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Preventing Another Global Financial Crisis

Argandoña, Antonio


The greed and reckless actions of certain financial institutions were instrumental in provoking the 2007-08 global financial crisis. However, as IESE's Antonio Argandoña argues in a 2016 book, many public and private institutions, as well as society as a whole, must also shoulder some of the blame to prevent a recurrence. Argandoña offers a look at the ethical dimensions of the crisis.

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Searching Highs and Lows: Understanding International Search Funds

Kolarova, Lenka; Dávila, Antonio; Johnson, Rob; Kelly, Peter


Search funds are gaining traction overseas. According to the 2016 study by IESE, in partnership with Stanford Graduate School of Business, last year saw a new peak of international activity spanning four continents (outside North America). In addition to calculating early returns, IESE's report paints a picture of who is searching for what, where, why and how.

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Reconciling Competition and Regulation in Banking

Vives, Xavier


As the banking industry reels amid uncertainty -- threatened by fintech competitors, potentially heavy-handed regulators, Brexit and more -- a new book by Xavier Vives looks for ways to provide both stability and growth. In Competition and Stability in Banking, the author argues that the best path forward is carefully coordinated regulation and competition policy.

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Risky Business: Female Executives and the Pay Gap

Giné, Mireia; Carter, Mary Ellen; Franco, Francesca


The gender pay gap is a well-documented phenomenon, even in the rarefied air of corporate boardrooms. In this study, IESE's Mireia Giné analyzes the gap and looks at two possible explanations: women's apparent aversion to taking risks (in the form of stock options) and their underrepresentation on boards. It turns out, both factors matter, with one easier to fix than the other.

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How Do 125 Markets for Private Equity Measure Up?

Groh, Alexander; Liechtenstein, Heinrich; Lieser, Karsten; Biesinger, Markus


The United States tops the 2016 ranking by the Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index. The United Kingdom places second and Canada third. The full ranking of 125 private equity markets, from Albania to Zimbabwe, is a useful tool to help signal investment destinations around the globe.

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Don't Buy Into the Market-Portfolio Hype

Fernández, Pablo; Carelli, Jose Paulo; Ortiz, Alberto


Professor Pablo Fernández has advice for investors: be wary of all the positive publicity surrounding market-weighted indexes or portfolios. Really, they are not efficient, he argues. Making his case, Fernández questions the validity of the popular Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and risk as it is most commonly defined.

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Retire the Buffett Way?

Estrada, Javier


Warren Buffett has said that 90 percent of the money he leaves to his wife should be invested in stocks, with just 10 percent in cash. If you're not a billionaire, could that asset allocation advice work for you? Professor Javier Estrada says under some conditions yes, "with a twist."

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Portrait of a Business Angel as a Young Man

Roure, Juan; de San José Riestra, Amparo


A new generation of private investors plays an increasingly important role in the business eco-system. But who are these people? A study by IESE's Juan Roure and Amparo de San José says Spain's business angels are younger than previously believed and tend to find partners to jointly invest in digital projects.

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From Cars to Pharma: German Investments in Spain

Cámara de Comercio Alemana para España (AHK); ICC - International Center for Competitiveness


Germany has more subsidiaries in Spain than in any other country and is also the fourth largest investor there. But, as a new study by IESE's International Center for Competitiveness shows, most investment is clustered in key sectors and regions.

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4 Keys to Spain's Commercial Real Estate Market

Suárez, José Luis


In 2015, 9.2 billion euros were invested in Spain's commercial real estate -- a record that tops even pre-crisis levels. What do professional investors think will happen next, now that economic recovery is a given? The 2nd Investors Survey in Commercial Real Estate reveals that most pros expect values to continue to rise, although their investment strategies are changing in a crowded market.

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