65 results back to index

**
Risk Management in Trading
** by
Davis Edwards

asset allocation, asset-backed security, backtesting, Bear Stearns, Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, business cycle, computerized trading, correlation coefficient, Credit Default Swap, discrete time, diversified portfolio, fixed income, implied volatility, intangible asset, interest rate swap, iterative process, John Meriwether, London Whale, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, Myron Scholes, Nick Leeson, p-value, paper trading, pattern recognition, random walk, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk/return, selection bias, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, statistical arbitrage, statistical model, stochastic process, systematic trading, time value of money, transaction costs, value at risk, Wiener process, zero-coupon bond

The time that has passed 74 RISK MANAGEMENT IN TRADING 0.1% 0.2% 50/50 chance of +1 or −1 Cumulative Result 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 −1 −2 −3 −4 −5 −6 −7 −8 −9 −10 1.0% 0.4% 1.8% 0.8% 1.6% 3.1% 25.0% 50.0% 100.0% 15.6% 25.0% 37.5% 37.5% 25.0% 16.4% 21.9% 23.4% 6.3% 24.6% 27.3% 15.6% 16.4% 20.5% 16.4% 11.7% 10.9% 9.4% 3.1% 24.6% 27.3% 31.3% 25.0% 12.5% 20.5% 24.6% 27.3% 31.3% 11.7% 16.4% 21.9% 23.4% 31.3% 37.5% 50.0% 50.0% 4.4% 7.0% 10.9% 9.4% 6.3% 12.5% 3.1% 5.5% 7.0% 5.5% 3.1% 1.6% 0.8% 4.4% 1.8% 1.0% 0.4% 0.2% 0.1% 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Time FIGURE 3.9 Dispersion in a Random Series For financial mathematics, the Wiener process is often generalized to include a constant drift term that pushes prices upward. The constant drift term is due to risk‐free inflation (and described later in the chapter in the “time value of money” discussion). Continuous time versions of this process are called Generalized Wiener Process or the Ito Process. (See Equation 3.8, A Stochastic Process.) A stochastic process with discrete time steps can be described as: ΔSt = μΔt + σΔWt St or ΔSt = μSt Δt + σSt ΔWt where ΔSt Change in Price.

…

For example, models of stochastic price processes commonly need additional terms to be considered. (See Equation 3.20, Generalized Taylor Series on Two Factors.) Finding f(x + Δx, y + Δy) for a function f(x, y): df = ⎤ df df d2 f d2 f 1 ⎡ d2 f Δx + Δy + ⎢ 2 (Δx)2 + 2 (Δy)2 + 2 ΔxΔy ⎥ (3.20) dx dy dxdy 2 ⎣ dx dy ⎦ TIME VALUE OF MONEY Financial mathematics tends to base all of its calculations on the concept of money. However, they value of money is not constant. For example, a dollar in 2014 does not purchase the same amount of goods or services that the same dollar would have purchased in 1914. When looking at the value of money in the future, an adjustment has to be made to the value. 91 Financial Mathematics Additionally, even when ignoring inflation, a dollar on hand is worth more than the promise of a dollar in the future.

…

Sharpe Ratios and Information Ratios both measure what? A. The ease of liquidating trades B. Expected excess returns divided by volatility (standard deviation of returns) C. The theoretical price of the asset if held to maturity based on commonly accepted financial assumptions like non-existence of arbitrage and time value of money. D. The maximum expected drawdown of a trading strategy 2. What is the primary benefit of out-of-sample backtesting? A. It allows the strategy to be modeled with normally distributed returns. B. It decreases volatility of the strategy. Backtesting and Trade Forensics 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 119 C.

pages: 353 words: 88,376

**
The Investopedia Guide to Wall Speak: The Terms You Need to Know to Talk Like Cramer, Think Like Soros, and Buy Like Buffett
** by
Jack (edited By) Guinan

Albert Einstein, asset allocation, asset-backed security, Brownian motion, business cycle, business process, buy and hold, capital asset pricing model, clean water, collateralized debt obligation, computerized markets, correlation coefficient, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, discounted cash flows, diversification, diversified portfolio, dividend-yielding stocks, dogs of the Dow, equity premium, fixed income, implied volatility, index fund, intangible asset, interest rate swap, inventory management, London Interbank Offered Rate, margin call, money market fund, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, passive investing, performance metric, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, statistical model, time value of money, transaction costs, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

Related Terms: • Capital • Mezzanine Financing • Venture Capital • Capital Structure • Private Equity Time Value of Money What Does Time Value of Money Mean? The idea that money available today is worth more than the same amount of money in the future, based on its earnings potential. This principle asserts that money can earn interest and grow, and so any amount of money is worth more the sooner a person has it so that that person can put it to use now rather than later. Also referred to as present discounted value. Investopedia explains Time Value of Money Everyone knows that money deposited in a savings account will earn interest.

…

Related Terms: • Capital Asset Pricing Model—CAPM • Capital Structure • Venture Capital • Capital Gain • Depreciation Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) What Does Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Mean? A model that describes the relationship between risk and expected return; it is used to price securities. The general idea behind CAPM is that investors need to be compensated for investing their cash in two ways: (1) time value of money and (2) risk. (1) The time value of money is represented by the risk-free (rf) rate in the formula and compensates investors for placing money in any investment over 36 The Investopedia Guide to Wall Speak a period of time. (2) Risk calculates the amount of compensation the investor needs for taking on additional risk.

…

A model of price variation over time in financial instruments such as stocks that often is used to calculate the price of a European call option. The model assumes that the price of heavily traded assets follows a geometric Brownian motion with constant drift and volatility. When applied to a stock option, the model incorporates the constant price variation of the stock, the time value of money, the option’s strike price, and the time to the option’s expiration. Also known as the Black-Scholes-Merton Model. Investopedia explains Black Scholes Model The Black Scholes Model is one of the most important concepts in modern financial theory. It was developed in 1973 by Fisher Black, Robert Merton, and Myron Scholes and is used widely today and regarded as one of the best formulas for determining option prices.

pages: 368 words: 145,841

**
Financial Independence
** by
John J. Vento

Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, asset allocation, diversification, diversified portfolio, estate planning, financial independence, fixed income, high net worth, Home mortgage interest deduction, money market fund, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, oil shock, Own Your Own Home, passive income, risk tolerance, the rule of 72, time value of money, transaction costs, young professional, zero day

If you have a signiﬁcant estate you must meet with an experienced estate attorney and implement some of the advanced tax planning techniques mentioned in this chapter. c10.indd 284 26/02/13 2:47 PM 11 C H A P T E R The Time Value of Money O ne of the most important concepts to accumulating wealth and becoming financially independent is understanding the time value of money. By far, the most valuable asset we have is time, but unfortunately it is usually something we take for granted and then do not fully appreciate until later in life. The time value of money formulas are highly complex mathematical equations, beyond the scope of this book; however, I recommend you purchase a financial calculator, which can perform these calculations for you.

…

Annual Interest Rate Future Amount > $50,000 $100,000 $200,000 $400,000 $800,000 $1,600,000 1% 2084-Dec 2156-Nov 2228-Nov 2300-Oct 2372-Oct 2444-Sep 2% 2048-Dec 2084-Dec 2120-Dec 2156-Nov 2192-Nov 2228-Nov 3% 2036-Dec 2060-Dec 2084-Dec 2108-Dec 2132-Dec 2156-Nov 4% 2030-Dec 2048-Dec 2066-Dec 2084-Dec 2102-Dec 2120-Dec 5% 2027-May 2041-Oct 2056-Mar 2070-Jul 2084-Dec 2099-May (Continued ) c11.indd 287 26/02/13 11:37 AM 288 Financial Independence (Getting to Point X ) Exhibit 11.1 (Continued ) Annual Interest Rate Future Amount > $50,000 $100,000 $200,000 $400,000 $800,000 $1,600,000 2084-Dec 6% 2024-Dec 2036-Dec 2048-Dec 2060-Dec 2072-Dec 7% 2023-Apr 2033-Jul 2043-Nov 2054-Feb 2064-May 2074-Sep 8% 2021-Dec 2030-Dec 2039-Dec 2048-Dec 2057-Dec 2066-Dec 9% 2020-Dec 2028-Dec 2036-Dec 2044-Dec 2052-Dec 2060-Dec 10% 2020-Mar 2027-May 2034-Aug 2041-Oct 2048-Dec 2056-Mar 11% 2019-Jul 2026-Jan 2032-Aug 2039-Mar 2045-Sep 2052-Mar 12% 2018-Dec 2024-Dec 2030-Dec 2036-Dec 2042-Dec 2048-Dec 13% 2018-Jul 2024-Jan 2029-Aug 2035-Feb 2040-Sep 2046-Mar 14% 2018-Feb 2023-Apr 2028-Jun 2033-Jul 2038-Sep 2043-Nov 15% 2017-Oct 2022-Aug 2027-May 2032-Mar 2036-Dec 2041-Oct 16% 2017-Jul 2021-Dec 2026-Jun 2030-Dec 2035-Jun 2039-Dec 17% 2017-Mar 2021-Jun 2025-Sep 2029-Dec 2034-Mar 2038-May 18% 2016-Dec 2020-Dec 2024-Dec 2028-Dec 2032-Dec 2036-Dec 19% 2016-Oct 2020-Jul 2024-May 2028-Feb 2031-Dec 2035-Sep 20% 2016-Aug 2020-Mar 2023-Oct 2027-May 2030-Dec 2034-Aug These mathematical facts are accurate and verifiable, yet most people are astonished when they truly understand the power of compounding and how powerful the time value of money can be. In Chapter 8, Planning for Retirement, we discussed the retirement equation of how to achieve financial independence and reach point X. After having a better appreciation for the time value of money, you can now understand why it is so critical to pay close attention to these key factors. Achieving the highest rate of return within your risk tolerance (Chapter 9, Managing Your Investments) is a critical component to this equation.

…

Tax System 12 Organizing and Retaining Your Records 15 Tax-Preparation Services 16 Accumulating Wealth through Tax Planning 18 ix ftoc.indd ix 26/02/13 11:17 AM x Contents Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 ftoc.indd x Determining Your Financial Position 23 Figuring Your Financial Net Worth 24 Case Study: How One Couple Learned They Were Spending More Than They Earned 24 Making Sense of Cash Flow 35 Establishing Your Financial Goals 57 Finding Trusted Advisors 61 Managing Debt 67 Case Study: How Two Doctors Went Bankrupt in Only a Few Years—What Not to Do 67 Basic Principles for Managing Debt 71 Good Debt versus Bad Debt 73 Credit-Card Debt 74 Auto Loans 80 Student Loans 81 Home Mortgage Loans 82 Business and Investment Loans 86 Understanding Credit 87 Your Credit Report and Your Credit Score 89 Preventing Identity Theft 93 Analyzing Your Debt 94 Insuring Your Health and Life 99 Choosing a Health Insurance Plan 100 Long-Term Care Insurance 111 Disability Insurance 118 Life Insurance 122 Buying Insurance Policies 128 Protecting Your Property with Insurance 133 Case Study: How a Lack of Insurance Wiped Out One Woman’s Life Savings 134 Homeowner’s Insurance 136 Automobile Insurance 140 Umbrella Liability Insurance 144 Buying Insurance Policies 147 26/02/13 11:17 AM Contents Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Paying for College 153 Case Study: How Not Saving for Your Child’s Education Can Ruin Your Finances—and Your Child’s 156 Conducting a “Needs Analysis” for Your Children’s College Educations 160 Strategies for Saving Money for College Education 162 Education Tax Deductions and Credits 179 Planning for Retirement 187 Case Study: Saving versus Not Saving for Retirement: The $1.7 Million Difference 187 Retirement Equation: Calculating Your Personal Point X 191 The High Cost of Waiting to Save for Retirement 193 What You Can Expect to Receive from Social Security 196 Qualiﬁed Retirement Plans 198 The Difference between Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs 203 Fixed and Variable Annuities 209 Retirement Funding: “Needs Analysis” 212 Managing Your Investments 221 Analyzing Your Risk Tolerance 222 Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, and Exchange-Traded Funds 226 Diversiﬁcation and Modern Portfolio Theory 234 Asset Allocation and Rebalancing 237 Dollar-Cost Averaging 243 Inﬂation and Taxes: The Biggest Drains on Investment Return 245 Medicare Surtax on Net Investment Income 246 Chapter 10 Preserving Your Estate ftoc.indd xi xi 251 The Federal Gift and Estate Tax System 252 Legal Documents to Consider for Estate Planning 252 The Probate and Administration Process and Why You May Want to Avoid It 257 Using a Planned Gifting Strategy 261 Ownership of Property and How It Is Transferred 262 Reasons for Creating a Trust 265 Beneﬁt from a Family Limited Partnership 277 Estate Tax Planning and Life Insurance 278 26/02/13 11:17 AM xii ftoc.indd xii Contents Chapter 11 The Time Value of Money 285 The Rule of 72 286 Appendix A: Selecting a Trusted Advisor 301 Appendix B: 101 Ways to Save $20 or More per Week 311 Appendix C: Basic Concepts and Definitions of Various Types of Taxes 321 About the Author 341 Index 343 26/02/13 11:17 AM Preface Living the American Dream M y first clients were quintessential examples of successful American Dreamers.

**
Layered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital Currencies
** by
Nik Bhatia

bank run, basic income, Bear Stearns, bitcoin, blockchain, Bretton Woods, British Empire, central bank independence, Credit Default Swap, cryptocurrency, distributed ledger, fiat currency, fixed income, Fractional reserve banking, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, Isaac Newton, joint-stock company, Kickstarter, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, Money creation, money market fund, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, moral hazard, offshore financial centre, quantitative easing, reserve currency, risk free rate, Satoshi Nakamoto, slashdot, smart contracts, time value of money, tulip mania, universal basic income

Before the opening of the Bourse, second-layer money was issued in quarterly increments and designed to bridge debts until the next fair. But in Antwerp, second-layer money began to develop cash-like characteristics. The Time Value of Money The merchant bankers of Antwerp quickly saw how using money layers, and creatively at that, could improve money as a technology for human progress. What exactly was their secret? The answer lies in one of the foundational concepts of modern finance: discounting. Let’s walk through a basic example of discounting in order to illustrate the time value of money and see precisely what the bankers in Antwerp added to our monetary system. You purchase a bill from a banker today for $98 that can be exchanged for $100 in a month.

…

You purchase a bill from a banker today for $98 that can be exchanged for $100 in a month. You do this because the $2 that you accrue during the month is worth the time you have to wait. This is commonly called the time value of money because the time you wait has value associated with it: you’re paid to wait. Before the dawn of the money market in sixteenth century Antwerp, you were forced to wait a month before presenting the bill to collect your cash. In the interim, you have a piece of paper with a principal amount and a maturity date. Even though it has a maturity date in the future, this piece of paper still has value associated with it.

…

This process of a banker buying the bill at a price of $99, which is “discounted” from the $100 par value upon maturity, is called discounting. You walk away with cash today, and the banker will collect $100 at the end of the month. This type of discounting by money market traders in Antwerp brought alive the time value of money on a daily basis. Paper money finally had a price for the world to see. In fact, the birth of the financial press occurred in Antwerp during this period, not due to stock or government bond markets, but to detail daily price changes of commodities traded by merchants and second-layer money traded by bankers.7 The last piece of the puzzle to Antwerp’s success in launching the modern-day money market was the invention of promissory notes.

pages: 695 words: 194,693

**
Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible
** by
William N. Goetzmann

Albert Einstein, Andrei Shleifer, asset allocation, asset-backed security, banking crisis, Benoit Mandelbrot, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Bretton Woods, Brownian motion, business cycle, capital asset pricing model, Cass Sunstein, collective bargaining, colonial exploitation, compound rate of return, conceptual framework, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, debt deflation, delayed gratification, Detroit bankruptcy, disintermediation, diversified portfolio, double entry bookkeeping, Edmond Halley, en.wikipedia.org, equity premium, financial independence, financial innovation, financial intermediation, fixed income, frictionless, frictionless market, full employment, high net worth, income inequality, index fund, invention of the steam engine, invention of writing, invisible hand, James Watt: steam engine, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, laissez-faire capitalism, Louis Bachelier, mandelbrot fractal, market bubble, means of production, money market fund, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, moral hazard, Myron Scholes, new economy, passive investing, Paul Lévy, Ponzi scheme, price stability, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, profit motive, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, Richard Thaler, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, shareholder value, short selling, South Sea Bubble, sovereign wealth fund, spice trade, stochastic process, the scientific method, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, time value of money, too big to fail, trade liberalization, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, tulip mania, wage slave

In all likelihood, so did financiers who traded in lottery tickets, and perhaps issuers and purchasers of life annuities, for whom the time value of money figured heavily. One of de Moivre’s most important contributions is a formula for a fixed stream of future payments over a fixed number of years. In 1724, he used his valuation method in A Treatise of Annuities on Lives. He gives credit to his friend Halley’s earlier calculations, but also suggests that he is able to improve on them. De Moivre noted that the time value of money seriously complicates the calculations for correctly valuing life annuities. The age of the policyholder mattered even more than Halley supposed.

…

In fact, he may even have supplied bread to the capital city of Larsa, which lay a day’s travel to the north. He was also the “grain supplier to the King”—one of his tablets was a receipt from a monthly issue to Rim-Sin for more than 5,000 liters of grain.1 There is little doubt that Dumuzi-gamil’s loan represented the productive use of the time value of money. When he borrowed business capital from Shumi-abum, he apparently had a plan for increasing his wealth. Perhaps it was the entrepreneurial idea of setting up institutional bakeries. It appears likely that debt in the hands of Ur’s entrepreneurs like Dumuzi-gamil could be a means to social and economic mobility.

…

Courts specifically for maritime cases were held from September to April, when ships were not at sea and business could be settled in time for the next season. I argue in this chapter that the unique features of the Athenian court system created a financially literate society with a keen sense of abstractions, such as the price of risk, the time value of money, and the negotiability and hypothecation of entire business enterprises. ATHENS AND GRAIN In 386 BCE, a group of Athenian grain dealers faced the death penalty. They were on trial for price-fixing and hoarding. Their apparent crime was collusion in negotiating the price of grain with importing merchants.

**
Mathematics for Finance: An Introduction to Financial Engineering
** by
Marek Capinski,
Tomasz Zastawniak

Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, cellular automata, delta neutral, discounted cash flows, discrete time, diversified portfolio, fixed income, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, locking in a profit, London Interbank Offered Rate, margin call, martingale, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, risk free rate, short selling, stochastic process, time value of money, transaction costs, value at risk, Wiener process, zero-coupon bond

Introduction: A Simple Market Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.1 Basic Notions and Assumptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.2 No-Arbitrage Principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.3 One-Step Binomial Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.4 Risk and Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 1.5 Forward Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 1.6 Call and Put Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 1.7 Managing Risk with Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 2. Risk-Free Assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1 Time Value of Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1.1 Simple Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1.2 Periodic Compounding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1.3 Streams of Payments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1.4 Continuous Compounding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1.5 How to Compare Compounding Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.2 Money Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.2.1 Zero-Coupon Bonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.2.2 Coupon Bonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.2.3 Money Market Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 21 22 24 29 32 35 39 39 41 43 3.

…

It is also equivalent to borrowing money to purchase a share for $100 today and repaying $110 to clear the loan at time 1. Chapter 9 on ﬁnancial engineering will discuss various ways of managing risk with options: magnifying or reducing risk, dealing with complicated risk exposure, and constructing payoﬀ proﬁles tailor made to meet the speciﬁc needs of an investor. 2 Risk-Free Assets 2.1 Time Value of Money It is a fact of life that $100 to be received after one year is worth less than the same amount today. The main reason is that money due in the future or locked in a ﬁxed term account cannot be spent right away. One would therefore expect to be compensated for postponed consumption. In addition, prices may rise in the meantime and the amount will not have the same purchasing power as it would have at present.

…

We shall be concerned mainly with two questions: What is the future value of an amount invested or borrowed today? What is the present value of an amount to be paid or received at a certain time in the future? The answers depend on various factors, which will be discussed in the present chapter. This topic is often referred to as the time value of money. 21 22 Mathematics for Finance 2.1.1 Simple Interest Suppose that an amount is paid into a bank account, where it is to earn interest. The future value of this investment consists of the initial deposit, called the principal and denoted by P , plus all the interest earned since the money was deposited in the account.

pages: 287 words: 44,739

**
Guide to business modelling
** by
John Tennent,
Graham Friend,
Economist Group

business cycle, correlation coefficient, discounted cash flows, double entry bookkeeping, G4S, intangible asset, iterative process, purchasing power parity, RAND corporation, risk free rate, shareholder value, the market place, time value of money

Future cash flows, however, must be adjusted to allow them to be compared on an equivalent basis with cash flows that take place at the start of the project. Future cash flows must be adjusted for the “time value of money” and a “risk premium”. Time value of money The time value of money reflects the principal that cash received today is worth less than the same amount of cash received in a year’s time. A rational investor would prefer $100 today rather than $100 in a year’s time as the $100 today could be invested in a bank where it would earn interest and grow to an amount greater than the $100 received in a year’s time. The discount rate, used in dcf analysis, incorporates the time value of money by including the risk-free rate of return that could be earned on $100 invested risk-free at, say, a bank or in a government bond.

…

The problem with payback is that it is very short term. It fails to consider cash flows beyond the payback period (for example, the project could make $2,000,000 in year 6 and its payback would still be 2 years 4 months), and therefore says nothing about the scale of the project. It also ignores the time value of money, which is explained in the next section. However, it remains one of the most popular project appraisal techniques used by companies. DISCOUNTED CASH FLOW THEORY Typical projects normally involve a sequence of cash outflows followed by a sequence of cash inflows. Discounted cash flow or dcf analysis calculates the net cash flow as if all the future cash outflows and inflows occurred simultaneously at the same point in time, which is normally the first day of the project.

