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What do capital structure models tell us about the payout policy?

by Dr Shiqi Chen, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance At the beginning of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, a massive drop in global dividends occurred as firms struggled to preserve cash in this…

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Why do green stocks outperform?

by Dr Mehrshad Motahari, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance Green, or environmentally friendly, companies have generated significantly higher stock returns compared to their brown peers in recent years. This gap in the…

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Financial Times: Adaptable managers help companies pull trough

A study on UK companies’ survival rate co-authored by Geoff Meeks and Geoffrey Whittington featured in the Financial Times. The study, inspired by natural selection theory, finds that only 19 of 1,513 UK companies (1.26%) survived over the biblical “threescore…

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Corporate Darwinism

Only 19 of 1,513 UK companies survived 70 years after mandatory consolidated accounts in 1948, says natural selection-inspired study at Cambridge Judge Business School. Business has long been portrayed in survival-of-the-fittest ("dog-eat-dog") and scriptural ("David and Goliath battle") terminology. A…

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Demand for information

by Dr Shiqi Chen, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance Shiqi Chen We are entering into an era of Big Data, in which the demand and supply of data and information are growing…

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Defining, detecting and measuring asset price bubbles

by Charlie Woodman, Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance One of the most frequently asked questions in the financial news media this year has been whether the stock market is in a 'bubble'?…

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Bubble in the finance world.

Climate finance

by Dr Mehrshad Motahari, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance The risk of climate change and its potentially drastic consequences has reshaped many industries in recent years. The financial industry has been no…

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Firms’ capital structure dynamics, market competition, and industry dynamics

by Shiqi Chen, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance Debt-equity conflict is undoubtfully one of the core paradigms of corporate finance research. It is well-known that, once debt is in place, the misalignment…

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Do firm locations affect stock prices?

by Dr Mehrshad Motahari, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance A large body of literature documents how firms' geographical locations can affect their stock returns. For example, Pirinsky and Wang (2006) show that…

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The rise of the special purpose acquisition company

by Dr Sunwoo Hwang, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance and Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance 2020 has been the year of special purpose acquisition companies or SPACs. A SPAC is a blank check shell company designed to take…

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