Taking a Closer Look at Fintech Companies

“Fintech” is one of this year’s most ubiquitous buzzwords as it has spawned many colorful infographics about the future of finance and banking. Some of these are merely a collection of logos, while others represent a more structured attempt to classify this new generation of players taking on financial services. All, however, convey the same… Read more »

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The Resurgence of Blank Check Companies in the Energy Industry

In February of 2016, Silver Run Acquisition Corporation went public, and raised $450 million. This IPO was the largest one to occur at that point in 2016, but what is interesting about this specific IPO is that Silver Run’s value is composed exclusively of the money raised from the IPO. Basically, the firm has no… Read more »

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Nintendo is Switching Things Up

The Nintendo Switch, a new innovative home and mobile gaming experience is set to release in March of 2017. The release of this device has the potential to reinvigorate the company of Nintendo, which has been falling short in recent years to other technology powerhouses such as Microsoft and Sony. This is of course pending… Read more »

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Introduction to Negative Interest Rates: Japan’s Risky Gambit to Jump-Start the Economy

Following a meeting in November 2016, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has decided to continue its previously established monetary policy of negative interest rates. The BOJ’s Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP) is part of of the larger set of economic policies commonly referred to as “Abenomics,” a mixture of economic strategies put forth by Prime… Read more »

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Nadeem Javaid Presents Talk on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

On October 19, Pakistan’s Chief Economist at the Ministry of Planning Dr. Nadeem Javaid presented a talk, hosted by the Julis-Ravinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance, about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative. CPEC constitutes a $50 billion investment by China in order to expand trade and commerce between itself and Pakistan and is… Read more »

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Economic Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Host Nations

Since the tumultuous series of events known collectively as the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya transpired in 2011, protests in Syria have have resulted in military intervention on behalf of President Assad’s government. As the nation fragmented into a plethora of factions including Assad supporters, rebel groups, ethnic groups, and Islamic extremists, a… Read more »

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Private Equity 101

At times it feels like the investing world randomly creates terms like “proprietary transaction,” “broken auction,” and “control leveraged buyout” simply to watch those not so well-versed in the language of finance flounder in a haze of confusion. But never fear! On April 21, Princeton graduates Steve Brownlie ’97 and Greg Ruiz ’05, from the… Read more »

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OBOR: How China is Redefining its Role for the “New Normal”

Originating as an idea within China’s commerce ministry intended to decrease overcapacity in China’s steel and manufacturing sectors, China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) program has evolved into a cornerstone of Xi Jiping’s economic strategy and foreign policy. By establishing a modern incarnation of the dynamic trade network that once directed a thriving trade between… Read more »

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Debating the Economic Impacts of Climate Change

In December 2015, world leaders, leading scientists, policy makers, and activists convened in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21, to draft a plan to combat climate change. In the Paris Agreement drafted at the conference,  several countries agreed to set targets for emissions reduction and increase funding for renewable energy technologies,… Read more »

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Profile: Julie Silcock

Since graduating from Princeton, Julie Silcock ’78, has made quite the name for herself in the world of finance. Silcock is currently a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey , an international investment bank and one of the top M&A advisors for US transactions, in the Southwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. Previously, she was the head of Southwest… Read more »

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