…

140–41 capital gains tax 258 cars 131 cash 198, 202 deficits 157 surpluses 154, 157 cash breakeven point 146 cash flow 13, 33, 60, 130, 130, 136, 141, 172, 189 adjusting 153 anticipated 151 cumulative project cash flow 152 and equity value 186 forecasts 70 free (FCF) 163, 173, 173, 180 net 146 operational 147, 152 projected 257 short time intervals 180 sign convention 176 statements 156, 157, 159, 161, 169 tax and 127, 174 timing 164, 176–7, 177 cash flow cycle 140, 140, 141, 141, 202, 202 causative techniques 85 cell comments 251–2 chart wizard button 53 check boxes 223–4 circular references 159, 211 COC see cost of capital coefficients 97, 100, 103 collinearity 105 colour scheme 67 column consistency 210 column widths 69 company acquisitions 146 company law 70 company valuation model 190–92 competition 4, 15, 257 compounding 182 computers crash 36, 39 purchase 131 CONCATENATE function 44–5, 50, 263–4 conceptual errors 206 conditional formatting 52–3 Consolidate box 37–8, 38 consumers credit 78 expenditure 14 spending patterns 88 consumption proportion 131 INDEX control toolbox 222 convertibles 149, 155 corporate decision-making 13 corporate planning pyramid 12–13, 12 corporation tax 163, 164, 167, 172, 174, 258 cost of capital (COC) 204, 205 costs 147, 172, 173, 257 capital 60, 117 drivers of 123–7 fixed 122–3, 122, 123 inflexible 125, 125 operating see operating costs COUNT IF function 47, 48, 48, 264 covenants 156 CPM see Critical Path Method credit agencies 151 credit controllers 123, 123 creditor days 145, 202 creditors 145, 145, 147 critical factors 15, 16, 17, 23, 29 Critical Path Method (CPM) 11 currency 14, 46, 46, 80, 168 current liabilities 147 customer segmentation 112–13, 113, 114 cyclical component 89 D data assumptions 6, 7 collection 6, 7, 8, 22–3, 24 labels 38, 54 scenarios 61 warehousing 8 data collection manager 9 data screens 240, 240, 241 DATA VALIDATION function 53 DCF analysis see discounted cash flow analysis de minimus rule 128 debentures 148 debt 147, 150, 151, 155, 157, 204 bad 160–63 doubtful 160–61 funders 155 funding 152 instruments 157, 157 net 155 debt to equity ratios 155–6, 156, 190 debtor days 142, 162, 202 debtors 142–3, 147, 160, 161 debugging see testing and debugging decision-making analysis 1 273 INDEX choice 2 corporate 13 implementation 2 defining the outputs 12–18 alignment with the business’s overall objectives 12–13 business model output checklist 18 creating an output template 16, 17 defining the outputs required to answer the question 13–14 establish the basics 14 model outputs and corporate decisionmaking 13 real versus nominal forecasts 14 specify the time frame and period length 13–14 identifying the critical factors that determine the outputs 15 running a workshop 17–18 demand 75, 107, 108 demand curve 87 downward-sloping 86, 87 demographic shifts 18 dependencies 258 dependency ranking 242–4 depreciation 33, 34, 46, 118, 128, 129, 187, 203 other depreciation methods 131 reducing balance 130, 130, 137, 137 straight line 129–30, 130, 132, 136, 136 development log 35, 38 dialog boxes 252 discount factor 191 discount rates 45, 180, 183 discounted cash flow analysis 172, 181, 185, 188 company valuation example 190–92 EBITDA exit multiples 189 growth rate models 188–9 terminal values 188 valuation range 190 discounted cash flow theory 179–82 discounted cash flows 34, 182–3 discounting 182 distribution 117, 133–4 divide by zero 51 dividend cover 204 dividends 147, 180 documenting the model documentation outside the model contents of a typical user’s guide 255 continuing user support 255 fit for the purpose 253 good document form design 253–4, 254 structure 254 training material 255 user’s documentation 254 documentation within the model 251–3 cell comments 251–2 dialog boxes 252 macro comments 252–3, 253 specific help software 252 text boxes 252 need for documentation 250 when to document 250 where to document 250–51 Du Pont 11, 199 dynamic effects 59 dynamic links the CONCATENATE function 44 multiple models 36–7 E earnings per share 204 EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation), multiples 187–8, 189, 190, 192, 203, 257 economic added value (EVA) 204 economy of scale 119, 120, 120, 175, 176, 200 Edit Links box 37, 37 endogenous variables 22 enterprise value (EV) 186, 188 environmental risk 249 equity 147, 150, 151, 155, 157, 204 equity value 186 Excel Scenario Manager 248 exchange rates 15, 53, 70, 150, 167, 168, 258 behaviour 80–81 definition and uses 80 modelling approach 81–3 seed 80 exit options 257 exit screens 239–40 exogenous variables 22 EXP function 264 extrapolation techniques 85 eyeball lines 55 F FIFO (first in first out) basis 139 file folder structure 36, 36 file-naming convention 35 finance calculations 34 financial performance 18 FIND 210–11 firm value 186 fixed asset turnover 201 274 fixed assets see under capital expenditure and working capital fixed costs see under operating costs fonts 67 for and next loops 234–6 FORECAST function 95, 95, 96 forecasting, revenue see revenue forecasting forecasts 13 nominal 14 real 14 foreign exchange calculations 167–70 generic approach to modelling foreign exchange gains and losses 168 modelling foreign exchange gains and losses on overseas financing 169–70, 170, 171 modelling foreign exchange gains and losses on overseas revenue and costs 169 principles of foreign exchange accounting 167–8 format painter 50–51 formatting 67–9 colours 67 column widths 69 fonts 67 lines 67, 68 macros 218–19 number styles 68 Forms toolbar 221–5 formula bar 41, 41 formulae, deconstructing complex 208–9, 209 free cash flow (FCF) 163, 173, 173, 180, 186, 191, 205 free-form development 32 FREEZE PANES command 229–30, 230 funding see modelling funding issues G Gantt chart 10, 11 GDP see gross domestic product gearing 155, 156, 190, 245 GO TO function 53 GOAL SEEK function 242–4 goal statement 18 Gordon Growth Model 189, 190, 192 graphs 53–8, 60, 261–2, 262 eyeball lines 55 fixed cost 122, 122 improving the appearance of 54 market value 129, 129 one graph suits all 55–8, 56 triangulation 126 variable costs 119, 119 INDEX gridlines 54 gross additions/connections 88, 93, 97, 97, 98, 98, 104 gross domestic product (GDP) 15, 76, 84, 189 behaviour 71–2 definition and uses 70–71 modelling approach 72–4 seed 71 group sheet function 39 growth 205, 258 GROWTH function 106 growth rate 45, 71, 72, 74, 74, 75 H hard coding 38, 60 hedging techniques 150 HELP function 51 hiding information 69 hyperlinks 226–7, 227 I IF function 45–6, 47, 51, 65, 73, 74, 77, 120, 145, 211, 223, 264 implementation 2, 6, 7, 9 income distribution 15 levels 15 INDEX function 46, 101, 103, 103, 104, 108, 264–5 inflation 14, 15, 53, 70, 75, 132, 258 inflation rate behaviour 75–6 definition and uses 75 modelling approach 76–7 seed 75 inflexible costs see under operating costs information, hiding 69 input sheets 59–65, 60, 61, 72, 72 input timelines 29, 29, 30, 31 inputs additional 29 alternative 22 analysis 23, 24 extreme 213 inflation 76, 76 seed 19 strategic 30 uncertainty/impact 23–4, 23, 25 validation 66 variables 6, 7 interest 147, 156, 180 interest calculations 157 interest costs 131 INDEX interest income and charges alternative approaches to modelling interest income 159–60, 159, 160 interest rate assumptions 158 issues in modelling interest income and charges 158 modelling interest income and circular references 158–9 interest rates 14, 15, 53 assumptions 158 base see base interest rates interface sheets 36 internal rate of return (IRR) 13, 172, 183–5, 183, 184, 245, 257 more than one 184–5, 185 investment commencement of 258 investment funding 203 net 157 overseas 150–51 reinvestment ratio 203 investment control 149 investor measures dividend cover 204 earnings per share 204 IRR see internal rate of return IRR function 265 ISDATE function 240 ISERROR function 46, 51, 211, 213, 265 ISSER function 265 J J curve 146, 146, 152, 154 joint ownership 149 judgmental techniques 85 L land residual value 132 leases 149 operating (rents) 147 LEN function 265 lending rates 152 leverage 155 lines, in formatting 67–8, 68 LINEST function 100–101, 101, 102, 103, 104, 108, 266 list box 224, 225 LN function 266 loans 149, 152, 156 losses 163, 165, 168 M macroeconomic factors 15, 70–84 275 base interest rates 78–80 exchange rates 80–83 gross domestic product 70–75 inflation rate 75–7 other macroeconomic variables 84 population 83–4 macroeconomic forecasts 8 macroeconomics 70 macros 216–21 calculation 233, 233 comments 252–3, 253 editing the macro code 218 macros for repeated tasks 218–21 creating a personalised toolbar 221 formatting macros 218–19 personal macros 218 protecting the model 219–21 Monte Carlo 245, 246 multiplication tables 234–6, 234, 235 print macro 231, 231 recording simple 216 running the macro 218 viewing macro code 216–17, 217 manual code review 208 market growth 15 market liberalisation 18 market size 15 market value 129, 129, 130, 132 mathematical operations 209–10 MAX function 45, 125, 135, 179, 196, 266 mean square error (MSE) 99 media 19 microeconomic variables 15 microeconomics 70 Microsoft Excel 2, 4, 37, 40, 50, 51, 53, 90, 106, 180, 183, 210, 216, 218, 227, 234, 235, 236, 237, 239 milestones 10, 258 MIN function 45, 139, 154, 196, 266–7 mission statement 18 mobile telecommunications industry bottom-down/top-up forecasting 88 critical factors 15, 16 decomposition of revenue 86 penetration 105, 106, 107, 109, 111, 111 product cycle life 106, 107 regression analysis 97, 106 segmentation 112 third-generation mobile data services 88 total revenue 115, 116 MOD function 50, 125, 134 model developer 9 model development process management 32–9 276 best practice in model development avoiding some common pitfalls 39 the basics of quality control 35–8 the model development process create workings pages for all main sections and develop calculations 33 develop the user interfaces and conduct user testing 34 set up output and input templates 33 test and debug 33 transfer results to output pages 33 a model development project plan 34 establishing a modelling charter 34 using material from the modeller’s library 34 populate input templates with base or test data 33 styles of development 32 free-form development 32 model layout 59–60, 59 model outputs 13, 17, 259–62 model ownership 35 modeller’s toolbox 40–58 naming sheets 40 range names 40–44 useful features conditional formatting 52–3 divide by zero 51 format painter 51–2 macros for repeated tasks 218–21 one graph suits all 55–8 shortcut keys 50–51 using graphs 53–5 useful functions AND and OR 46–7 AVERAGE 50 CONCATENATE 44–5 MIN, MAX or IF statements 45–6 MOD 50 OFFSET 49–50, 49 SUM IF and COUNT IF 47–9, 48 modelling funding issues 146–57 cost of funding 151–2 debt to equity ratios 155–6, 156 funding strips 152–4 identifying the cash flow to be funded 147 operating environment 150–51 project control 149–50 putting the funding cost back in the model 156–7 balance sheet 157 cash flow statement 157 profit and loss account 156–7, 157 INDEX time periods 154–5, 154 types of funding 147–9 weighted average cost of capital 152 modularisation 63 Monte Carlo analysis 245–8 moving average 90, 91, 92 MSE see mean square error multiplicative model 96 multiple models and dynamic links 36–7 multiple regression 85, 87, 101–4, 102, 103, 104, 105 N naming sheets 40 navigation see under spreadsheet applications NCF see net cash flow net book value 130, 138, 139, 140, 140 net cash flow (NCF) 182 net debt 155 net operating profit after tax 204 net present value (NPV) 13, 172, 179, 182, 183, 184, 184, 189, 190, 194, 242, 243, 245, 257 nominal forecasts 14 NPV see net present value NPV function 267 number styles 68–9 numbers for an output 4 negative 4 within a formula 4 O OFFSET function 49–50, 49, 57, 119, 125, 134, 135, 138, 224, 248, 267 operating costs 29, 31, 60, 117–27, 161 completeness of operating costs 117, 117–18 cost behaviour 118 drivers of costs 123–7 inflation 126–7 inflexible costs 125, 125 tax 127 triangulation 126, 126 fixed costs 122–3, 122, 123, 125, 126, 200 variable costs 118–22 operating environment 19, 149, 150–51 operating profit 186 operational risk 248, 249 options 148 OR function 46–7, 267–8 ordinary shares 148 output sheets 33, 60, 63, 63, 64, 248 output template 16, 17, 18 277 INDEX outputs 6, 7, 23, 29 presenting model 259–62 overdrafts 149 overheads, allocated 175 overseas investments 150–51 P P/E ratios 186–7, 188 packaging 117 payback 172, 177–9, 245, 257 payroll cost 126, 203 PBT see profit before tax PED see price elasticity of demand penetration 105, 106, 107–12, 109, 114, 115 total 114 period ends 14 period length 14 PERT (Performance Evaluation and Review Technique) 10–11 PEST analysis 21 plant residual value 131–2 utilisation 258 PLC see product life cycle population 70 behaviour 83 definition and uses 83 growth 15 modelling approach 83–4 seed 83 post-project review 6, 7 PPP see purchasing power parity preference shares 148 prepayments 141, 141, 142 present value 182 price elasticity of demand (PED) 86–7, 87, 115 prices constant 14 fall in 4 print ranges 231 probability models 19 product life cycle (PLC) 106, 107, 107, 189 product prices 53 profit and loss 33, 60, 164, 257 profit and loss account 129, 141, 143, 156–7, 157, 161, 162, 163, 167, 169, 173 profit before tax (PBT) 181 profit flow 172 profit margin 199–200 profits 14 operating 186 programming techniques with Visual Basic 232–6 project appraisal and company valuation 172–92 conventions for setting out the cash flows 176–7 sign convention 176 timing 176–7, 177 discounted cash flow theory 179–82 calculating the discount rate 180 calculating the WACC 181 dicounted cash flow decision rule 182 discount rate 180 risk premium 179 short time intervals 180 time value of money 179 discounting cash flows in practice 182–3 evaluating companies 185–92 techniques for valuing companies 186–8 using DCF analysis in practice to value companies 188–92 identifying the relevant project cash flows 172–6 the cash effect of change 174–5 dealing with allocated overheads 175 group versus project 176 relevant costs and capital expenditure 174 relevant revenues 174 relevant taxes 174, 174 internal rate of return 183–5, 183, 184 more than one IRR 184–5, 184 payback 177–9 project appraisal and valuation techniques 172 project control 149–50 project manager 8, 9, 10 Project Plan see under business modelling process property space requirement 123, 124, 124 utilisation of 258 protecting the model see under spreadsheet applications purchase, timing of 132 purchase cost 131 purchase tax 127 purchasing power parity (PPP) 80, 81 R R2 value 97, 98, 102 radio (option) buttons 222–3, 223 range names 4, 40–44, 158, 159, 164, 191 accessing the named inputs and rows 44 common range names 43–4 defining several individual names 42, 42 278 naming one cell 41 naming one cell where the cell name is displayed to the left of reference value 41, 41 naming several values at once 42–3, 42 naming whole rows 43 range test the model 212–13 RANK function 268 ratios 60 the Du Pont pyramid of ratios 199–203 balance sheet management 201–2 further analysis 202–3 percentage of sales measures 201 profit margin and asset turnover 199–201 external analysis 194 internal analysis 194–5 internal ratio analysis 195 interpreting 196–7 average 196 high and low values 196 rank 196 useful ratios to calculate return on average capital employed (ROACE) 198 return on equity (ROE) 199 return on net assets (RONA) 197–8, 198, 199, 200, 201, 204 real forecasts 14 recalculation 69 reducing balance 130, 130 regression equation 98, 98 regression techniques see under revenue forecasting regulatory environment 70 rents 147 replicating actual results 212 report style 259 research agencies 8, 70 residual (“disturbance”) component 89 residual value 132 retail price index 75 return on average capital employed (ROACE) 198 return on capital employed (ROCE) 242, 243, 245, 257 return on equity (ROE) 199 return on net assets (RONA) 197–8, 198, 199, 200, 201, 204 return on sales (ROS) 257 revenue 14, 30, 53, 60, 64, 117, 147, 172, 173 decomposition 86 derivation of 29 total 86, 115–16, 116 INDEX revenue forecasting 14, 85–116 approaches to bottom-up versus top-down forecasting 87–8 classification of forecasting methodologies 85 decomposition of revenue 86 price elasticity of demand 86–7, 87 time frame 88 long-term forecasting 105–11 fitting a product life cycle curve 107–11 the product life cycle 107, 107 regression techniques 96–105 estimating the coefficients 97–9, 97, 98 forecasting using the TREND function 100, 100 limitations of regression analysis 105 the LINEST function 100–101, 101 multiple regression 101–4, 102, 103, 104, 105 regression analysis 96–7 the TREND function 99, 100 segmentation 112–16 business segment 114–15, 114, 115 consumer segment 112–13, 113, 114 mix effects 116 total revenue 115–16, 116 time series analysis 85, 87, 88–96 additive and multiplicative models 89–90, 90 components of a time series 89 estimating the trend and seasonal factors manually 91–4, 92, 93, 94 estimating the trend using the built-in moving average function 90–91, 91 forecasting using the trend, seasonal factors and the additive model 94–5, 95 limitations of time series analysis 96 the multiplicative model 96 time series data 88, 89 revenue multiples 188 revenue tax 163 ripple effect 51 risk 149, 150, 151, 155 assumption 248, 249 commercial 257 environmental 249 operational 248, 249 premium 179 ROACE see return on average capital employed ROCE see return on capital employed ROE see return on equity RONA see return on net assets INDEX ROS see return on sales ROUND function 154, 268 rounding 65–6, 65, 66, 259 ROUNDOWN function 268 ROUNDUP function 123, 133, 268 row consistency 210 rows versus columns 261, 261 S sales forecast 55 tax 127, 163–4 saving the model regularly 36 scenario development 25–31 scenario planning benefits 20 the development of 20 stage 1: identifying high impact, highly uncertain inputs 20, 21–4 stage 2: identify alternative development paths for key inputs 20, 25–6, 25–6 stage 3: select the three or four most informative scenarios 20, 26–8, 27 stage 4: develop the scenario stories 20, 28–30 stage 5: develop the business strategy 20, 30 scenarios 20 scheduling 258 scroll bars 225, 225 seasonal component 89 seasonal factors 89–90, 90, 91, 93, 94, 94, 96 seed 19, 60, 62, 71, 75, 78, 80, 83 segmentation see under revenue forecasting sensitivity analysis 147, 241–2, 241 shareholder value 193–5, 194, 199 ratio analysis 194–5 short period rate 180 shortcut keys 50–51 sign convention 66, 176 simple modified exponential trend curve 108 SIN function 268–9 SINE curve 71, 76 SMART goals 9 social trends 70 socio-economic shifts 18 specific help software 252 spin buttons 225 splash screens 237–9, 238 spreadsheet applications appearance consistency 229 freezing the screens 229–30, 230 placement of macro buttons 230 279 removing the gridlines 230 simple layout 229 basic programming techniques with Visual Basic 232–6 Forms toolbar 221–5 navigation attaching a macro to a button 228–9, 229 basic navigation 226 creating a menu using Visual Basic 227–8, 227, 228 hyperlinks 226–7, 227 recording simple macros 216 viewing macro code 216–17, 217 printing 231 creating a print macro 231, 231 setting print ranges 231 protecting the model 219–21 spreadsheet functions 263–70 spreadsheets 2, 11 advantages and disadvantages of using 3 and model ownership 35 see also input sheets; output sheets; working sheets start of trade 133, 258 stock 143–4, 144, 202 stock days 143, 144, 202 strategic plan 12, 18, 31 style and outline 59–69 alternative model layout 63–4 formatting 67–9 colours 67 column width 69 fonts 67 lines 67–8, 68 number styles 68–9 making the model intelligible 64 making range names work 64–5, 64 model layout 59–60 recalculation 69 retaining consistent logic by having the same formulae every year 65 rounding to invisible 65–6, 65, 66 sheet layout: inputs 60–61, 60, 61 sheet layout: outputs 63, 63 sheet layout: working 61–2 sign convention 66 some things to avoid, recalculation 69 things to avoid, hiding information 69 sum of the digits 131 SUM function 269 SUM IF function 47–8, 48, 269 supply chain 176 280 SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis 257 synergy 176 T tables of data 259–61, 260 tactical plans 18 tasks 10 tax shield on financing 181 taxation 33, 34, 127, 173, 258 the challenges of modelling taxation 163 forms of taxation 163–4, 163 generic approach to corporation taxation workings 164–5, 165, 166–7 technical errors 206 technical obsolescence 131 technological change 70 templates 11, 13, 16, 17, 33 terminal value 14, 189, 258 testing and debugging 33, 34, 206–15 the importance of 206 testing strategy 207–15 step 1: eliminate technical and conceptual flaws 208–12, 214 step 2: range test the model 212–13, 215 step 3: stress test the model 213, 215 step 4: user testing 214, 215 types of errors conceptual errors 206 technical errors 206 user errors 206 text boxes 252 third-party forecasts 70 tick box 43, 43 time frame 13–14, 88 time periods 154–5, 154 time series analysis see under revenue forecasting time value of money 179 top-down forecasting 87–8 total revenue 86, 115–16, 116 trace error button 51 transport trends 15 trend curves, exponential, Gompertz and Logistic 108 TREND function 99, 100, 101, 105, 269 trend see under revenue forecasting trendline 55 regression 98 triangulation 126, 126 U uncertainty, scenario planning and model inputs 19–24 INDEX business model input checklist 24 defining the inputs 19 examining different approaches to uncertainty 19 scenario-based forecasting approach 20 stages of a scenario-based forecasting approach 20, 20 stage 1: identifying high impact, highly uncertain inputs 21–4 analyse variables according to uncertainty and impact 23–4, 23 identify all the variables that influence the business 21–2, 21 identifying the relationships between variables 22 review the data collection requirements 22–3 understanding the nature of uncertainty 19 uncertainty/impact matrix 23–4, 23, 24, 25, 29 units 14 upper asymptote 107, 108, 108 urbanisation 15 useful economic life 131 users documentation 254 errors 206 interfaces 34 support, continuing 255 testing 214 using the model 241–9 dependency ranking 242–4 displaying the assumption dataset on the output sheet 248 Excel Scenario Manager 248 GOAL SEEK 242–4 Monte Carlo analysis 245–8 risk and its management 248–9 sensitivity analysis 241–2 V valuation 60 see also project appraisal and company valuation valuation approaches see project appraisal and company valuation valuation range 190 value-added tax 127 variable costs see under operating costs variables 21–2, 21 dependent 96 endogenous 22 exogenous 22 281 INDEX independent (explanatory) 96–7, 100 uncertainty/impact 23–4, 23 variance analyses 13 version control 35 versions of the model, retaining 35–6 vertical analysis 201 vision statement 18 Visual Basic 216, 232–6 Visual Basic Editor 216–17, 217, 218, 240 VLOOKUP function 121, 122, 269–70 W WACC see weighted average cost of capital warrants 148 warranty 118 weighted average cost of capital (WACC) 152, 167, 180, 181, 190 wind-farm operators critical factors for 15, 16 develop the scenario stories 28–30, 29 Gantt chart 10, 11 impact/uncertainty matrix 23–4, 23 input timelines 29, 29 output template 17 potential input development paths 25–6, 25–6 revenue model 29–30 strategic inputs 30 variables influencing 21, 22 withholding tax 258 working capital see under capital expenditure and working capital working capital turnover 201–2 working sheets 60–5 workshops 17–18 writing and presenting the business plan key issues to address in a business plan 256 presenting the model outputs 259–62 graphs 261, 262 rounding 259 rows versus columns 261 tables of data 259–60 report style 259 typical content of a business plan document assumptions 257–8 commercial risk 257 economic 258 executive summary 257 financial 257 manning 258 market 257 milestones 258 safety, health and environment 258 sensitivity 258 strategic importance 257 taxes 258 technical 258 Z zero, set all inputs to 211 zero book value 136

**
The Trade Lifecycle: Behind the Scenes of the Trading Process (The Wiley Finance Series)
** by
Robert P. Baker

asset-backed security, bank run, banking crisis, Basel III, Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, business continuity plan, business process, collapse of Lehman Brothers, corporate governance, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, diversification, fixed income, functional programming, hiring and firing, implied volatility, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, locking in a profit, London Interbank Offered Rate, margin call, market clearing, millennium bug, place-making, prediction markets, short selling, statistical model, stochastic process, the market place, the payments system, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, value at risk, Wiener process, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

Interest rates are therefore a fundamental asset class used by all other asset classes. Removing credit effects The aim of building a discount curve is to quantify the time value of money. Whenever two counterparties engage in a deal they have to take into account the risk of default and will charge a premium to mitigate this risk; the greater the chance of default, the higher the risk. This credit effect distorts the price of the product which could be a deposit or swap used in building the discount curve and hence the discount curve is altered and no longer reflects purely the time value of money. An alternative instrument which is better at removing the effect of credit is the Overnight Indexed Swap (OIS).

