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ZOLIO WOMEN’S COMPETITION

Zolio Women’s Competition Meet and Greet event in Boston, February 22, 2017 [L-R] Pavithra Paravatsu, Competition Winner; Olive Darragh, Zolio President and founder; Shaima Ahmadi, Competition Creativity Winner/Performance Mention.

The Zolio Women’s Investment Competition was created as a vehicle for women of all skill levels in investing and finance to try managing money and learn about the stock market in a risk-free way.  The Zolio Women’s Competition awarded over $10,000 in cash and prizes based not only on portfolio performance, but also strength of trading plans, creativity, and level of engagement and resilience of the participants.

STATE STREET ADVISORS

State Street Advisors has installed a statue of a girl in front of the Wall Street bull in downtown Manhattan and has asked over 3,500 companies to take steps to increase the number of women on their boards. [PHOTO:  Rachael Levy]

From Business Insider:  State Street Global Advisors, the world’s third-largest asset manager, installed a bronze statue of a defiant girl in front of Wall Street’s iconic charging bull statue as part of its new campaign to pressure companies to add more women to their boards. State Street has cited gender diversity as a way to improve company performance and increase shareholder value.

ZOLIO MARKET COMMENTARY

Quantifying Fear

Quantifying Fear

The market’s recent pullback is driven by a familiar phenomenon: the trade war. The Trump administration’s attempt to increase tariffs from 10% to 25% has resulted in a brief market panic and a lot of yelling from both sides of the political aisle.

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The Degradation of the DCF

The Degradation of the DCF

The ability to create an accurate and reliable discounted cash flow (DCF) model was once the hallmark of a powerful and well-paid financial analyst. Now anyone who brags about their ability to create a DCF model is laughed out the room.

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How Quants are Different

How Quants are Different

The quantitative analyst or “quant” is nothing like the conventional financial analyst who, after learning the intricacies of financial metrics, capital structures, and so on, uses that skill set to analyze balance sheets. Quants often know very little of the CFA charter textbooks—and they don’t need to, because the kind of analysis they do couldn’t be any more different than the conventional ones.

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Second-Level Valuations and Funding Rounds

Second-Level Valuations and Funding Rounds

Equity exists whether in private or public markets because a company needs funding. Counterintuitively, equity held by a shareholder is also debt outstanding held by the company itself, but since the equity is issued not relative to the value of a currency (dollar, yen, whatever), the value of the equity when it is first issued must be made in relation to the value of the company itself. Hence every time a company raises funds it needs to evaluate how much it is worth.

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