The Class of 2009:
Professor finds thriving markets, vast business opportunities and optimistic consumers throughout continent
Africa Rising: Is Africa a lost cause? With stories of disease and famine coming out of the continent every day, it is easy to understand why some might come to that conclusion. Africa is a charity case, the thinking goes, and not a winning one at that. Even the brightest academics like Vijay Mahajan can be swayed by the constant wave of negativity about Africa in the mainstream media. To set the record straight, he embarked on a journey across Africa, traveling thousands of miles and listening to hundreds of stories from business leaders, entrepreneurs and consumers over three years.
Personality, age and background influence your investment decisions more than you might think, finance prof says
Anatomy of an Investor: Theories on how to play the stock market abound. Buy low, buy companies whose leadership you admire, invest in organizations that reflect your personal values. And don’t count out the ever-popular strategy of throwing darts at the newspaper’s financial pages. Every investor hopes he or she has figured out how to beat the system and turn a huge profit.
Balance Due: The United States is in the midst of an economic crisis that is threatening the country’s financial stability, as well as the global economy. The crisis began with a collapse in the subprime mortgage market, and, in short order, longstanding institutions such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, as well as several well-known banks, failed, filed for bankruptcy or were taken over.
A little can go a long way–even in the big-time world of Wall Street finance. Research conducted by Michael Clement of The University of Texas at Austin and James Westphal of the University of Michigan shows that even the smallest favors from executives to Wall Street analysts can help secure better stock ratings for their… » Continue Reading