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  • Kristen Daihes and Mohsen Moarefdoost Ph.D.May 23rd 2017 Welcome Back In our first series of this blog, we talked about the wave of M&A activity and shared 7 examples of how strategic optimization should be explored to support this activity. We also talked about the elusive “size of the prize” as companies go after big... Read More »
  • Kristen Daihes and Mohsen Moarefdoost Ph.D.May 18th 2017 A Wave of M&A Activity It is no surprise we are in another wave of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity with more on the horizon. Across the consumer goods industry alone Unilever stirred up quite the excitement with their acquisition of Dollar Shave Club, more recently the... Read More »
  • There has been a lot of talk about how driverless trucks may reduce the need for drivers and how will our economy replace these 2 million good blue collar jobs. The same conversation is going on for the larger economy with all the buzz around artificial intelligence. Lots of smart people and deep thinkers are... Read More »
  • The Big Short, a box office hit, details how Dr. Michael Burry (and a select few) predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse and made millions while the entire economy went down the drain. How did Burry end up on top? The key to his success was that he analyzed the fine details: loan data... Read More »
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    On Dec 11, the Wall Street Journal’s lead article in its Money and Investing Section was on the news that the Bank of America (BofA) passed its stress test.  This was big news because earlier in the year, the Fed had decided that BofA’s stress test models did not meet standards.  BofA had to spend... Read More »
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    Fallout from the 2008-2009 financial crisis included the emergence of a new regulatory landscape intended to safeguard the U.S. banking system from a systemic collapse. In 2012, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Fed), began to require the largest U.S. Bank Holding Companies (BHCs) to file a Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), with stress tests intended to assess... Read More »