Finance

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For many research projects the first step is often getting funding, typically from academic grant-making organizations. But applying can be time consuming, funding can be slow to materialize, and the process is not always as flexible as a scholar might want. So when a group of economists wanted to...
Just having great ideas is not enough to start a company. Big ideas need funding to bring them to life. Stanford University’s new online course, Financing Innovation: Valuing Projects and Firms, will teach participants to build sound financial models for their projects and understand where...
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What inspires people to act selflessly, help others, and make personal sacrifices? Each quarter, this column features one piece of scholarly research that provides insight on what motivates people to engage in what psychologists call “prosocial behavior”—things like making charitable contributions...
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Editor's note: The venture referred to in this story as OpenCoin changed its name to Ripple Labs in October 2013. In 1996, Chris Larsen founded one of the nation’s first online mortgage lenders – E-Loan Inc. – which allows borrowers to shop directly for loans and cut back on fees charged by sales...
Joshua Rauh
Stanford Graduate School of Business will launch its first massive open online course (MOOC) in October, The Finance of Retirement and Pensions, led by finance professor and pension expert Joshua Rauh. The course, which runs for eight weeks starting October 14, 2013, will help participants become...
Assistant Professor of Finance Francisco Pérez-González
If the financial crisis demonstrated anything, it was that excessive borrowing ― leverage ― can lead to big problems. Yet while American households and businesses have trimmed back on debt since the crisis, the United States and most other nations still subsidize borrowing through the tax system....
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It’s been eight years since Thomas L. Friedman first published The World Is Flat, the best-seller proclaiming that technology and the collapse of communism were obliterating national boundaries, at least in business. In a borderless and market-driven world, he argued, capital and knowledge were...
After more than 20 years of advising and investing in entrepreneurs, Andy Rachleff reluctantly joined their ranks, co-founding Wealthfront Inc., an online financial advisory startup, in 2011. A 1984 Stanford Graduate School of Business alum, he had recently retired from the venture firm he co-...
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It’s hard to believe now, but top U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve officials were remarkably sanguine in September 2008 about a possible collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. “I never once considered it appropriate to put taxpayer money on the line,” declared Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson...

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