Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Halo Top Ice Cream & Behavioral Economics AH1-003-I
How do you go about making difficult decisions and what are the key psychological shortcuts and biases that may impair your rationality? This case uses the real-life example of the successful launch of Halo Top’s ice cream brand in the United States as the basis to construct a psychological review of the decision-making process of the company founder, advisers and consumers, helping to identify and illustrate some of the most common principles, heuristics and biases of Behavioral Economics. To do so, the case puts students in young entrepreneur Justin Woolverton’s shoes when he has to decide whether to launch the brand or keep his job as a lawyer, and then goes beyond to review the marketing process and consumer insights that are normally present in product introductions and promotions.
Should Justin quit his highly lucrative day job as a lawyer and pursue his ice-cream making dreams? And, if he were to decide to launch his brand, what are the psychological biases and mind-traps that he would have to avoid (when making his decisions) or factor in (when considering those of his potential consumers)?Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Economic Environment & Public Affairs | Others
Heinz: Warren Buffett´s bid for the Ketchup giant DF1-225-I-M
In 2013, 3G and Berkshire Hathaway acquired the Heinz group in a multi-billion dollar deal. But how much did they pay? And how did Warren Buffett, one of the richest people on the planet, even know what was a reasonable amount to offer?
In this interactive case study, students assume the role of finance managers advising Mr. Buffett. Through video animations and Excel spreadsheets, they will need to make forecasts and ultimately predict a reasonable price for the acquisition of H. J. Heinz Company.Academic Area:Finance
Innovation at play: Gold certificate financing by Am … DF1-226-I
Mariam Fatima has recently joined Amana Bank as a member of the New Product Initiatives Division. Seeing the need for a Shariah-compliant pawn service (Qard Hasan) in Sri Lanka, Fatima presents this product gap to her team. During two years, she and her team develop a pawn service that complies with Islamic banking principles - finally offering lower-middle-class individuals the opportunity to borrow money more securely.Academic Area:Finance | Innovation
La Sonrisa Máxima AJ-EF-020
Secunda is Prima’s employee and a dentist in one of Prima’s dental clinics. Secunda and Prima are going to open a new clinic together in Spain under a new Sociedad Anónima. They have mistakenly made investments on account of the new company. Leasing over equipment has been entered into with a third party, for equipment to be used in the clinic.
The students are asked to regularise this de facto situation with a long-term solution. Furthermore, the relationship of both parties as partners must be regulated, and in particular, Secunda’s dual role as a dentist and director.Academic Area:Finance | Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation | Law
Ethiopia: Doing business at the bottom of the pyrami … EC1-139-I-M
What is it like to live and do business at the base of the pyramid? This multimedia is the second part in a series of reports from students who have spent time living, working and volunteering in Ethiopia.
This installment focuses on the different types of businesses that exist and operate in the East African country and begins to explore both the opportunities and challenges that business owners face. Here we display the first-hand accounts from those who have spent time in large and small companies and can relay the challenges of doing business in the bottom of the pyramid.
The students´ experiences are brought to life through images and video interviews. The conclusion posing the ultimate question: Can money be made doing business at the bottom of the pyramid?Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Perfil y competencias del asesor financiero DF2-245
This technical note explains what the client is looking for when it comes to deciding who will manage their assets. It also explains how one of the main components of financial entities are its financial advisors that, nowadays, need to have the adequate experience and training to fulfill their responsibilities entirely.Academic Area:Finance
Jordan's Sovereign Sukuk: A dual solution to bo … DF1-221-I
The Sukuk sector is the fastest growing sector of the Islamic Finance Industry. Indeed, it grew by 14% within just one year (between 2014 and 2015). The total outstanding Sukuk globally stood at US$ 342 billion at the end of 2015. Sukuk has been widely embraced globally as Sovereign Sukuk has been issued by various countries such as UK, Malaysia, Hong-Kong and South Africa. Supranational entities such as World Bank affiliates International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFI), the Islamic Development Bank Group and even companies such as Dubai Islamic Bank, Goldman Sachs and Zorly Energy have all issued Sukuk.
The Jordan Sovereign Sukuk transaction was the pioneer Sovereign Sukuk issuance by the country. Jordan, which is one of ICD’s member countries, has been very active for the past couple of years in terms of Islamic Finance regulations and framework given that it has four Islamic banks in operation in Jordan and passed the Islamic Finance Sukuk Law in 2012.Academic Area:Finance | Innovation
Estrategias de inversión en renta fija con la ayuda … DF2-231
This technical note starts with the basic types of investments in fixed income bonds. It then dives into the concepts and differences between fixed rate coupon and variable rate coupon. It also goes into the derivatives interest rates, forwards over bonds and things like forward rate agreements. It also explains swaps and their use in portfolio management and finally explains caps and floors.Academic Area:Finance
Volatilidad y pérdida máxima en una cartera DF2-248
Starts by explaining the meaning of an investment portfolio and moves on to the considerations of a financial advisor must have for an investment proposal, based on the risk profile of the customer. It uses the example of an investment proposal that can be conservative, moderate, dynamic and aggressive. It wraps up with the presentation of the investment proposal, as a previous step for implementation. It also suggests the concept of financial traceability.Academic Area:Finance