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  Change Your Thinking About M&As

Dimopoulos, Theodosios; Sacchetto, Stefano With the failure of some high-profile mergers, the concept itself has been questioned. But IESE's Stefano Sacchetto has built a model to better measure the effects of an active merger market on productivity, the economy and entrepreneurship. Read article

  Traders' Short-termism: It Doesn't Have to Spell Disaster

Cespa, Giovanni; Vives, Xavier Does short-termism breed informational inefficiency in financial markets? Not necessarily, research by Xavier Vives and Giovanni Cespa shows. Read article

  Balancing the Trade-Offs Between Competition and Stability: Private Banks & Public Policy Premium

Vives, Xavier Does too much competition in banking hurt society? What policies can best protect and stabilize banking without stifling it? This article addresses the critical relationships between competition, regulation and stability, and the implications of coordinating banking regulations with competition policies. Read article

  Tweaking the Search Fund Model for Optimal Results

Johnson, Rob; Simon, Jan How might entrepreneurs and investors better align their interests in search funds? This is a subject widely discussed among serial investors and searchers. Professors Rob Johnson and Jan Simon analyze a few possible changes to incentive structures that may better motivate entrepreneurs while still rewarding investors. Read article

  Subpar Results From Spain's Investment Funds

Fernández, Pablo; Pershin, Vitaly; Fernández Acín, Pablo; Fernández Acín, Isabel How are Spain's investment funds doing? Research by Pablo Fernández says not so well. In fact, 95 percent of the professionally managed funds tracked from 2001 to 2016 underperformed the country's 15-year government bonds. Read article

  Management Truths in an Age of Fake News

Rosenberg, Mike; Seager, Phil Do newspapers, magazines or books have a future? Will terrestrial television exist as a meaningful player in five years' time? Amid attacks and dramatic changes, leading IESE professors and practitioners share the timeless tools needed to manage media and entertainment businesses. Read article

  10 Ideas to Optimize the Public Procurement of Medicine

Mur, Javier; Escudero, Antonio; Ribera, Jaume Sustainable public healthcare requires innovative solutions that allow for fast and fair access to medicine. A report from IESE aims to guide healthcare professionals to choose the best model for each situation. Read article

  Think Gold?: How Alternative Investments May Help Your Portfolio

Estrada, Javier Don't invest in gold because you think the price is about to go up; invest to diversify in times of crisis. When stocks and bonds are losing value, alternative assets -- including precious metals, commodities and real estate -- can help your portfolio, says IESE's Javier Estrada. Read article

  204 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Valuing a Company

Fernández, Pablo Can you imagine assigning a negative value to the shares of a company whose expected cash flows are positive? This is just one of the 204 mistakes in company valuations that Pablo Fernández compiles in a paper. Read article

  Risk, Expected Returns, and an "Absurd" Model

Fernández, Pablo Professor Pablo Fernández's no-holds-barred critique of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is now a chapter in the 2017 book Economic Ideas You Should Forget. So what's wrong with the Nobel-prize winning, immensely popular model? Read article
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