. Less-mature digital businesses are focused on solving discrete business problems with individual digital technologies. The ability toContinue Reading

Number of Americans Struggling to Afford Food Declines But Remains Too High

Analysis by Food Research & Action Center Download First Half of 2015 Food Hardship Rate by State “The impact of the economic recovery plus the increased share of households in need that is receiving SNAP (food stamps) is showing positive results, based on evidence from the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey (pdf) that reveals aContinue Reading

Manufacturing Job Loss – Trade Not Productivity Is the Culprit

Economic Policy Institute Brief by Robert E. Scott: “The United States lost 5 million manufacturing jobs between January 2000 and December 2014. There is a widespread misperception that rapid productivity growth is the primary cause of continuing manufacturing job losses over the past 15 years. Instead, as this report shows, job losses can be tracedContinue Reading

Corporate Governance and Hedge Fund Activism

Goodwin, Shane C, Corporate Governance and Hedge Fund Activism (August 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2646293 “Over the past 25 years, hedge fund activism has emerged as new form of corporate governance mechanism that brings about operational, financial and governance reforms to a corporation. Many prominent business executives and legal scholars are convinced thatContinue Reading

Minutes of Federal Open Market Committee July 28-29, 2015

“The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on July 28-29, 2015. The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee ordinarily are made available three weeks after the day of the policy decision and subsequently are published in the Board’sContinue Reading

Harmonisation of the Unique Transaction Identifier – consultative report

“G20 Leaders agreed in 2009 that all over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives contracts should be reported to trade repositories (TRs) as part of their commitment to reform OTC derivatives markets in order to improve transparency, mitigate systemic risk and protect against market abuse. Aggregation of the data reported across TRs is necessary to help ensure that authoritiesContinue Reading

Basel III: The standardised approach for measuring counterparty credit risk exposures

“The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has received a number of interpretation questions related to the Standardised Approach for measuring counterparty credit risk (SA-CCR), as published in March 2014 (and revised in April 2014). The SA-CCR will replace both current non-internal model approaches, the Current Exposure Method (CEM) and the Standardised Method (SM). To help ensureContinue Reading