Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brady Bonds

There are a few missing years of interest rates from many Latin American countries in the IMF database.  Ever wonder why?

The answer is many emergent economies - mostly Latin American but including some other regions as well - defaulted on their national debt in the early 1980s.  The remaining debt was reorganized, backed by U.S. treasury debt, and sold as a Brady Bonds, after the United States Treasury Secretary.

By the mid to late 1990s, most of the Brady bond debt was repurchased or repackaged so as not to damage investor confidence in these countries.

Recommended for anyone interested in an economic cycles or Latin America.

News articles:


Guide to Brady Bonds
Swapping Out Debt
Brady Bonds Fading
Brady Bonds Dying Out
Brazil Takes Step Away from Brady Bonds

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mathematics and Logic for Economics

Here's where those books on formal mathematics in economics are (official heading is economics mathematical).

Covers the use of symbols, rules of formal logic, sets, differential equations, theorems, variables and more. Check out one and curl up with it in front of the fire!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Shares Outstanding

You can use Mergent to look up shares outstanding for a company.

1. Enter your company
2. Select the Company Financials Tab
3. And change to income statement, then scroll down

The Hedge Fund That Also Made Cars

Porsche, The Hedge Fund That Also Made Cars

The luxury car manufacturer generated $13.5 BN in pre-tax profit, and sold a record 98,652 automobiles -- a staggering $136K profit per car sold. Even for a luxury brand, the numbers seemed nearly impossible. Upon closer inspection, $11.5 billion dollars of that profit wasn’t from selling cars -- it was from speculating on financial derivatives: Porsche was furtively amassing a sizable position in call options to buy up Volkswagen shares. As a report from the BBC put it, Porsche was “a hedge fund with a carmaker attached.”

In 2008, the car business was good, but the financial engineering business was even better.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tutorial On Market Share Data

Here's a tutorial that shows you how to get market share for companies and brands, value and volume of the market and international market data as well.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Movie Box Office

Variety is one of the preeminent movie industry trade journals. It publishes entertainment news, articles about trends in the industry and box office results.

Current box office results are here
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More resources:


Always interesting to see what makes money (not what you think). Plus, shows you importance of international BO. PLUS, that you CAN make millions doing small movies.

This site also contains international results.
 
Here are some great stats from the National Theatre Owners' website: includes grosses and average ticket prices over time, among other things.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Alfred Marshall, Early Theorist Of Economic Development


All Alfred Marshall books here. 

From Gale:


The English economist Alfred Marshall (1842-1924) was the founder of the "new economics." He rejected the traditional definition of economics as the "science of wealth" to establish a discipline concerned with social welfare.

In 1890 Marshall's Principles of Economics was welcomed enthusiastically by economists and a popular audience as a revolutionary work in economics.

The content and method of Marshall's economics were largely original, but his basic assumptions were derived from the 19th-century belief that social reform depended initially upon the reform of character. He never doubted that every man sought his own, or at least his children's, best interest; that "work" purified human nature, stimulating personal and social progress; or that capitalism would be inherently progressive if it was made more efficient.