…

Money can be borrowed for different periods of time (known as term) and the major set of financial products in interest rates are divided into three terms short term (less than one year) are known as cash or money market trades medium term (usually from one to two years) are futures longer term (two or more years) are swaps. Interest and the time value of money Interest is paid to attract lenders to part with money which they could otherwise have used for purchasing other assets or kept for security. A person making a loan to 33 34 THE TRADE LIFECYCLE someone else will therefore charge interest to compensate for the loss of opportunity to use his own money and because there is a reduction in his liquidity meaning that he has less ability to cope with sudden demands on his money such as to pay wages or fix broken machinery.

…

A person making a loan to 33 34 THE TRADE LIFECYCLE someone else will therefore charge interest to compensate for the loss of opportunity to use his own money and because there is a reduction in his liquidity meaning that he has less ability to cope with sudden demands on his money such as to pay wages or fix broken machinery. The result of charging interest when money is loaned causes an effect known as the ‘the time value of money’. In essence this effect means that money in the future is worth less than money now. This is not to be confused with inflation which is caused by price rises. (The two are similar and are correlated to each other but here we confine the discussion to interest rates.) In mathematical terms, Future value = Present value × (1 + interest rate) So if I have 100 pounds and the interest rate is 5% per annum then, in one year, my 100 pounds will be worth 100 × (1.05) = 105 pounds Present value = Future value∕(1 + interest rate) So if I am expecting 100 pounds in one year with 5% interest per annum then my present value of that future 100 pounds is 100∕(1.05) = 95.24 pounds So we see that money is worth less over time.

pages: 566 words: 155,428

**
After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
** by
Alan S. Blinder

"Robert Solow", Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, asset-backed security, bank run, banking crisis, banks create money, Bear Stearns, break the buck, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, conceptual framework, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Detroit bankruptcy, diversification, double entry bookkeeping, eurozone crisis, facts on the ground, financial innovation, fixed income, friendly fire, full employment, hiring and firing, housing crisis, Hyman Minsky, illegal immigration, inflation targeting, interest rate swap, Isaac Newton, Kenneth Rogoff, liquidity trap, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, market bubble, market clearing, market fundamentalism, McMansion, money market fund, moral hazard, naked short selling, new economy, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, Occupy movement, offshore financial centre, price mechanism, quantitative easing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Savings and loan crisis, shareholder value, short selling, South Sea Bubble, statistical model, the payments system, time value of money, too big to fail, working-age population, yield curve, Yogi Berra

Why interest rates? Because dividends and capital gains received in the future are worth less today when interest rates are higher and more when interest rates are lower. The reason is the time value of money: $1 received later is worth less than $1 received sooner because, if you can get your hands on money sooner, you can put it to work earning interest. When interest rates fall, this difference shrinks. The time value of money becomes less and less important. The reverse happens when interest rates rise. A similar valuation analysis applies to houses, if we ignore emotional attachments and treat buying a house as an investment.

…

Then the “dividends” you receive are the monthly rental fees you save by owning rather than renting. Since houses last for decades, most of these rental savings come far in the future. So lower interest rates imply higher fundamental values for houses, just as they do for stocks or bonds—and for basically the same reason: the time value of money. The calculation of fundamental value for houses is not quite as straightforward as this, of course. One reason is that huge idiosyncrasies across individual houses make the precise rent that is being “saved” hard to know precisely. (It’s ten o’clock. Do you know how much your house would rent for?)

…

This fixity of the income stream contrasts starkly with common stocks, where dividends and capital gains rise and fall with the fortunes of companies and are not specified in advance. The fundamental value of a fixed-income security is easy to compute in the absence of default risk: One need compute only the present values of all the future flows of interest and principal, which are fixed and known—and then add them up. Because of the time value of money, lower interest rates make those future flows worth more, implying higher bond prices. For U.S. Treasury bonds, which carry no risk of default, the fundamentals are only the stated (“coupon”) rate of interest and the current market rate of interest. When the market interest rate falls, the bond’s fundamental value rises—and the bond’s value falls when the market interest rate rises.

pages: 542 words: 145,022

**
In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio: The Stories, Voices, and Key Insights of the Pioneers Who Shaped the Way We Invest
** by
Andrew W. Lo,
Stephen R. Foerster

"Robert Solow", Albert Einstein, asset allocation, backtesting, Benoit Mandelbrot, Black-Scholes formula, Bretton Woods, Brownian motion, business cycle, buy and hold, capital asset pricing model, Charles Lindbergh, compound rate of return, corporate governance, Covid-19, COVID-19, credit crunch, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, diversification, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, Edward Glaeser, equity premium, estate planning, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, family office, fiat currency, financial innovation, financial intermediation, fixed income, hiring and firing, Hyman Minsky, implied volatility, index fund, interest rate swap, Internet Archive, invention of the wheel, Isaac Newton, John Bogle, John Meriwether, John von Neumann, joint-stock company, Kenneth Arrow, linear programming, Long Term Capital Management, loss aversion, Louis Bachelier, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, market bubble, market clearing, mental accounting, money market fund, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, Myron Scholes, new economy, New Journalism, Own Your Own Home, passive investing, Paul Samuelson, Performance of Mutual Funds in the Period, prediction markets, price stability, profit maximization, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, RAND corporation, random walk, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Savings and loan crisis, selection bias, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, South Sea Bubble, stochastic process, stocks for the long run, survivorship bias, tail risk, Thales and the olive presses, Thales of Miletus, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Bayes, time value of money, transaction costs, transfer pricing, tulip mania, Vanguard fund, yield curve, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game

Twenty-first-century excavations near the Dead Sea in Jordan uncovered strong evidence of sophisticated granaries even before the domestication of plants.2 This evidence suggests that the settlers were able to reduce seasonal food risks and settle in a particular area for more than one season a year. These storage facilities, a break from earlier periods, represented a critical form of risk management, allowing the settlers to smooth their consumption, ensure against droughts, and plan for the next sowing season. Investing is also directly linked to the time value of money, the notion that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow. Investing is really about moving economic value across time—for instance, providing an entrepreneur with a needed source of cash today in return for a promise to share in future profits. Even before writing was invented, accounting still played an important role, since it was critical to have a record of transactions and contracts between two parties.

…

Dumuzi-gamil agreed to return his share of the silver in five years—a relatively long-term loan—at an annual rate of interest of 3.8 percent.7 But rather than simply hold on to the loan, Shumi-abum turned around and sold it to some well-known merchants, who successfully collected it when the loan was due, thus indicating a market for bond trading. The Ur documents suggest that there was a liquid market for such personal promissory notes. Reflecting the principles of time value of money, Dumuzi-gamil likely used the loan as a productive source of immediate cash to finance his entrepreneurial venture as a bread distributor. He also used some of the funds to act as a banker, lending at a monthly interest rate of 20 percent—which works out to an annual compound rate of almost 800 percent!

…

Suppose an investor bought a dividend-paying stock and planned to hold on to that stock for, say, ten years. The investor would need to determine what dividends were expected to be paid over the next ten years and also would need to anticipate the price at which the stock could be sold in ten years. Using the time value of money (the idea that a dollar received a year from now is worth less than a dollar received today), one could discount the anticipated cash flows to the present to determine a fair price. Alternatively, taking the selling price as a given, the investor could determine the implied rate of return, which is referred to today as the internal rate of return.

pages: 624 words: 127,987

**
The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
** by
Josh Kaufman

Albert Einstein, Atul Gawande, Black Swan, business cycle, business process, buy low sell high, capital asset pricing model, Checklist Manifesto, cognitive bias, correlation does not imply causation, Credit Default Swap, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Heinemeier Hansson, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, Dean Kamen, delayed gratification, discounted cash flows, Donald Knuth, double entry bookkeeping, Douglas Hofstadter, en.wikipedia.org, Frederick Winslow Taylor, George Santayana, Gödel, Escher, Bach, high net worth, hindsight bias, index card, inventory management, iterative process, job satisfaction, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, Lao Tzu, lateral thinking, loose coupling, loss aversion, Marc Andreessen, market bubble, Network effects, Parkinson's law, Paul Buchheit, Paul Graham, place-making, premature optimization, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rent control, side project, statistical model, stealth mode startup, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, subscription business, telemarketer, the scientific method, time value of money, Toyota Production System, tulip mania, Upton Sinclair, Vilfredo Pareto, Walter Mischel, Y Combinator, Yogi Berra

A dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow. How much more depends on what you choose to do with that dollar. The more profitable options you have to invest that dollar, the more valuable it is. Calculating the Time Value of Money is a way of making Decisions in the face of Opportunity Costs. Assuming you have various options of investing funds with various returns, the Time Value of Money can help you determine which options to choose and how much you should spend, given the alternatives. Let’s go back to the million dollars example: Assume someone offers you an investment that will deliver $1 million risk free in one year’s time.

…

Because if you took that amount and invested it in your next best alternative, you’d have a million dollars: $1,000,000 divided by 1.05 (the 5 percent interest/discount rate) equals $952,380. If you can buy the first investment for less than that amount, you’ll be ahead. The Time Value of Money is a very old idea—it was first explained in the early sixteenth century by the Spanish theologian Martín de Azpilcueta. The central insight that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow can be extended to apply to many common financial situations. For example, the Time Value of Money can help you figure out the maximum you should be willing to pay for a business that earns $200,000 in profit each year. Assuming an interest rate of 5 percent, no growth, and a foreseeable future of ten years, the “present value” of that series of future cash flows is $1,544,347.

…

Don’t get bogged down with all of the options available—consider only what appear to be the best alternatives at the time of your decision. If you pay attention to the Opportunity Costs of your decisions, you’ll make much better use of the resources at your disposal. SHARE THIS CONCEPT: http://book.personalmba.com/opportunity-cost/ Time Value of Money They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. —ANDY WARHOL, ARTIST Would you rather have a million dollars today or a million dollars five years from now? The answer is obvious: why wait? Having the money now means you can spend it now, or invest it now.

pages: 444 words: 86,565

**
Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers and Acquisitions
** by
Joshua Rosenbaum,
Joshua Pearl,
Joseph R. Perella

asset allocation, asset-backed security, bank run, barriers to entry, business cycle, capital asset pricing model, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, credit crunch, discounted cash flows, diversification, fixed income, impact investing, intangible asset, London Interbank Offered Rate, performance metric, risk free rate, shareholder value, sovereign wealth fund, stocks for the long run, technology bubble, time value of money, transaction costs, yield curve

CALCULATE PRESENT VALUE AND DETERMINE VALUATION Calculate Present Value Calculating present value centers on the notion that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow, a concept known as the time value of money. This is due to the fact that a dollar earns money through investments (capital appreciation) and/or interest (e.g., in a money market account). In a DCF, a company’s projected FCF and terminal value are discounted to the present at the company’s WACC in accordance with the time value of money. The present value calculation is performed by multiplying the FCF for each year in the projection period and the terminal value by its respective discount factor.

…

For example, assuming a sponsor contributes $250 million of equity and receives equity proceeds of $750 million at the end of the investment horizon, the cash return is 3.0x (assuming no additional investments or dividends during the period). However, unlike IRR, the cash return approach does not factor in the time value of money. How LBOs Generate Returns LBOs generate returns through a combination of debt repayment and growth in enterprise value. Exhibit 4.6 depicts how each of these scenarios independently increases equity value, assuming a sponsor purchases a company for $1,000 million, using $750 million of debt financing (75% of the purchase price) and an equity contribution of $250 million (25% of the purchase price).

…

As we progress through the projection period, equity value increases due to the increasing EBITDA and decreasing net debt. Therefore, the cash return increases as it is a function of the fixed initial equity investment and increasing equity value at exit. In ValueCo’s case, however, as the timeline progresses, IRR decreases in accordance with the declining growth rates and the time value of money. IRR Sensitivity Analysis Sensitivity analysis is critical for analyzing IRRs and framing LBO valuation. IRR can be sensitized for several key value drivers, such as entry and exit multiple, exit year, leverage level, and equity contribution percentage, as well as key operating assumptions such as growth rates and margins (see Chapter 3, Exhibit 3.59).

pages: 218 words: 60,935

**
How to Buy Property at Auction: The Essential Guide to Winning Property and Buy-To-Let Bargains
** by
Samantha Collett

Firefox, proxy bid, the market place, time value of money

Following due diligence will enable you to make a confident decision about a property purchase – however, there will often still be unknowns and these must be factored into the bid price. Unless a profitable risk to reward ratio exists there is no commercial incentive to buy at auction rather than through an estate agent. 2. Time value of money. The saying: ‘Money today is generally worth more than money tomorrow’, is what is known as the Time Value of Money. The basic statement is very simple: one pound today is worth more than having one pound tomorrow (or next year). The time value of money is a powerful concept in the auction room – and the simple fact is, when you buy property at auction you expect a discount because you are buying today. The money you have in your pocket today should buy you more than it would tomorrow – that is, buying at auction vs. buying with an estate agent.

…

t. 029 2037 0117 http://www.seelandco.com Ireland Eddisons Ireland t. 00353 1 906 0600 http://www.eddisons.com/ireland Real Estate Alliance t. 00353 1 669 9996 http://www.realestatealliance.ie Allsop Space t. 00353 1 678 9748 http://www.allsopspace.ie Index address and location of property 50, 56–7 Google Maps 62–4 auction blues 197 auction houses 29–43 acting for the vendor 29, 153–4, 155–6 advertisements 38–9 large/medium/small 38–9 list of 224–42 mailing list registration 39, 45–6 mismatched properties 42, 216 specialisation 29–30, 38 statistical sales success 35–8 stock 32–3 auction market, size of (UK) 44–5 auction rooms energy and buzz 52, 148, 150, 172, 215 layout 149–50 positioning yourself in 157–8 psychology of 148–52, 165 auction success checklist 214–15 auction tip journey 215–23 auctioneers 152–6 attracting his/her attention 159–61 code of conduct 155–6 insights and anecdotes 27, 41–2, 54, 79, 95, 103, 138–9, 144, 149, 154, 157, 158, 165, 166 right to sign the contract 183, 185 tactics 153–5 banks commercial lending 102 see also mortgage lenders bargains, extreme 18 bid bid limit 134, 146–7, 151, 197, 221, 222 bid limit, uneven 137, 221 defaulting on 183, 185 increments 163–7, 222 ‘jump’ bids 164, 165, 166 legal and binding 11, 85 making an offer before auction 139–41 ‘off the wall’ 155–6, 222 bid price calculation 105–42 auction discount 129–30 calculation sheet 131–3 hidden buying costs 106–8 selling costs 130–1 see also valuation of property bidding bid pace and opening prices 152 bidding early/late 161–3 by someone else on your behalf 171 deciding not to bid 138, 148, 220 documentation required 145–6 joint purchase 145, 220 online 171–2 pre-bid registration 145–6 proxy bidding 51, 146, 155, 170–1, 172, 220 telephone bidding 51, 149, 155, 168–70, 172, 220 bidding wars 52, 151 ‘blind’, buying 12, 40, 64, 84, 204–5, 210–11 bridging finance 102 builders property assessment and valuation 89–90 quotes 125, 126 buy-to-let 6, 101 buyers characteristics 5–6 types of 40–1 buyer’s premium 107, 168 buying after auction 175–7, 203–4, 223 buying before auction 139–41 capital yield 136–7 cash buyers 44, 103 catalogues 46, 48–53, 178 amendments 143–4, 182, 221 entries 50–1 online 46 property descriptions 50, 57, 216 see also lots and lot numbers certainty of sale 23–5 cheque payments 145, 186 clawback conditions 94 commercial lending 102 competition 158, 161 completion 21, 186–92 deadline 21–2, 99–100, 201, 223 delays 190 failure to complete 100, 191, 223 longer completion times 103, 219 conditions of sale 58, 155, 193 contract legally binding 28, 100, 183, 193–4 Memorandum of Contract 23, 184, 185, 187 rescinding 194, 223 contract law 195 conveyancing legal fees 107 costing renovation works 120–8 builders’ quotes 125, 126, 189, 220 contingency sums 126 costing your time 126–8 planning works 120–2 schedule of works 122–5 council tax 190 crime-mapping 118 damps, signs of 73 deposit 99, 168 forfeit of 100, 188, 191 ‘dream team’ of experts 103, 218 electrics, checking 72–3 Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) 65, 95 environmental hazards 119 Essential Information Group (EIG) 45 estate agents 69 buying property through 23–4, 25, 26, 47, 48, 85 networking with 113, 190 online estate agents 131 property valuations 113–17 selling property through 33, 96, 131 Estates Gazette 45 ex-council properties see local authority disposals exchange of contracts 99, 139, 175, 183–6 exterior of property, checking 73–4 falling property prices, tracking 111–12 finance 99–103, 187–8, 219 bridging finance 102 cash 103 cleared funds 99, 145, 146, 171, 186 commercial lending 102 costs of raising finance 107–8 deposit 99, 168 mortgage see mortgage Plan B 100, 200, 219 proof of funding 47 financial charges registered against a property 66 finding an auction property auction house mailing lists 45–6 professional subscription 45 publications 45 search alerts 83, 216 fines and penalties for delay/failure to complete 100, 190–1, 209 ‘flipping’ 130 Google Maps 62–4 guide price 10, 18, 26, 50–1, 55–6 and reserve price, relation between 55–6 ‘hawking’ 175 homebuyer report 87, 88, 89 ‘hooks’ 52 house price indexes 112–13 housing associations 33, 38, 39 institutional investors 34, 38 insurance 108, 187 investment property 14, 15–16, 136 see also property investors; tenanted property jargon 10–11 Land Registry data 65, 66, 70, 110, 111, 112 leasehold property ground rents 93 insurance 187 lease, length of 66, 93, 115, 218 legal fees 107 service charges 66, 93 title plan and title deeds 65–6, 93–4 viewing 74 legal documents 90–8 delayed/incomplete 178, 218 downloading 65, 91–2 legal pack 91–2 pre-bid checks 65–6, 91, 93–7 special conditions 94, 95, 218 see also contract legal expenses conveyancing work 107 seller’s costs, contribution to 94, 107, 212–13, 218 legal property problems 96–9 local area knowledge 40, 114, 117–20 local authority disposals 27, 33, 75, 94, 139 local searches 94 locks, changing 190 lots and lot numbers 10, 49 ‘hooks’ 52 order of 51, 52, 216 ‘reverse hooks’ 52 market value 26, 27, 34, 55, 216 Memorandum of Contract 23, 184, 185, 187 meter readings 190 misrepresentation and misdescription 194–6 money laundering rules 44 mortgage 101 ‘approved in principle’ 100, 101 fees 107–8 habitable property test 101, 102, 219 mortgage valuation 86, 87, 88, 89, 101 mortgage lenders mortgage refusal 66–7 selling property at auction 27, 33, 39 neighbourhood profile 117–18 neighbours, talking to 74, 217 online resources legal documents 65, 91–2 local area knowledge 117–19 price trends 112–13 property details 83 property websites 110–12 search alerts 83, 216 watching auctions live 45 outbid at auction 197–200, 201, 223 owner-occupation, buying for 8–9, 41, 121, 199–200 paddle system 146 parking facilities, checking 74, 115 payment cash buyers 44, 103 cheques, cards, bankers’ drafts 145 cleared funds 99, 145, 146, 171, 186 photographs (catalogue entries) 50, 56 planning applications and consents 74, 119 plumbing, checking 72 preparation 58, 85–104 finance 99–103 legal documents 90–8 surveys 86–90 price auction discount 18, 129–30 ceiling price 121 guide price 10, 18, 26, 50–1, 55–6 house price indexes 112–13 reserve price 10, 55–6, 140–1, 156, 175, 222 trends 112–13 see also bid price calculation; valuation of property private vendors 33, 34, 39, 140 professional subscription 45 Property Auction News 45 property developers 40 property investment companies 34 property investors 40 property owning culture 6 property title 65–6, 93–4 unregistered or complicated 97 property traders 40 proxy bidding 51, 146, 155, 170–1, 220 publications 45 reasons for buying property at auction 12–28 reasons for selling property at auction 75–7, 79, 217 refurbishment/renovation cash flow 189 cost effectiveness 116–17, 121–2, 220 costing works 120–8 doing it yourself 126–9 overspend 121 planning works 120–2 repossessed properties 46–7 schedule of works 122–5, 220 Registers of Scotland 110, 112 rental yields 40, 136, 137 over-inflated/unrealistic 94 repossessions 13, 15, 46–8 best possible price, lender’s obligation to achieve 27, 33, 46, 139 estate agents’marketing of 33, 47, 48 exchange and completion timescale 22, 47 finding 47 refurbishment 46–7 research pre-bidding research 85, 173–4 pre-viewing research 62–7, 69–70 property market 109–19 see also online resources reserve price 10, 55–6, 140–1, 156, 222 failure to meet 175 ‘reverse hooks’ 52 risk to reward ratio 129, 134 roof, checking 72 sale day 143–82, 220–1 auction fever 151 auction nerves 147–8 practice run 172–4 see also auction rooms; bidding school inspection reports and league tables 119 search alerts 83, 216 sellers at auction 33–5 less than six-month ownership of property 66–7, 219 selling on property, costs 130–1 sold property prices data 110–11 solicitors and completion of sale 96, 187, 188 fees 96 pre-bidding check of legal documents 95–7, 218 spotters 159 Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) 106 stock (auction houses) 11, 32–3, 38, 39, 42 Streetview 63–4 structural soundness, checking 73 surveys 82, 86–90, 188, 218 builder’s evaluation 89–90 condition report/mortgage valuation 86, 87, 88, 89, 101 costs 88–9, 108 friends, second opinions from 90 full structural survey 88, 89 homebuyer report 87, 88, 89 own survey 71–4 verbal report 89 telephone bidding 51, 149, 155, 168–70, 220 tenanted property 92–3, 189 assured shorthold tenancies 94 regulated tenancies 94 rental yields 40, 94, 136, 137 viewing 81, 82 time value of money 130 timeframe 21–2 title plan and deeds 65–6, 70, 93–4 ‘too good to be true’ property 57–8, 104, 217 transparent process 25–7, 216 transport links 118 unmodernised property 13, 15 see also refurbishhment/renovation ‘unsafe’ properties 82 unsold property 174–7, 223 unusual properties 15, 30–1, 75 valuation of property ceiling price 121, 219 costing works 120–8 end value after renovation 108, 122, 126 estate agents’ knowledge 113–17 in current condition 108, 109 local area knowledge 114, 117–20 margin 109, 126, 133–5, 220 online tools 110, 111, 219 property market research 109–19 property price trends 112–13 property website information 110–12 variety of properties 13–17 VAT 94, 107 viewing 59–82, 216–17 arrangements 51, 59–60 block viewings 59, 60, 61–2, 83 checklist of key areas 71–4 duration 70 internal viewings unavailable 81–2 key items to take on a 71 pre-viewing research 62–7, 69–70 sense checks 77–9 successful 69–70 viewing company services 60 viewing slots 59, 60 withdrawn property 177–80 written enquiries 58 yields 135–7 capital yield 136–7 rental yield 40, 136, 137

pages: 408 words: 85,118

**
Python for Finance
** by
Yuxing Yan

asset-backed security, business cycle, business intelligence, capital asset pricing model, constrained optimization, correlation coefficient, distributed generation, diversified portfolio, functional programming, implied volatility, market microstructure, P = NP, p-value, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, risk free rate, Sharpe ratio, tail risk, time value of money, value at risk, volatility smile, zero-sum game

