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Performance of Investment Analysts and Mutual Funds. We have seen that one implication of the efficient market hypothesis is that when purchasing a security, you cannot expect to earn an abnormally high return, a return greater than the equilibrium return. This implies that it is impossible to beat the market. Many studies shed light on whether investment advisers and mutual funds (some of which charge steep sales commissions to people who purchase them) beat the market. One common test that has been performed is to take buy and sell recommendations from a group of advisers or mutual funds and compare the performance of the resulting selection of stocks with the market as a whole. Sometimes the advisers' choices have even been compared to a group of stocks chosen by throwing darts at a copy of the financial page of the newspaper tacked to a dartboard. The Wall Street Journal, for example, has a regular feature called Investment Dartboard that compares how well stocks picked by...
The tariff raises the domestic price from Pw to PT but lowers the foreign export price from Pw to P* (refer back to Figure 8-4). Domestic production rises from 5' to S1, while domestic consumption falls from D1 to D2. The costs and benefits to different groups can be expressed as sums of the areas of five regions, labeled a, b, c, d, e.
Well then, chapter 2 deals with Money. He regards money as part of national capital and deals with the expense of maintaining it. But I don't myself think that what he says about money is particularly relevant to this part of my lectures. I shall refer back to Adam Smith on money when I come to certain controversies of nineteenth-century classicism.
These costs include interest expenses, rent on leased plant and equipment, depreciation charges associated with the passage of time, property taxes, and salaries for employees not laid off during periods of reduced activity. Because all costs are variable in the long run, long-run fixed costs always equal zero. Variable costs fluctuate with output. Expenses for raw materials, depreciation associated with the use of equipment, the variable portion of utility charges, some labor costs, and sales commissions are all examples of variable expenses. In the short run, both variable and fixed costs are often incurred. In the long run, all costs are variable.
Originally, shares of most open-end mutual funds were sold by salespeople (usually brokers) who were paid a commission. Since this commission is paid at the time of purchase and is immediately subtracted from the redemption value of the shares, these funds are called load funds. Most mutual funds are currently no-load funds they are sold directly to the public with no sales commissions. In both types of funds, the managers earn their living from management fees paid by the shareholders. These fees amount to approximately 0.5 of the asset value of the fund per year.
Travel agents have always been an important element in airline ticket sales, but the proportion of tickets written by them increased considerably following deregulation, apparently due both to the larger number of flights being offered and to the extremely complex and confusing fare situation. In the mid-1990s, it was estimated that about 80-85 percent of all airline tickets were being sold by agents, and there were at the time about 33,000 agents in the United States.10 Starting in 1995, however, the major airlines began reducing commission rates and placing caps on the maximum commission on any one sale. In addition, the major airlines began a policy of encouraging passengers to book directly with the airline, thus saving the airline all commission.
In 1945, the U.S. airlines, through their trade organization the Air Transport Association, established the Air Traffic Conference (ATC) which, among other things, was to serve as a regime through which the airlines dealt with the travel agencies. Since the agent actually writes an airline's tickets, and since the agent receives the money from the passenger, the airline naturally has great concern with each agency's competence, honesty, and creditworthiness. The ATC undertook the job of screening and accrediting agents, while the airlines for their part agreed not to allow their tickets to be sold by any agents other than those so accredited. A clearing-house was established within the ATC called the Area Settlement Plan, whose task it was to distribute among the airlines the ticketing revenues collected by the agents. Commission rates were set on a uniform scale. The CAB had to approve all details of the arrangements between the ATC and the airlines, including the commission rates,...
An exchange can have a number of advantages over a bilateral market. It can reduce trading costs, increase competition, and produce a publically observable price. Depending on design and circumstances, it can also facilitate collusion and generally provides less flexibility than a bilateral market. Power marketers often favor bilateral markets because without an exchange there is more room to earn commissions as brokers and to appropriate the spread when they act as dealers.
The art world and social elite of New York were shocked in December 2001 when jurors found that A. Alfred Taubman, former chairman of venerable Sotheby's Holdings, Inc., had conspired with Sir Anthony Tennant, the former chairman of rival Christie's International PLC, to fix the commission rates charged its wealthy art clients. Sotheby's, like Christie's, is an auctioneer of fine arts, antiques, and collectibles. Property in a variety of collecting categories are featured, including paintings, jewelry, decorative arts, and books. The company's auction business is comprised of a number of related activities, including on-site and Internet auctions, the purchase and resale of art and other collectibles, and the brokering of art and collectibles through negotiated sales. The company also markets and brokers luxury residential real estate, conducts art-related financing activities, and provides insurance brokerage services. leave Britain to stand trial the United States cannot extradite...
Such activities are not the ones economists normally engage in moreover, it will be a little difficult to interest newspaper reporters. Newspaper reporters tend simply to say what other newspaper reporters have said.5 Granted that reporters behave this way, they are nonetheless normally looking for a scandal which they can make headlines about, and there are innumerable examples. The licensing of private yacht salesmen in California is my favorite case of the public being protected against low commission rates, but I am sure most economists can think of a half dozen more. But let us defer further discussion of general publicity for now.
