Diversification to a Degree

An Exploratory Study of Students' Experience at Four Higher Education Institutions in China

Author: Kai Yu

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783034303651

Category: Education

Page: 345

View: 6720

The higher education system in China has experienced a dramatic expansion in student numbers and has seen the mushrooming of several new types of degree-granting institutions. In a very short period of time, these new institutions have developed into a primary provider of higher education in China. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, this book examines the diversity of the institutions and students' experience at different higher education institutions (HEIs) in China. This work offers a complete review of the policy context and is unique in examining the relationship between institutional diversification and students' experiences.
Posted in Education

Mutual Funds

Risk and Performance Analysis for Decision Making

Author: John Haslem

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405142030

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 592

View: 4142

This authoritative book enables readers to evaluate the various performance and risk attributes of mutual funds, while also serving as a comprehensive resource for students, academics, and general investors alike. Avoiding the less useful descriptive approach to fund selection, this book employs a balanced approach including both technique and application. The chapters combine clear summaries of existing research with practical guidelines for mutual fund analysis. Enables readers to analyze mutual funds by evaluating a fund's various performance and risk attributes. Includes templates, which provide an efficient, sound approach to fund analysis, interpretation of results, buy/sell decisions, and the timing of decisions. Combines clear summaries of existing research with practical guidelines for mutual fund analysis.
Posted in Business & Economics

Globalization of Financial Markets

Causes of Incomplete Integration and Consequences for Economic Policy

Author: Claudia M. Buch

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540406372

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 249

View: 2580

The internationalization of financial markets is one of the focal points in the discussion about recent globalization trends. These discussions suggest that capital can move freely between countries. However, there is ample evidence that national borders do matter and that there are many implicit and explicit barriers to integration. Understanding the factors that unify and that separate financial markets and thus reconciling these two stylized facts is at the core of this book. While the main focus of the empirical work is on banking industry, results are yet informative also with regard to developments in other financial market segments. Also, the book uses European financial integration as a case study for general integration trends.
Posted in Business & Economics

Financial Risk Modelling and Portfolio Optimization with R

Author: Bernhard Pfaff

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111847712X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 376

View: 4286

Introduces the latest techniques advocated for measuring financial market risk and portfolio optimization, and provides a plethora of R code examples that enable the reader to replicate the results featured throughout the book. Financial Risk Modelling and Portfolio Optimization with R: Demonstrates techniques in modelling financial risks and applying portfolio optimization techniques as well as recent advances in the field. Introduces stylized facts, loss function and risk measures, conditional and unconditional modelling of risk; extreme value theory, generalized hyperbolic distribution, volatility modelling and concepts for capturing dependencies. Explores portfolio risk concepts and optimization with risk constraints. Enables the reader to replicate the results in the book using R code. Is accompanied by a supporting website featuring examples and case studies in R. Graduate and postgraduate students in finance, economics, risk management as well as practitioners in finance and portfolio optimization will find this book beneficial. It also serves well as an accompanying text in computer-lab classes and is therefore suitable for self-study.
Posted in Mathematics

Vietnam's Economic Entities in Transition

Author: Shozo Sakata

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137297158

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

View: 8021

During the last two decades, Vietnam has been undergoing a process of deregulating economic activities and integrating into the global economy. The passing of the Enterprise Law in 1999, which facilitated the establishment of private enterprises, and the achievement of membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2007 were two of the landmark events in Vietnam's rapid growth over this period. In order to cope with such a socioeconomic and institutional transformation, Vietnam's domestic economic entities have employed various measures, including technical upgrading, a shift into new areas of business, the diversification of capital acquisition, the adoption of new models of corporate governance, and other measures. As a result, the reorganization of Vietnam's domestic economic entities, such as the equitization of many state-owned enterprises, the emergence of large-scale private enterprises and the revitalization of rural entrepreneurs have taken place in many areas. This book attempts to analyze economic activity in Vietnam, covering a variety of types and sizes of Vietnam's domestic economic entities from large-scale stateowned enterprises to micro-scale rural entrepreneurs.
Posted in Business & Economics

Mobile Media

Content and Services for Wireless Communications

Author: Jo Groebel,Eli M. Noam,Valerie Feldmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135621969

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 280

View: 6454

The proliferation of mobile media in recent years is an international phenomenon, with billions of devices sold annually. Mobile communications are now moving beyond individualized voice to mass media content--text, voice, sound, images, and even video. This will create new types of content that allow media companies and users to interact in new ways. There is a strong interest from the media and telecom industries in what manner of applications and content can be distributed in that fashion, and at what cost. To answer these questions, the book provides 18 chapters from internationally renowned authors. They identify likely types of content such as news, entertainment, peer-to-peer, and location-specific information; evaluate the economics, business models, and payment mechanisms necessary to support these media; and cover policy dimensions such as copyright, competitiveness, and access rights for content providers. This volume takes the reader through the various elements that need to be considered in the development of third generation (3G) content, and explains pitfalls and barriers. The result is a volume of interest to business professionals, academics, and policy makers. The book is international in focus and a glossary of terms is provided. There are few publications available which give an overview of this rapidly changing field.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Insurance Economics