Importing a module Adopting a short name for an imported module Showing all functions in an imported module Comparing "import math" and "from math import *" Deleting an imported module Importing only a few needed functions Finding out all built-in modules Finding out all the available modules Finding the location of an imported module More information about modules Finding a specific uninstalled module Module dependency Summary Exercises Installation of NumPy and SciPy Launching Python from Anaconda Examples of using NumPy Examples of using SciPy Showing all functions in NumPy and SciPy More information about a specific function Understanding the list data type Working with arrays of ones, zeros, and the identity matrix Performing array manipulations Performing array operations with +, -, *, / Performing plus and minus operations [ iii ] 73 75 76 76 77 80 80 81 82 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 90 90 92 93 96 96 97 98 102 103 103 104 105 105 105 Table of Contents Performing a matrix multiplication operation Performing an item-by-item multiplication operation The x.sum() dot function Looping through an array Using the help function related to modules A list of subpackages for SciPy Cumulative standard normal distribution Logic relationships related to an array Statistic submodule (stats) from SciPy Interpolation in SciPy Solving linear equations using SciPy Generating random numbers with a seed Finding a function from an imported module Understanding optimization Linear regression and Capital Assets Pricing Model (CAPM) Retrieving data from an external text file The loadtxt() and getfromtxt() functions Installing NumPy independently Understanding the data types Summary Exercises Chapter 7: Visual Finance via Matplotlib Installing matplotlib via ActivePython Alternative installation via Anaconda Understanding how to use matplotlib Understanding simple and compounded interest rates Adding texts to our graph Working with DuPont identity Understanding the Net Present Value (NPV) profile Using colors effectively Using different shapes Graphical representation of the portfolio diversification effect Number of stocks and portfolio risk Retrieving historical price data from Yahoo! Finance Histogram showing return distribution Comparing stock and market returns Understanding the time value of money Candlesticks representation of IBM's daily price Graphical representation of two-year price movement IBM's intra-day graphical representations [ iv ] 105 107 107 108 108 109 109 110 111 112 113 114 116 116 117 118 118 119 119 120 120 123 124 125 125 129 131 133 135 137 139 140 142 144 145 148 150 151 153 154 Table of Contents Presenting both closing price and trading volume Adding mathematical formulae to our graph Adding simple images to our graphs Saving our figure to a file Performance comparisons among stocks Comparing return versus volatility for several stocks Finding manuals, examples, and videos Installing the matplotlib module independently Summary Exercises Chapter 8: Statistical Analysis of Time Series Installing Pandas and statsmodels Launching Python using the Anaconda command prompt Launching Python using the DOS window Launching Python using Spyder Using Pandas and statsmodels Using Pandas Examples from statsmodels Open data sources Retrieving data to our programs Inputting data from the clipboard Retrieving historical price data from Yahoo!

…

Otherwise, we reject it, as given in the following conditions: If Payback ( project ) < Tcritical accept If Payback ( project ) > Tcritical reject [ 60 ] (16) Chapter 3 Compared with the NPV rule, the payback period rule has many shortcomings, including the fact that it ignores the time value of money and cash flows after the payback period, and the benchmark of the critical value is ad hoc. The advantage is that this rule is very simple. Defining IRR and the IRR rule IRR is the discount rate resulting in a zero NPV. The IRR rule is that if our project's IRR is bigger than our cost of capital, we accept the project.

…

Then estimate their returns and represent them via a graph using the following code: from matplotlib.pyplot import * from matplotlib.finance import quotes_historical_yahoo import numpy as np def ret_f(ticker,begdate,enddate): p = quotes_historical_yahoo(ticker, begdate, enddate,asobject=True, adjusted=True) return((p.aclose[1:] - p.aclose[:-1])/p.aclose[:-1]) begdate=(2013,1,1) enddate=(2013,2,9) ret1=ret_f('IBM',begdate,enddate) ret2=ret_f('^GSPC',begdate,enddate) n=min(len(ret1),len(ret2)) [ 148 ] Chapter 7 s=np.ones(n)*2 t=range(n) line=np.zeros(n) plot(t,ret1[0:n], 'ro',s ) plot(t,ret2[0:n], 'bd',s) plot(t,line,'b',s) figtext(0.4,0.8,"Red for IBM, Blue for S&P500") xlim(1,n) ylim(-0.04,0.07) title("Comparions between stock and market retuns") xlabel("Day") ylabel("Returns") show() The output corresponding to the preceding code is given as follows: [ 149 ] Visual Finance via Matplotlib Understanding the time value of money In finance, we know that $100 received today is more valuable than $100 received one year later. If we use size to represent the difference, we could have the following Python program to represent the same concept: from matplotlib.pyplot import * fig1 = figure(facecolor='white') ax1 = axes(frameon=False) ax1.set_frame_on(False) ax1.get_xaxis().tick_bottom() ax1.axes.get_yaxis().set_visible(False) x=range(0,11,2) x1=range(len(x),0,-1) y = [0]*len(x); annotate("Today's value of $100 received today",xy=(0,0),xytext=(2,0.001) ,arrowprops=dict(facecolor='black',shrink=0.02)) annotate("Today's value of $100 received in 2 years",xy=(2,0.00005),xytex t=(3.5,0.0008),arrowprops=dict(facecolor='black',shrink=0.02)) annotate("received in 6 years",xy=(4,0.00005),xytext=(5.3,0.0006),arrowpr ops=dict(facecolor='black',shrink=0.02)) annotate("received in 10 years",xy=(10,-0.00005),xytext=(4,-0.0006),arrow props=dict(facecolor='black',shrink=0.02)) s = [50*2.5**n for n in x1]; title("Time value of money ") xlabel("Time (number of years)") scatter(x,y,s=s); show() The output graph is shown as follows: [ 150 ] Chapter 7 Candlesticks representation of IBM's daily price We could use candlesticks to represent the daily opening, high, low, and closing prices.

pages: 77 words: 18,414

**
How to Kick Ass on Wall Street
** by
Andy Kessler

Andy Kessler, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, buttonwood tree, call centre, collateralized debt obligation, eat what you kill, family office, fixed income, hiring and firing, invention of the wheel, invisible hand, London Whale, margin call, NetJets, Nick Leeson, pets.com, risk tolerance, Silicon Valley, sovereign wealth fund, time value of money, too big to fail, value at risk

Pretty simple - how to generate revenue and create long term value for your firm. A friend of mine who worked on Wall Street from the day he graduated college told me there are two important things to learn to be able to generate revenue and long term value. The first is to understand the time value of money. Everything begins and ends with the cost of financing. Doesn’t matter if you are a trader, investment banker, salesman or in research, this time value of money is critical. If you don’t understand this, no one will provide you any capital to make more money. To do this right, you have to understand how to get capital, but how money flows in the capital markets, how it hops between market players and how to insert yourself in this flow.

pages: 209 words: 53,236

**
The Scandal of Money
** by
George Gilder

Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, bank run, Bernie Sanders, bitcoin, blockchain, borderless world, Bretton Woods, capital controls, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, Claude Shannon: information theory, Clayton Christensen, cloud computing, corporate governance, cryptocurrency, currency manipulation / currency intervention, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, Deng Xiaoping, disintermediation, Donald Trump, fiat currency, financial innovation, Fractional reserve banking, full employment, George Gilder, glass ceiling, Home mortgage interest deduction, impact investing, index fund, indoor plumbing, industrial robot, inflation targeting, informal economy, Innovator's Dilemma, Internet of things, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, James Carville said: "I would like to be reincarnated as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.", Jeff Bezos, John Bogle, John von Neumann, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, Law of Accelerating Returns, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Metcalfe’s law, Money creation, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, mortgage tax deduction, Nixon triggered the end of the Bretton Woods system, obamacare, Paul Samuelson, Peter Thiel, Ponzi scheme, price stability, Productivity paradox, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, Ray Kurzweil, reserve currency, road to serfdom, Robert Gordon, Robert Metcalfe, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, Satoshi Nakamoto, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, secular stagnation, seigniorage, Silicon Valley, smart grid, South China Sea, special drawing rights, The Great Moderation, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Tim Cook: Apple, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, Turing machine, winner-take-all economy, yield curve, zero-sum game

With a near-zero-interest-rate policy, the Fed falsely zeroes out the cost of time. This deception retards economic growth. Rather than creating new assets, low-cost money borrowed from tomorrow bids up existing assets today. It brings about no new learning and value, but merely destroys information by distorting the time value of money. Charles Gave of Gavekal explains: “When the bust arrives, assets return to their original values, while debt remains elevated . . . the stock of capital shrinks . . . and real growth slows.”7 In the name of managing money, the Fed is trying to manipulate investors’ time—their sense of present and future valuations.

…

By seeking to impart a bias of inflation to prices, the commodity basket tends to a zero-sum vision that fosters trade wars of devaluation. The basket of commodities is the one part of the economy that operates as a zero-sum game. As it erodes through the advance of innovation, its prices tend to drift upward, skewing the time value of money. The redemptive force of gold is its neutrality in time and thus its orientation toward the future. Hayeks would substitute an anachronistic commodity basket for a predictable deflation based on the scarcity of time and abundance of learning. Commodities are by definition low entropy, but if all valuation and arbitrage is based on them, politics will converge on the basket and its composition.

…

As the common element in all goods and services, time determines the possibilities for exchange. As a barter economy becomes a commercial economy, these common time factors become manifested in money. The tie between money and time is obvious in the case of loans and savings governed by the “time value of money,” reflected by interest rates. These central capitalist functions still arouse anger and confusion. The French moralist Thomas Piketty sums them up as the exactions of “capital” and the bounties of the “rentier.”4 Dismissing the linkage of time and money as optional and even reprehensible, Piketty follows in the footsteps of philosophers and kings, priests and scholars who for millennia have ruminated restively on the morality and legitimacy of interest payments.

pages: 261 words: 63,473

**
Warren Buffett Accounting Book: Reading Financial Statements for Value Investing (Warren Buffett's 3 Favorite Books)
** by
Stig Brodersen,
Preston Pysh

discounted cash flows, fixed income, intangible asset, market bubble, money market fund, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, risk tolerance, time value of money

We believe that company XYZ is going to produce $100 of cash flow (or profit) over the next ten years. Therefore, at the end of ten years, you’ll have $100 of cash in your hand. Now, what would you be willing to pay today for that $100, ten years from now? In order to solve that generic question, let’s start with a basic time-value of money equation. PV = present value or intrinsic value today FV = future value i = discount rate n = number of years Let’s first solve the equation for the PV (or intrinsic value): Now that we have our equation ready, let’s demonstrate how the intrinsic value of company XYZ changes with the two different discount rates (3% and 50%).

…

More importantly, there might be other investment opportunities that could produce a larger return with less risk. These decisions are the definition of opportunity cost. This is what the discount rate is all about. At the start of this section, you’ll remember the questions I asked my children about the time value of money. At a certain point in time, my children, unknowingly, discounted the future cash flow at a rate that made them choose the present dollar over the future dollars. Smart investors understand this process like the backs of their hands. As we move into the next section, you’ll find the calculation for intrinsic value has more parts.

…

If current and forecasted earnings are consistent with past earnings, they should provide a reasonable expectation of future book value growth; for example, if the company’s current book value is $10 a share, and we expect the book value growth rate to be 7% based on historical trends, then we would use the simple time-value-of-money formula to estimate the future book value ten years from now: FBV = Future book value = ? PBV = Present book value = $10 g = Expected growth rate of book value = .07 or 7% n = Number of years into the future = 10 FBV = PBV (1+ g)n FBV = $10 (1.07) 10 FBV = $19.67 In an effort to simplify our bond market price formula for stocks, we’ll rename our variables as follows: Annual coupon = The average annual dividend expected over the next n years Therefore C = D Par value = The expected future book value Therefore M = FBV = PBV (1+ g)n Now that we have adjusted the variables, let’s substitute them into the bond equation to arrive at our intrinsic value formula.

pages: 146 words: 34,934

**
The Latte Factor: Why You Don't Have to Be Rich to Live Rich
** by
David Bach,
John David Mann

cryptocurrency, financial independence, late fees, time value of money

I might even blog about it and podcast from there. You can join us on the journey at www.davidbach.com. You’ve included some great charts and worksheets here; any additional thoughts on how to use them? The first thing you’ll see are some of my favorite charts that highlight the miracle of compound interest. The first chart, “The Time Value of Money,” motivated me to start saving in my early twenties. Then, I’ve included a chart that shows interest rates varying from 2 through 12 percent (see page 137), so you can see the difference these returns make in how fast your money can potentially grow. Finally, there is a chart that blew my mind when I first saw it in my early twenties, that shows the annualized return of investments dating back to 1926 (see page 138).

…

We also have a newsletter I write when I feel inspired; it’s my way of staying in touch with my readers. It’s free, and we don’t do the usual spammy thing and bug you with stuff to buy (until I put out a new book, of course *smile*). Now, go put this little book to work in your life. No regrets! Appendix: Charts * * * THE TIME VALUE OF MONEY START EARLY THE EARLIER YOU START, THE BIGGER YOUR NEST EGG (Assumes 10% Annual Rate of Return) Daily Investment Monthly Investment 10 Years 20 Years 30 Years 40 Years 50 Years $5 $150 $30,727 $113,905 $339,073 $948,612 $2,598,659 $10 $300 $61,453 $227,811 $678,146 $1,897,224 $5,197,317 $15 $450 $92,180 $341,716 $1,017,220 $2,845,836 $7,795,976 $20 $600 $122,907 $455,621 $1,356,293 $3,794,448 $10,394,634 $30 $900 $184,360 $683,432 $2,034,439 $5,691,672 $15,591,952 $40 $1,200 $245,814 $911,243 $2,712,586 $7,588,895 $20,789,269 $50 $1,500 $307,267 $1,139,053 $3,390,732 $9,486,119 $25,986,586 A PACK A DAY KEEPS RETIREMENT AWAY (Assumes 10% Annual Rate of Return) A Pack a Day Costs Over a Month That Comes to 10 Years 20 Years 30 Years 40 Years 50 Years $7 $210 $43,017 $159,467 $474,702 $1,328,057 $3,638,122 BOTTLED WATER IS A FORTUNE DOWN THE DRAIN (Assumes 10% Annual Rate of Return) Avg.

pages: 400 words: 124,678

**
The Investment Checklist: The Art of In-Depth Research
** by
Michael Shearn

Asian financial crisis, barriers to entry, Bear Stearns, business cycle, call centre, Clayton Christensen, collective bargaining, commoditize, compensation consultant, compound rate of return, Credit Default Swap, estate planning, intangible asset, Jeff Bezos, London Interbank Offered Rate, margin call, Mark Zuckerberg, money market fund, Network effects, pink-collar, risk tolerance, shareholder value, six sigma, Skype, Steve Jobs, supply-chain management, technology bubble, time value of money, transaction costs, urban planning, women in the workforce, young professional

., August 2006, pp. 109–111. 12. Blackboard 2009 10-K. 13. American Apparel and Footwear Association. ShoeStats, 2008. Accessed May 11, 2011. http://www.apparelandfootwear.org. 14. Wubbe, Eileen. “TSL Profile.” Secured Lender, September 2010, pp. 39. 15. 2004 Four Seasons Annual Report and Time Value of Money, LP interviews with Four Seasons management. 16. Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ. 17. Ibid. 18. Ibid. 19. Steinberg, Richard M. “Merrill Lynch Failed at ERM, and Then Just Failed.” Compliance Week, August 2009, pp. 42–43. 20. Verschoor, Curtis C. “Who Should Be Blamed the Most for the Subprime Loan Scandal?”

…

By removing excess cash, you will understand the ROIC being generated by the operations of the business. This is often referred to as the return on operational capital. In the case of 99 Cent Only Stores, the ROIC excluding cash was much higher than the ROIC including cash, as shown in Table 5.3. Table 5.3 99 Cent Only Stores Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) Source: Time Value of Money, LP internal research and Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ. Include Property, Plant, and Equipment Costs You must include the purchase of fixed assets necessary to operate the business, such as real estate, plant, and equipment. You need to determine whether to use the gross book value of these assets or the depreciated, net book value of these assets: Gross book value takes the historical or acquisition cost of assets without deducting accumulated depreciation or amortization.

…

“The Biggest Beat of Non-fiction Television Eyes a Global Prize.” Financial Times, January 10, 2011. 56. Ignatius, “Mistakes.” 57. Jones, Steven D. “In the Money: Hurd’s H-P Grew, But Charges Pruned Earnings.” Dow Jones News Service, August 10, 2010. 58. “The Brain Behind Teledyne: A Great American Capitalist.” New York Observer, April 7, 2003. 59. Time Value of Money, LP free cash flow estimate. 60. Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ. 61. Western Union 10K reports, 2007 to 2009. 62. Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ and AutoZone 10-K reports, 2002 to 2010. 63. General Motors 10-K reports, 1985 to 1995. 64. Microsoft 10-K reports, 2009 to 2010. CHAPTER 9 Assessing the Quality of Management—Positive and Negative Traits In Chapter 8, we looked at how management operates the business; this chapter shows you how to evaluate the positive and negative traits of the managers themselves.

**
The Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance
** by
Mark S. Joshi

Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, correlation coefficient, Credit Default Swap, delta neutral, discrete time, Emanuel Derman, fixed income, implied volatility, incomplete markets, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, London Interbank Offered Rate, martingale, millennium bug, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, risk free rate, short selling, stochastic process, stochastic volatility, the market place, time value of money, transaction costs, value at risk, volatility smile, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

In conclusion, in return for the £1 deposit at the start of the FRA, the company receives X = (1 + ro)-to(l + t.r)ri at the end. One can then convert this into an equivalent compounding annual interest rate, 1'2, by solving (1+1.2)11-'0=X. 2.6 The time value of money The second important aspect of pricing the forward contract is the concept of time value of money. Jam today is better than jam tomorrow - an investor will prefer a pound in his pocket today to a pound in his pocket one year from now. In effect, a pound a year from now is therefore worth less than a pound today. The interest paid on a riskless loan expresses this.

