Investment Banks Lose Interest in the Czech Stock Market

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 Research ‘Coverage’ Halves
A study by AKRO investiční společnost, a.s., a Prague based investment firm, shows that since the end of the financial crisis there has been a steep decline in the number of investment banks publishing up-to-date forecasts for companies on the Prague Stock Exchange.
Using Bloomberg Data, the analysis studied the level of research ‘coverage’ for companies included in the Prague Stock Exchange (PX) Index. The term research ‘coverage’ refers to the number analysts’ published financial forecasts for a given listed company. These forecasts are provided mainly by investment banks but occasionally also by independent research firms. For consistency, only forecasts included in the Bloomberg ‘consensus’ were included, thereby ensuring out-of-date forecasts were excluded.

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Gianluca​ ​Ferrari,​ ​Director,​ ​Shareholder​ ​Value​ ​Management

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Gianluca Ferrari is a Director at Shareholder Value Management, an employee owned investment company based in Frankfurt, Germany. Shareholder Value advises over €2bn in AUM through various investment vehicles, allocating capital under a value-oriented​ ​framework.   Gianluca has lived both in the US and Italy, where he graduated with a degree in  Economics and Business from LUISS University in Rome. At age 19 he founded a start-up which he managed successfully for two years while attending university after which he moved to Germany where he now lives. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Be Think Solve Execute SpA, an IT Consulting company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange and is the author of “Value Investing: la Guida Definitiva all’Investimento​ ​Azionario”,​ ​the​ ​first​ ​book​ ​on​ ​Value​ ​Investing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Italian​ ​language.

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An Index for Any Asset: The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index

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By Jeremy Monk, AKRO investiční společnost, a.s.
The plethora of investment indices continues to grow. Whatever the asset class, there is an index to accommodate it, whether its stocks, bonds, commodities, property, art, fine wine, etc.
But what about an index that tracks the market value of a basket of historic bond and share certificates? A group of scripophily experts joined forces recently to develop one. The traded securities don’t have any “intrinsic” value, they are just financial esoterica that, for various reasons, have significant historical or decorative value.
The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index tracks the auction prices of 100 “representative” share and bond certificates and is updated every six months to incorporate the latest realized sale values. Since its inception in late 2012, the index has risen by approximately 25%.

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Drahé kovy nemusejí být dobrou investicí

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Pohyby na trzích aktiv jsou běžným jevem. Investoři mají v zásadě na výběr mezi vyššími očekávanými výnosy a nižším rizikem. Preference výnosnosti je spojena s vyšší rizikovostí investičních instrumentů, a naopak, rizikově averzní investoři by měli očekávat nižší výnosnost. Obecně jsou za riziková aktiva považovány především akcie. Oproti tomu, za „bezpečný přístav“ bývají považovány drahé kovy, a to jak z pohledu rizika, tak výnosnosti. Následující analýza prokazuje, že to může být omyl.
Zaměřujeme se na srovnání investic do zlata a stříbra, a cenných papírů v podobě akcií – v tomto případě využijeme jeden z akciových indexů, Dow Jones Industrial Average, DJIA. Údaje z americké ekonomiky lze, vzhledem k vyspělosti akciového trhu, považovat za reprezentativní. Začátek analyzovaného období (4. Q 2005) je spojen s předkrizovým stavem amerických (a dalších) trhů.

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Prague Should Dance the BREXIT Fandango

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Would You Care to Dance?
Prague is that shy girl sitting in the corner. She doesn’t realise she’s the prettiest girl in the room. As Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid strut their stuff and even Dublin, Warsaw and tiny Luxemburg show their moves; Prague has thus far refused to dance. The other European cities are, of course, all dancing the Brexit fandango: Seductively putting forward their credentials as a safe harbour for firms, especially professional service firms, relocating activities from London in response to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).
But what of Prague? Prague has so far been noticeably absent in putting itself forward as a destination. That is a mistake. It is the author’s opinion, and an opinion shared by many fellow Brits, that Prague has a lot to offer. The Czech government, CzechInvest and the City of Prague, shouldn’t be shy in outlining the case for relocation to the Czech Republic.

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Partner and family life as a challenge for women on their way to become a CFA Charterholder

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When I look back at my studies, female students were always in majority compared to their male colleagues. What is the reason why women are a minority among CFA charterholders and candidates? Are they less willing to study further, less committed to their careers or what are the biggest obstacles for women to become a CFA charterholder?

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