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5C. FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

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08336. Personal Trading and Investment System. Presents a guideline and analysis for personal investment. Basic guidelines for portfolio development is discussed: degree of risk; yield and price earning ratio; management; and asset value. Economic indicators and profit forecasting also discussed. 12 pages, 21 footnotes, 16 bibliographic sources.   $84
 
08335. The Impact of Deregulation on the Future of Regional Banks. Analyzes the environmental, regulatory, and competitive factors affecting bank stability and market standing. Regional banking, branch banking, and nonbank financial institutions are discussed. 9 pages, 6 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
08230. The Cost of Capital. An analysis and description of concepts and methodology used in the calculation of a firm's cost of capital, as applicable to budgeting and investment opportunities. Weighted Average cost of Capital and Marginal Cost of Capital are discussed. Diagrams included. 8 pages, 21 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $56
 
08229. The Hibernia Bank. Profile of Hibernia Bank within the new banking market. Government regulations, new products, sales forecasting, operations issues and job measurement are discussed. 14 pages, 4 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $98
 
08228. Cost-Benefit Analysis: Its Purpose and Limitations. 10 pages, 31 footnotes, 12 bibliographic sources. See section 19C.   $70
 
08202. The Apt vs. Capm Model of Portfolio Selection. Examines the development, strengths and weaknesses of the CAPM model of investment portfolio selection. The arbitrage pricing theory (APT) is presented as a favorable alternative to the CAPM with the reasoning that the APT model is more general and has more explanatory power than the CAPM. 7 pages, notes in text, 7 bibliographic sources.   $49
 
08199. The Impact of Currency: Caterpillar Tractor. A statistical analysis of the effect of currency fluctuations on assets and sales figures of a multinational manufacturer. The currency of manufacturing nations is regressed against the assets held in each nation. Conclusions are drawn from the analysis as to the risk and profitability in different int'l operations. 15p. Statistical tables included.   $105
 
08167. Film Financing. An excellent overview of the different methods of financing motion pictures. Covers traditional bank financing, public offerings, and the method of sale/leaseback. 6 pages, 6 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
08152. Electronic Funds Transfer. Examines the expansion of EFT systems, including the use and demand for ATM's and POS (point of sale) debit cards. Relative advantages and disadvantages to the financial institution and the consumer are weighed. The expansion of EFT systems is seen as inevitable. 12 pages, 10 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $84
 
08139. Business Forecasting: Consideration of Appropriate Techniques, Costs, and Limitations. Examines the state of business forecasting along the three subdisciplines of qualitative techniques, time series analysis and projection, and causal models. Analyzes the effectiveness of the model in relation to the model's relative level of complexity. Concludes that sophistication and cost do not extinguish uncertainty in forecasting. 11 pages, 20 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
08130. The Rolm Corporation: Ration Analysis in the Business Communications Industry. A detailed analysis of the financial position of one of A.T.&T.`s rivals in the computerized communications industry based on an analysis of the companies capital ratio. Discusses overall prospects for the company. Includes charts. 7 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic source.   $49
 
08106. Accounting Harmonization in the European Economic Community. Examines the four-fold purpose of the EEC's Fourth Directive, adopted July 25, 1978. Discusses the benefits of the directive, including the impact of standardized accounting systems on shareholders, creditors and the public. Criticisms of the directive include its emphasis on format rather than content and its failure to take fully into account differences in the economic conditions of the various European communities involved. 13p. 28f.   $91
 
08103. Marketing in the Banking Industry. A look at successful strategies in making a bank customer-oriented. Various experts are cited who encourage the development of a sales-oriented banking staff and emphasize the importance of convenience, responsiveness, breadth of services, and customer relations. Also considers how to manage public opinion regarding bank closings and market segmentation. 27p. 8b.   $133
 
