By: Kevin Chang
The Avengers, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Iron Man; there is a seemingly endless list of superhero films and its sequels that have come out in the past decade.
A brief look in the past shows that Hollywood didn’t used to be this way. As the infographic below illustrates, three clear trends in Hollywood are occurring:
- Film profits are declining, mostly due to mounting production and budget costs.
- There has been a significant increase in the number of sci-fi/fantasy films being produced; in particular, superhero films have exploded.
- The number of original stories has sharply declined; in its place, sequels and prequels are being produced.
By: Diana Yue Qi
With several giant deals recently announced – from Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital’s $23 billion plan of acquiring H.J. Heinz to the expected $11 billion merger of US Airways and American Airlines – mergers and acquisitions activities are anticipated to experience a strong rebound in 2013 from what may have been the worst year for M&A since the trough of the global recession due to volatility in the sovereign debt market and worries over the US fiscal cliff. Here is a look back at some of the key figures for full-year 2012:
By: Faye Yifei Li
Recently, US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Standard and Poor (S&P) regarding of its rating for collateralized debt obligations in 2007. After the accusation arose, attorneys from California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, etc. have joined to help filing the lawsuits. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has determined the inflated ratings and the suspected scheme to defraud investors of S&P might be the main cause of 2008 global recession.
By: Rushil Desai
An overview of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis and its progression that ultimately led to the bailout of over 5 EU Countries.
By: Kevin Chang
Although the Baltimore Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers fell short of setting a viewership record, it still stands as the third most watched show in US television history. Here is a look at some of the financing that goes behind the biggest game in America:
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By: Raymond Tong
Research in Motion was once the dominant force in the smartphone industry. However, over just a few short years, the smartphone pioneer has seen its market share being taken by Apple’s iPhone and the plethora of phones running Google’s Android operating system. RIM’s inability to keep pace with the hyper-competitive smartphone industry is well documented – the most infamous example being the much maligned Storm series. The Canadian company must convince both consumers and enterprise users to switch over from their iPhones and Android devices. However, considering both the pricing and early reviews, it seems increasingly unlikely that BlackBerry will make a comeback.
Implications of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on Various Credit Markets and Players
By: Rushil Desai, Diana Yue Qi, and Kevin Wheeler
In 2006, housing prices throughout the United States had hit a 50-year high. Consumer confidence in the housing market was also significantly elevated due to the almost five decades of continued prosperity and growth. Figure 1, below, shows in real dollars how significantly house prices in the United States had increased between 2000 and 2010. Continue reading
By: Diana Yue Qi, Rushil Desai, and Kevin Wheeler
Title I of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Financial Stability Act of 2010, is perhaps one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation associated with this bill. Given the Great Recession that the US has just surfaced from, this legislation is a response to the economic climate that the country now faces. Title I creates two entirely new government agencies, the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research, and charges them with promoting stability throughout the US financial system. Specifically, the purpose of the Financial Stability Oversight Council is to identify the risks to the financial stability of the US financial system from both financial and non-financial institutions, promote market discipline by removing the misconception that the government will bail out failing institutions, and to respond to threats to the stability of the financial markets. Continue reading