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Book Review: Wall Street Wars

Wall Street Wars

In its extensive recounting of financial misdeeds prior to the 1929 stock market crash, this fine work of popular financial history notes the parallels between recent events and the debates in the early 1930s over securities regulation and the subsequent enactment of landmark securities laws. Amid talk of the need to restore trust in the financial industry, the incidents recounted in the book suggest that restoration should apply only to firms that are worthy of trust and must come about through commitment to ethical practices, rather than public relations campaigns. Read more

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The Altman Z-Score in Edward Altman’s Own Words

The Altman Z-Score in Edward Altman's Own Words

Edward Altman recently spoke with Larry Cao, CFA, in Hong Hong about the Altman Z-score, its original inspiration, evolution, use and misuse, as well as the current credit situation around the world. In this first installment, Altman discusses how the Z-score model was developed and how its latest iterations have built on that initial foundation. Read more

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The C-Suite Speaks: Business as Usual?

The C-suite struck an optimistic tone on earnings calls last week. While almost every management team mentioned macroeconomic uncertainty, most executives (outside of the energy sector) were pleased with business conditions. They were even positive on the environment in China. But it’s a little hard to believe that everything is business as usual. Read more

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