…

1.2 Market efficiency 1.3 The most important assets 1.4 Risk diversification and hedging 1.5 The use of options 1.6 Classifying market participants 1.7 Key points 1.8 Further reading 1.9 Exercises 2 Pricing methodologies and arbitrage 2.1 Some possible methodologies 2.2 Delta hedging 2.3 What is arbitrage? 2.4 The assumptions of mathematical finance 2.5 An example of arbitrage-free pricing 2.6 The time value of money 2.7 Mathematically defining arbitrage 2.8 Using arbitrage to bound option prices 2.9 Conclusion 2.10 Key points 2.11 Further reading 2.12 Exercises 3 Trees and option pricing 3.1 A two-world universe 3.2 A three-state model vii Contents viii Multiple time steps Many time steps A normal model Putting interest rates in A log-normal model Consequences Summary 3.10 Key points 3.11 Further reading 3.12 Exercises Practicalities 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Trading volatility 4.3 Smiles 4.4 The Greeks 4.5 Alternative models 4.6 Transaction costs 4.7 Key points 4.8 Further reading 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 4 4.9 5 6 Exercises The Ito calculus Introduction 5.1 Brownian motion 5.2 5.3 Quadratic variation 5.4 Stochastic processes 5.5 Ito's lemma 5.6 Applying Ito's lemma 5.7 An informal derivation of the Black-Scholes equation 5.8 Justifying the derivation 5.9 Solving the Black-Scholes equation 5.10 Dividend-paying assets 5.11 Key points 5.12 Further reading 5.13 Exercises Risk neutrality and martingale measures 50 53 55 58 60 68 70 70 71 71 73 73 73 74 77 85 90 90 91 91 97 97 97 100 102 106 111 114 116 119 121 123 125 125 127 6.1 Plan 127 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Introduction The existence of risk-neutral measures The concept of information Discrete martingale pricing 128 129 140 145 Contents 7 Continuous martingales and filtrations 6.6 6.7 Identifying continuous martingales 6.8 Continuous martingale pricing 6.9 Equivalence to the PDE method 6.10 Hedging 6.11 Time-dependent parameters 6.12 Completeness and uniqueness 6.13 Changing numeraire 6.14 Dividend-paying assets 6.15 Working with the forward 6.16 Key points 6.17 Further reading 6.18 Exercises The practical pricing of a European option Introduction 7.1 Analytic formulae 7.2 7.3 8 9 Trees Numerical integration 7.4 Monte Carlo 7.5 7.6 PDE methods 7.7 Replication 7.8 Key points 7.9 Further reading 7.10 Exercises Continuous barrier options Introduction 8.1 8.2 The PDE pricing of continuous barrier options 8.3 Expectation pricing of continuous barrier options 8.4 The reflection principle 8.5 Girsanov's theorem revisited 8.6 Joint distribution 8.7 Pricing continuous barriers by expectation 8.8 American digital options Key points 8.9 8.10 Further reading 8.11 Exercises Multi-look exotic options 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Risk-neutral pricing for path-dependent options 9.3 Weak path dependence ix 154 156 157 161 162 164 166 167 171 172 175 176 176 181 181 182 183 187 191 195 196 198 198 199 202 202 205 207 208 210 213 216 219 220 220 220 222 222 223 225 Contents x 10 11 12 Path generation and dimensionality reduction Moment matching Trees, PDEs and Asian options Practical issues in pricing multi-look options Greeks of multi-look options Key points Further reading 9.10 Exercises 9.11 Static replication 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Continuous barrier options 10.3 Discrete barriers 10.4 Path-dependent exotic options 10.5 The up-and-in put with barrier at strike 10.6 Put-call symmetry 10.7 Conclusion and further reading 10.8 Key points 10.9 Exercises Multiple sources of risk 11.1 Introduction 11.2 Higher-dimensional Brownian motions 11.3 The higher-dimensional Ito calculus 11.4 The higher-dimensional Girsanov theorem 11.5 Practical pricing 11.6 The Margrabe option 11.7 Quanto options 11.8 Higher-dimensional trees 11.9 Key points 11.10 Further reading 11.11 Exercises Options with early exercise features 12.1 Introduction 12.2 The tree approach 12.3 The PDE approach to American options 12.4 American options by replication 12.5 American options by Monte Carlo 12.6 Upper bounds by Monte Carlo 12.7 Key points 12.8 Further reading 12.9 Exercises 9.4 226 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 231 233 234 236 239 239 240 243 243 244 247 249 251 252 256 258 259 260 260 261 263 267 272 273 275 277 280 281 281 284 284 287 289 291 293 295 297 297 298 Contents 13 14 Interest rate derivatives 13.1 Introduction 13.2 The simplest instruments 13.3 Caplets and swaptions 13.4 Curves and more curves 13.5 Key points 13.6 Further reading 13.7 Exercises The pricing of exotic interest rate derivatives 14.1 Introduction 14.2 Decomposing an instrument into forward rates 14.3 Computing the drift of a forward rate 14.4 The instantaneous volatility curves 14.5 The instantaneous correlations between forward rates Doing the simulation Rapid pricing of swaptions in a BGM model Automatic calibration to co-terminal swaptions Lower bounds for Bermudan swaptions Upper bounds for Bermudan swaptions Factor reduction and Bermudan swaptions Interest-rate smiles Key points Further reading Exercises Incomplete markets and jump-diffusion processes 15.1 Introduction 15.2 Modelling jumps with a tree 15.3 Modelling jumps in a continuous framework 15.4 Market incompleteness 15.5 Super- and sub-replication 15.6 Choosing the measure and hedging exotic options 15.7 Matching the market 15.8 Pricing exotic options using jump-diffusion models 15.9 Does the model matter?

…

The cost of bonds is generally quoted in terms of yield, that is, the effective annually compounded interest rate which would give the same value on maturity. If the yield is r which could be a number written as 0.05, or more often as 5%, and the bond runs for T years then £1 invested in it today will be worth £(1 + r) after a year and because of compounding £(l. + after two 2.6 The time value of money 25 years and so. In particular, after 7' years, it will be worth £(l + r)T . Similarly, £1 in T years from now will be worth £(1 +).)-T today. To see this, consider that we can take out a loan of £(1-i- r)-T today with the knowledge that we can pay off the loan with the £1 when it arrives.

pages: 376 words: 109,092

**
Paper Promises
** by
Philip Coggan

accounting loophole / creative accounting, activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, balance sheet recession, bank run, banking crisis, barriers to entry, Bear Stearns, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Black Swan, bond market vigilante , Bretton Woods, British Empire, business cycle, call centre, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, carried interest, Celtic Tiger, central bank independence, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency manipulation / currency intervention, currency peg, debt deflation, delayed gratification, diversified portfolio, eurozone crisis, Fall of the Berlin Wall, falling living standards, fear of failure, financial innovation, financial repression, fixed income, floating exchange rates, full employment, German hyperinflation, global reserve currency, hiring and firing, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, inflation targeting, Isaac Newton, John Meriwether, joint-stock company, Kenneth Rogoff, Kickstarter, labour market flexibility, light touch regulation, Long Term Capital Management, manufacturing employment, market bubble, market clearing, Martin Wolf, Money creation, money market fund, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, moral hazard, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, negative equity, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, oil shale / tar sands, paradox of thrift, peak oil, pension reform, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, price stability, principal–agent problem, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, QWERTY keyboard, railway mania, regulatory arbitrage, reserve currency, Robert Gordon, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, savings glut, short selling, South Sea Bubble, sovereign wealth fund, special drawing rights, The Chicago School, The Great Moderation, The inhabitant of London could order by telephone, sipping his morning tea in bed, the various products of the whole earth, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, time value of money, too big to fail, trade route, tulip mania, value at risk, Washington Consensus, women in the workforce, zero-sum game

In modern times, investors have the option of lending to their government, a choice that has often been regarded as ‘risk-free’, even though that term looks rather hollow in the light of the sovereign debt crisis. Still if a country goes bust, it is likely that its consumers and companies will also be in trouble; it is rational for creditors to demand a higher rate from private-sector borrowers than from their government. Lenders also need to be rewarded for the time value of money. It is natural to prefer having $1,000 today to having $1,000 in a year’s time, not least because the price of goods might rise in the interim. Interest rates will thus naturally be higher when inflation is high. This need not necessarily be bad for the debtor, since their incomes will be growing rapidly as well in inflationary times.

…

Instalment selling greatly widened the potential market for a retailer’s goods, and the financing charges more than offset any bad debts. In practice, one wonders if the approach was really that much different from the old habit of allowing customers to buy ‘on the slate’. Presumably such retailers marked their prices higher to allow for both the time value of money and the occasional bad debts. Psychologically, however, it was an important step forward. Consumers liked the ability to get their goods upfront and found the prospect of a series of small payments easy to swallow, even though they ended up paying more for the goods in the end. Instalment credit had other advantages for the retailer, especially when compared with outright credit.

…

The Implications of Long-term Shifts in Global Investment and Saving’, McKinsey Global Institute, December 2010. 18 The figures are based on ten mature economies and four developing economies (Brazil, China, India and Mexico). 19 This argument relies on the discounted cashflow approach to valuation. The value of an asset is equal to the future cashflows, discounted to allow for the time value of money. A lower discount rate thus means a higher present value. This argument is a little short-sighted, however. Low real rates should be a sign of low expected growth. So to the extent that the discount rate falls, expected future cashflows should fall as well. 20 Grantham, ‘Night of the Living Fed’. 8.

pages: 200 words: 63,266

**
Die With Zero: Getting All You Can From Your Money and Your Life
** by
Bill Perkins

delayed gratification, Downton Abbey, financial independence, follow your passion, Google Earth, Gordon Gekko, Kickstarter, lateral thinking, Own Your Own Home, passive income, rent control, Richard Thaler, risk tolerance, Stanford marshmallow experiment, time value of money, Walter Mischel

Of the more than 3,500 people who voted on this question, very few (only 6 percent) said the ideal age to inherit money is 46 or older. Another 29 percent voted for ages 36 to 45, while only 12 percent said 18 to 25. The clear winner, with more than half the votes, was the age range 26 to 35. Why? Well, some people mentioned the time value of money and the power of compound interest, suggesting that the earlier you get the money, the better. On the other hand, a bunch of people pointed out the immaturity problem of getting the money too young. And to those two concerns, I would add the element of health: You always get more value out of money before your health begins to inevitably decline.

…

Well, the corollary to that is that the older you are, the more someone should have to pay you to delay an experience. How much they should pay you is what I call your personal interest rate—which rises with your age. This idea immediately hits home for people in finance, who are used to thinking about interest rates and the time value of money. Let me explain. Suppose you’re 20 years old; at this age, you can afford to wait a year or two to have an experience, because you can typically have the same experience later. Therefore, your personal interest is low—someone doesn’t have to pay you much for you to be willing to delay the experience.

**
Principles of Corporate Finance
** by
Richard A. Brealey,
Stewart C. Myers,
Franklin Allen

3Com Palm IPO, accounting loophole / creative accounting, Airbus A320, Asian financial crisis, asset allocation, asset-backed security, banking crisis, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, big-box store, Black-Scholes formula, break the buck, Brownian motion, business cycle, buy and hold, buy low sell high, capital asset pricing model, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, carried interest, collateralized debt obligation, compound rate of return, computerized trading, conceptual framework, corporate governance, correlation coefficient, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, cross-subsidies, discounted cash flows, disintermediation, diversified portfolio, equity premium, eurozone crisis, financial innovation, financial intermediation, fixed income, frictionless, fudge factor, German hyperinflation, implied volatility, index fund, information asymmetry, intangible asset, interest rate swap, inventory management, Iridium satellite, Kenneth Rogoff, law of one price, linear programming, Livingstone, I presume, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, loss aversion, Louis Bachelier, market bubble, market friction, money market fund, moral hazard, Myron Scholes, new economy, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, price discrimination, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, purchasing power parity, QR code, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, Real Time Gross Settlement, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, sunk-cost fallacy, Tax Reform Act of 1986, The Nature of the Firm, the payments system, the rule of 72, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, University of East Anglia, urban renewal, VA Linux, value at risk, Vanguard fund, yield curve, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game, Zipcar

But similar issues arise in legal and contractual disputes when a past cash flow has to be brought forward in time to a present value today. Suppose it’s determined that company A should have paid B $1 million 10 years ago. B clearly deserves more than $1 million today, because it has lost the time value of money. The time value of money should be expressed as an after-tax borrowing or lending rate, or if no risk enters, as the after-tax risk-free rate. The time value of money is not equal to B’s overall cost of capital. Allowing B to “earn” its overall cost of capital on the payment allows it to earn a risk premium without bearing risk. For a broader discussion of these issues, see F.

…

Finance Video Series DVD ISBN 9780073363653; MHID 0073363650 The McGraw-Hill Finance Video Series is a complete video library designed to be added points of discussion to your class. You will find examples of how real businesses face hot topics like mergers and acquisitions, going public, time value of money, and careers in finance. Online Support ONLINE LEARNING CENTER www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/textbooks/brealey Find a wealth of information online! This site contains information about the book and the authors as well as teaching and learning materials for the instructor and student, including: • “Beyond the Page” content A wealth of additional examples, explanations, and applications are available for quick access on the website.

…

NPV, properly interpreted, wins out in the end. 5-1 A Review of the Basics Vegetron’s chief financial officer (CFO) is wondering how to analyze a proposed $1 million investment in a new venture called project X. He asks what you think. Your response should be as follows: “First, forecast the cash flows generated by project X over its economic life. Second, determine the appropriate opportunity cost of capital (r). This should reflect both the time value of money and the risk involved in project X. Third, use this opportunity cost of capital to discount the project’s future cash flows. The sum of the discounted cash flows is called present value (PV). Fourth, calculate net present value (NPV) by subtracting the $1 million investment from PV. If we call the cash flows C0, C1, and so on, then We should invest in project X if its NPV is greater than zero.”

**
Early Retirement Guide: 40 is the new 65
** by
Manish Thakur

"side hustle", Airbnb, diversified portfolio, financial independence, hedonic treadmill, index fund, Lyft, passive income, passive investing, risk tolerance, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, time value of money, uber lyft, Vanguard fund, Zipcar

Live a month off of a strictly set amount of money without using any extra. 2. After living for a few months, try increasing your automatic investing contribution by 5% - 10%, even if you have to get rid something like the morning coffee from the store. Keep the Investing Inertia Going Take advantage of the Time Value of Money. This is a finance term that means $1 today is actually worth more than $1 tomorrow. When you have money to save in the present, it has opportunities to be invested in accounts and opportunities that will pay off interest each year and grow. $1,000 invested at 7% over the next 40 years is worth $14,974.46, whereas the same $1,000 in the same account for 35 years is only $10,676.58, nearly a $5,000 difference!

pages: 257 words: 75,685

**
Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better
** by
Rob Reich

effective altruism, end world poverty, Home mortgage interest deduction, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, mortgage tax deduction, Pareto efficiency, Peter Singer: altruism, Plutocrats, plutocrats, profit maximization, supervolcano, time value of money

For an overview of U.S. policies, see Madoff, Immortality and the Law; Reich, “What Are Foundations For?” 5. Foundation Center, “Key Facts.” 6. On debates about spending down or “sun-setting” philanthropic endowments, see Michael Klausner, “When Time Isn’t Money: Foundation Payouts and the Time Value of Money,” Stanford Social Innovation Review 1 (2003): 51–59. 7. Jens Beckert, “Why Is the Estate Tax So Controversial?,” Society 45 (2008): 521–528. 8. As in previous chapters, the terms “charitable” and “philanthropic” are used interchangeably here to indicate private transfers of money whose ultimate goal is to support some kind of public benefit. 9.

…

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Karl, Barry D., and Stanley N. Katz. “Foundations and Ruling Class Elites.” Daedalus 116 (1987): 1–40. Keppel, Frederick P. The Foundation: Its Place in American Life. London: Macmillan, 1930. Klausner, Michael. “When Time Isn’t Money: Foundation Payouts and the Time Value of Money.” Stanford Social Innovation Review 1 (2003): 51–59. Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools. New York: Broadway Books, 2012. Kuran, Timur. “Institutional Roots of Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East: Civic Legacies of the Islamic Waqf.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke Working Paper 171, 2014. ———.

pages: 283 words: 81,376

**
The Doomsday Calculation: How an Equation That Predicts the Future Is Transforming Everything We Know About Life and the Universe
** by
William Poundstone

Albert Einstein, anthropic principle, Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, Arthur Eddington, Bayesian statistics, Benoit Mandelbrot, Berlin Wall, bitcoin, Black Swan, conceptual framework, cosmic microwave background, cosmological constant, cosmological principle, cuban missile crisis, dark matter, digital map, discounted cash flows, Donald Trump, Doomsday Clock, double helix, Elon Musk, Gerolamo Cardano, index fund, Isaac Newton, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, John von Neumann, mandelbrot fractal, Mark Zuckerberg, Mars Rover, Peter Thiel, Pierre-Simon Laplace, probability theory / Blaise Pascal / Pierre de Fermat, RAND corporation, random walk, Richard Feynman, ride hailing / ride sharing, Rodney Brooks, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan: Tear down this wall, Sam Altman, Schrödinger's Cat, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Skype, Stanislav Petrov, Stephen Hawking, strong AI, Thomas Bayes, Thomas Malthus, time value of money, Turing test

According to Williams, a dividend-paying stock is worth the sum of all its future dividend payments, suitably adjusted. Suppose Coca-Cola pays a dividend of $1.59 a share and will pay that same yearly dividend for the next hundred years. The total would be $159. These dividends must be adjusted to reflect the time value of money. A $1.59 dividend now is worth more than a $1.59 dividend to be paid a hundred years from now. The difference is expressed in a discount rate that factors in inflation, risk, and opportunity costs. You would find that the value of a share of Coca-Cola ought to be a good deal less than $159.

…

With discounted cash flow, here’s what the stock ought to be worth to you right now: • $9.47 if the stock survives another ten years before going bust • $18.03 if it survives another twenty years • $39.10 if it survives fifty years • $62.76 if it survives one hundred years • $100 if it survives forever In Reynolds’s example the dividend grows almost fast enough to make up for the time value of money. So a stock that pays ten years of dividends before fizzling out is worth just a little shy of $10. With longer corporate lifespans, the current value becomes progressively less than the sum of the future dividends. A hundred years of future dividends has a present value of $62.76, rather than $100.

pages: 83 words: 26,284

**
Home Building Secrets: Save Thousands Building Your Next Home: For the first time homeowner or the second time homeower who did not learn from their first mistakes
** by
Ronald Jones

big-box store, independent contractor, place-making, time value of money

So, the higher efficiency unit should cost 23% less or about $616.00 a year; a savings of $184.00 a year. Both units should last 15 years, so the total saving associated with the 18.0 SEER unit is $2760.00, which is less than the $2500.00 initial price difference. Certainly, you should consider the time value of money (what you did not earn by keeping the $2500.00 in your pocket), and you must consider the rising cost of energy of the next 15 years. I would say that if you escalated the price of electricity (or gas) 2-3% a year, you will find that the 18.0 SEER unit produces significant savings in comparison to the 14.0 SEER unit.

pages: 89 words: 29,198

**
The Big Secret for the Small Investor: A New Route to Long-Term Investment Success
** by
Joel Greenblatt

backtesting, discounted cash flows, diversified portfolio, hiring and firing, index fund, risk free rate, Sharpe ratio, time value of money, Vanguard fund

If our estimate of value can change dramatically with even small changes in our guesses about the proper earnings growth rate to use or the proper discount rate, how meaningful can the estimates of value made by “experts” really be? The answer to #4 above is—“not very.” As it turns out, there actually are 24-hour locksmiths in the Bronx—unfortunately, they are not available now. 1. These concepts involve a discussion of the time value of money and discounted cash flow. If you are already very familiar with these (and can’t possibly see how I can make them funny), feel free to look at the pretty pictures and then skip ahead to the chapter summary! 2. In reality, we should look for how much cash we receive from the business over its lifetime.

pages: 447 words: 104,258

**
Mathematics of the Financial Markets: Financial Instruments and Derivatives Modelling, Valuation and Risk Issues
** by
Alain Ruttiens

algorithmic trading, asset allocation, asset-backed security, backtesting, banking crisis, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, collateralized debt obligation, correlation coefficient, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, delta neutral, discounted cash flows, discrete time, diversification, fixed income, implied volatility, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, margin call, market microstructure, martingale, p-value, passive investing, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, risk free rate, risk/return, Satyajit Das, Sharpe ratio, short selling, statistical model, stochastic process, stochastic volatility, time value of money, transaction costs, value at risk, volatility smile, Wiener process, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

However, for “marketing” reasons (and misuse of language), it happens that many operations are abusively qualified as “arbitrage”, though they are in fact purely speculative; but the speculator is more or less convinced that his operation will give rise to a profit, based on the difference between observed market prices and his own evaluation of an adequate fair value. Typical examples involve some derivatives hard to price theoretically, such as credit derivatives, some exotic options, and so on. FURTHER READING Pamela PETERSON-DRAKE, Frank J. FABOZZI, Foundations and Applications of the Time Value of Money, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, 2009, 298 p. Paul FAGE, Yield Calculations, CSFB, 1986, 134 p. 1. This is to show that day count conventions may vary even in the same currency. Swaps and swap rates are studied in Chapter 6. 2. Yield curves are studied in Chapter 2. Here we just compare “rough” curves of joined discount factors and of zeroes. 3.

…

NEFTCI, An Introduction to the Mathematics of Financial Derivatives, Academic Press, 2nd ed., 2000, 527 p. Roger B. NELSEN, An Introduction to Copulas, Springer, 2010, 284 p. Adel OSSEIRAN, Mohamed BOUZOUBAA, Exotic Options and Hybrids, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, 2010, 392 p. Pamela PETERSON-DRAKE, Frank J. FABOZZI, Foundations and Applications of the Time Value of Money, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, 2009, 298 p. S.T. RACHEV, S.V. STOYANOV, F.J. FABOZZI, A Probability Metrics Approach to Financial Risk Measures, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, 355 p. Riccardo REBONATO, Volatility and Correlation: The Perfect Hedger and the Fox, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, 2nd ed., 2004, 864 p.

pages: 306 words: 97,211

**
Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond
** by
Bruce C. N. Greenwald,
Judd Kahn,
Paul D. Sonkin,
Michael van Biema

Andrei Shleifer, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, business cycle, capital asset pricing model, corporate raider, creative destruction, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, discounted cash flows, diversified portfolio, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, fixed income, index fund, intangible asset, Long Term Capital Management, naked short selling, new economy, place-making, price mechanism, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, shareholder value, short selling, Silicon Valley, stocks for the long run, Telecommunications Act of 1996, time value of money, tulip mania, Y2K, zero-sum game

The Present Value of Current and Future Cash Flows There is wide agreement in theory that the intrinsic value of any investment asset-whether an office building, a gold mine, a company selling groceries at the comer or groceries over the Internet, a government bond, or a share of General Motors stock-is determined by the present value of the distributable cash flows that the asset supplies to its owner. Present value is properly calculated as the sum of present and future cash flows, both outlays and receipts, with each dollar of future cash flow appropriately discounted to take into account the time value of money (see Appendix to this chapter). Graham and Dodd disciples accept the concept and the calculation of present value, as do all other fundamental investors. The techniques are taught at every undergraduate and graduate school of business. Investment bankers and corporate financial officers use them.

