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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Who pays when Greece defaults on the IMF?

Posted by Deborah Lucas on August 10, 2015

Greece recently failed to pay $1.7 billion due to the IMF, thereby becoming the first developed country to default on an IMF loan. That missed payment represents only a portion of the approximately $23 billion in IMF credit outstanding to Greece, suggesting the ultimate losses to the Fund could be much bigger. The good news is that the potential losses are small in comparison to the IMF’s $350 billion in pledged resources from its members. Barring massive contagion, there is…
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How much do natural disasters really cost corporate America?

Posted by Jean-Noel Barrot on June 2, 2015

See the original article posted on Fortune here>> Sales growth of supplier firms directly hit by a natural disaster drops by around five percentage points, according to a study. As spring begins in New England after record-setting snowfall this winter, the economic consequences of natural disaster are a common topic of discussion. We know it will have a big impact on New England, but will it affect other parts of the country? If so, who will be affected and how…
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Why the Internet did not kill RadioShack

Posted by andreymalenko on April 16, 2015

See the original article posted on Fortune Insider here>> Although the electronics retailer is the latest victim in the rise of e-commerce, several other missteps led to its demise. We’ve seen the downfall of many bricks and mortar stores over the last decade, including Borders, Circuit City, and most recently, RadioShack — to name just a few. As e-commerce continues to rise, it’s seemingly becoming more difficult for traditional stores to stay in business. It’s true that online shopping has…
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