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The Costs and Benefits of CSR

Along with his co-authors, Dr. Harjoto’s research on CSR was awarded the prestigious 2009 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing at SRI in the Rockies, the largest and longest-running sustainable and responsible investing conference in the world. Below is a summary of his paper offering the most salient points for managers. You can read the … Continued

Beta(ful) Market Hypotheses

In my many years as a derivative trader and hedge fund manager, I forged a solid and long-lasting relationship with risk. Like a beautiful but dangerous woman, risk permeated my professional life—a constant courtship leading me to many attempts at fully understanding its mysterious ways. A never-ending effort! The theoretical foundations of risk analysis were … Continued

My Shocking Bank Experience and the Need to Read Terms and Conditions

This post first appeared on Dr. Forsyth’s blog, Financial Wisdom Preparatory Institute. I recently had a bad encounter with a bank. However, there is a basic principle that I follow that kept me from financial harm. I applied for a business credit card, which I wanted to facilitate payments and I intended to pay off … Continued

The Danger with High Frequency Trading

Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch or read the transcript. In this video interview, Davide Accomazzo, MBA, Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, discusses the dangers of high frequency trading. This interview is a follow-up to Professor Accomazzo’s essay for the GBR blog on the same … Continued

VC Firms Still Expecting High ROIs

Can’t see the above video? Click here to watch or read the transcript. In this video interview, John K. Paglia, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, discusses the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, which was released on July 27, 2009, in conjunction with a Los Angeles and California statewide economic forecast … Continued

High Frequency Trading: The Rise of the Machines

Davide Accomazzo, MBA As a professional trader, you are confronted daily with all kinds of dynamics and situations that require a flexible and adaptive mind. You are faced with multiple variables constantly interacting with each other and your task is to process ever-changing information quickly and profitably. Valuations arbitrage, reflexive supply-and-demand dynamics, and structural changes … Continued

Impressions from the 2009 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting

On May 2nd, the world gathered in Omaha, Nebraska to listen to Warren Buffet at the 2009 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting. We tried to parse the future from his words, and wondered if this was the most optimistic that Charlie (Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation) has ever been. Some hailed the new format as … Continued

Winter 2009 GBR Issue Now Live

Read the latest issue of the GBR online at http://gbr.pepperdine.edu/091/ In this issue: Recognizing Organizational Culture in Managing Change Structural changes can serve as the initial intervention for shifting culture. Mark Mallinger, PhD, Don Goodwin, MBA, and Tetsuya O’Hara, MBA The Successful Expatriate Leader in China Expatriate managers must consider the cultural dimensions of leadership. … Continued