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  How Are Spain's Pension Funds Doing?

Fernández, Pablo; Pershin, Vitaly; Fernández Acín, Pablo; Fernández Acín, Isabel While the average returns for Spain's government bonds and its benchmark IBEX-35 index were over 5 percent between 2001 and 2016, its pension funds didn't fare as well: average pension fund returns were only 2 percent over the same period. In light of this, Pablo Fernandez and his team question the funds' investment formula, management commissions and tax incentives. Read article

  3 Steps to Find the Right Investment Mix

Estrada, Javier Asset allocation is one of the most important decisions facing investors. Finding the appropriate mix of stocks, bonds and other assets should be straightforward and intuitive, yet a bit beyond the old "100 minus your age" formula. Professor Javier Estrada offers a three-step approach to asset allocation he calls GHAUS. Read article

  Retire the Buffett Way... With a Twist

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." Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article

  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." Read article
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