Author: BSIC

The Black-Scholes Model in VBA

The aim of this article is to walk the reader through the implementation of the Black-Scholes model for option pricing in VBA. Firstly, we’ll recap the theoretical framework. Secondly, we’ll provide the code to put the theory into practice and show some basic (but hopefully relevant) applications. The Theory – Pricing The classical Black-Scholes model […]

Michael Kors makes high-end fashion statement with €1.83bn acquisition of Italian fashion house Versace

Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE:KORS) – market cap as of 02/10/2018: USD9.954bn Gianni Versace SpA   Introduction On September 25, 2018 the handbag maker Michael Kors Holdings Limited signed an official agreement to purchase all of the outstanding shares of the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace SpA for a total EV of €1.83bn. The deal […]

Comcast moves next in the global media chess game: the acquisition of Sky

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) – market cap as of 03/10/18: USD 163.67bn Framework In order to further understand the dynamics behind the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, it’s useful to provide some context and shed some light on the series of events that started in the winter of 2016 and culminated with this deal. The […]

Adobe acquires Marketo for $4.75bn: a massive marketing mashup to cope with rising customers’ expectations

Adobe System [ADBE: NASDQ] – Market Cap as of 30/09/2018 $131.772bn Introduction  On September 20, 2018, the American multinational computer software company Adobe Systems, announced that it had entered into an agreement to buy the B2B marketing engagement cloud platform Marketo from Vista Equity Partners, in a transaction valued at approximately $4.75bn. About Adobe System Adobe […]

Market Recap 07/10/2018

US On Monday 1st October, the auction of three- and six-months treasury bills took place. The former have been issued with an average yield of 2.175% against 2.18% of the previous sitting while six-months have been issued averagely at 2.335% compared to 2.32%. Wednesday the EIA published data about WTI stock, which increased by 7.975M […]

Brazil’s “Real” Struggle: what’s next?

In this article we are going to analyse Brazil’s next General elections, scheduled to be held on October 7 (i.e. today). The first section will present some basic information about Brazil and a brief background on the current political situation. The second part will present key factors on the Brazilian economy and about the functioning […]

Market Recap 30/09/2018

UK Brexit talks continued and the Prime Minister Theresa May has been under increasing pressure during the week, amid Conservatives Annual Conference where her speech will be under scrutiny. Mr Johnson, the former foreign secretary, affirmed itself against the Chequers plan for Britain’s relations with the UK after it leaves the EU in a regular […]

Level Up! Polish Example

  This article analyses the economic landscape in Poland. It presents the figures that led FTSE Russell to review the outlook on this no-longer-emerging market. When discussing The FTSE Quality of Market criteria, the author focuses on parameters improvement, which resulted in the upgraded outlook of the Polish economy. The next paragraphs focus on more […]

What is the Real Value of Greek Banks?

Greek Banking Sector The Greek banking system is built around four large systemic banks, whose summary statistics you can see in the table below. All four banks have undergone a significant restructuring process, whereby both the asset value and the market capitalization went down a lot. In addition, a number of reverse stock splits that […]

The age of risk has just begun and Marsh & McLennan quickly cements its position in the market acquiring Jardine Lloyd Thompson for $5.6bn

Marsh & McLennan Companies [MMC:NYSE] – Market Cap 42,252bn Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc [JLT.T:LSE] – Market Cap 4,025bn Introduction  On September 18, 2018, the New-York-based conglomerate Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (“MMC”), a global leader in the fields of risk, strategy and people, acquired the lower-scaled UK rival Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc (“JLT”), a specialized […]

Tesla – Rollercoaster On The Market

Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) – market cap as of 29/09/2018: USD 45.17bn Recent History Tesla Inc. has been on the front page of newspapers since its IPO in 2010. Elon Musk, its charismatic CEO and Chairman, is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in current times and he has been able to transform a small […]

Investing in the Baltic Region: Blackstone to acquire Luminor Bank

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 24/09/2018: $47.23bn Introduction On September 13, 2018, Nordea and DNB announced that they had entered into an agreement to sell 60% of the Baltic bank Luminor to the private equity giant Blackstone in a transaction that is valued at approximately $1bn. Furthermore, Nordea decided […]

Volatility Play on the Hidden Gold-Yuan Peg

Reserve Currencies A reserve currency is defined as a currency held by government for international payment purposes. The most important usages are: Repay back international debt (generally issued in reserve currencies) Defend the domestic currency against depreciation Improve the government credit rating Reserve currencies are many. The IMF chooses the most important ones to peg […]

A Primer on FX Carry Trading

Carry Trades and the Interest Parity Condition The uncovered interest rate parity (UIP) condition states that, under risk neutrality, the gain from borrowing a low interest rate currency and investing in a higher interest rate one will, in equilibrium, be matched by an equally large expected loss by a depreciation of the high interest rate […]

Market Recap 23/09/2018

US On Friday, the biggest revision (since 1999) in Global Industry Classification Standard took place. The new communications sector now include AT&T, Verizon, Century Link, Comcast, 21st Century Fox, Netflix, Walt Disney and, recent entrants, Alphabet and Facebook. Consequently, the Telecom sector which represented 2% of the S&P 500, will now represent 10%. According to […]

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