As goes January, so goes the year

Anna Valiullina Dec 2019 · 10 min read     Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the subscribers of The Finance Association EPFL! In today’s article, we take the opportunity to wish you a productive year full of ambitious ideas and their great realizations! Having a holiday spirit we would love to introduce you the effect on the financial market which has a great relation to the Christmas and New Year!…

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Central Banks & Monetary Policy

Anna Valiullina Dec 2019 · 10 min read     In today’s article, we are interested in describing the current affairs of Central Banks and by doing so we will briefly remind you about different ways which are used to affect the economy. ————————————– To start with, there are mainly 2 ways how one can affect the current state of the economy: using Fiscal and Monetary Policy. The first one is controlled by…

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Valuation Models : How to Value a Company

Stefano Ramella Nov 2019 · 25 min read Valuation Models are used to assess the worth of a given company : this is needed for IPO, Acquisition, Mergers. In this article, 3 methods are presented : Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, Comparable Companies Analysis and Precedent Transaction Analysis. Each of these methods can be thought as 5-steps process.  ————————————– Overview The three methods presented here are among the most commonly used among the finance professionals.…

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Tokenization of the Real Estate Market

This week’s article focuses on the Real Estate Market and innovation idea of combining it with Blockchain technology. Real Estate Market is considered to be one of many sources of investments, but it is still believed to be an inefficient and non-liquid market. In this article, we attempted to describe the main drawbacks of the Real Estate Market as a source for investments and show how modern technologies as Blockchain could dramatically…

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The WeWork Dilemma

The WeWork Dilemma
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After the failed attempt of an IPO in September ’19, WeWork has been saved by SoftBank after the firm’s valuation dropped from $47 billion to only $8 billion. The Japanese giant is injecting capital to reboost the productivity of the firm and relaunch its image in the market. The rescue deal will increase SoftBank exposure for more than $10 billion in the company with approximately 80% stake. In the process Mr. Neumann,…

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Career opportunities in Finance : Quants

The Finance Association at EPFL is starting a new season! At our first article this academic year we would like to give students of EPFL some insights from the industry of finance and point out at some career opportunities at this field. -------------------------------------- While our editorial strongly believe that the main advantage of the EPFL students is the ability to quickly absorb information and becoming experts at any field they wish to…

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Robo-advising, why your brain can’t trust them, and why you can’t trust it

Most people think they are in control of their thoughts, I mean how can you let anyone else know what you're thinking without telling them? This is perhaps one of the biggest lies advertisement companies would like you to think. In 2002 Daniel Kahneman became the first psychologist to have obtained the Nobel prize in economics for his ground laying work on behavioural economics. People seem to be unpredictable, yet we are…

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The Successful Failure

On September 12, 2012 Apple opened its doors to the market for the unveiling of their new iPhone 5. The public’s reaction was nothing short of madness, camping nights outside the store to be the first to try out this new “innovation”. Fast forward a few years and Apple’s stock price has risen from around $72.54 in (2012) to around $175.40 (2019). Since its release back in in 2007, Apple has sold…

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ESG ranking or sustainable investment business

A new way of investing Sustainable investing appeared a few years ago, as younger investors are willing to invest their money in companies that align with their values. But for someone to invest in such a sustainable company, one needs to be able to compare the different companies that make up his investing universe, based on sustainability criteria. Just as companies are ranked according to their credit rating by specialised companies such…

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INVESTIR POUR LE FUTUR

Au début du XXIème siècle, le principal terrain de jeu de la politique était l’économie. Les grands succès des gouvernements se mesurent en effet en terme de croissance et de position dans le commerce mondial. Cette focalisation sur le monde économique a aussi mis en avant le monde de la finance. Aujourd’hui, les enjeux environnementaux s’emparent brusquement du devant de la scène et les activités financières sont souvent vues comme causes majeures…

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