Each week QFINANCE.com brings you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days (February 21– 27, 2014) in finance and business – essential reading to keep you up to date with the latest topics.
This week has been a significant one for those who are following the story of the efforts of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his efforts to pull Japan out of the economic malaise represented by the phrase "lost decades".
There are difficult situations and there are impossible situations. Since November, Ukraine has been squarely in the latter camp.
Is it possible for the business media to turn ordinary market volatility into a negative correction or even a crash?
Each week QFINANCE.com brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (24-02-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.
Every fraud – from the overstated expense claim all the way to the manipulated financial statements and fraudulent market announcements which can ultimately lead to an organization's demise – leaves an information trail. The challenge is to uncover the traces of this trail before the losses become too damaging; to hear the corporate equivalent of the alarm bell.
Taking it as read that modern portfolio theory (MPT) did not protect investors through the 2008 global financial crash, when many saw their diversified portfolios contracting by 30% to 40%, does this constitute a failure of the MPT approach?
Each week QFINANCE.com brings you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days (February 14– 20, 2014) in finance and business – essential reading to keep you up to date with the latest topics.
There are many ways to take a fresh look at modern portfolio theory (MPT), but perhaps the most obvious is to tackle the criticism that MPT fell on its face in the 2008 crash, when its balanced portfolio approach conspicuously failed to save investors from taking a caning. First, though, in Part One we will take a brief detour through a little investment history.
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, and especially during the eurozone crisis of 2010-12, the emerging markets seemed like a reliable, steady and ethical engine that was capable of rescuing the traumatized developed world. However, since last summer, that engine has been showing disturbing signs of weakness. It has been misfiring, stalling, and even in some places grinding to a halt.