08070. Financial Corporation of America. A case study of the problems faced by F.C.A. and steps taken to correct them. F.C.A.'s background, risky growth strategies, and an evaluation of the current situation are included. 10 pages, 7 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
08056. Implications of the Continental Illinois Case. The factors behind the neai collapse of Continental Illinois Bank and its subsequent rescuse by the F.D.I.C. are analyzed. Consider the effects of this case on the banking industry and banking regulation. 14 pages, 13 footnotes, 15 bibliographic sources.   $98
 
08018. Continental Illinois: Anatomy of a Near Failure. A study of the factors which led Continental Illinois Bank to the brink of bankruptcy and the F.D.I.C. reaction to the crisis. 11 pages, 10 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
08015. Mutual Funds. A consideration of the advantages and drawbacks of investing in mutual funds, with information on the performance of specific mutual funds in the past, and their prospects for the future. 9 pages, 31 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
08014. Venture Capital. A study of the use of venture capitalism in the United States as a way to start a business. Includes history and analysis of venture capitalism, as well as charts indicating the increasing importance of venture capital. 9 pages, 12 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
07677. Commercial Banks and the Emergence of Non-Bank Financial Competitors. This paper provides a brief regulatory background of the commercial banking industry, dating to the l930s. This work then accounts for the emergence of non-bank competition during the l970s and describes subsequent marketing responses of the banking industry. 7 pages, 7 footnotes, 12 bibliographic sources.   $49
 
07666. Safe Harbor Leasing. Overview of this type of equipment financing, which was actually designed as a method of allowing unprofitable companies to transfer tax benefits they couldn't use to profitable companies; was legal under IRS rules only from 1981-83. What safe harbor is and how it works; comparisons to true leasing; how companies used it and why it was repealed; requirements for qualifying; new type of "finance lease" instituted by Congress to begin Jan. 1984; consideration of options for various types of companies, comparing ownership, true leases, safe harbor leases, and new finance leases. Safe harbor best for unprofitable lessees; ownership best for profitable lessees; true lease best for lessors. 10 pages, 17 footnotes, 12 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
07625. High Interest Rates and the Economic Recover of 1983. Solid review of the problem of high interest rates in America in 1983, and the threat they pose to the future of the recover. Covers history of interest rates and inflation-adjusted interest rates in recent years; reasons for present high interest rates; connections between interest rates and the real economy, such as inflation expectations, government budget deficits, effects on investment, effects on consumption. How and why high interest rates pose a serious threat to continued prosperity in 1984 and beyond. 9 pages, 18 footnotes, 12 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
07480. International Banking: The Cayman Islands and Other Tax Havens. Good overview of the why and how of tax havens, using Cayman Islands and Switzerland as major examples. Legal aspects, history of tax avoidance in Switzerland and Caymans, tax and regulation advantages to banks, advantages to individuals, Marc Rich and other cases in courts, U.S. pressure on Caymans, statistics showing how 30-50% of U.S. foreign banking business channeled through tax havens. 11 pages, 16 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
07460. Stock Index Futures. Good overview of what stock index futures are and how they are used by investors. Includes history and mechanics to stock index futures contracts and stock index futures option contracts; hedging strategies to prevent losses, including tax considerations; speculative strategies including bull and bear spreads, time spreads, day trading; technical characteristics of market in first year of trading. 12 pages, 20 footnotes, 14 bibliographic sources.   $84
 
07451. An Analysis of Inventory. summary of basic principles of inventory management. Too little inventory has the cost of running short; too much inventory has the cost of too much money tied up unproductively. Types of inventory; formulas for determining desirable inventory levels; inventory management (need not be computerized to be adequate); inventory and financial statements. 7 pages, 11 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.   $49
 
07448. The Securities Investor Protection Corporation. History and comments on the SIPC, established by Congress -- but as a membership corporation not considered an agency of the U.S. government -- to protect customers of failed brokerages. Full details on organization and powers of this unique organization, and why customers complain because it insures only the physical holdings of securities and not their market value. 13 pages, 21 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $91
 
