In time of crisis, one is looking for an edge over
During the last three years, the number of candidates
registering for various certifications has exploded.
If you are planning to enter the finance industry or try
to give a boost to your career, this article will help
you to choose the right designation.
For people not familiar with finance professional
designations, before registering, generally you have
This publication was prepared by the International Energy Agency’s
Directorate of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, under the
leadership of Bo Diczfalusy, and in co-operation with other divisions
of the Agency. Markus Wråke is the project leader of Energy Technology
Perspectives 2012. Antonia Gawel co-ordinated and is lead author of this
report, with drafting and analytical input from a number of IEA colleagues.
Cecilia Tam is lead author of the finance section and Kevin Breen provided
significant data and analytical support. ...
he Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the House
Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on Energy
and Commerce, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and
the House Subcommittee on International Development, Finance,
and Monetary Policy requested an assessment of energy and environmental
technology transfer to Central Europe and the former Soviet
Union. The intent was to determine how U.S. energy technology can help
resolve the economic and environmental problems in the region....
This paper investigates the commonly held belief that government
spending is normally financed through a combination of taxes and
bond sales. The argument is a technical one and requires a detailed
analysis of reserve accounting at the central bank. After carefully
considering the complexities of reserve accounting, it is argued that
the proceeds from taxation and bond sales are technically incapable
of financing government spending and that modern governments
actually finance all of their spending through the direct creation of
This report examines key
financial, investment and
technological trends related
to clean energy in the world’s
leading economies, also
known as the Group of Twenty
(G-20). Our primary focus
is on investment, which is
the fuel that propels the
manufacturing and installation
of clean energy technologies.
The data have been compiled
and reviewed by Pew’s research
partner, Bloomberg New Energy
Finance, a market research
focused on renewable energy.
On the simplest level, making optimal financial decisions has to do with buying assets that add value and advoid those that don't. For example, you need to decide whether to keep using your old, inefficient photocopying machine or buy an expensive new one that works faster, doesn't break down as often, and uses less ink and energy. The finance question about these two alternatives is: Which- keeing the old photocopier or buying a new one- adds more value to your business? To make a determination about hou valuable things (such as stocks, bonds, machines, companies) are, you need to be......
Stop Producing Chaos – a cry from the heart! When the great guru of quality
management and process improvement W. Edwards Deming died at the age of
93 at the end of 1993, the last words on his lips must have been ‘Management
still doesn’t understand process variation’.
Despite all his efforts and those of his followers, including me, we still find
managers in manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, service and public
sector organizations all over the world reacting (badly) to information and
A derivative is a contract that is used to transfer risk. There are many
different underlying risks, ranging from fluctuations in energy prices to
weather risks. Most derivatives, however, are based on financial securities
such as common stocks, bonds and foreign exchange instruments.
PeakOil: the moment that we’ve taken out half of the oil that was out there and
times of a cheap and abundant oil driven economy are for ever over. A time of
severe growth of demand, declining supply, expensive exploration, higher prices by
these three, beyond limits shortages, huge regional and geopolitical tensions.
Undersupply of everything we need, and oversupply of shortages. Is this situation
this our outlook? Let’s not hope so.
There is a major problem in writing this book. To tell the story fairly,
a very large number of complexities must be explained. For example,
Chapter 2 discusses Enron’s Year 2000 Annual Report. It is difficult
to study that report and conclude that the firm is heading toward
collapse. On the other hand, it is not difficult to identify footnotes that
are vague and incomplete (of course, the author also has the benefit
Why write a casebook describing and evaluating events about
which there have been criminal trials and extensive hearings?...
Several years ago the Open University in Heerlen and Maastricht
University decided to launch a course on ‘Climate and the Environment’,
with a diverse team of authors. Both natural and social scientists, from
several regions of the world, contributed to this book. Initially, the book was
intended as a textbook within this course for students of Environmental
Sciences programmes at the Open University and Maastricht University. As
the book developed it became clear that it would be an excellent source to
anyone professionally engaged in the wide area of the enhance greenhouse
Hedge funds rely on the economies of scale available through third-party providers all the time. They
don’t borrow stock directly; they leverage the scale of their prime broker. They don’t issue commercial
paper directly to finance long positions; they leverage the banks. Similar opportunities exist across a
wide range of fund activities, from trading and technology, to human resource support, to risk manage-
ment and reporting.
By moving the burden of high-expense activities from their own P&L to a service provider, hedge funds
can reduce their fixed expenses.
As one of the world’s largest financial institutions, Bank of America
understands the powerful role it can play in addressing the private-
sector financing and economies of scale needed to build a low-
carbon economy. That’s why we have made commitments to align
our financial products and services to the burgeoning market for
low-carbon energy, including wind, solar, biomass, nuclear and other
emerging technologies. Our goal is to serve all customer audiences
— from large corporate clients and institutional investors to
individual consumers and small businesses.
The real estate impact of arts and cultural activities
is seen not only in the redevelopment of discrete
buildings, but in the incremental renewal of large
districts involving complex social and design solutions.
The physical expression of place-making by the
creative sector often plays out over decades. Older
urban neighborhoods are filled with architecturally-
distinct buildings that exist in the interplay of recently
re-built and longer term deteriorated sites.
The smooth functioning of the money market depends critically on brokers and
dealers, who play a key role in marketing new issues of money market instruments and in providing
secondary markets where outstanding issues can be sold prior to maturity. Dealers use RPs to finance their
inventories of securities. Dealers also act as intermediaries between other participants in the RP market by
making loans to those wishing to borrow in the market and borrowing from those wishing to lend in the
Brokers match buyers and sellers of money market instruments on...
Water resources could in principle be managed by several users as common property resources. In the
absence of effective mechanisms for co-management at the watershed or river-basin level, however,
water resources often become open access. Conflicts often arise between upstream and downstream
users. Irrigators at the tail end of a large irrigation system may have the formal right to water, but their
share may be taken by farmers near the head of the system, who may even have switched to higher
value and more water consumptive crops through collusion with irrigation officials.
We are aiming to create new partnerships with the private sector to increase green investments. The aim
is to demonstrate to major private sector investors that climate friendly investments are financially viable.
In particular we are working on two partnerships with the private sector for climate-friendly funds.
We and other public sector players will consider investing in these funds alongside private pension and
sovereign wealth funds.
This Notice provides guidance concerning qualified energy conservation bonds under § 54D of the Internal Revenue Code (Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds). This Notice addresses questions regarding qualified conservation purposes eligible for financing with these bonds, particularly (1) how to measure reductions of energy consumption in publicly-owned buildings by at least 20 percent under § 54D(f)(1)(A)(i) and (2) what constitutes a “green community program” under § 54D(f)(1)(A)(ii).