Finance Matters

Finance Matters

Finance Matters: The MIT Sloan Finance Group Blog

Finance Matters is the MIT Sloan Finance Group’s platform for sharing the latest on Finance faculty research, perspectives on financial industry news, MIT Sloan finance-related events, and will feature guest posts from our faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates.

Welcome to Finance Matters

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on October 17, 2012

MIT is often referred to as home to the “pioneers of modern finance,” including luminaries such as Fischer Black, John Cox, Robert Merton, Franco Modigliani, Stewart Myers, Stephen Ross, Paul Samuelson and Myron Scholes. With traditions deeply rooted in finance, today the MIT Sloan Finance Group continues its commitment to training the next generation of finance professionals. Through new programs, growing course offerings, and a commitment to groundbreaking research and policy analysis, MIT remains a leader in financial thought and…
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A Mission-Driven Startup

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on April 7, 2016

Former MIT Sloan Finance Track student, Isa Watson, MBA ’13, founded the mission-driven startup company, Envested in her hometown after a family tragedy. Envested is a social network giving platform for nonprofit organizations to use to create local fundraising challenges and be able to show donors the specific impact of dollars given. Read the full article on Fast Company here>>

This is your fund manager’s secret weapon to fight high-frequency traders

Posted by Haoxiang Zhu on March 3, 2016

See the original post on MarketWatch here>> Mutual-fund and other asset managers trying to get the best price on a stock purchase or sale face a formidable challenge from fast-moving high-frequency traders — but managers are not defenseless. To be sure, it’s difficult to execute large trades when HFTs deploy sophisticated pattern-recognition software in search of order-flow information that they can use to their advantage. When an asset manager unintentionally leaves footprints that tip its hand to these HFTs, the…
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China’s Growing Local Government Debt Burden

Posted by Deborah Lucas on January 27, 2016

High rates of debt growth by local governments are a cause for concern in any country. In China, where recent turmoil in the equity and foreign-exchange markets has put a spotlight on that country’s economy and growth prospects, increasing levels of borrowing by provincial and other lower levels of government has resulted in local indebtedness rising nearly fourfold since 2008, reaching about 40 percent of GDP. Debt growth of that magnitude raises concerns about fiscal sustainability, debt affordability, transparency and…
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