07444. American Banks and the Risk of Bad Debts. Overview of the almost bank panic of 1982. Includes banking basics, long-term deterioration of capital/asset ratios in 1970s, banking shocks of 1982; Penn Square as an example of imprudent domestic lending; Mexico as an example of imprudent international lending; how panic was prevented, and corrective measures taken by bank regulators and bank managements to correct the situation. 9 pages, 13 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
07420. How Does the Federal Reserve System Create Money? Good basic explanation of the three major tools that the Federal Reserve system uses to regulate the money supply: the reserve requirements, the discount rate, and open-market operations. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
07412. The Changing Debt Structure of American Business. Focuses on how companies have made a long-term change towards greater use of debt financing (as opposed to equity). This occurred because of inflation and the perceived advantages of leverage; however, in recent recession the dangers of debt became clear. Includes statistics, best and worst industries, advantages and disadvantages of debt financing, guidelines for proper use of debt, how companies have tried to correct the situation and obstacles, the long-term dangers of excessive debt. 12 pages, 25 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.   $84
 
07317. The Commercial Banking Industry: An Industry Analysis. Thorough study of the clash between banks and nonbanks. Overview of the development of nonbank competition, analysis of the strategies of some major bank and nonbank competitors, legal and financial advantages available to the two types of institutions, strategies used by banks and nonbanks. Full deregulation in October 1983 should bring a new era as banks and nonbanks begin to compete on more equal terms, with a new emphasis on marketing strategies and specialization. 18 pages, 14 footnotes, 14 bibliographic sources.   $126
 
07316. Investment Analysis of Intel Corporation. study in the use of various measures of financial health, such as current assets ratio, acid test ratio, inventory turnover, earnings per share, net income to sales ratio, price/earnings ratio as applied to Intel, semiconductor and microprocessor manufacturer. rEcommends stock purchase despite high price/earnings ratio. 4p. single spaced. 0f. 2b. tables.   $28
 
07315. The Development of Competition in Banking. Study of the changes wrought by competition from nonbanks over recent decades. Includes the rise in the cost of funds, forms of nonbank competition, bank responses and attempts to increase profitability, become more selective and competitive in marketing efforts, and to offer new types of accounts. 10 pages, 9 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
07162. The Savings Rate and the America Economy, 1966-1981. Good, concise study of the savings rate: how it is defined, and statistics on what it has been. The savings rate is compared to other indicators such as real personal income, inflation rate, interest rates, and others. Surprisingly, the savings rate seems to correspond best to countercyclical indicators such as unemployment. 15 pages, 3 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources. 2 tables, 7 graphs.   $105
 
07129. Wells Fargo Home Computer Banking. Detailed, professional feasibility and profitability study of introducing banking through home computers at a major Northern California bank. Analyzes competing efforts in other regions, demographics of the market, how system would work and what would be offered, costs and returns. Gives positive recommendation to start trial marketing. 15 pages, 8 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources. 5 tables.   $105
 
07017. A Projection for Commercial Bank Asset Allocation in 1983. Today's unstable economic environment and the need for careful placement of bank assets (into stocks, bonds, mortgages, etc.); includes analysis of recent economic history, asset mix of last 10 years, economic forecasts for 1983, detailed analysis of asset mix changes in previous recessions and projections for each type of asset held; bonds, stocks, business loans, commercial paper (IOU's), government securities, mortgages consumer loans. 17 pages, 9 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources. 6 tables 2 graphs.   $119
 
06806. The Indonesian Banking System. A study of the banking system and banking relations of Indonesia, looking in particular at the dominant Central Bank of Indonesia, and the relations of the country with the World Bank and other development agencies, 11 pages, 17 footnotes, 14 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
06786. American Telfphone and Telegraph. A case study of the communications giant, looking at company background, industry and company analysis, and competition; the company's stock is valued on the basis of book and market prices. 10 pages, 17 footnotes in text, 4 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
06785. The Exxon Corporation. A case study of the international oil corporation, looking at the world's largest oil company in terms of profits, operating income and sales. A valuation of the company's stock is calculated and an evaluation of the company's prospects for the future offered. 12 pages, 19 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $84
 