Author: Peter Zweifel,Roland Eisen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642205488

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 452

View: 1895

"Winner of the 2014 Kulp-Wright Book Award Presented by the American Risk and Insurance Association". More information can be found here: http://www.aria.org/awards/bookawards.htm Insurance Economics brings together the economic analysis of decision making under risk, risk management and demand for insurance by individuals and corporations, objectives pursued and management tools used by insurance companies, the regulation of insurance, and the division of labor between private and social insurance. Appropriete both for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of economics, management, and finance, this text provides the background required to understand current research. Predictions derived from theoretical argument are not only stated but confronted with empirical evidence. Throughout the book, conclusions summarize results, helping readers to check their knowledge and understanding. Issues discussed include paradoxa in decision making under risk, selection of favorable risks by insurers, the possibility of a "death spiral" in insurance markets, and future challenges such as re-regulation in the wake of the 2007-09 financial crisis and the increasing availability of generic information.
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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

Author: Arthur V. Evans,Charles L. Bellamy

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520223233

Category: Science

Page: 208

View: 3577

Shows and describes the characteristics of beetles.
Posted in Science

Media Product Portfolios

Issues in Management of Multiple Products and Services

Author: Robert G. Picard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135250340

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 9523

Media product portfolios are rapidly becoming the predominant shared characteristic of media companies worldwide. The phenomenon involves firms from all kinds of media--newspapers, magazines, television, radio, cinema--and is found in enterprises ranging from small, local firms to large, globalized companies. This volume is the result of a coordinated effort of scholars in the United States and Europe to explore the characteristics, processes, challenges, and implications of media product portfolios. This book breaks new ground by introducing the concepts of product portfolio management and applying them to media companies in a comprehensive manner. It draws from knowledge and methods of analyzing product portfolio management in other industries, applies that knowledge to media industries, and analyzes current practices in media firms. The process and issues of portfolio strategy, development, and management are complex and wide ranging. The book explores the development of media product portfolios from an interdisciplinary perspective, providing insight from business, economic, organizational, and communication approaches. The book explores why and how firms develop portfolios, how company strategy and organizational development relate to portfolios, the role of leaders in developing portfolio activities, economic and economic geography issues in portfolios, production issues, challenges in managing multiple products and operations, issues of marketing and branding issues in portfolios, personnel implications, and the unique challenges in the internationalization of media portfolio operations.
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Opening Up and Geographic Diversification of Trade in Transition Economies

Author: Mr. Oli Havrylyshyn,Mr. Hassan Al-Atrash

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 1451891792

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 27

View: 9682

This paper looks at the progress in transition and the geographic diversification of trade, focusing on two issues--the degree of trade openness and trade integration--for a sample of countries in transition. It concludes that about half of the group of countries sampled are becoming as open as similar market economies, but that many others remain relatively closed. Geographic diversification (to the European Union) is found to be greater the closer is geographic proximity and the more advanced the country is with reforms. The analysis is then extended, in an illustrative way, to show how much larger would be the share of exports to the EU if structural reforms were more ambitious.
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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan

Managing Your Wealth, Risk, and Investments

Author: Larry E. Swedroe,Kevin Grogan,Tiya Lim

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470929715

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 1222

An accessible guide that outlines the key elements of an effective financial plan From Larry Swedroe, the author of the bestselling series of "The Only Guide" investment books, with Kevin Grogan and Tiya Lim comes a step-by-step handbook that shows you how to develop a winning personal investment strategy and reveals what it takes to make that strategy part of your overall financial plan. The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan focuses on the "art" of investing and gives you the information you need to create a strategy that is tailor-made for your particular situation. Designed for savvy investors and professional advisors, this book offers the vital information needed for developing and implementing an overall strategic financial plan. In this essential resource, Swedroe outlines the basics in asset allocation and other investment planning concepts. Addresses how you can design an investment policy statement and an individual asset allocation plan Examines how to maintain your portfolio's risk profile in the most cost-effective and tax-efficient manner Offers insights on integrating risk management and estate planning issues into your plan The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan offers a handy tool to help you make more informed and prudent decisions that will go a long way to ensure a secure financial future.
Posted in Business & Economics

The Technological Competitiveness of Japanese Multinationals

The European Dimension

Author: Robert D. Pearce,Marina Papanastassiou

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472107285

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 106

View: 9330

Explores the development of Japanese multinational R & D laboratories
Posted in Business & Economics

