Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

4 April 2017

The increase in interest rates in the US will have knock-on effects in Asia and Europe. If the ECB starts to taper quantitative easing, there will be more rises in interest rates, making it too expensive to change to a fixed rate mortgage.

  Finance

Gonzalo Rodríguez y Fatima Z. Bensar. Saudi-Spanish Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance. IE Business Scshool

28 February 2017

Morocco has just authorized the creation of Islamic banks, taking a first step toward converting the country into an Islamic finance hub in Northern Africa.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

28 February 2017

Europe rounded off 2016 with a higher level of growth than the US, something not seen for a decade. Moreover, Europe has more solid building blocks on which to build future growth.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

20 January 2017

As one of the greatest historians in Ancient Greece once said, the combination of a hegemonic power and a rising power leads to war, because the former feels threatened.

Allison Rohe. Associate Director. IE Venture Lab Accelerator.

11 January 2017

There is still an enormous gap between the amount of funding given by risk capital funds to startups created by men and that given to startups created by women.

Viet Ha Tran. Associate Director Admissions. IE Business School

1 November 2016

Patience, concentration, passion or stimulation of a specific area of the brain. More relations exist between what is required to practice music and finance than may appear at first sight.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

1 November 2016

Rising life expectancies and plummeting birth rates have given a new meaning to the literary term for Europe, “the old continent.” 

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

22 September 2016

Several central Banks are sending out the first signals of the beginning of the end of the lax monetary policy that caused the biggest financial bubble in the last few decades.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

26 May 2016

The Brexit referendum blocked a rise in interest rates by the FED in June. But the arguments in favor of putting off said rise are fast disappearing, and economic realities all point to it happening in the near future.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

18 May 2016

There are currently a series of financial aberrations in existence, such as the fact that there are ten billions’ worth of bonds at negative rates or that the Spanish treasury is financing itself at rates lower than in the United States, which point to a rise in interest rates in the near future.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

30 March 2016

Contrary to what the media says, capital is not fleeing Spain. Rather, thanks to the ECB’s monetary policy, Spanish firms are funding themselves using cheaper loans.

  Finance

Marco Trombetta. Vice Dean for Research. IE Business School

7 January 2016

Many countries around the world still have a long way to go where financial literacy is concerned. A recent survey has revealed that even in developed economies like that of Spain, half the population does not have a basic understanding of financial matters.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

30 November 2015

The behavior of house prices depends on the type of house, its location, and size… but right now property prices in Spain and elsewhere are generally on the rise, and are likely to continue to climb over the next few years.

Ignacio de la Torre. Porfessor. IE Business School

15 May 2015

For the first time in seven years, Europe is starting to show signs of solid growth, bringing an improvement in the economy that will be surprisingly bullish, and which is set to gather pace over the next few years.

Rafael Pampillón and Cristina Mª de Haro. IE Business School and Universidad San Pablo (CEU)

8 May 2015

Economic figures published in recent weeks serve to underscore the recovery of Spain’s economy and brings with it the hope that the resulting impact will mean that citizens will soon start to feel the difference in their pockets.

Rafael Pampillón. Professor. IE Business School

22 April 2015

Spain is a country of emigrants, and will continue to be for the time being. Although this is a difficult situation from a personal perspective, it can have a positive outcome in economic terms.

Mikel Aguirre. Professor. IE Business School

14 April 2015

Plummeting oil prices have direct consequences for the whole world, and many underlying reasons.

  Finance

Rafael Hurtado Coll. Professor. IE Business School

13 February 2015

Although, at first sight, choosing funds and shares require a similar approach, there are some key differences that make choosing a fund a more complex task than choosing shares

 

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. Business School

27 January 2015

While the eurozone, led by Spain, will exceed forecasts, the US will raise interest rates earlier than expected and China will give the world an unpleasant surprise, pushing the price of raw materials down even further.

Francisco Navarro, Director, Global Corporation Center, EY and IE Business School

26 January 2015

Russia’s setbacks are a clear example of how it is no longer possible to compete with just one product. Raising barriers to entry requires large doses of technology and added value.

Rafael Pampillón and Cristina Mª de Haro. IE Business School and Universidad San Pablo (CEU)

20 January 2015

The falling value of the euro is strengthening exports and attracting foreign investment. If it brings real economic recovery, the result will be a virtuous circle of growth.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

8 December 2014

 Just like falling dominoes, the effect that recovery in the US can have on the world economy will reach the furthest corners of the planet.

María Eugenia Girón. IE Business School

28 November 2014

The jewelry sector is an exception in the luxury industry, given that not only does it show few signs of becoming more concentrated, it is also leading the way in online sales. 

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

30 October 2014

The current state of the eurozone economy is like a mirror image of that of Spain a year ago, which means we can reasonably expect to see growth in the coming year.