…

Conversely, a dollar guaranteed to us two years in the future, at a discount rate of 8 percent, has a present value of $1.00 x 1/(1.08) x 1/(1.08), or $.857. The present value of the future cash flow is reduced more the longer we have to wait for it. The expression that captures this relationship is the time value of money. Combined with the right algebra, the concept allows us to transform a whole series of future values into their value today. The two variables we need are time, which is almost always stated in years, and the other expression that we have called both interest and the discount rate. Both terms refer to the rate at which people will voluntarily commit funds to acquire the asset in question.

pages: 139 words: 33,246

**
Money Moments: Simple Steps to Financial Well-Being
** by
Jason Butler

Albert Einstein, asset allocation, buy and hold, Cass Sunstein, diversified portfolio, estate planning, financial independence, fixed income, happiness index / gross national happiness, index fund, intangible asset, John Bogle, longitudinal study, loss aversion, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, mortgage debt, passive income, placebo effect, Richard Thaler, ride hailing / ride sharing, Steve Jobs, time value of money, traffic fines, Travis Kalanick, Uber and Lyft, uber lyft, Vanguard fund, Yogi Berra

A few years later, when I decided to train to become a professional financial planner and investment manager, I realised that I needed to raise my mathematics skills to a much higher level. I enrolled on a suitable weekly advanced mathematics night class. The tutor was fun and highly engaging and stated that we were all perfectly capable of learning advanced maths, if we had a positive attitude, put in the work, and didn’t give up. I learned about the time-value of money, geometric mean, standard deviation, dispersion and a range of other advanced financial principles. With the tutor’s encouragement and enthusiasm I progressed rapidly and also became adept at using spreadsheets and a financial calculator. Eventually I passed both my investment management and financial planning examinations and over the next twenty years built a highly successful career in financial planning.

pages: 369 words: 107,073

**
Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History
** by
Jim Campbell

algorithmic trading, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, delta neutral, family office, fear of failure, financial thriller, fixed income, forensic accounting, full employment, Gordon Gekko, high net worth, index fund, margin call, merger arbitrage, money market fund, mutually assured destruction, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, Renaissance Technologies, risk free rate, riskless arbitrage, Sharpe ratio, short selling, sovereign wealth fund, time value of money, two and twenty, walking around money

Investors’ account balances might not be validated. Also, if investors had made more withdrawals than deposits, the SIPC Trustee could come looking for the money in a clawback, which might have a chilling effect on whether investors should spend money taken out of an account. The Trustee Refused to Allow Any Adjustment for the Lost Time Value of Money The “constant dollar approach” accounts for original investment losses adjusted to cover inflation. This was not done. If the constant dollar approach had been used, Madoff victims would have been eligible, by my calculation, for potentially $30 billion in recoveries, versus the $19.5 billion used as the benchmark for return of 100 percent of the original investment losses.* Even the SEC disagreed with Picard.

…

It is the supreme audit institution of the federal government of the United States. * TARP—Troubled Asset Relief Program—was the bailout program created by the US Treasury to stabilize the country’s financial system after 2008 financial crisis. * The author made a calculation using the “constant dollar approach,” which includes the time value of money, essentially to account for inflation, and the resultant opportunity cost if the investors had placed the money in an investment that matched the rate of inflation. Using the Inflation Calculator with U.S. Results: $19.5 billion in 1992 has the same purchasing power as $29.7 billion in 2008.

pages: 149 words: 43,747

**
How I Invest My Money: Finance Experts Reveal How They Save, Spend, and Invest
** by
Brian Portnoy,
Joshua Brown

asset allocation, bitcoin, blockchain, blue-collar work, buy and hold, coronavirus, Covid-19, COVID-19, cryptocurrency, diversification, diversified portfolio, estate planning, financial independence, fixed income, high net worth, housing crisis, index fund, John Bogle, mental accounting, passive investing, prediction markets, risk tolerance, Sharpe ratio, time value of money, underbanked, Vanguard fund

Financial planning does not mean that you will avert a market downturn, but it does give you certain peace of mind knowing that you can stay the course. Sometimes, I think people make things more complicated than they need to be. I tend not to become overly optimistic nor overly pessimistic, which my clients really appreciate. I believe in the simple trifecta of dollar cost averaging, tax-free growth and the time value of money. I recall how excited I was when I learned about 529 plans and opened one up for each one of my children. Because I have taken an entrepreneurial path within the financial advice industry since 2003, I took advantage of the SEP IRA and then the Single K/Individual K/Solo K to help with save money for retirement.

pages: 349 words: 134,041

**
Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives
** by
Satyajit Das

accounting loophole / creative accounting, Albert Einstein, Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, Bear Stearns, beat the dealer, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Bretton Woods, BRICs, Brownian motion, business process, buy and hold, buy low sell high, call centre, capital asset pricing model, collateralized debt obligation, commoditize, complexity theory, computerized trading, corporate governance, corporate raider, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, cuban missile crisis, currency peg, disinformation, disintermediation, diversification, diversified portfolio, Edward Thorp, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, Everything should be made as simple as possible, financial innovation, fixed income, Haight Ashbury, high net worth, implied volatility, index arbitrage, index card, index fund, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, Isaac Newton, job satisfaction, John Bogle, John Meriwether, locking in a profit, Long Term Capital Management, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, mass affluent, mega-rich, merger arbitrage, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, money market fund, moral hazard, mutually assured destruction, Myron Scholes, new economy, New Journalism, Nick Leeson, Nixon triggered the end of the Bretton Woods system, offshore financial centre, oil shock, Parkinson's law, placebo effect, Ponzi scheme, purchasing power parity, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, regulatory arbitrage, Right to Buy, risk free rate, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Satyajit Das, shareholder value, short selling, South Sea Bubble, statistical model, technology bubble, the medium is the message, the new new thing, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, value at risk, Vanguard fund, volatility smile, yield curve, Yogi Berra, zero-coupon bond

Now, we can work out a reasonable value of the option – the expected value. This is simply the value of the option multiplied by the probability that the option will be worth that. See Table 6.2. The expected value of the call option in this case is $4 in one year from now. We adjust for the fact that we get $4 in one year for the time value of money. We discount back the $4 at 10.00% pa for one year. This gives us $3.64, the value of the option today. DAS_C07.QXP 8/7/06 4:45 PM 192 Page 192 Tr a d e r s , G u n s & M o n e y Table 6.2 N Option expected value Expected share price in one year Probability $90 $100 $110 $120 $130 10% 20% 40% 20% 10% Value of call option at maturity Expected value (probability × value of call option at maturity) 0 0 0 $10 $20 0 0 0 $2 $2 Total $4 This does not mean that if we buy the option we always get $4.

…

With the exchangeable, the shares were only sold for tax purposes when the bond converted. This generally takes place towards the final maturity of the convertible. In effect, the exchangeable allowed IBM to defer its tax bill on any gain on the Intel shares. If you can’t evade tax, then you try and defer it for as long as possible. It’s all about the time value of money and taxes. In the 1990s, the process of monetization became more brazen. The stock boom meant that investors were sitting on large gains. They wanted to lock in the gains but defer the tax. DAS_C04.QXP 8/7/06 4:51 PM Page 261 8 N S h a re a n d s h a re a l i k e – d e r i v a t i v e i n e q u i t y 261 There was also a different constituency.

pages: 186 words: 49,251

**
The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry
** by
John Warrillow

Airbnb, airport security, Amazon Web Services, asset allocation, barriers to entry, call centre, cloud computing, commoditize, David Heinemeier Hansson, discounted cash flows, Hacker Conference 1984, high net worth, Jeff Bezos, Network effects, passive income, rolodex, sharing economy, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, software as a service, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, subscription business, telemarketer, time value of money, zero-sum game, Zipcar

Let’s take a closer look at how your company is valued without a subscription offering. In my experience, the most common methodology used to value a small to mid-size business is called discounted cash flow. This methodology forecasts your future stream of profits and then “discounts” it back to what your future profit is worth to an investor in today’s dollars given the time value of money. This investment theory may sound like MBA talk, but discounted cash flow valuation is something you have likely applied in your own personal life without knowing it. For example, what would you pay today for an investment that you hope will be worth $100 one year from now? You would likely “discount” the $100 by your expectation for a return on investment.

pages: 172 words: 49,890

**
The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns
** by
Mohnish Pabrai

asset allocation, backtesting, beat the dealer, Black-Scholes formula, business intelligence, call centre, cuban missile crisis, discounted cash flows, Edward Thorp, Exxon Valdez, fixed income, hiring and firing, index fund, inventory management, John Bogle, Mahatma Gandhi, merger arbitrage, passive investing, price mechanism, Silicon Valley, time value of money, transaction costs, two and twenty, zero-sum game

It makes logical sense that you’d want to allow a longer holding period on businesses you actually understand well. If you have a very high degree of conviction on underlying intrinsic value, feel free to hold on to losers for longer than two to three years, but always be cognizant of the time value of money. It is very hard to make up the lost non-compounding years. The two-to-three-year rule prevents us from running when the lion roars—it helps avoid distressed sales at points of maximum pessimism. A wonderful example of a loudly roaring lion is my roller-coaster ride with Universal Stainless & Alloy Products over the past four years.

pages: 365 words: 56,751

**
Cryptoeconomics: Fundamental Principles of Bitcoin
** by
Eric Voskuil,
James Chiang,
Amir Taaki

bank run, banks create money, bitcoin, blockchain, break the buck, cashless society, cognitive dissonance, cryptocurrency, delayed gratification, en.wikipedia.org, foreign exchange controls, Fractional reserve banking, global reserve currency, Joseph Schumpeter, market clearing, Metcalfe’s law, Money creation, money market fund, Network effects, peer-to-peer, price stability, reserve currency, risk free rate, seigniorage, smart contracts, social graph, time value of money, Turing test, zero day, zero-sum game

Cars wear out, food gets converted to energy, furniture wears out, capital decays. Money is no different, it decays in a hoard due to both its carry cost [730] and its opportunity cost. The present value [731] of money is always discounted against its future value. This is described as the “time value of money”. By expending the future value, the money hoard is actually depreciating by the amount of the discount over the time hoarded. As shown in Depreciation Principle [732] the act of purchasing goods is not consumption. There is no actual consumption except to the extent that property depreciates.

**
Investment: A History
** by
Norton Reamer,
Jesse Downing

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Albert Einstein, algorithmic trading, asset allocation, backtesting, banking crisis, Bear Stearns, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, break the buck, Brownian motion, business cycle, buttonwood tree, buy and hold, California gold rush, capital asset pricing model, Carmen Reinhart, carried interest, colonial rule, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, debt deflation, discounted cash flows, diversified portfolio, dogs of the Dow, equity premium, estate planning, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, Fall of the Berlin Wall, family office, Fellow of the Royal Society, financial innovation, fixed income, Gordon Gekko, Henri Poincaré, high net worth, impact investing, index fund, information asymmetry, interest rate swap, invention of the telegraph, James Hargreaves, James Watt: steam engine, John Bogle, joint-stock company, Kenneth Rogoff, labor-force participation, land tenure, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, loss aversion, Louis Bachelier, margin call, means of production, Menlo Park, merger arbitrage, money market fund, moral hazard, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, negative equity, Network effects, new economy, Nick Leeson, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson, pension reform, Performance of Mutual Funds in the Period, Ponzi scheme, Post-Keynesian economics, price mechanism, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, quantitative easing, RAND corporation, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Sand Hill Road, Savings and loan crisis, Sharpe ratio, short selling, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, sovereign wealth fund, spinning jenny, statistical arbitrage, survivorship bias, tail risk, technology bubble, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, two and twenty, underbanked, Vanguard fund, working poor, yield curve

This was particularly true with respect to lending, which was usually burdened with moralistic concepts, sometimes unfortunate and economically counterproductive. As pointed out later in this chapter, blanket concepts of “usurious” lending often failed to recognize such now-basic issues as the time value of money and credit risk. In addition, social standing and status frequently entered into economic transactions in ways that current civilizations ignore or explicitly reject. Further, at times religious groups and orders engaged in commercial activity in ways that are much less common today, bringing concepts of theology and morality to the forefront of economic dealings in ways that are no longer considered to be pertinent.

…

The advent of laws and regulations against usury has been a striking and probably destructive element for investment. While there are circumstances that argue against permitting powerful lenders to take advantage of relatively weak and defenseless borrowers, modern Westerners do not usually object to incorporating proper credit and time value risk. In our modern worldview, “time value of money” should have a price. Providing money to another person or organization means that the lender gives up access to that money for a period of time and accepts the risk of loss. Furthermore, the fairness of that price cannot A Privilege of the Power Elite 33 be measured exclusively in proportion to the level of interest charged.

pages: 1,239 words: 163,625

**
The Joys of Compounding: The Passionate Pursuit of Lifelong Learning, Revised and Updated
** by
Gautam Baid

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Airbnb, Albert Einstein, Andrei Shleifer, asset allocation, Atul Gawande, availability heuristic, backtesting, barriers to entry, beat the dealer, Benoit Mandelbrot, Bernie Madoff, bitcoin, Black Swan, business process, buy and hold, Cal Newport, Cass Sunstein, Checklist Manifesto, Clayton Christensen, cognitive dissonance, collapse of Lehman Brothers, commoditize, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, creative destruction, cryptocurrency, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, delayed gratification, deliberate practice, discounted cash flows, disintermediation, disruptive innovation, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, diversification, diversified portfolio, dividend-yielding stocks, Edward Thorp, Elon Musk, Everything should be made as simple as possible, financial independence, financial innovation, fixed income, follow your passion, framing effect, George Santayana, Hans Rosling, hedonic treadmill, hindsight bias, Hyman Minsky, index fund, intangible asset, invention of the wheel, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, John Bogle, Joseph Schumpeter, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, Lao Tzu, Long Term Capital Management, loss aversion, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, Mark Zuckerberg, mental accounting, Milgram experiment, moral hazard, Nate Silver, Network effects, Nicholas Carr, offshore financial centre, oil shock, passive income, passive investing, pattern recognition, Peter Thiel, Ponzi scheme, price anchoring, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ray Kurzweil, reserve currency, Richard Feynman, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, risk-adjusted returns, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, salary depends on his not understanding it, Savings and loan crisis, shareholder value, six sigma, software as a service, software is eating the world, South Sea Bubble, special economic zone, Stanford marshmallow experiment, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Steven Pinker, stocks for the long run, sunk-cost fallacy, tail risk, the market place, The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, The Wisdom of Crowds, time value of money, transaction costs, tulip mania, Upton Sinclair, Walter Mischel, wealth creators, Yogi Berra, zero-sum game

In the past, Warren Buffett has described intrinsic value as private owner value, the price that an informed buyer would pay for the entire business and its future stream of cash. Thus, the intrinsic value of an asset is the sum of the cash flows expected to be received from that asset, over its remaining useful life, discounted for the time value of money and the uncertainty of receiving those cash flows. If we carefully read Benjamin Graham’s definition at the beginning of this chapter, it is interesting to note that he says that future earning power is “the most important single factor determining value.” So the main question we are trying to answer is this: What is the normalized earning power of the business?

…

This, in turn, enables excess returns on invested capital for long periods of time (also known as the competitive advantage period, CAP). Growing firms with excess returns and longer CAPs are more valuable in terms of net present value. The value of a company’s CAP is the sum of the estimated cash flows solely generated by these excess returns, discounted for the time value of money and the uncertainty of receiving those cash flows. In a 1999 interview with Fortune, Buffett highlighted “moats” as the main pillar of his investing strategy: “The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that deliver rewards to investors.”3 In his 2007 letter, Buffett wrote what is considered by many to be the seminal piece on competitive advantage and value creation in which he discussed great, good, and gruesome businesses.4 For an increase in earnings to be evaluated properly, it always should be compared with the incremental capital investment required to produce it.

**
The Intelligent Asset Allocator: How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk
** by
William J. Bernstein

asset allocation, backtesting, buy and hold, capital asset pricing model, commoditize, computer age, correlation coefficient, diversification, diversified portfolio, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, fixed income, index arbitrage, index fund, intangible asset, John Bogle, Long Term Capital Management, p-value, passive investing, prediction markets, random walk, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, South Sea Bubble, stocks for the long run, survivorship bias, the rule of 72, the scientific method, time value of money, transaction costs, Vanguard fund, Yogi Berra, zero-coupon bond

This theory is Odds and Ends 121 advanced by Fama and French in the form of their three-factor model. This simple, yet powerful construct is extraordinarily useful in understanding long-term returns in markets around the globe. Simply put, any stock asset class earns four different returns: ■ The risk-free rate, that is, the time value of money. Usually set at the short-term T-bill rate. ■ The market-risk premium. That additional return earned by exposing yourself to the stock market. ■ The size premium. The additional return earned by owning smallcompany stocks. ■ The value premium. The additional return earned by owning value stocks.

pages: 681 words: 64,159

**
Numpy Beginner's Guide - Third Edition
** by
Ivan Idris

algorithmic trading, business intelligence, Conway's Game of Life, correlation coefficient, Debian, discrete time, en.wikipedia.org, functional programming, general-purpose programming language, Khan Academy, p-value, random walk, reversible computing, time value of money

We extracted the even elements from an array using a Boolean conditon with the NumPy extract() functon (see extracted.py ): from __future__ import print_function import numpy as np a = np.arange(7) condition = (a % 2) == 0 print("Even numbers", np.extract(condition, a)) print("Non zero", np.nonzero(a)) Financial functions NumPy has a number of fnancial functons: The fv() functon calculates the so-called future value . The future value gives the value of a fnancial instrument at a future date, based on certain assumptons. The pv() functon computes the present value (see https://www.khanacademy. org/economics-finance-domain/core-finance/interest-tutorial/ present-value/v/time-value-of-money ). The present value is the value of an asset today. The npv() functon returns the net present value . The net present value is defned as the sum of all the present value cash fows. The pmt() functon computes the payment against loan principal plus interest. The irr() functon calculates the internal rate of return .

**
Bulletproof Problem Solving
** by
Charles Conn,
Robert McLean

active transport: walking or cycling, Airbnb, Amazon Mechanical Turk, asset allocation, availability heuristic, Bayesian statistics, Black Swan, blockchain, business process, call centre, carbon footprint, cloud computing, correlation does not imply causation, Credit Default Swap, crowdsourcing, David Brooks, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, endowment effect, future of work, Garrett Hardin, Hyperloop, Innovator's Dilemma, inventory management, iterative process, loss aversion, meta-analysis, Nate Silver, nudge unit, Occam's razor, pattern recognition, pets.com, prediction markets, principal–agent problem, RAND corporation, randomized controlled trial, risk tolerance, Silicon Valley, smart contracts, stem cell, sunk-cost fallacy, the rule of 72, the scientific method, The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, time value of money, Tragedy of the Commons, transfer pricing, Vilfredo Pareto, walkable city, WikiLeaks

This has to be considered against rising retail prices for electricity customers. At $1,500 per year, the cost savings lost by waiting would be $4,500 over three years, so the up‐front cost of the solar PV installation would have to fall by 75% to make waiting worthwhile. Rob could have used a net present value analysis where the time value of money is considered rather than a simple payback. But in this case the simple method is fine: He felt comfortable with the four‐year payback providing an implied rate of return of 25%. It was worth doing now. Finally, he wanted to estimate how much of his CO2 footprint he would reduce by going ahead.

pages: 263 words: 75,455

**
Quantitative Value: A Practitioner's Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors
** by
Wesley R. Gray,
Tobias E. Carlisle

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Albert Einstein, Andrei Shleifer, asset allocation, Atul Gawande, backtesting, beat the dealer, Black Swan, business cycle, butter production in bangladesh, buy and hold, capital asset pricing model, Checklist Manifesto, cognitive bias, compound rate of return, corporate governance, correlation coefficient, credit crunch, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, discounted cash flows, Edward Thorp, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, forensic accounting, hindsight bias, intangible asset, Louis Bachelier, p-value, passive investing, performance metric, quantitative hedge fund, random walk, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, risk-adjusted returns, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, statistical model, survivorship bias, systematic trading, The Myth of the Rational Market, time value of money, transaction costs

This simple principle was first described in 1934 by John Burr Williams in his Theory of Investment Value.4 Williams's principle gives us the discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, which allows us to calculate intrinsic value by taking a series of growing future cash flows and discounting them back to the present at a rate of return that takes into account the time value of money and the particular risk of the business analyzed. More recently, academics and practitioners alike have come to recognize the significance of Buffett's observation that the value of a business depends on its ability to generate returns on invested capital in excess of its cost of capital.5 Businesses expected to produce returns on invested capital in excess of market rates of return are worth more than the capital invested in them, and the market price of the stock should in time exceed its asset value.

**
Raw Data Is an Oxymoron
** by
Lisa Gitelman

23andMe, collateralized debt obligation, computer age, continuous integration, crowdsourcing, disruptive innovation, Drosophila, Edmond Halley, Filter Bubble, Firefox, fixed income, Google Earth, Howard Rheingold, index card, informal economy, Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, knowledge worker, liberal capitalism, lifelogging, longitudinal study, Louis Daguerre, Menlo Park, optical character recognition, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, peer-to-peer, RFID, Richard Thaler, Silicon Valley, social graph, software studies, statistical model, Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker, text mining, time value of money, trade route, Turing machine, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, WikiLeaks

The Economic Journal 6, no. 24 (December 1896): 509–534. 13. Ibid., 520, 525, 526. Fisher returned to this subject repeatedly, most notably in The Nature of Capital and Income (New York: Macmillan, 1906). The assumption that money should earn interest when it is lent out is based on the principle modern economists call the time value of money. Historically, this principle derives from very old Christian notions about the relationship between time and God; theorists who wanted to circumvent the Church’s ban on usury elaborated on it in the sixteenth century. One of the economic theorists whose work on this subject Fisher specifically engaged in Appreciation and Interest was Eugene von Bohm-Bawerk, the Austrian finance minister.

pages: 253 words: 79,214

**
The Money Machine: How the City Works
** by
Philip Coggan

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, algorithmic trading, asset-backed security, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, bond market vigilante , bonus culture, Bretton Woods, call centre, capital controls, carried interest, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, disintermediation, diversification, diversified portfolio, Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse, endowment effect, financial deregulation, financial independence, floating exchange rates, foreign exchange controls, Hyman Minsky, index fund, intangible asset, interest rate swap, Isaac Newton, James Carville said: "I would like to be reincarnated as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.", joint-stock company, labour market flexibility, large denomination, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, merger arbitrage, money market fund, moral hazard, mortgage debt, negative equity, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, pattern recognition, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, reserve currency, Right to Buy, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, South Sea Bubble, sovereign wealth fund, technology bubble, time value of money, too big to fail, tulip mania, Washington Consensus, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

HOW INVESTORS VALUE COMPANIES Why do share prices move up and down? What makes some companies into poor investments and others into the equivalent of pools winners? In the end, the price of a share should be equal to the value of all future cashflows that the investors will receive, discounted to allow for the time value of money. But it is very difficult to agree on the right discount rate and even more difficult to estimate all the future cashflows. So investors have to find some short cuts. One obvious step is to look at profits. But what is profit? It is not quite as simple as deducting a company’s costs from its revenues.

