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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Like oracles in the stock market, securities analysts come up with earnings estimates that are supposed to signal the worth of a company’s stock. But what happens when a company’s actual performance proves an analyst’s quarterly forecast is wrong? Instead of fully incorporating new information into their forecasts, many [...]

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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 – “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 — 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 — Assuming the top spot at NYSE Euronext in late 2007, Duncan L. Niederauer knew that he and his top executives would need a big outreach effort to employees to convey his vision for the company. “We communicated, communicated, and then we communicated some more,” he told a Stanford Graduate [...]

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Is That CEO Telling the Truth?

STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—How do you tell if CEOs are not being truthful during quarterly earnings conference calls? Stanford Graduate School of Business researchers have developed a model to analyze the words and phrases used during these calls and found some specific speech patterns that give clues. After studying Q&A sections of transcripts of [...]

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How computers can help account for human biases and nudge stock prices closer to their real value. CAN COMPUTERS PICK stocks and optimize investment portfolios? Yes, they can come close to doing what human portfolio managers do — and often better. That’s the view of Charles M.C. Lee and other proponents of active quantitative investing, who [...]

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Knowledge Network by Maria Shao Charles Lee’s portfolio management style requires accounting for human biases to nudge prices closer to their real value. By now, the fallout from the epic financial crisis is both familiar and tangible: foreclosed mortgages, failed banks, lost jobs, recession. On the less tangible side, the meltdown also shook faith in [...]

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The impact of the financial crisis that began on Wall Street is still being felt around the world. Students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business are drawing lessons from this pivotal time in world economic history both in and out of the classroom with a series of speakers that has produced six podcasts now [...]

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Many retirees are advised to follow the 4% rule for managing spending and investing. Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor William F. Sharpe and his co-authors argue that following this advice can lead to overpayments and surpluses. To avoid these pitfalls, retirees also have to have a clear idea of how much risk they are [...]

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