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On the Predictive Content of Leading Indicators: The Case of US Real Estate Markets

March 14, 2013 Comments (0)

This paper employs a probit model using information from the Conference Board Leading Indicator series to detect the turning points in four key US commercial rents series. We find that both the optimally chosen and simpler models based on the leading indicator have considerable power to predict changes in the direction of commercial rents up to two years ahead, exhibitingContinue reading

Finance Fair

March 13, 2013 Comments (0)

2013 City Finance Fair Bookings are now being taken for a place at the 2013 City Finance Fair, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, Reading on the 10th October. Our fair is an intimate event aimed at introducing specialist organisations to our students. You don’t need to have any vacancies to attend the fair, just a desire to promote your firm toContinue reading

Stock Market Competition 2013

March 13, 2013 Comments (0)

Following last year’s success, the ICMA Centre will be hosting the second edition of the Stock Market competition for Schools, in its world class trading rooms. The competition is open to students in year 12 who are considering a career in finance or international trading. The event will take place on Monday 08th July 2013, 9.30am – 3.00pm. There are great prizesContinue reading

Stock Market Competition 2013

March 13, 2013 Comments (0)

Following last year’s success, the ICMA Centre will be hosting the second edition of the Stock Market competition for Schools, in its world class trading rooms. The competition is open to students in year 12 who are considering a career in finance or international trading. The event will take place on Monday 08th July 2013, 9.30am – 3.00pm. There are great prizesContinue reading

Can economics determine the performance of Football managers and answer the question of which manager is next to face the sack?

March 11, 2013 Comments (0)

A recently published research paper by ICMA Centre Professor Adrian Bell, Professor Chris Brooks and PhD researcher Tom Markham is gaining national attention in both the finance sector and the football industry.  The paper titled “The performance of football club managers: skill or luck?” is now available online and freely downloadable in an open access Journal. The paper develops aContinue reading

Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending – ‘Bank on Dave’ and many others

March 4, 2013 Comments (0)

If you live in the UK, you may have seen the Channel 4 television programme on 28th February this year (2013) entitled ‘Bank on Dave’. Burnley Savings and Loans to give it its other name, is a company (not a bank) which offers 5% ‘deposit’ rates to lenders and offers loans to those who cannot obtain funding from the highContinue reading

New Professor of Real Estate Finance

February 28, 2013 Comments (0)

The ICMA Centre and the University of Reading are delighted to welcome Professor Sotiris Tsolacos who joins the Henley Business School as Professor of Real Estate Finance. Prof. Tsolacos joins us from Property & Portfolio Research, the world’s largest independent real estate research consultancy, with its headquarters in Boston. Prof. Tsolacos served the company as the Director of European Research for seven years,Continue reading

ICMA Centre lecturer wins Henley Business School’s 2013 Research Output Prize

February 25, 2013 Comments (0)

The ICMA Centre’s Dr Ioannis Oikonomou has been awarded the University’s 2013 Best Research Output Prize for Henley Business School. Each year the University awards Faculty Output Prizes for the best research outputs from each of its four faculties. Dr Oikonomou won the award with his research paper* “The Impact of Corporate Social Performance on Financial Risk and Utility: AContinue reading

ICMA Executive Education expands management team

February 14, 2013 Comments (0)

    (London, UK) The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the ICMA Centre have announced two key appointments to the management team of ICMA Executive Education, their joint financial markets professional education programme, as part of an initiative to expand its international reach and content. ICMA Executive Education provides benchmark education programmes for financial market participants from basic entry levelContinue reading

Guest Speakers

February 14, 2013 Comments (0)

These are some of the guest speakers that have delivered workshops and presentations to our students in 2011-13: Ioannis Alexopoulos Shipping Finance Advisor – EuroFin Group Panayotis Bachtis Manager – O.W. Bunker Malta Ltd Philip Bailey  Managing Director – Theisen Securities Alec Coutroubis Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader, Marine Engineering, University of Greenwich John Forrester Partner – Holman Fenwick WillanContinue reading