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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — It was the wildest of wild rides. In mid-January of 2007, crude oil futures on the NYMEX Exchange closed at $52 a barrel. Eighteen months later, a relentless climb had pushed prices to an all-time, inflation-adjusted high of $145 a barrel. World markets panicked, and analysts predicted that we’d [...]

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Consumers are likely to run out and spend stock dividends while income from capital gains is more likely to be reinvested or saved, says the Business School’s Stefan Nagel and his coauthors. The finding could be considered in setting economic policy.

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Finance professor Stefan Nagel and his co-author have demonstrated that personally experiencing something like the Great Depression has a significant impact on how we invest our money.

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — For most private sector workers in the United States today, very little is guaranteed in old age. Beyond Social Security, retirement income depends largely on how well workers do in accumulating and managing their own retirement savings through 401(k)-style plans. By contrast, employees of state and local governments are [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – “Executive compensation may be the lightning rod for shareholders in the wake of the financial crisis, but the truth about how pay should be structured is clouded by a lot of popular myths,” says David Larcker, who is James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting and Director of the Corporate [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Recent books by faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business include the selected works of Nobel laureate William Sharpe, a look at communication across academic disciplines by Myra Strober, and two books on human “bounded rationality” in politics by Jonathan Bendor. A book on corporate governance is due [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When it comes to corporate defaults, the current recession is, as of now, child’s play in comparison not only to the Great Depression, but another little-recalled period: the railroad crisis of 1873–1875. New research from Stanford shows that over the past 150 years, the U.S. corporate bond market has [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Since World War II, financial institutions have come to own a far greater proportion of stocks than private households have. Just after the war, individual citizens owned 90% of the stock market; by 2006, they owned only 30%. And the trend is not restricted just to the United States. [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In 2006, spinach producers were hit by an outbreak of E. coli contamination that ground the industry to a halt as all spinach-based food products were yanked from the U.S. market. This nightmare scenario is a particularly dramatic example of the kind of temporary shock that can affect a [...]

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Text of Letter Published in Financial Times, November 9, 2010  The Basel III bank-regulation proposals that G20 leaders will discuss fail to eliminate key structural flaws in the current system. Banks’ high leverage, and the resulting fragility and systemic risk, contributed to the near collapse of the financial system. Basel III is far from sufficient [...]

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