06781. The Moral Problem of Interest. The history of the moral problem posed by the collection of interest is reviewed across the history of Western civilization; the Jewish tradition and the Christian tradition which developed out of it are given extensive treatment. 25 pages, 27 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $133
 
06780. The Federal Bankruptcy Law. The procedures for filing for bankruptcy and reorganization are described in this study, and recent advantages to consumers and bank creditors under Chapter 13 are noted. 9 pages, 8 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
06750. Electronic Funds Transfer. Explains some of the basics of EFT, including the role of the Federal Reserve in funds transfers. Explains some workings of EFT from an institutional and consumer viewpoint. 10 pages, 9 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
06613. All Savers and the Thrift Industry. A review of the current state of the savings industry, noting recent changes in the financial strucutre of thrift companies. The phenomenon of all-savers certificates, one year certificates of deposit offering tax savings and high interest rates, is remarked upon. 11 pages, 11 footnotes, 11 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
06501. Forward Exchange Rates. The basic mechanisms of foreign exchange trading and the complexities of this important form of international trade are studied in this report; types of forward foreign exchange purchase are noted, and examples of rate flucuations are offered. 13 pages, 7 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. Includes 1 table.   $91
 
06362. The Swiss Banking Industry. The types of business and the recent problems of the Swiss banking industry are examined in this report. The Chiasso affair and the state monopoly on banking are also remarked upon. 11 pages, 13 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
06333. Euroobonds. A well-researched study of the international financial market for borrowers and lenders known as Eurobonds. The market, offerings, interest rates and investment procedures of Eurobonds are looked at in depth. 11 pages, 14 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
06332. The Specialist Stockbroker. A look at the role of the specialist stockbroker in today's financial market, examining the history of the struggle between brokers and traders and the current operations of the New York Stock Exchange. A good treatment of the uses and abuses of specialists in today's NYSE. 16 pages, 14 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $112
 
06316. Mortgage Financing Alternatives. A detailed study of the new "creative financing" alternatives to conventional mortgage structures, noting the disappearance of long-term, fixed rate mortgage and comparing the various formulas of new mortgage plans. 11 pages, 11 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
06066. Petrodollars. Very good summary of renewed concern over huge financial surpluses of Arab nations in 1980 and the problems facing banks; the poor countries that need the money can't afford to borrow it at today's interest rates. Good grasp of international financial systems. 15 pages, 29 footnotes, 15 bibliographic sources. and 2 tables.   $105
 
05815. Auditing. A discussion of the relationship between internal company controls and auditing procedures. The means by which such controls are evaluated and the corresponding amount of auditing work required are explained. 20 pages, 41 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.   $133
 
05663. Inflation and Capital Structures. A comprehensive review of the impact of inflation on profits, expectations, accounting systems and corporate policies. Current cost accounting is seen as a possible answer to the problems outlined. 1Op. 1f. 10b.   $70
 
05427. The Federal Reserve System: Evolution, Structure, and Operations. This paper gives a basic history of the Federal Reserve, its functions and structure. Open market market operations, manipulation of required reserve ratios, and the use of the discount mechanism are explained and discussed. The paper concludes with a consideration of just how "independent" the Federal Reserve is, and should be. KEYWORDS: federal reserve banking system interest rates monetary policy. Turabian Style with Endnotes. 9 pages, 24 endnotes, 12 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
05414a. Corporate Responsibility. This paper contrasts Milton Friedman’s free market views (“the social responsibility of business is to make a profit”) on corporate responsibility with those of the “social responsibility” school. KEYWORDS: corporate social responsibility free market milton friedman. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
05405a. The Effect of Investment on Business Cycles. This paper explores the relationship between investment and business cycles. Several theories and problems are discussed including: over-investment, both monetary and non-monetary, and the accelerator principle. KEYWORDS: economic theory investment accelerator principle. 10 pages, 7 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
05354. Impact of Microcomputers and Microprocessors on the Accounting Industry. A research project looking at the impact of new technology (post 1977) on the industry. Traditional roles could be threatened but new fields will develop as a result of technological change. The paper focusses on whether the internal audit will become redundant. 16p. and Glossary, 17b. 6f.   $112
 
