Topic: investment

When Family Businesses Go International

When are family businesses likely to go international? Ownership structures as well as non-family investor or top management influence in family business operations play a major role, says Professor Kavil Ramachandran. Professor Kavil Ramachandran, The Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management, Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, Indian School of Business.

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Digital Winner-take-all Platforms: Hype or Reality?

By Tejpavan Gandhok The mantra of winner-take-all appears to be the underlying economic assumption behind the flood of interest and investment in digital start-ups in the past few years, argues Professor Tejpavan Gandhok. Are winner-take-all online platforms really as inevitable as they are perceived to be, especially in e-commerce and online taxi hailing in India? Over the past four years, entrepreneurship in …

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Don’t Just Look at Return, Consider Risk too

To incentivise investors to invest in the second investment, it should offer an expected return greater than 6.40 percent. Last week came the news that yet another investment firm has allegedly defrauded its investors, among them a famous sports personality, to the tune of Rs 4 billion. This investment firm had promised investors returns of 23-25 per cent. What boggles the …

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Infrastructure Management: A Solid Base for a Successful Career

Q: What are your insights about the Infrastructure and Construction insight industry in India? What is the scope of the industry in India and across the globe? Ans: India’s infrastructure is nowhere close to where it should be, if we were to achieve a double digit economic growth in a sustainable manner. In recent years there is a huge emphasis on …

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Do Poor Quality Financial Disclosures Raise Cost Of Capital?

How does the quality of financial disclosures affect the cost of capital for corporate investments? The commonly held belief has been that poor quality disclosures raise capital cost. Professor Sunil Dutta’s research suggests a more nuanced relationship. Poor disclosure quality makes capital more expensive for low growth firms, but may make it cheaper for high growth firms. Professor Sunil Dutta is …

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Fintech and the Changing Face of Wealth Management

Technology has helped industries to become more efficient, more productive and more appealing to consumers. Just as technology helps us make a purchase, hail a taxi, or even conduct business meetings, microprocessors are now bringing financial planning to all and sundry. However, good financial advice depends on things that robots might overlook, like intellectual capital and an understanding of the …

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Roads to Riches? An Evaluation of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

Infrastructure development could in many cases lead to unintended consequences, though not always negative in the short run, and hence it is important to create a macroeconomic environment conducive to growth along with creation of social infrastructure, says Professor Shilpa Aggarwal of the Indian School of Business, based on the findings of her study of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak …

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Online Investors Beware: Good News May Not Breed Good Decisions

Human beings have an innate desire to have their views validated by others, a tendency that can have dangerous consequences when it comes to making investment decisions, argues Professor Raj Raghunathan. His studies on the information seeking behaviour of do-it-yourself online investors suggest that the propensity to search out confirmatory information and ignore negative views can result in poor decision-making …

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Political Speech and Economic Outcomes: Running the Numbers

Professors Art Durnev, Larry Fauver and Nandini Gupta present a summary of the findings of their textual analysis of gubernatorial speeches in the United States and find a positive association between the level of optimism expressed in the speech and abnormal returns of firms headquartered in that state. They also find that a more optimistic gubernatorial speech is associated with …

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