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The Arithmetic of Active Management: An Example

Date: 01/05/2020 Author(s): Javier Estrada Document type: Technical Note Many people find it hard to believe that smart, well-paid, motivated, hard-working active fund managers fail to achieve, far more often than not, their goal of outperforming their benchmarks, particularly over long periods. However, the evidence on this is both substantial and unquestionable. This note provides an example of what is often called the ... More information

Letter to a Young Operator on Managing During a Crisis

Date: 01/05/2020 Author(s): Jan Simon Document type: Technical Note Over recent years an increasing number of MBAs have decided to follow the search fund route as knowledge around the subject has been disseminated in business schools. At the same time, new investors have accessed the asset class, attracted by high historical returns. The success of the asset class is a function of combining young, ambitious talent ... More information

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Date: 01/05/2020 Author(s): Julián Villanueva; Luis Ferrandiz; Rosa Fernández-Velilla; Sergio Simarro Document type: Technical Note In the digital world, search engines are shop windows. They are an absolute necessity for giving visibility to a business. A company that does not have a top position in online search results is missing opportunities to sell to, or communicate with, potential customers. And a business that does not appear in search results might as well not exist. ... More information

Valuing Early-Stage Businesses: The Venture Capital Method

Date: 01/04/2020 Author(s): Rob Johnson Document type: Technical Note Method used by venture capitalists to value start-ups and early-stage companies. More information

Preparation and Audit of the Annual Financial Statements

Date: 01/04/2020 Author(s): Esteban Cobo; Miguel Duro; Edi Soler Document type: Technical Note More information

Leading Transformation with an Agile Philosophy: The Challenge of Coordinated Anarchy

Date: 01/03/2020 Author(s): Guido Stein; Alberto Barrachina; José Ramón Pin Arboledas Document type: Technical Note More information

Continuous Discounting

Date: 01/02/2020 Author(s): Rafael de Santiago Document type: Technical Note This technical note discusses how discounting works when it is done for periods shorter than a year More information

Diversity In Boards of Directors: A Synthesis and Review

Date: 01/01/2020 Author(s): Marta Elvira; Marta Villamor; Marta Elvira Document type: Technical Note In this technical note, we identify the main academic findings on gender, racial and age diversity on corporate governance along with effective methods to enhance diversity at top organizational levels. More information

What Are Companies Responsible For? Whom Should Executives Serve?

Date: 01/11/2019 Author(s): Ricardo Calleja Document type: Technical Note This document compares the main existing models on a company's social responsibility, in their descriptive, instrumental and normative aspects, with the intention of giving a rigorous theoretical foundation to an eminently practical problem: whom do executives serve and what should their priority be? To do this, it briefly reviews the shareholder model, ... More information

Monte Carlo Simulation

Date: 01/10/2019 Author(s): Rafael de Santiago Document type: Technical Note This technical note introduces the basic concepts of Monte Carlo simulation, as well as the software to run the models (Crystal Ball). The requirements to follow the note are a working knowledge of probability distributions, decision trees and expected values, as well as being familiar with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. As Monte Carlo simulation is ... More information
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