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  In Search of the Virtuous Banker

Cowton, Christopher Despite some progress over the past 10 years, the controls put in place to prevent another global financial crisis fail to address two key concerns: corporate culture and individual character. Christopher Cowton proposes a virtue framework, so that those in the profession can start to define and agree what makes a good bank as well as a good banker. Read article

  Could Crowdfunding Be Right for Your Business?

Eufinger, Christian Crowdfunding is among the fastest growing segments in the financial industry. This article, based on research and teaching by IESE's Christian Eufinger in this emerging area, outlines the various options currently on the market, highlighting their strengths over traditional forms of financing. Read article

  How Big Data, AI and Blockchain Are Changing Finance

Giné, Mireia; Antón, Miguel The marriage of finance and technology has given rise to new players that are transforming the financial industry. IESE's Mireia Giné and Miguel Antón show how pioneering fintech business models can afford greater speed and efficiency, personalization, automation and easier access, while reducing many of the problems that have long plagued traditional financial exchanges. Read article

  Search fund model takes root in Europe and Latin America

Kolarova, Lenka; Dávila, Antonio; Johnson, Rob; Kelly, Peter In 2017, there was a new peak of search-fund activity outside of the U.S. and Canada, with the founding of 21 new funds. Recent growth is especially robust in Continental Europe and Latin America, according to a 2018 biennial study of this investment vehicle. Read article

  A Basic Ingredient for Finance to Avoid a New Crisis

Argandoña, Antonio A decade after Lehman Brothers' collapse and the global financial crisis, Antonio Argandoña insists that ethics is the fundamental requirement to restore our sense of security and confidence in the financial system that was cracked by the last crisis. Read article

  Backdoor Bailouts: Banks Exploiting Other Banks' Government Guarantees

Eisert, Tim; Eufinger, Christian Do banks take advantage of the assumption that they may be deemed "too big to fail" or "too interconnected to fail"? Yes, says research by Christian Eufinger. What's more, this assumption adds systemic risk, as increasingly interconnected banks have learned to exploit "backdoor bailouts." Read article

  Why Was the Sovereign Debt Crisis in Europe So Severe?

Acharya, Viral V.; Eisert, Tim; Eufinger, Christian; Hirsch, Christian Why did billions in investment, sales and so many jobs disappear during the European sovereign debt crisis? The Eurozone credit crunch deserves about half of the blame, which is a lot, according to research by IESE's Christian Eufinger and co-authors. They find two significant factors that helped cause the crunch and offer advice to free up the lending supply next time. Read article

  Why the Presence of Common Shareholders in Rival Companies Looms as a Threat

Azar, José; Schmalz, Martin; Tecu, Isabel "Common ownership" is a buzzword in academic and regulatory circles these days. José Azar's paper linking common ownership to higher airline ticket prices and other negative consequences is at the center of a new debate that could profoundly affect the investment fund industry as we know it. Read article

  Who Are Spain's Business Angels and What Do They Like?

Roure, Juan; de San José Riestra, Amparo More professional and experienced -- this is the latest profile of Spain's business angels, according to the 2018 report by AEBAN, the Spanish Association of Business Angels. What remains elusive is the presence of women and interest in the social impact of investments. Read article

  Housing Bubble?! How to Predict (and Hedge Against) Housing Downturns

Saffi, Pedro; Vergara, Carles Is the housing market heading for a fall? A study by IESE's Carles Vergara-Alert says an informed look at trading in real estate investment trusts (REITs) can let you know if there will be a decrease in housing prices in the following month. Read article
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