Bond Investment Question
Bond investments have become much more prominent as many major pension plans have begun to invest more in bonds and less in the volatile stock market. Bond rating companies play a critical role in this process. What is their role? Who are the major rating companies? Some analysts say these companies played a major role in the financial crisis of 2008. Explain why and discuss some of the possible changes that might help avoid the problem in the future
Strategic Pricing Decisions in Supermarkets
During recessionary times, commodity prices may not fall - in fact, many consumer commodity prices frequently continue to rise. For example, in 2008, the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $1.85. In 2012, the price for a gallon of gasoline rose to nearly $4.00/gallon. Not unexpectedly, food prices have risen as well, with the costs to feed a family of four rising over 20% during the same period. Additionally, governmental mandates for "Bio-Diesel" fuel have created a shortage of corn, further exacerbating the rise in global food prices.
Explain how you believe the rising prices affect strategic pricing-decisions made by companies that produce packaged food, cereals, canned meats and other common products found in a supermarket. Your discussion should include an examination of how consumer behavior might impact those pricing, marketing, and packaging decisions.
What do venture capitalists do?
What do venture capitalists do? Describe the function of the limited partner in the Venture Capital world.
What is a restrictive covenant? What problems does it try to mitigate?