Yolanda Regodón. Associate Director of Communications. IE Business School

30 October 2014

The recent floating of Alibaba and Jimmy Choo on the stock market, the success of sites like Tmall, and the interest shown by Twitter in e-commerce have marked the path that the luxury sector will be following in the not too distant future.

  Finance

Francisco López Lubián. Professor. IE Business School

30 September 2014

Corporate restructuring is not just a question of refinancing, and yet the two things are often seen as being one and the same. This is one of five mistakes that often lead to companies blowing their chance of salvation.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

4 September 2014

Auditors nobody has heard of, commissions run by yes-men, overvalued assets and growth in sales that in no way match the company’s cash flow are all clues that something strange is going on in a company’s accounts. 

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

25 July 2014

European countries have found a solution to the problem of their battered public coffers having discovered that if they add revenues from prostitution, drugs and contraband to their GDPs, they can make their deficits appear far smaller

Manuel Romera. Professor. IE Business School

30 June 2014

The real problem with so-called tax havens is not a question of tax competition, but rather the lack of both transparency and control of criminal activity in these territories. 

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

26 June 2014

How fast is the Federal Reserve going to taper stimulus measures? Too fast and it could cause another recession, too slow and it could fuel high levels of inflation. 

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Professor. IE Business School

30 April 2014

Crowdfunding is an unstoppable movement which moves over 2,000 million dollars per annum worldwide. Moreover, although it entails a certain amount of risk, it allows us to think that it is possible to make the world a better place.

Fernando Fernández. Professor. IE Business School

30 April 2014

Spain’s tax system has proved to be ineffective because in spite of levying high rates of tax the amount of money collected is relatively low. In the run up to a possible reform, it is necessary to gauge if citizens prefer to have more disposable income than tax credits, and if European countries with high levels of VAT and social security payments have lower levels of employment, and more generous social services.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

18 December 2013

Although the US still hasn’t signed up to the Kyoto Protocol it is performing better than Europe in terms of CO2 emissions, thanks to the free market model it applies to companies prospecting for natural resources.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

7 November 2013

How can you justify the fact that the average Spanish worker has to work 21 days in order to earn what a Spanish CEO gets for one hour’s work? The answer is that right now you can’t.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

23 October 2013

Falling bond prices, rising stock exchange rates, Europe’s exit from the recession, and the end of the raw material super cycle are all things that we can expect to see in the near future.

  Finance

Francisco López Lubián. Professor. IE Business School

5 July 2013

The basic rules of capitalism dictate that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but this is not exactly true for those who are responsible for the current crisis.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

25 June 2013

The Asian giant is turning out to have feet of clay that threaten to muddy the walkways of a large part of the planet from Oceania to Africa, not forgetting Latin America.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Professor. IE Business School

14 June 2013

The creation of a common regulatory framework for Europe’s banking sector is one of the key challenges facing the continent.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

14 May 2013

In order to build a world with less systemic risk, it is essential to use long-term tools to enable savings to reach the real economy.

Francisco López Lubián. Professor. IE Business School

28 February 2013

When governments cut subsidies for renewable energy producers, it resulted in surplus capacity that will force the sector to downsize and be more competitive in terms of production costs.

  Finance

Rafael Hurtado. Professor. IE Business School

19 December 2012

Low interest rates, the proliferation of investment vehicles and the rise of sovereign funds, are all paving the way for a promising future for alternative investments.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

17 December 2012

Lower labor costs, the increasing weight of GDP in knowledge-intensive sectors, and the growth of patents, have all served to strengthen Spain’s exports.

  Finance

María Luque. Professor. IE Business School

28 November 2012

Microfinance has proved to be a prime tool in the fight against poverty, but it is not enough to eradicate it once and for all.

  Finance

Rafael Hurtado. Professor. IE Business School

28 November 2012

Many believe high-frequency trading to be the cause of all the problems we are currently seeing in the markets. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  Finance

Héctor Izquierdo Triana. Professor. IE Business School

17 October 2012

We have to improve our production model, but not from a cost perspective. We have to focus more on intangibles, namely information and knowledge.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

10 October 2012

Spain is addressing its current account imbalance, labor costs, and surplus credit growth, bringing an opportunity for brave investors.

  Finance

Francisco López Lubián. Professor. IE Business School

6 September 2012

We will not start to pull out of the current crisis until investors regain their confidence in banks. That means restructuring not just assets, but also senior management.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

2 July 2012

The threat of a new recession in the US, the drop in the price of raw materials, and decisions taken by the ECB, might just bring about a turnaround in the world economy.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

7 June 2012

Independent advisers now have a golden opportunity to take over the distribution of financial products from banks following recent banking scandals.

  Finance

Javier Vega. Professor. IE Business School

1 June 2012

A famous New York University professor has predicted that the Spanish finance system saga will end in tears and that Spain will be out of the Eurozone within two years. What is the reasoning behind such a prediction?