**
When Free Markets Fail: Saving the Market When It Can't Save Itself (Wiley Corporate F&A)
** by
Scott McCleskey

Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, bank run, barriers to entry, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, break the buck, call centre, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, financial innovation, fixed income, information asymmetry, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, iterative process, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, money market fund, moral hazard, mortgage debt, place-making, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, risk tolerance, Savings and loan crisis, shareholder value, statistical model, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, time value of money, too big to fail, web of trust

Not all factors are quantifiable, some are quantifiable but not monetizable (time is often difficult to monetize unless it is in the context of an hourly fee), and some are both quantifiable and monetizable. Because regulations are meant to be in effect into the future rather than simply at a point in time, a calculation is normally performed to express the costs and benefits in current dollars, in order to recognize the time value of money. Once costs and benefits are estimated, they may be expressed as a specific number (which is nonetheless understood to be an estimate) or as a range. If the estimate is expressed in both a quantified range and a monetized range, the monetized range may not be a straightforward multiplication of the quantified range by a fixed cost, but will generally reflect the fact that the per-unit cost is also subject to variation.

pages: 237 words: 72,716

**
The Inequality Puzzle: European and US Leaders Discuss Rising Income Inequality
** by
Roland Berger,
David Grusky,
Tobias Raffel,
Geoffrey Samuels,
Chris Wimer

Bear Stearns, Branko Milanovic, business cycle, Celtic Tiger, collective bargaining, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, double entry bookkeeping, equal pay for equal work, fear of failure, financial innovation, full employment, Gini coefficient, hiring and firing, illegal immigration, income inequality, invisible hand, Long Term Capital Management, long term incentive plan, microcredit, Money creation, offshore financial centre, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, rent-seeking, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, time value of money, very high income

The physical plant of the United States, bridges, ports, airports, our airlines, our railroads, whatever the case may be, is very tough to modernize and re-invest with the level of taxation and the slow return on capital that you get due to the depreciation schedules in our tax code. If you did those two things, it makes the tax shield of interest deductibility less valuable relative to the industrial sector. The only thing that happens if you allow the expensing of capital is, at worst, the government loses the time value of money, and that assumes the investment would have been made to begin with. But in bad times, the reality is most of those investments aren’t made, because every board of directors when business is getting bad has the same refrain, “push off the capital, ” “make do with what you have, ” “don’t spend,” “cash is king.”

pages: 332 words: 81,289

**
Smarter Investing
** by
Tim Hale

Albert Einstein, asset allocation, buy and hold, buy low sell high, capital asset pricing model, collapse of Lehman Brothers, corporate governance, credit crunch, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, diversification, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, equity premium, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, eurozone crisis, fiat currency, financial independence, financial innovation, fixed income, full employment, implied volatility, index fund, information asymmetry, Isaac Newton, John Bogle, John Meriwether, Long Term Capital Management, Northern Rock, passive investing, Ponzi scheme, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, random walk, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, South Sea Bubble, technology bubble, the rule of 72, time value of money, transaction costs, Vanguard fund, women in the workforce, zero-sum game

That is because (a) your money can erode in spending power terms through the effects of inflation; (b) you have an opportunity cost of tying up your money which the borrower needs to compensate you for; (c) you have the risk of not knowing what return you will be able to reinvest the interest payments at. This is known as the time value of money. The flip side of the increased expected return from owning a bond that matures further into the future is that its price, which moves to reflect the market’s ever-changing yield requirement, will be more sensitive to movements in yields. The bond see-saw above explains the generic relationship between yields and prices but it only tells us that as yields rise, bond prices fall and vice versa.

**
A Primer for the Mathematics of Financial Engineering
** by
Dan Stefanica

asset allocation, Black-Scholes formula, capital asset pricing model, constrained optimization, delta neutral, discrete time, Emanuel Derman, implied volatility, law of one price, margin call, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, risk free rate, Sharpe ratio, short selling, time value of money, transaction costs, volatility smile, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

An important consequence of the law of one price is the fact that, if the value of a portfolio at time T in the future is independent of the state of the market at that time, then the value of the portfolio in the present is the risk-neutral discounted present value of the portfolio at time T. Before we state this result formally, we must clarify the meaning of "riskneutral discounted present value". This refers to the time value of money: cash can be deposited at time tl to be returned at time t2 (t2 > tl), with interest. The interest rate depends on many factors, one of them being the probability of default of the party receiving the cash deposit. If this probability is zero, or close to zero (the US Treasury is considered virtually impossible to default - more money can be printed to pay back debt, for example), then the return is considered risk-free.

pages: 823 words: 220,581

**
Debunking Economics - Revised, Expanded and Integrated Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?
** by
Steve Keen

"Robert Solow", accounting loophole / creative accounting, banking crisis, banks create money, barriers to entry, Benoit Mandelbrot, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Black Swan, Bonfire of the Vanities, business cycle, butterfly effect, capital asset pricing model, cellular automata, central bank independence, citizen journalism, clockwork universe, collective bargaining, complexity theory, correlation coefficient, creative destruction, credit crunch, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, debt deflation, diversification, double entry bookkeeping, en.wikipedia.org, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, experimental subject, Financial Instability Hypothesis, fixed income, Fractional reserve banking, full employment, Henri Poincaré, housing crisis, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, information asymmetry, invisible hand, iterative process, John von Neumann, Kickstarter, laissez-faire capitalism, liquidity trap, Long Term Capital Management, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, market bubble, market clearing, market microstructure, means of production, minimum wage unemployment, Money creation, money market fund, open economy, Pareto efficiency, Paul Samuelson, place-making, Ponzi scheme, Post-Keynesian economics, profit maximization, quantitative easing, RAND corporation, random walk, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Coase, Savings and loan crisis, Schrödinger's Cat, scientific mainstream, seigniorage, six sigma, South Sea Bubble, stochastic process, The Great Moderation, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, time value of money, total factor productivity, tulip mania, wage slave, zero-sum game

Fisher thus has the dubious distinction of fathering both the conventional theory of finance – which, like his 1929 self, reassures finance markets that they are rational – and an unconventional theory which argues that speculative bubbles can cause economic depressions. Pre-Depression Fisher: the time value of money In 1930 Fisher published The Theory of Interest, which asserted that the interest rate ‘expresses a price in the exchange between present and future goods’ (Fisher 1930).3 This argument was a simple extension of the economic theory of prices to the puzzle of how interest rates are set, but it has an even older genealogy: it was first argued by Jeremy Bentham, the true father of modern neoclassical economics, when in 1787 he wrote ‘In defence of usury.’

…

In the case of the stock market, it means at least four things: that the collective expectations of stock market investors are accurate predictions of the future prospects of companies; that share prices fully reflect all information pertinent to the future prospects of traded companies; that changes in share prices are entirely due to changes in information relevant to future prospects, where that information arrives in an unpredictable and random fashion; and that therefore stock prices ‘follow a random walk,’ so that past movements in prices give no information about what future movements will be – just as past rolls of dice can’t be used to predict what the next roll will be. These propositions are a collage of the assumptions and conclusions of the ‘efficient markets hypothesis’ (EMH) and the ‘capital assets pricing model’ (CAPM), which were formal extensions to Fisher’s (pre-Depression) time value of money theories. Like the Fisher theories of old, these new theories were microeconomic in nature, and presumed that finance markets are continually in equilibrium. There were several economists who developed this sophisticated equilibrium analysis of finance. In what follows I s on the work of W.

pages: 355 words: 92,571

**
Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets
** by
John Plender

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Andrei Shleifer, asset-backed security, bank run, Berlin Wall, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Black Swan, bond market vigilante , bonus culture, Bretton Woods, business climate, business cycle, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, central bank independence, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collective bargaining, computer age, Corn Laws, corporate governance, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, deindustrialization, Deng Xiaoping, discovery of the americas, diversification, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, eurozone crisis, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, fiat currency, financial innovation, financial intermediation, Fractional reserve banking, full employment, God and Mammon, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, inflation targeting, information asymmetry, invention of the wheel, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, James Carville said: "I would like to be reincarnated as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.", James Watt: steam engine, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Meriwether, joint-stock company, Joseph Schumpeter, labour market flexibility, liberal capitalism, light touch regulation, London Interbank Offered Rate, London Whale, Long Term Capital Management, manufacturing employment, Mark Zuckerberg, market bubble, market fundamentalism, mass immigration, means of production, Menlo Park, money market fund, moral hazard, moveable type in China, Myron Scholes, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, Occupy movement, offshore financial centre, paradox of thrift, Paul Samuelson, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price stability, principal–agent problem, profit motive, quantitative easing, railway mania, regulatory arbitrage, Richard Thaler, rising living standards, risk-adjusted returns, Robert Gordon, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, savings glut, shareholder value, short selling, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, spice trade, Steve Jobs, technology bubble, The Chicago School, The Great Moderation, the map is not the territory, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, time value of money, too big to fail, tulip mania, Upton Sinclair, Veblen good, We are the 99%, Wolfgang Streeck, zero-sum game

Lending was often a form of help to a neighbour in distress. Charging interest could thus be seen as a breach of trust. From a more economic perspective, the bias against charging interest is perfectly logical if you bear in mind the context. The mindset stems not so much from a failure to grasp the time value of money as from the nature of a world where minimal or non-existent growth in per capita income was the norm. As the earlier quotation from Aristotle’s Politics implied, without growth, trade struck people as a zero-sum game where it was felt that one man’s profit could only be earned at the cost of inflicting loss on another man.

pages: 294 words: 89,406

**
Lying for Money: How Fraud Makes the World Go Round
** by
Daniel Davies

bank run, banking crisis, Bernie Madoff, bitcoin, Black Swan, Bretton Woods, business cycle, business process, collapse of Lehman Brothers, compound rate of return, cryptocurrency, financial deregulation, fixed income, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Gordon Gekko, high net worth, illegal immigration, index arbitrage, Nick Leeson, offshore financial centre, Peter Thiel, Ponzi scheme, price mechanism, principal–agent problem, railway mania, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, Savings and loan crisis, short selling, social web, South Sea Bubble, tail risk, The Great Moderation, the payments system, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, time value of money, web of trust

Fences for long firm fraudsters always have the cast-iron excuse that the business did not look like a fraud when they were dealing with it, because it did not, and in general, they have to screw things up pretty badly to end up being convicted. The time dimension doesn’t make it easy for everyone involved in a fraud, however. Although it puts distance between the crime and its discovery, that distance comes at a cost. Business people expect to be paid for waiting – that’s why they say things like ‘time is money’. And the time value of money means that while a sum of undiscovered fraud exists, the size of the deception is often growing. This complicates the economics of the thing a lot. 3 THE SNOWBALL EFFECT ‘Accumulate! Accumulate! That is Moses and the Prophets!’ Karl Marx, Grundrisse Ponzi and his scheme The signs, it is almost trite to observe, were there.

pages: 381 words: 101,559

**
Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Gobal Crisis
** by
James Rickards

Asian financial crisis, bank run, Bear Stearns, Benoit Mandelbrot, Berlin Wall, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Black Swan, borderless world, Bretton Woods, BRICs, British Empire, business climate, buy and hold, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, Cass Sunstein, collateralized debt obligation, complexity theory, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency manipulation / currency intervention, currency peg, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, Deng Xiaoping, diversification, diversified portfolio, Fall of the Berlin Wall, family office, financial innovation, floating exchange rates, full employment, game design, German hyperinflation, Gini coefficient, global rebalancing, global reserve currency, high net worth, income inequality, interest rate derivative, John Meriwether, Kenneth Rogoff, laissez-faire capitalism, liquidity trap, Long Term Capital Management, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, market bubble, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, Money creation, money market fund, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, Myron Scholes, Network effects, New Journalism, Nixon shock, Nixon triggered the end of the Bretton Woods system, offshore financial centre, oil shock, one-China policy, open economy, paradox of thrift, Paul Samuelson, price mechanism, price stability, private sector deleveraging, quantitative easing, race to the bottom, RAND corporation, rent-seeking, reserve currency, Ronald Reagan, sovereign wealth fund, special drawing rights, special economic zone, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, time value of money, too big to fail, value at risk, War on Poverty, Washington Consensus, zero-sum game

Economists called this the price-specie-flow mechanism (also the price-gold-flow mechanism). This rebalancing worked naturally without central bank intervention. It was facilitated by arbitrageurs who would buy “cheap” gold in one country and sell it as “expensive” gold in another country once exchange rates, the time value of money, transportation costs and bullion refining costs were taken into account. It was done in accordance with the rules of the game, which were well-understood customs and practices based on mutual advantage, common sense and the profits of arbitrage. Not every claim had to be settled in gold immediately.

pages: 346 words: 102,625

**
Early Retirement Extreme
** by
Jacob Lund Fisker

8-hour work day, active transport: walking or cycling, barriers to entry, buy and hold, caloric restriction, caloric restriction, clean water, Community Supported Agriculture, delayed gratification, discounted cash flows, diversification, dogs of the Dow, don't be evil, dumpster diving, financial independence, game design, index fund, invention of the steam engine, inventory management, lateral thinking, loose coupling, market bubble, McMansion, passive income, peak oil, place-making, Ponzi scheme, psychological pricing, risk free rate, sunk-cost fallacy, the scientific method, time value of money, Tragedy of the Commons, transaction costs, wage slave, working poor

Economic goals for someone aspiring to be a Renaissance man are to understand the difference between price and value. Value is psychological; price is determined by the market. learn to consider more than the immediate consequences of a choice. Also consider the future consequences--for example, opportunity cost and the time-value of money. Learn to see the unseen. learn to consider more than the consequences of a choice for just one group of people, but for all others as well. realize that economic agents all represent special interests that typically interpret the situation according to their own interests or political views.

pages: 1,797 words: 390,698

**
Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan
** by
Lynne B. Sagalyn

affirmative action, airport security, Bear Stearns, Bonfire of the Vanities, clean water, conceptual framework, corporate governance, deindustrialization, Donald Trump, Edward Glaeser, estate planning, Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Bilbao, high net worth, informal economy, intermodal, iterative process, Jane Jacobs, mortgage debt, New Urbanism, place-making, rent control, Rosa Parks, Rubik’s Cube, Silicon Valley, sovereign wealth fund, the built environment, the High Line, time value of money, too big to fail, Torches of Freedom, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, white flight, young professional

In addition to this basic structure, the agency outlined other ways in which it could provide additional support, including rent abatements meant to ensure the phased advancement of all three office buildings while protecting “within reason” the Port Authority’s further exposure to risk. For the Port Authority, the financial implications of the proposal depended upon the lease-up rate of Tower 4, but the downside estimate of its exposure was $1.4 billion (on a net present value basis accounting for the time value of money) if SPI failed completely and the agency lost its ground rent and was forced to absorb the full cost of the infrastructure buildout necessary for the site’s operation. If SPI accepted the Port Authority’s proposal, its losses would range anywhere from $280 million to $1 billion, depending on how quickly Silverstein could lease Tower 4.

…

His wear-you-down technique in strung-out negotiations seemed to be having an effect. City and state officials were frustrated; they thought Tower 4 issues had been settled. Everyone was exhausted. Port Authority officials argued that the agency would lose at least $100 million (adjusted for the time value of money) over the term of the ground lease if it gave into the proposal Silverstein was now making to lower rent payments on Tower 4. They held firm to their positon. In the process of resolving this last item, however, the state, wanting to see a deal done, gave up half of its potential profit participation in Tower 3, which would only generate a return in the event of a capital transaction triggered by SPI.38 Finally, the parties were in agreement on the funding of development costs, the details of debt financing and credit support, and other related financial items.39 The last major negotiation involved the “Construction Partnership” between the PA and SPI.

…

(It was the same with the Condé Nast transaction.) Presentation of “select terms of the lease” as described in a bare two pages of the minutes of the board meeting was high level, economically light. The oft-cited revenue intake of $875 million over the life of the fifteen-year lease was in nominal dollars, unadjusted for the time value of money. The day before the transaction went before the board of commissioners, Governors Cuomo and Christie issued a joint statement announcing the selection of Legends and called on the board to approve the agreement. In the lease with Legends, now available online through a FOI request, the rent payment arrangements as well as any other specifics on the economics of the transaction were redacted.76 Ironically, as Brown pointed out, there is far more financial information publicly available for many privately owned towers than there is for 1 World Trade.

pages: 406 words: 105,602

**
The Startup Way: Making Entrepreneurship a Fundamental Discipline of Every Enterprise
** by
Eric Ries

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbnb, autonomous vehicles, barriers to entry, basic income, Ben Horowitz, Black-Scholes formula, call centre, centralized clearinghouse, Clayton Christensen, cognitive dissonance, connected car, corporate governance, DevOps, Elon Musk, en.wikipedia.org, fault tolerance, Frederick Winslow Taylor, global supply chain, hockey-stick growth, index card, Jeff Bezos, Kickstarter, Lean Startup, loss aversion, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, minimum viable product, moral hazard, move fast and break things, move fast and break things, obamacare, peer-to-peer, place-making, rent-seeking, Richard Florida, Sam Altman, Sand Hill Road, secular stagnation, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, six sigma, skunkworks, Steve Jobs, the scientific method, time value of money, Toyota Production System, Uber for X, universal basic income, web of trust, Y Combinator

Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham, A Stake in the Outcome: Building a Culture of Ownership for the Long-Term Success of Your Business (New York: Doubleday Business, 2002). 8. With apologies to our friends in finance, who would say that this simplistic formula is not quite right: 1. We’re not taking into account the time value of money; the payoff is only $1 billion in future dollars, we need a net-present-value (NPV) calculation, and 2. This is actually more like an option, which should be valued according to the Black-Scholes formula, or something similar. Granted! But these involve complexity that few practitioners understand.

pages: 350 words: 103,270

**
The Devil's Derivatives: The Untold Story of the Slick Traders and Hapless Regulators Who Almost Blew Up Wall Street . . . And Are Ready to Do It Again
** by
Nicholas Dunbar

asset-backed security, bank run, banking crisis, Basel III, Bear Stearns, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, bonus culture, break the buck, buy and hold, capital asset pricing model, Carmen Reinhart, Cass Sunstein, collateralized debt obligation, commoditize, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, delayed gratification, diversification, Edmond Halley, facts on the ground, financial innovation, fixed income, George Akerlof, implied volatility, index fund, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, Isaac Newton, John Meriwether, Kenneth Rogoff, Kickstarter, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, money market fund, Myron Scholes, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, offshore financial centre, Paul Samuelson, price mechanism, regulatory arbitrage, rent-seeking, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk/return, Ronald Reagan, Savings and loan crisis, shareholder value, short selling, statistical model, The Chicago School, Thomas Bayes, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, value at risk, Vanguard fund, yield curve, zero-sum game

For an excellent high-level account of Bob Diamond’s rise to power at Barclays, see Martin Vander Weyer, Falling Eagle: The Decline of Barclays Bank (London: Weidenfeld, 2000). 4. Usi used this example in an interview for Derivatives Strategy magazine, June 1997. 5. Note that we ignore any mention of time, or the time value of money, in this example, which is the equivalent of setting the risk-free interest rate to zero. 6. One might argue that since the market values the loans at $800 million, the bank ought to write down the value of the equity investment to zero. However, accounting rules for loan books don’t require such recognitions to take place. 7.

**
The Global Money Markets
** by
Frank J. Fabozzi,
Steven V. Mann,
Moorad Choudhry

asset allocation, asset-backed security, bank run, Bear Stearns, Bretton Woods, buy and hold, collateralized debt obligation, credit crunch, discounted cash flows, discrete time, disintermediation, fixed income, high net worth, intangible asset, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, large denomination, locking in a profit, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market fundamentalism, money market fund, moral hazard, mortgage debt, paper trading, Right to Buy, short selling, stocks for the long run, time value of money, value at risk, Y2K, yield curve, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game

The slight difference between our calculation and Bloomberg’s is likely due to rounding error. Note also that spread for life considers only the accretion/amortization of the discount/premium over the ﬂoater’s remaining term to maturity and considers neither the level of the coupon rate nor the time value of money. Adjusted Simple Margin The adjusted simple margin (also called effective margin) is an adjustment to spread for life. This adjustment accounts for a one-time cost of carry effect when a ﬂoater is purchased with borrowed funds. Suppose an investor has purchased $10 million of a particular ﬂoater.

pages: 289 words: 113,211

**
A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation
** by
Richard Bookstaber

"Robert Solow", affirmative action, Albert Einstein, asset allocation, backtesting, beat the dealer, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Bonfire of the Vanities, butterfly effect, commoditize, commodity trading advisor, computer age, computerized trading, disintermediation, diversification, double entry bookkeeping, Edward Lorenz: Chaos theory, Edward Thorp, family office, financial innovation, fixed income, frictionless, frictionless market, George Akerlof, implied volatility, index arbitrage, intangible asset, Jeff Bezos, John Meriwether, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, loose coupling, margin call, market bubble, market design, merger arbitrage, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, moral hazard, Myron Scholes, new economy, Nick Leeson, oil shock, Paul Samuelson, Pierre-Simon Laplace, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, risk tolerance, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, selection bias, shareholder value, short selling, Silicon Valley, statistical arbitrage, tail risk, The Market for Lemons, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, tulip mania, uranium enrichment, William Langewiesche, yield curve, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game

The typical product that Goldstein’s group sold after he had his group up and ready to trade in 1992 gave the investor the upside of the index like the FTSE Index (the market index in the United Kingdom) at the end of five years, and guaranteed that if the FTSE fell the investors would at a minimum get their money back. Of course, even the return of the principal implied a loss given the time value of money—if the funds had been invested over that period they would have ended up with more than their initial investment—but nonetheless it was very attractive: At the best you make money with the equity market and at the worst you end up with your money back. Goldstein also offered long-dated options on individual stocks.

pages: 402 words: 110,972

**
Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets
** by
David J. Leinweber

AI winter, algorithmic trading, asset allocation, banking crisis, barriers to entry, Bear Stearns, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, business cycle, butter production in bangladesh, butterfly effect, buttonwood tree, buy and hold, buy low sell high, capital asset pricing model, citizen journalism, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, Craig Reynolds: boids flock, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Danny Hillis, demand response, disintermediation, distributed generation, diversification, diversified portfolio, Emanuel Derman, en.wikipedia.org, experimental economics, financial innovation, fixed income, Gordon Gekko, implied volatility, index arbitrage, index fund, information retrieval, intangible asset, Internet Archive, John Bogle, John Nash: game theory, Kenneth Arrow, load shedding, Long Term Capital Management, Machine translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." to Russian and back, market fragmentation, market microstructure, Mars Rover, Metcalfe’s law, moral hazard, mutually assured destruction, Myron Scholes, natural language processing, negative equity, Network effects, optical character recognition, paper trading, passive investing, pez dispenser, phenotype, prediction markets, quantitative hedge fund, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, QWERTY keyboard, RAND corporation, random walk, Ray Kurzweil, Renaissance Technologies, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Robert Metcalfe, Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, Savings and loan crisis, semantic web, Sharpe ratio, short selling, Silicon Valley, Small Order Execution System, smart grid, smart meter, social web, South Sea Bubble, statistical arbitrage, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, Turing machine, two and twenty, Upton Sinclair, value at risk, Vernor Vinge, yield curve, Yogi Berra, your tax dollars at work

Citadel’s Matt Andresen and other attendees considered the opportunity to move over-the-counter (OTC)-traded CDSs onto electronic exchanges as the single best product opportunity in many years—a high standard, given the electronic transformation of markets in the recent past.”9 The mandates of federal regulation, combined with a highoctane mix of the standard Wall Street motivators of fear and greed, give us hope that this element of the technology solution will happen quickly. Stupid Engineering Tricks Engineers have had some great ideas. History’s greatest technological advances are often cited as fire, the wheel, and storing instructions as data. The first is arguably a discovery, but the others are inventions. We can add a few more—the time value of money, the automobile, the transistor, and the World Wide Web. In the Introduction, the structure of Mutually Assured Survival (dreadfully mislabeled as Mutually Assured Destruction) was given high marks. Not all military technology ideas had similar merit. In Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon’s Scientific Underworld, Defense Technology International editor Sharon Weinberger tells the remarkable story of how tens of millions of dollars were spent on a crackpot idea for what amounted to a nuclear hand grenade, despite the efforts of the most senior Pentagon scientists to scuttle the project, and the dubious utility of such a weapon.

