Books

Rational Investing - The Subtleties of Asset Management

Rational Investing - The Subtleties of Asset Management

H. LANGLOIS, J. LUSSIER

Columbia University Press

2017



Many investors believe that success in investing is either luck or clairvoyance. In Rational Investing, finance professor Hugues Langlois and asset manager Jacques Lussier present the current state of asset management and clarify the conundrum of luck versus skill. The core of Rational Investing is a framework for smart investing built around three performance drivers: balancing exposure to risk factors, efficiently diversifying bad luck, and taking advantage of relative mispricings in financial markets. With clear examples from model multi-asset-class portfolios, Langlois and Lussier show how to implement performance drivers like institutional investors with access to extensive resources, as well as nonprofessional investors who are constrained to small-scale transactions. There are few investment products, whether traditional or alternative, discretionary or systematic, fundamental or quantitative, whose performance cannot be analyzed through this framework. Langlois and Lussier illuminate the structure of financial markets and the mechanics of sustainable investing so any investor can become a rational player, from the nonprofessional investor with a basic knowledge of statistics all the way to seasoned investment professionals wishing to challenge their understanding of the asset management industry

The New Silk Road: China Meets Europe in the Baltic Sea Region – A Business Perspective

The New Silk Road: China Meets Europe in the Baltic Sea Region – A Business Perspective

J.-P. LARCON

World Scientific Publishing Company

2017



The "Belt and Road" initiative announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 aims at reviving the ancient trade routes connecting China to Europe and Africa: the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" and the inland "Silk Road Economic Belt". Both maritime and land routes of the New Silk Road meet Europe in the Baltics — a region accounting for some 150 million inhabitants representing 30% of the total EU population. The maritime route enters Europe through the Mediterranean Sea before reaching the largest European seaports of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea up to Saint Petersburg in Russia. The land route starting from West China crosses Central Asia, Russia and Belarus before reaching the shores of the Baltic Sea.This book focuses on the business and economic dimensions of China's initiative: Chinese government objective and policies, the strategies of Chinese and foreign firms along the Silk Road, trade and investment between China and Nordic-Baltic countries, the Eurasia Land Bridge corridors and logistics, the impact of the New Silk Road on the economies of Central Asia, new institutions financing the "Belt and Road", cross-cultural challenges and Sino-foreign joint ventures along the New Silk Road. The direct impact of China's initiative on economic sectors such as logistics services; the shipping, port management and maritime industry; construction and high-speed train; energy and engineering; and e-commerce, information technology and tourism will be assessed.Readers will be provided with an in-depth analysis of the opportunities and challenges for companies and regions along the New Silk Road as well as 17 short case studies focusing on China-led projects currently developed along the "Belt and Road" and 15 maps of the New Silk Road, the Baltic Sea Region and Central Asia to help in understanding China's vision and strategic moves

All Social 3.0 - Can entrepreneurs save the world?

All Social 3.0 - Can entrepreneurs save the world?

J. MOYERSOEN, M. HUYSENTRUYT, P. MICHIELS, P. COLRUYT, S. SERNEELS

Manteau

2016



In 'All social 3.0' the authors look for new recipes and sustainable solutions for a society 3.0. How do we redefine economic value in the long term? How and where do social entrepreneurs and commercial companies meet? How does the entrepreneurial citizen really get an impact? And why does the government have to reinvent itself in order to draw the lines for another society, in which innovative partnerships lead to new insights? For this book, journalist Filip Michiels spent hours talking with Steven Serneels, Piet Colruyt, Marieke Huysentruyt and Johan Moyersoen, who in recent years advised companies and governments worldwide in their search for a different, more sustainable future. Michiels also went looking for visionary companies

Au-delà de la mondialisation

Au-delà de la mondialisation

C. CAUVIN

Edition L'harmattan

2016



Brand Valuation

Brand Valuation

L. PAUGAM, P. ANDRÉ, H. PHILIPPE, R. HARFOUCHE

Routledge

2016



In the new economy where value drivers are shifting from tangible to intangibles resources, brands are the most familiar asset. They are well known by consumers, perceived as a critical component of enterprise value and often motivate large mergers and acquisitions. Yet, brands are a complex intangible asset, and their valuation is a difficult task requiring a variety of expertise: legal, economic, financial, sector-specific and marketing.Using rigorous methodologies, an analysis of the world of the new economy and an inquiry into the limits of modern valuation technics, this book offers empirical and theoretical background to the key issue of brand valuation. It provides answers to the many questions that arise when attempting to value a brand: How to understand the origin of brand value? How to assess its value objectively? Why valuations of some brands by consulting firms differ so widely? How to understand that some brands are valued millions of euros when the companies that own them are losing money?Brand Valuation explains the economics and finance factors explaining the value and volatility of brands and presents the most commonly used methodologies to value brands such as the cost methods, the excess earnings approach, the relief-from-royalty method or the excess revenue approach. The methodologies covered are illustrated with numerous examples allowing the reader to grasp the advantages and limits of each valuation techniques. The book presents the relevant context of brand valuation including the applicable existing accounting and valuation standards and also discusses the models developed by consulting firms


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