Islamic Banks and Financial Stability

An Empirical Analysis

Author: Mr. Martin Cihák,Heiko Hesse

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 1451913311

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 29

View: 3312

The relative financial strength of Islamic banks is assessed empirically based on evidence covering individual Islamic and commercial banks in 18 banking systems with a substantial presence of Islamic banking. We find that (i) small Islamic banks tend to be financially stronger than small commercial banks; (ii) large commercial banks tend to be financially stronger than large Islamic banks; and (iii) small Islamic banks tend to be financially stronger than large Islamic banks, which may reflect challenges of credit risk management in large Islamic banks. We also find that the market share of Islamic banks does not have a significant impact on the financial strength of other banks.
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Cooperative Banks and Financial Stability

Author: Mr. Martin Cihák,Heiko Hesse

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 1451910193

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 36

View: 9216

Cooperative banks are an important, and growing, part of many financial systems. This paper empirically analyzes the role of cooperative banks in financial stability. Contrary to some suggestions in the literature, we find that cooperative banks are more stable than commercial banks. This finding is due to the lower volatility of the cooperative banks'' returns, which more than offsets their lower profitability and capitalization. This is most likely due to cooperative banks'' ability to use customer surplus as a cushion in weaker periods. We also find that in systems with a high presence of cooperative banks, weak commercial banks are less stable than they would be otherwise. The overall impact of a higher cooperative presence on bank stability is positive on average but insignificant in some specifications.
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101 Wordy Phrases

Author: Robert Hartwell Fiske

Publisher: Vocabula Communications Company

ISBN: 0977436802

Category: English language

Page: 51

View: 555

Posted in English language

Advancing Higher Education as a Field of Study

In Quest of Doctoral Degree Guidelines - Commemorating 120 Years of Excellence

Author: Sydney Freeman,Linda Serra Hagedorn,Lester Goodchild,Dianne Wright

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1620361132

Category: Education

Page: 350

View: 2538

Winner of the 2015 Auburn Authors Awards Where is higher education as a field of study going in this century? How will higher education program leaders design and sustain their degree programs’ vitality in the face of perennial challenges from inside and outside the academy? While in 1979 the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) defined standards for student affairs master’s level preparation, and while 2010 saw the adoption of guidelines for higher education administration and leadership preparation programs at the master’s degree level, there still are, however, no guidelines that address higher education leadership doctoral programs, despite increasing demands for assessment and evaluation. This book suggests that higher education administration doctoral degree guidelines are a critical next step in advancing their program quality and continuity. It offers a review of the field’s history, the condition of its higher education programs, developments from the student affairs specialization and its guidelines, and a multi-chapter dialogue on the benefits or disadvantages of having guidelines. At a time of urgency to prepare the next generation of higher education faculty and leaders, this book sets out the parameters for the debate about what the guidelines should cover to ensure the appropriate and effective preparation of students. It also offers a useful framework for enriching the knowledge of deans, chairs, program coordinators and faculty who are engaged in program design, assessment, and revision. It will also be of interest to policymakers, the personnel of accrediting agencies, and not least graduate students within higher education preparation programs. All the contributors to this volume have the exemplary expertise, leadership experience, and a close association with higher education guidelines and standards, and have extensively contributed to the literature on higher education.
Posted in Education

Participatory Development and Governance

Africa's Special Needs : Report of the Committee for Development Policy on the Third Session (2-6 April 2001).

Author: N.A

Publisher: United Nations Publications

ISBN: 9789211045048

Category: Africa

Page: 54

View: 9923

At head of title: Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Posted in Africa

The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need

The Way Smart Money Preserves Wealth Today

Author: Larry E. Swedroe

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429972955

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 976

Investment professional Larry E. Swedroe describes the crucial difference between "active" and "passive" mutual funds, and tells you how you can win the investment game through long-term investments in such indexes as the S&P 500 instead of through the active buying and selling of stocks. A revised and updated edition of an investment classic, The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need remains clear, understandable, and effective. This edition contains a new chapter comparing index funds, ETFs, and passive asset class funds, an expanded section on portfolio care and maintenance, the addition of Swedroe's 15 Rules of Prudent Investing, and much more. In clear language, Swedroe shows how the newer index mutual funds out-earn, out-perform, and out-compound the older funds, and how to select a balance "passive" portfolio for the long hail that will repay you many times over. This indispensable book also provides you with valuable information about: - The efficiency of markets today - The five factors that determine expected returns of a balanced equity and fixed income portfolio - Important facts about volatility, return, and risk - Six steps to building a diversified portfolio using Modern Portfolio Theory - Implementing the winning strategy - and more.
Posted in Business & Economics