**
Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide
** by
Martin S. Fridson,
Fernando Alvarez

Bear Stearns, business cycle, corporate governance, credit crunch, discounted cash flows, diversification, Donald Trump, double entry bookkeeping, Elon Musk, fixed income, information trail, intangible asset, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, negative equity, new economy, offshore financial centre, postindustrial economy, profit maximization, profit motive, Richard Thaler, shareholder value, speech recognition, statistical model, time value of money, transaction costs, Y2K, zero-coupon bond

According to one analyst, Wal-Mart's 8 percent stock price decline represented “somewhat of an overreaction.” In reality, the price drop was an overreaction in its entirety. Changing the accounting method altered neither the amount of cash ultimately received by the retailer nor the timing of its receipt. The planned change in Wal-Mart's revenue recognition process therefore entailed no loss in time value of money. Lest anyone mistakenly continue to attribute economic significance to the timing of the revenue recognition, Wal-Mart explained that the small reduction in reported earnings in the third fiscal quarter would be made up in the fourth. On top of everything else, management had already announced the accounting change prior to its August 9 conference call.

pages: 621 words: 123,678

**
Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need
** by
Grant Sabatier

"side hustle", 8-hour work day, Airbnb, anti-work, asset allocation, bitcoin, buy and hold, cryptocurrency, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, financial independence, fixed income, follow your passion, full employment, Home mortgage interest deduction, index fund, loss aversion, Lyft, money market fund, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, passive income, remote working, ride hailing / ride sharing, risk tolerance, Skype, stocks for the long run, stocks for the long term, TaskRabbit, the rule of 72, time value of money, uber lyft, Vanguard fund

For example, if your child is three years old today, you won’t need that $80,000 college tuition money for the next fifteen years, so you need to calculate how much you need to save today at 7 percent expected annual compounding rate so it will be worth $80,000 in fifteen years. Using a really simple calculation (and one of the most valuable in personal finance) known as the present value formula, which measures the time value of money, you can measure how much you need to invest today to get the $80,000 over the next fifteen years: PV (present value) = amount of money you need to invest to get to your goal FV (future value) = how much money you need for college tuition (e.g., $80,000) r = investment growth rate adjusted for inflation (e.g., 7 percent expressed as 1.07) n = number of years for the money to grow (e.g., 15 years) So for this example, PV = $80,000(1/(1.07)^15) = $28,995.68.

pages: 316 words: 117,228

**
The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality
** by
Katharina Pistor

"Robert Solow", Andrei Shleifer, Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, barriers to entry, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, bilateral investment treaty, bitcoin, blockchain, Bretton Woods, business cycle, business process, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, colonial rule, conceptual framework, Corn Laws, corporate governance, creative destruction, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, cryptocurrency, Donald Trump, double helix, Edward Glaeser, Ethereum, ethereum blockchain, facts on the ground, financial innovation, financial intermediation, fixed income, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, full employment, global reserve currency, Hernando de Soto, income inequality, intangible asset, investor state dispute settlement, invisible hand, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, land reform, land tenure, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, means of production, money market fund, moral hazard, offshore financial centre, phenotype, Ponzi scheme, price mechanism, price stability, profit maximization, railway mania, regulatory arbitrage, reserve currency, Ronald Coase, Satoshi Nakamoto, secular stagnation, self-driving car, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, smart contracts, software patent, sovereign wealth fund, The Nature of the Firm, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, time value of money, too big to fail, trade route, Tragedy of the Commons, transaction costs, Wolfgang Streeck

Bills were also a convenient vehicle for getting around anti-usury rules, which prohibited or at least capped interest rates. Sellers who accepted a bill in lieu of payment typically required an amount exceeding the price of the good, and merchant banks discounted them as well. This may look like an interest rate, but it withstood usury policing, because it was deemed a risk premium rather than a charge for the time value of money. Charging money for time, which was of God’s making according to church doctrine, was prohibited as immoral.27 Not every regulatory arbitrage around usury rules, however, passed muster in the courts, both canon and secular, that policed them. Transactions that flipped bills between two parties without exchanging goods, merely to make profits of exchange rate differentials, for example, were condemned as “dry exchanges” and struck down.28 These and similar restrictions have since fallen by the wayside and turned carry trades from outlawed transactions into hugely lucrative deals.29 The emergence and widespread use of bills of exchange are often cited as evidence of the law merchant—a set of purely private practices that sustained long-distance trade without relying on the state, its laws, or its coercive powers.

pages: 504 words: 139,137

**
Efficiently Inefficient: How Smart Money Invests and Market Prices Are Determined
** by
Lasse Heje Pedersen

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, algorithmic trading, Andrei Shleifer, asset allocation, backtesting, bank run, banking crisis, barriers to entry, Bear Stearns, Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, business cycle, buy and hold, buy low sell high, buy the rumour, sell the news, capital asset pricing model, commodity trading advisor, conceptual framework, corporate governance, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, currency peg, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, declining real wages, discounted cash flows, diversification, diversified portfolio, Emanuel Derman, equity premium, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, fixed income, Flash crash, floating exchange rates, frictionless, frictionless market, Gordon Gekko, implied volatility, index arbitrage, index fund, interest rate swap, late capitalism, law of one price, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market clearing, market design, market friction, merger arbitrage, money market fund, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, New Journalism, paper trading, passive investing, price discovery process, price stability, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, Richard Thaler, risk free rate, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, selection bias, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, sovereign wealth fund, statistical arbitrage, statistical model, stocks for the long run, stocks for the long term, survivorship bias, systematic trading, tail risk, technology bubble, time value of money, total factor productivity, transaction costs, two and twenty, value at risk, Vanguard fund, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

We will refer to these free cash flows as the “dividends” Dt, but they should be interpreted broadly as all cash returned to shareholders (including capital returned through share repurchases), less the capital that needs to be injected by shareholders (through seasoned equity offerings). Of course, we cannot just add up dividends across different time periods because we must account for the time value of money and the uncertainty of the future cash flows. We start by considering how the value today depends on what happens over the next time period, say the next year. Today’s intrinsic value depends on the next dividend Dt+1, the value next period, and the required rate of return kt (also called the discount rate) over this time period.

pages: 469 words: 132,438

**
Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
** by
Varun Sivaram

addicted to oil, Albert Einstein, asset-backed security, autonomous vehicles, bitcoin, blockchain, carbon footprint, cleantech, collateralized debt obligation, Colonization of Mars, decarbonisation, demand response, disruptive innovation, distributed generation, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, energy security, energy transition, financial innovation, fixed income, global supply chain, global village, Google Earth, hive mind, hydrogen economy, index fund, Indoor air pollution, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Internet of things, M-Pesa, market clearing, market design, mass immigration, megacity, mobile money, Negawatt, off grid, oil shock, peer-to-peer lending, performance metric, renewable energy transition, Richard Feynman, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, smart grid, smart meter, sovereign wealth fund, Tesla Model S, time value of money, undersea cable, wikimedia commons

Electric energy is measured by the kilowatt-hour (kWh), a kilowatt of power output sustained for one hour [1,000 kWh amount to a megawatt-hour (MWh)]. Calculating this cost entails spreading out the up-front cost of a solar installation over the energy that it produces over its lifetime, taking into account the time value of money. The investment bank Lazard calculated that the cost of utility-scale solar was in some cases lower than $50 per MWh in 2016, comparable with the cost of electricity from the cheapest fossil fuel (natural gas).60 Still, as chapter 3 explains, even a low cost per kilowatt-hour can fall short of making solar competitive if the cost of solar exceeds the value that it provides.

**
Adam Smith: Father of Economics
** by
Jesse Norman

"Robert Solow", active measures, Andrei Shleifer, balance sheet recession, bank run, banking crisis, Basel III, Bear Stearns, Berlin Wall, Black Swan, Branko Milanovic, Bretton Woods, British Empire, Broken windows theory, business cycle, business process, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, centre right, cognitive dissonance, collateralized debt obligation, colonial exploitation, Corn Laws, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, David Brooks, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, deindustrialization, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, experimental economics, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Fellow of the Royal Society, financial intermediation, frictionless, frictionless market, future of work, George Akerlof, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, incomplete markets, information asymmetry, intangible asset, invention of the telescope, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jean Tirole, John Nash: game theory, joint-stock company, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, Kenneth Rogoff, lateral thinking, loss aversion, market bubble, market fundamentalism, Martin Wolf, means of production, money market fund, Mont Pelerin Society, moral hazard, moral panic, Naomi Klein, negative equity, Network effects, new economy, non-tariff barriers, Northern Rock, Pareto efficiency, Paul Samuelson, Peter Thiel, Philip Mirowski, price mechanism, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, purchasing power parity, random walk, rent-seeking, Richard Thaler, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Coase, scientific worldview, seigniorage, Socratic dialogue, South Sea Bubble, special economic zone, speech recognition, Steven Pinker, The Chicago School, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Nature of the Firm, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, theory of mind, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, time value of money, transaction costs, transfer pricing, Veblen good, Vilfredo Pareto, Washington Consensus, working poor, zero-sum game

This includes, for example, some of the long-term economic effects of climate change or population growth and decline, which fall outside the normal time horizons of most if not all public and private investors. But this fact creates a problem. Normally future income and expenditure are discounted relative to the present, to reflect the human preference for the near over the longer term. This is the so-called time value of money, and it is one of the basic foundations of economic analysis. But at any normal discount rate the effect of discounting over such long periods is to reduce the present value of such further future payments to close to zero. Yet long-term projects such as dams and other infrastructure can obviously have continuing value, and their operating lives may run for a century or more; even today much of London’s sewage system is based on pipes, wells and drains constructed in the Victorian era.

pages: 537 words: 144,318

**
The Invisible Hands: Top Hedge Fund Traders on Bubbles, Crashes, and Real Money
** by
Steven Drobny

Albert Einstein, Asian financial crisis, asset allocation, asset-backed security, backtesting, banking crisis, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, Black Swan, bond market vigilante , Bretton Woods, BRICs, British Empire, business cycle, business process, buy and hold, capital asset pricing model, capital controls, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, commoditize, Commodity Super-Cycle, commodity trading advisor, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency peg, debt deflation, diversification, diversified portfolio, equity premium, family office, fiat currency, fixed income, follow your passion, full employment, George Santayana, Hyman Minsky, implied volatility, index fund, inflation targeting, interest rate swap, inventory management, invisible hand, Kickstarter, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, market bubble, market fundamentalism, market microstructure, moral hazard, Myron Scholes, North Sea oil, open economy, peak oil, pension reform, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, price discovery process, price stability, private sector deleveraging, profit motive, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, random walk, reserve currency, risk free rate, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, savings glut, selection bias, Sharpe ratio, short selling, sovereign wealth fund, special drawing rights, statistical arbitrage, stochastic volatility, stocks for the long run, stocks for the long term, survivorship bias, tail risk, The Great Moderation, Thomas Bayes, time value of money, too big to fail, Tragedy of the Commons, transaction costs, two and twenty, unbiased observer, value at risk, Vanguard fund, yield curve, zero-sum game

Anecdotally, as a sanity check, the consensus amongst the Turkish political and corporate leaders we met on the trip was orthogonal to the consensus in London and New York. With one-year yields above 100 percent, there was a lot of potential alpha in the trade and you had a massive cushion. Turkey is a very large economy where the population has understood the time value of money since Ottoman rule. The country has never had capital controls. Financially speaking, the Turkish population today is much more sophisticated than that of the United States, the United Kingdom, or even Switzerland. Persistent high inflation has forced the merchant class to develop a certain financial knowledge; cab drivers wax lyrically about simple and compounded yield, and the average bank managers are familiar with Treasury funding and supply schedules.

**
Mastering Private Equity
** by
Zeisberger, Claudia,Prahl, Michael,White, Bowen,
Michael Prahl,
Bowen White

asset allocation, backtesting, barriers to entry, Basel III, Bear Stearns, business process, buy low sell high, capital controls, carried interest, commoditize, corporate governance, corporate raider, correlation coefficient, creative destruction, discounted cash flows, disintermediation, disruptive innovation, distributed generation, diversification, diversified portfolio, family office, fixed income, high net worth, impact investing, information asymmetry, intangible asset, Lean Startup, market clearing, passive investing, pattern recognition, performance metric, price mechanism, profit maximization, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Savings and loan crisis, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, Silicon Valley, sovereign wealth fund, statistical arbitrage, time value of money, transaction costs, two and twenty

The sense of urgency in PE investments results from the ambitious return expectations that need to be realized over a defined investment horizon. PE firms can achieve their desired returns only if they act as transformation agents during their relatively short period of ownership. The standard return measure in PE, the internal rate of return (IRR), contributes to this urgency by including both the time value of money and the length of the holding period in its calculation. While there is no single ingredient or “secret sauce” that enables the success of PE investors, it is the focus and urgency across a number of dimensions that make its ownership culture different in aggregate, leading to a high-pressure environment but also a shared sense of direction.

pages: 423 words: 149,033

**
The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid
** by
C. K. Prahalad

barriers to entry, business cycle, business process, call centre, cashless society, clean water, collective bargaining, corporate social responsibility, deskilling, disintermediation, farmers can use mobile phones to check market prices, financial intermediation, Hernando de Soto, hiring and firing, income inequality, information asymmetry, late fees, Mahatma Gandhi, market fragmentation, microcredit, new economy, profit motive, purchasing power parity, rent-seeking, shareholder value, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, time value of money, transaction costs, wealth creators, working poor

The process is so opaque to the farmer that the broker and the officials have opportunities to be arbitrary about the quality of the title and the value of the land. More important, they have the ability to decide how long the process will take. They can give this particular case the level of priority that they think is appropriate. Corruption is about providing privileged access to resources and recognizing the time value of money. Corruption is a market mechanism for privileged access. Bureaucrats use microregulations to control access, transparency, and therefore time. TGC is about eliminating the opaqueness in the system and providing ease of access. Changing laws and regulations does not help the ordinary citizen if the system is not transparent or if access is not easy.

pages: 444 words: 151,136

**
Endless Money: The Moral Hazards of Socialism
** by
William Baker,
Addison Wiggin

Andy Kessler, asset allocation, backtesting, bank run, banking crisis, Bear Stearns, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Black Swan, bond market vigilante , Branko Milanovic, break the buck, Bretton Woods, BRICs, business climate, business cycle, capital asset pricing model, commoditize, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, crony capitalism, cuban missile crisis, currency manipulation / currency intervention, debt deflation, Elliott wave, en.wikipedia.org, Fall of the Berlin Wall, feminist movement, fiat currency, fixed income, floating exchange rates, foreign exchange controls, Fractional reserve banking, full employment, German hyperinflation, housing crisis, income inequality, index fund, inflation targeting, Joseph Schumpeter, Kickstarter, laissez-faire capitalism, land reform, liquidity trap, Long Term Capital Management, McMansion, mega-rich, Money creation, money market fund, moral hazard, mortgage tax deduction, naked short selling, negative equity, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, price stability, pushing on a string, quantitative easing, RAND corporation, rent control, reserve currency, risk free rate, riskless arbitrage, Ronald Reagan, Savings and loan crisis, school vouchers, seigniorage, short selling, Silicon Valley, six sigma, statistical arbitrage, statistical model, Steve Jobs, stocks for the long run, Tax Reform Act of 1986, The Great Moderation, the scientific method, time value of money, too big to fail, upwardly mobile, War on Poverty, Yogi Berra, young professional

Noble in 1816).2 By the 19th century it was generally accepted that banks could continuously pyramid loans against deposits, making fractional reserve banking the principle mechanism by which money could be created in the economy. Some point out that systems of circulating receipts for physical goods constituted paper money well before this time. In the medieval era families such as the Riccis and the Medicis extended credit to customers and accepted an additional fee for the time value of money, but the paper this created was not expanded beyond the value of goods sold. Such credit was non-inflationary, and it also benefitted commerce through the substitution of a less bulky medium of exchange.3 The Gold Standard What in fact is the classical notion of a gold standard, and how well did we adhere to that ideal?

pages: 819 words: 181,185

**
Derivatives Markets
** by
David Goldenberg

Black-Scholes formula, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, commodity trading advisor, compound rate of return, conceptual framework, correlation coefficient, Credit Default Swap, discounted cash flows, discrete time, diversification, diversified portfolio, en.wikipedia.org, financial innovation, fudge factor, implied volatility, incomplete markets, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, law of one price, locking in a profit, London Interbank Offered Rate, Louis Bachelier, margin call, market microstructure, martingale, Myron Scholes, Norbert Wiener, Paul Samuelson, price mechanism, random walk, reserve currency, risk free rate, risk/return, riskless arbitrage, Sharpe ratio, short selling, stochastic process, stochastic volatility, time value of money, transaction costs, volatility smile, Wiener process, yield curve, zero-coupon bond, zero-sum game

What would be the value of your combined position at time T (long the forward at time t and short the same forward at time t′)? h. Ignoring discounting, what would be the value of your combined position at time t′? i. Should we discount g. to get h.? That is, should we account for the time value of money to transform the value in g. to the value in h.? Hint: What is your investment in the long position initiated at time t? What is your investment in the short position initiated at time t′? We discount in order to take into account the opportunity cost of an investment. What is the opportunity cost of your combined position?

pages: 583 words: 182,990

**
The Ministry for the Future: A Novel
** by
Kim Stanley Robinson

"Robert Solow", agricultural Revolution, airport security, availability heuristic, basic income, bitcoin, blockchain, Bretton Woods, centre right, clean water, cryptocurrency, dark matter, decarbonisation, distributed ledger, drone strike, European colonialism, failed state, fiat currency, Food sovereignty, full employment, Gini coefficient, global village, happiness index / gross national happiness, High speed trading, income per capita, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Internet of things, invisible hand, Kim Stanley Robinson, land reform, liberation theology, liquidity trap, Mahbub ul Haq, megacity, megastructure, Modern Monetary Theory, mutually assured destruction, nuclear winter, off grid, offshore financial centre, place-making, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, post-oil, precariat, price stability, quantitative easing, RFID, seigniorage, Shenzhen special economic zone , Silicon Valley, special economic zone, structural adjustment programs, time value of money, Tragedy of the Commons, universal basic income, wage slave, Washington Consensus

But steep rates are pretty common. Someone once won the pseudo-Nobel in economics for suggesting a four percent discount rate on the future. That’s still quite high. All the different rates and time intervals get traded, of course. People bet on whether the value will go up or down relative to what got predicted. The time value of money, it’s called. Mary: But this gets applied to other things? Dick: Oh yes. That’s economics. Since everything can be converted to its money value, when you need to rate the future value of an action, to decide whether to pay to do it now or not, you speak of that value using a discount rate.

pages: 1,073 words: 302,361

**
Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World
** by
William D. Cohan

asset-backed security, Bear Stearns, Bernie Madoff, business cycle, buttonwood tree, buy and hold, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, corporate raider, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, diversified portfolio, fear of failure, financial innovation, fixed income, Ford paid five dollars a day, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, Gordon Gekko, high net worth, hiring and firing, hive mind, Hyman Minsky, interest rate swap, John Meriwether, Kenneth Arrow, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market bubble, mega-rich, merger arbitrage, moral hazard, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, paper trading, passive investing, Paul Samuelson, Ponzi scheme, price stability, profit maximization, risk tolerance, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, South Sea Bubble, tail risk, time value of money, too big to fail, traveling salesman, two and twenty, value at risk, yield curve, Yogi Berra, zero-sum game

Since rates on loans from commercial banks were high, one means New York’s small merchants had of obtaining cash was to sell their promissory notes or commercial paper to men like Marcus at a discount.” In his telling, Birmingham likened the “commercial paper” of the day—unsecured short-term debts—to a postdated check that could only be cashed six months in the future. Based on prevailing interest rates and the “time value” of money concept—the idea that one dollar in hand today is worth more than one dollar in hand six months from now, because presumably you could invest the money in the interim and earn a return on it—investors such as Marcus Goldman would buy the IOU for cash at a discount today knowing that, all things being equal, over time he could get face value for the paper.

pages: 892 words: 91,000

**
Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies
** by
Tim Koller,
McKinsey,
Company Inc.,
Marc Goedhart,
David Wessels,
Barbara Schwimmer,
Franziska Manoury

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, air freight, ASML, barriers to entry, Basel III, BRICs, business climate, business cycle, business process, capital asset pricing model, capital controls, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, cloud computing, commoditize, compound rate of return, conceptual framework, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, discounted cash flows, distributed generation, diversified portfolio, energy security, equity premium, fixed income, index fund, intangible asset, iterative process, Long Term Capital Management, market bubble, market friction, Myron Scholes, negative equity, new economy, p-value, performance metric, Ponzi scheme, price anchoring, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, risk free rate, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Savings and loan crisis, shareholder value, six sigma, sovereign wealth fund, speech recognition, stocks for the long run, survivorship bias, technology bubble, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, transfer pricing, two and twenty, value at risk, yield curve, zero-coupon bond

2 Fundamental Principles of Value Creation Companies create value for their owners by investing cash now to generate more cash in the future. The amount of value they create is the difference between cash inflows and the cost of the investments made, adjusted to reflect the fact that tomorrow’s cash flows are worth less than today’s because of the time value of money and the riskiness of future cash flows. As we will demonstrate, a company’s return on invested capital (ROIC)1 and its revenue growth together determine how revenues are converted to cash flows (and earnings). That means the amount of value a company creates is governed ultimately by its ROIC, revenue growth, and ability to sustain both over time.