3 Emerging Market Risks Companies Should Watch for in 2018

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They devote far more time to internal execution and competitive risks than to external risks that can change the playing field. This means that many emerging market risks get cut from the senior leadership agenda. At Frontier Strategy Group, we observed that in 2017, executives and boards paid the most attention to risks that dominated global headlines: Brexit, the Trump administration’s trade policy, cybersecurity, and, more recently, North Korea.

How CMOs and CROs Can Be Allies

Harvard Business Review

Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Risk Officers (CROs) may seem to have little in common. But in the aftermath of the financial crisis, risk managers have become increasingly involved in business strategy and decisions. That has coincided with marketing’s increased influence on strategy, driven by the unprecedented level of insights into customer behavior and trends that are now possible through analytics. Use risk data as an avenue for innovation.

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Why Some of the Most Groundbreaking Technologies Are a Bad Fit for the Silicon Valley Funding Model

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The myth of Silicon Valley is that venture-funded entrepreneurship is a generalizable model that can be applied to every problem, when in actuality it is a model that was built to commercialize mature technologies for certain markets. If you have an idea to apply mature technology to a well-understood problem, it’s relatively easy to get it financed. At first, Opus 12 targeted the largest addressable market it could find: ethanol, an additive of gasoline.

Deflation Will Take the Majority by Surprise

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He then goes on to search other phrases pertaining to deflation and inflation, which you can learn more about via a risk-free read of the Theorist. When your finances are in trouble, sometimes you have to unload precious items to survive. This article quotes a market firm''s chief economist, "Weakness remains broad-based, with Germany stagnating, France contracting steeply and the rest of the region also clearly entrenched in an ongoing downturn of worrying severity.".

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Why Sit on All that Cash? Firms Uncertain on Cost of Capital

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This is the key finding of the Current Trends in Estimating and Applying the Cost of Capital research released this week by the Association for Financial Professionals, a trade group of 16,000 corporate treasury and finance practitioners. AFP conducted the Cost of Capital Survey in October 2010 and received answers from 309 chief financial officers, treasurers, vice presidents-finance, and assistant treasurers. Current market debt/equity ratio. Country risk rating model.

If Crowdfunding is the New Day Trading, Look Out

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In an essay earlier this week on the evolution of money and finance, GigaOM founder and venture capitalist Om Malik argued that crowdfunding will be the new day trading, the latest financial innovation to “cut costs and [drive] wider participation in a previously closed and clubby market.” ” ( Subsequent research determined that fewer than 1% of day traders consistently beat the market.) Entrepreneurship Finance Technology

Still Many Ways to Skin a Capital Cost

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When executives evaluate a potential investment, whether it's to build a new plant, enter a new market, or acquire a company, they weigh its cost against the future cash flows they expect will spring from it. As the treasury manager in Verizon's corporate finance department, he saw the research as an opportunity to gain valuable benchmarking information about how the CAPM is currently being used by his fellow practitioners. Finance Strategic planning CAPM

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Stop Trying to Predict Which New Products Will Succeed

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Is market performance predictable for a specific product or class of products? For products that cannot be predicted, we should focus on recognition — on trying to identify as quickly and cheaply as possible whether a product is succeeding when it’s actually introduced in the market, and create production and distribution processes that are flexible enough to adapt to our recognition of success or failure. Look at the variance of your new-market products.

Can Your C-Suite Handle Big Data?

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Adding a chief marketing officer (CMO) became crucial as new channels and media raised the complexity of brand building, while Chief strategy officers (CSOs) joined top teams to help grapple with complex and fast-changing global markets. Because the new data analytics horizons typically span a range of functions, including marketing, risk, and operations, the C-suite evolution may take a variety of paths.

Entrepreneurship: A Working Definition

Harvard Business Review

Because they are pursuing a novel opportunity while lacking access to required resources, entrepreneurs face considerable risk, which comes in four main types. Demand risk relates to prospective customers' willingness to adopt the solution envisioned by the entrepreneur. Technology risk is high when engineering or scientific breakthroughs are required to bring a solution to fruition. Financing risk relates to whether external capital will be available on reasonable terms.