There are t individuals i with Ui ab and mi (0, 1) and t individuals j with Uj xy and mj (1, 0). We call the former type 1 and the latter type 2. We show that the ability of a single type-1 consumer to manipulate prices becomes negligible as t becomes sufficiently large. We begin by determining the demand functions For convenience, let's normalize and set the price of the second good equal to unity, with P denoting the price of the first good. For a type 1 individual, utility maximization implies MRS b a p1 p2 P, and thus b Pa. (Refer back to Example 2.4 for the derivation of the MRS.) The budget constraint is Pa + b 1 because a type-1 person is endowed with 1 unit of the second good, whose price is 1. The solution to b Pa and Pa + b 1 is
* To see that an inflection point is possible when f (x0) 0, let us refer back to Fig. 93a and 93a'. Point J in the upper diagram is an inflection point, with x j as its critical value. Since the f'(x) curve in the lower diagram attains a minimum at x j, the slope off'(x) i.e., f x) must be zero at the critical value x j. Thus point J illustrates an inflection point occurring when f (x0) 0.
Digital product markets will differ significantly from physical markets both in terms of production and marketing. For online marketing, the emphasis is on the interaction between the seller and its customers. This increased interaction is important in production as well. This section examines why product differentiation becomes the most important aspect of digital goods production and evaluates the economic benefits and costs of varying product specification to the extent of customization.
Throughout this book we will refer back to the Ten Principles of Economics highlighted in this chapter and summarized in Table 1-1. Whenever we do so, a building-blocks icon will be displayed in the margin, as it is now. But even when that icon is absent, you should keep these building blocks in mind. Even the most sophisticated economic analysis is built using the ten principles introduced here.
Many years ago, when the tax laws were very different from what they are today, limited partnerships were often designed to serve as tax shelters. The basic idea was to produce an investment that generated large tax deductions without necessarily generating large economic returns. In some circumstances, the value of the tax deductions was even greater than the value of the original investment. These limited partnerships generally had high investment management fees and sales commissions, produced no real economic return, and, in the worst case scenario, left the investor arguing with tax authorities about the legitimacy of the deductions. In short, limited partnerships got a very bad reputation.
The essays in Part III Diagnosing the Austrian School's 'Great Depression' come from the later period of Lachmann's career, but refer back to those early years. While the economy was undergoing a great depression in the 1930s, it might be said that the Austrian school went through one as well. Lachmann often commented on the fact that the Austrians began the 1930s at the very top of the economics profession, and ended the decade at the bottom. These essays represent Lachmann's reflections on what went wrong in this tragic decade. They are the first that are out of chronological order, but they are arranged in an order intended to refer to the chronology of the events taking place in the period they examine.
Although a number of companies use the Web to further exploit long-standing competitive advantages, it is not clear that companies can use the Web to create durable competitive advantages. Hoping to stand out from the crowd, some Internet merchants devote as much as 70 percent of total revenues to advertising. Get ahead and stay ahead is the mantra at Amazon.com, a company trying to create a durable online marketing presence in books, electronics, computers, toys and games, health and beauty aids, DVDs, and much more. To date, Amazon.com has proven adept at quickly growing online revenues. It's a widely recognized online leader. However, even for Amazon.com, building online profits has proven elusive.
The VAR approach shares with the LSE approach the diagnosis of the problem of Cowles Commission models but also questions the potential of traditional macroeconometric modelling for policy simulation and econometric policy evaluation. VAR models of the monetary transmission mechanism differ from structural LSE models as to the purpose of their specification and estimation. In the traditional approach the typical question asked within a macroeconometric framework is What is the optimal response by the monetary authority to movement in macroeconomic variables in order to achieve given targets for the same variables . The VAR approach recognizes fully the potential of the Lu-cas'critique and acknowledges that questions like How should a central bank respond to shocks in macroeconomic variables are to be answered within the framework of quantitative monetary general equilibrium models of the business cycle. So the answer has to be based on a theoretical model rather than on an empirical...
May occur prior to marketing a product or concurrently, which is elaborated in Chapter 8. This section, however, focuses on the narrow definition of Internet marketing providing product information in the hope of increasing sales and evaluates the various strategies currently used or advocated. We first review popular myths and wisdom regarding Internet marketing, and analyze in-depth several popular notions, such as targeted advertising, push versus pull models, and active marketing. We end by summarizing some empirical studies on the effectiveness of these methods.
Information can be key to financial intermediaries in more ways than one. Some financial intermediaries restrict their operations to selling investment information in the form of newsletters. Brokers and other intermediaries are opening new business units to utilize their advantage in information access and processing. For example, Merrill Lynch & Co. plans to organize its online business as an information and financial service provider by offering online investment information as well as related services, such as stock quotes and
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