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

16 May 2012

Behavioral finance has a marked short-term impact on markets, but the price of assets will always depend more on efficiency levels in the long run.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

13 April 2012

Holding investment bankers responsible for the crisis is a mistake. And not because they are not entirely blameless, but rather because they were led into temptation by others.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

12 December 2011

Investment banking has once again shown us the way to address the world’s enormous and recurring debt problem. It is, of course, by cheating.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

13 September 2011

Spain’s new accounting measures, which henceforth will permit companies to use only half the negative tax base to offset future profits, will spell insolvency for many media organizations.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

7 July 2011

The current crisis has once again shown how wrong economic forecasts often are. So why is it such a deeply flawed profession?

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

14 June 2011

The uprisings in the North of Africa are basically the result of the rising price of food, which is pushing emerging countries further into poverty, and raising levels of geopolitical risk.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

8 June 2010

The credit crunch could go on for years. That’s why alternative funding is on the rise, and it looks like it is here to stay.

  Finance

José Marí O´Kean. Professor. IE Business School

29 April 2010

The economic crisis has taught us an important lesson, namely that increases in wealth have to be based on real business, not on rises in the price of financial assets.

  Finance

Bárbara Huerta. Professor. IE Business School

4 March 2010

Real estate promoters have been largely responsible for the crisis that has affected their sector so badly, and now they are finding out exactly where their business plans went wrong.

  Finance

Rafael Hurtado. Professor. IE Business School

5 November 2009

here are many different ways to invest and everyone can choose which one is best for them. They just need to know the differences between short-term and long-term investments, and between growth and value.

  Finance

Rafae Hurtado. Professor. IE Business School

7 September 2009

The collapse of the stock market has highlighted the shortcomings of the hedge fund system of short sales and fuelled debate on the need to set limits and rules for this type of operation.

  Finance

Antonio Rivela and Ignacio de la Torre. Professors. IE Business School

2 June 2009

In spite of the real estate bubble, Spain has suffered relatively little fallout from subprime mortgages. Is that because they don’t exist? They exist alright, but they are well controlled.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Professor. IE Business School

9 December 2008

The subprime mortgages unexpectedly sparked the financial crisis, but the resulting raging fire took hold because there was so much more fuel lying around to add to it. How can we rise from the ashes?

  Finance

José Esteves. Professor. IE Business School

6 November 2008

The collapse of Lehman Brothers or the fraudulent activities of a broker at Société Génerale reveal the chaos that reigns in banks’ internal control systems.

  Finance

Antonio Rivela. Professor. IE Business School

8 October 2008

One of the collateral effects of the crisis is a purge of the entire system as Darwin’s famous survival of the fittest kicks in. But should all species be left to fend for themselves?

  Finance

Rafael Hurtado. Professor. IE Business School

11 September 2008

In times of uncertainty, investors are cautious and demand products that offer high levels of security. The banking sector has not been slow to roll out a broad range of such products to choose from.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

11 September 2008

Except for the odd diehard, nobody is denying that we are facing a credit crisis that is affecting the mainstream economy. The question is: Where do we go from here?

  Finance

Juan Pedro Gómez. Professor. IE Business School

1 July 2008

They are about liquidity and a desire to invest millions in leading international banks in order to leverage the subprime crisis. They are sovereign wealth funds, the new focus of debate in the western world.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Professor. IE Business School

1 July 2008

Lope Vega en Fuenteovejuna was the first to point out the benefits of “all for one”. In much the same way, centralizing the accounts of a company and its different branches using a cash polling system can bring enormous advantages.

  Finance

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

1 July 2008

Over the last few years, Madrid has managed to climb a few positions to become a more important international centre of finance, but in order to consolidate itself in a top position it needs to carry out a series of improvements.

  Finance

<a href="http://www.ie.edu/IE/php/en/profesores_medios_detalle.php?id=325">Francisco López Lubián. Professor. IE Business School</a>

1 April 2008

The subprime crisis, which began with problems of liquidity, is now a confidence and profit crisis with a marked impact on the real economy. The virtuous circle could be turning vicious.

  Finance

<a href="http://www.ie.edu/IE/php/en/profesores_medios_detalle.php?id=325">Francisco López Lubián. Professor. IE Business School</a>

4 March 2008

The winter sales came to end with February, but the sales are still on where tax reductions are concerned. These particular sales are necessary, but they can be dangerous if they are merely election campaign games.

  Finance

Pablo Triana. Professor. IE Business School

6 February 2008

Although recent chaos in the markets brings back memories of past investment fads that ended in tears, this time it’s different. Hedge funds and derivatives have had some positive effects on finance markets and the economy.