04743. United Airlines: A Financial Analysis. Good basic study of the financial position of United; includes general introduction, problem of CAB regulation, analysis of assets, liabilities, liquidity, debt, capitalization. 15p., 8f., sb.   $105
 
04377. Auditor's Internal Control. Very detailed survey of the auditor's work in the company. Covers all phases of internal accounting controls, including POP systems. 16 pages, 41 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.   $112
 
04353. Operations Research. Good study of how mathematical techniques can be used to increase business efficiency; well-balanced discussion of the advantages and problems of attempting to apply math. models to real-life situations. lOp., Of., sb.   $70
 
04257. History of Cost Accounting Systems. Very good history of U. S. government attempts to define cost accounting standards in order to apply various regulations and achieve better measure of defense contracts, leading up to the establishment of Cost Accounting Standards Board in 1970; the major problems attacked in these efforts, the feasibility of these efforts to define accounting standards. 9 pages, 16 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
04256. Current Value Accounting. Excellent survey of the advantages of keeping accounts based on current cost of items rather than usual system of actual historical cost of items. Accounting as a means of providing information, what the two systems tell about company income and assets, valuation concepts, uses accounting vocabulary. 14 pages, 16 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $98
 
04140. Origin of the Double-Entry Accounting System. Good historical survey, concentrates on the work of L. Pacioli of 15th century Italy who wrote first double-entry accounting manual. 9 pages, 9 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
04071. The Uses of Options. Good study of strategies on the options market; buying options ( calls), selling options (puts), risks, transaction costs, hedging strategies, usual rates of return on various strategies. 7p., 3f., Ob.   $49
 
03860. Simulation. How to use simulation techniques (random-based mathematical models) in solving business problems. Queuing problems, risk analysis, inventory control, and analysis of complex systems. Emphasizes importance of correct model; no math. Sp., Of., Ob.   $35
 
03827. An Exposition of the Character of Bank Profits. Thorough and technical examination of bank profit rates. Large and small bank profit characteristics, profit growth since wwii, factors affecting rates of return, finds bank profits correlate best with boom or recession in total economy. Includes 8p. of tables and graphs. 22 pages, 14 footnotes, 23 bibliographic sources.   $56
 
03392. Institutional Investing and Its Effects Upon Common Stocks. Examines the radical shift in the past twenty years from a predominance of individual investors to a predominance of institutional investors. A sophisticated analysis concludes that market liquidity will never be retained if investors continue to imitate each other. 9p., l4f., 6b.   $63
 
03195. Undeterminants of Industrial Investment. Computer analysis compares interest rates to industrial investment 58-69, finds no relationship, also discusses the literature on the subject. Includes 6p. of graphs and IBM 1130 printouts. 12p., 3f., Ob.   $42
 
01322. Modligliani-Miller Controversy. An analysis of this financial controversy which centers around the question of whether there is an optimal financial mix of debt and equity that minimizes the cost of capital to a firm. Presents both the traditional position and this new challenge to financial theory. 10 pages, 0 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
52345. Working Capital. Basic overview of the sources and uses of working capital; how to insure that there's enough money in the treasury to meet the payroll. 13p., 24f., Ob.   $91
 
52343. Dividend Policy. Basic overview of stock dividends; begins with first stock exchange in Amsterdam, covers types of stock and dividends and the general considerations governing the size of dividends declared. 17 pages, 52 footnotes, 12 bibliographic sources.   $119
 
51908. Installing a Standard Cost System in Manufacturing. Very good, very thorough study of standard cost accounting; includes principles of costing, principles of standard cost systems, advantages and disadvantages, methods of calculation, implementing the system in an ongoing business. 30 pages, 32 footnotes, 20 bibliographic sources.   $133
 
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