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Bank Capital Structure: A Primer

This technical note accompanies the case titled "SunTrust Acquisition of National Commerce" (UVA-F-1554) and describes the various capital ratios that are commonly used in the banking sector as well as gives an example of those ratios using a hypothetical bank. It also discusses briefly Basel I and Basel II which shaped capital regulations and ratios in the Banking sector. ...

Bank Valuation Issues

This technical note describes some of the key issues that bank analysts, ratings agencies, and the market broadly examine to understand the financial health of a bank and ultimately to estimate its value. Specifically, the note discusses alternative credit quality, capital, liquidity, and profitability metrics and provides related terminology. ...

Carbon Credit Markets

This note discusses issues related to carbon markets: Emissions Trading Approaches (Cap-and-Trade, Baseline-and-Credit, and Offsets), Regulatory Framework (Kyoto Protocol), and two key mechanisms of credits creation, Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation; creation and trading of carbon credits (CERs) (markets such as OTC and organized exchanges such as the Chicago Climate Exchange); ...

CO2 Australia?The Case for Carbon Credits

This case describes how carbon credits are created via planting Mallee Eucalypt trees by CO2 Australia. The case provides useful background to go along with the technical note "Carbon Credit Markets" (UVA-F-1583), which discusses in greater detail the regulatory frameworks as well as the various mechanisms that exist to allow carbon credit creation and trading. ...

Comerica Incorporated: The Valuation Dilemma

In early September 2008, in the midst of the subprime crisis, a manager with the student-run Darden Capital Management fund, wants to evaluate whether Comerica Incorporated, a regional bank based in Dallas, Texas, is a good candidate for inclusion in his portfolio. He needs to perform a valuation of the bank to assert whether the bank seems to be undervalued by the market or whether a further decl ...

Deutsche Bank and the Road to Basel III

This public-sourced case was named the best finance case of 2013 in the 24th annual awards and competition sponsored by The Case Centre. It was designed for and works well in the latter portion of a GEMBA Financial Management and Policies course ...

GMO: The Value Versus Growth Dilemma

Dick Mayo, one of the most celebrated value investors in America was puzzled by the New Economy's continuous bias toward growth investment strategies. He examines the basics of his philosophy versus that of a growth orientation by evaluating the long-term expected returns of several value and growth stocks. This case can be used to pursue several objectives: (1) to define value and growth investin ...

Ito's Delight

Louise Ito examines option-pricing data from the Wall Street Journal. She wants to make sure that she understands the basic principles behind option pricing and examines whether these prices are consistent with respect to the effects of strike price and maturity. She also computes the intrinsic and the time value for each of the options and compares their relative magnitudes with what theory sugge ...

Jeanne Mockard At Putnam Investments

In May 1996, a mutual-funds manager at Putnam must decide which of six investment opportunities in preferred stocks to pursue. The decision is structured as three paired choices of increasing challenge. Little or no computation is required of the student. Instead, the student must absorb the outlook and constraints imposed on the decision maker and assess the six opportunities on the basis of vari ...

JPMorgan and the Dodd-Frank Act

In October, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., is preparing for the company's 2010 Q3 earnings conference call and wondering how to address the inevitable questions related to financial reform. It has been just over two months since the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) had been passed, and there was still much uncertainty as to how JPMorgan should address the ...

Markov's Trilemma

The key objectives of this case are to: (1) familiarize students with a simple version of the Markowitz optimal-asset allocation model; (2) develop students' intuition regarding optimal-asset allocation as specific inputs into the model (e.g., expected returns, standard deviations, correlations) change values; and (3) develop students' intuition regarding constraints that alternative investors may ...

New Leaders of Financial Giants: The Cases of Vikram Pandit (Citi) and John Thain (Merrill Lynch)

In January 2008, Citi and Merrill Lynch are trying to steer their ships back to calm waters. The new CEOs, Vikram Pandit (Citi) and John Thain (Merrill), have been at the helm of their companies for less than three months. This case focuses on their steps to counteract the massive losses resulting from their firms' investments in subprime-mortgage structures. What actions have these leaders taken ...
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