  Finance

Rubén Henríquez, PhD. Academic Director of the Master´s Degree Program in Biotechnology Management at IE Business School

3 December 2007

The biotech sector in Spain is advancing in leaps and bounds, but there is still one thing it has to work on: funding projects.

  Finance

Pablo Triana. Professor. IE Business School

3 December 2007

The crash of 87 may have caused a lot of tears, but it also led to a big advance for the finance sector: the “volatility smile”

  Finance

Pablo Triana. Professor. IE Business School

31 October 2007

The recent chaos on the markets could change the way the most standard assets are valued.

  Finance

Pablo Triana. Professor. IE Business School

27 September 2007

Using financial econometrics to predict the future of markets based on past performances may be very fashionable, but does it make sense?

  Finance

Hugo Dixon. CEO and founder of Breakingviews.com

3 July 2007

On May 31 Hugo Dixon, CEO and founder of Breakingviews.com, took part in the 2007 World Affairs Seminar of the Master of International Legal Practice with an address on global finance and the liquidity game, a summary of which can be found in IE Focus.

  Finance

Miguel Hernández. Professor. IE Business School

3 July 2007

A recent survey shows that most Spanish businessmen believe corruption is rampant in the real estate industry. But recent legislation doesn’t go far enough to combat the problem.

  Finance

Francisco López Lubián. Professor. IE Business School

31 October 2006

The mergers and acquisition boom is a worldwide phenomena, but these deals are not always successful. One of the greatest challenges is to estimate the value of the companies involved.

  Finance

Yanire Braña. Professor. IE Business School

2 October 2006

To remain competitive, banks must increase profitability and fuel growth. Outsourcing non-vital services can enable banks to focus on meeting these goals.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Professor. IE Business School

30 May 2006

Too often, the world of business focuses on marketing and book profits in its search for shareholder value. The author argues that cash flow is much more important than either for boosting shareholder returns.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

21 March 2006

Minority shareholders often feel defenceless. Spain’s new corporate governance code seeks to encourage the appointment of truly independent directors to company boards in an effort to increase transparency and protect minority interests.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Technical Director Financial Sector. Instituto de Empresa

26 September 2005

Attention has been focused on the political aspects of Gas Natural’s hostile takeover bid for Endesa. But the deal also makes strategic sense, and the synergies from a linkup would likely benefit the shareholders of both companies. The question is will consumers be forced to pay more for electricity? That is the pressing issue the regulators will be required to analyse in depth.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Technical Director of the Financial Department. Instituto de Empresa

25 April 2005

The ‘White Whale’ operation in Marbella has fuelled the debate concerning financial webs hidden in tax shelters.

  Finance

Francisco Trullenque. Professor. Instituto de Empresa. Executive Partner of Strategy & Focus

1 December 2004

The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) mixes traditional financial vision with the basic elements for sustainability in value creation. It is management aimed at the future.

  Finance

Manuel Romera. Professor. Instituto de Empresa

24 March 2004

Spain is different from its neighbors in town-planning legislation. Its autonomous regions (ARs) and local corporations are responsible for regulating land use. Recently, the government has tried to increase the amount of land on offer, but has had a hard time implementing changes.

  Finance

Stefanie Müller. Correspondent. Wirschaftswöche

23 November 2003

To finance care for the elderly, Spaniards are thinking about a state insurance plan along German lines.

  Finance

Stefanie Müller. Journalist. Wirschaftswoche

19 September 2003

The nation¹s Corporate Governance Code for publicly quoted companies aims to offer foreign investors greater transparency. Analysts welcome these long-awaited changes.

  Finance

Joshua Jampol. Journalist. The Time

25 May 2003

Weather conditions affect four-fifths of the world’s economic activity. Yet there are no financial products that meet challenges posed by climate. That it, until recently.

  Finance

Rafael Pampillón

24 April 2003

The U.S. economic machine continues to roll, while Europe continues to lose competitiveness. For the EMU nations to catch up, they must reform their labor markets and do away with the welfare state.

  Finance

Joshua Jampol. Journalist

21 March 2003

New laws under review in France may change the state of direct capital investment in small and medium businesses, and offer investors more fiscal advantages, explains Joshua Jampol.

  Finance

By Stefanie Müller, Wirtschaftswoche correspondent in Madrid

19 February 2003

There is a generalized crisis in the German retail sector. Only discounters are doing land-office business. German consumers are taking their revenge out on Euro-criminals

  Finance

Ignacio de la Vega

29 January 2003

Enterprise creation is a process, whether it involves an individual or a corporate entrepreneur. The author dissects this process into four elements: entrepreneur, idea, viability analysis and resources.

  Finance

Ramón Gurriarán

1 November 2002

Corporate accounts have received wide media play in recent months. This old subject has in the past been viewed with a certain disdain, or has at best been ignored. Now it seems that not a day goes by without certain accounting operations leading the news.

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