Research Spotlight: Competition, Profitability, and Discount Rates

The fifth installment of Research Spotlight, a Datapoints series focusing on research emerging from Wharton that has employed library resources, highlights a paper co-authored by Wharton Finance faculty member Winston Wei Dou. “Competition, profitability, and discount rates” was published in Journal of Financial Economics 140 (2). 

The paper presents an asset pricing model that includes the impact of fluctuations in discount rates in addition to factors that have been included in existing frameworks, such as dynamic competition strategies. A time series pattern is identified that indicates a comoving pattern between media coverage of price wars and discount rates. The authors used Dow Jones Factiva to collect the media coverage upon which textual analysis was performed. Factiva provides access to a wide variety of news publications, including international, national, regional, and local papers. 

For more information on Factiva, please contact a Lippincott Librarian

WSJ.com is now available at Penn

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The Penn Libraries are pleased to announce that access to WSJ.com is now available to Penn students, faculty and staff. This subscription includes access to the most recent three months of content published on WSJ.com, including the daily edition of the Wall Street Journal, as well as content exclusive to its online publication. To get started, use this link to set up an account with WSJ.com using your Penn email address.

WSJ.com expands the libraries’ access to content published by the Wall Street Journal Online previously accessible through Dow Jones Factiva to include video, interactive graphics, podcasts and more. WSJ.com offers an interactive version of the daily print edition of WSJ directly from its landing page via the “Today’s Paper” feature. Users can page through a digital replica of the newspaper that is can be browsed by section and downloaded in PDF format.
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With a WSJ.com account, users also gain access to the “My WSJ” feature, which offers a wide variety of industry-specific newsletters and alerts that can be delivered directly to readers’ inboxes. Topics include economics, technology, leadership, culture and arts, politics and much more. Users can further personalize their experience by saving articles for future use and creating a watchlist of companies, funds, indices and other options for easy access to news and daily figures.
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Once you’ve set up an account, be sure to download the WSJ app on your iOS or Android device. Simply login with your username and password to access all of the same features available on WSJ.com for when you are on the go.
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To read more about how to access the Wall Street Journal through the Penn Libraries, our Business FAQ.

Thomson One Work-Around for Microsoft Edge

Thomson ONE only works with full functionality in Internet Explorer (IE), and within that, it only works properly in versions IE8 and below. For those of you familiar with this resource, this isn’t anything you haven’t heard before. Compatibility issues continue with Thomson ONE in the latest iteration of the Windows browser, Microsoft Edge. As has been the case before, there is a work around which you can find detailed below.

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The Library is Open!

Hello, Wharton students! Welcome to Lippincott Library and a new academic year. Find us online, chat with us during the day, email us after hours, call us at 215-898-5924 or head up to the second floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and say hello! We’re here to support your research and academic needs. We offer a number of library services to do that.

 

RESEARCH TO GO. Have a question between classes? Visit us in Huntsman Hall! We hold office hours every Monday through Thursday 12:30 – 1:30 in JMHH 251.  Drop in and get quick answers for your job search or research questions.

 

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Our Business FAQ is your 24/7 librarian. Search by keyword or concept to find resources on topics such as market research, company financials, analyst reports and more.

DOCUMENT DELIVERY. Available to undergraduate students, MBAs,  PhD candidates and Wharton faculty. Email docdel@wharton.upenn.edu to request articles and book chapters. Include the full citation for the fastest reply.

BUSINESS NEWS. Put away your wallet! Lippincott Library subscribes to major newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and many other business periodicals such as the Harvard Business Review and The Economist. You can read them in print in the library or online through several of our databases. You also now have access to WSJ Pro through Factiva. To limit your results to articles from WSJ Pro, click “Search” and then click “Source” below the “Free Text Search” box. Type WSJ Pro in the “Source” search bar and select any WSJ Pro sections of interest.

GROUP STUDY ROOMS.  Have a team project or group presentation?  Reserve a room  for your meeting. We have smaller study rooms for 4-5 people and two larger rooms that accommodate 10-12 people.

YABLON FINANCIAL RESOURCES LAB. Your one-stop-shop for access to Bloomberg and Capital IQ. Yablon is open to Wharton students only whenever Lippincott Library is open, and our librarians are happy to help you with these resources.

WORKSbloomberg120611_2_560HOPS.  On Wednesdays we talk about Bloomberg. Each week we offer Bloomberg training from 3:30 – 4:30 in Yablon Financial Resources Lab. It’s hands-on so be sure to come a few minutes early to create your own Bloomberg account. Register for this and other business workshops here.

 

TEXT BOOKS. We have library copies of textbooks for many Wharton courses on reserve at the Lippincott Services Desk.  Most textbooks can be checked out for three hours and used in the library. Check if we have your textbook in Franklin’s Course Reserves catalog.

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We hope to see you in Lippincott Library soon!

Welcome to Lippincott Library Fall 2016

Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester and the Lippincott Library!!    The Lippincott Library supports the academic and research needs of the Wharton School.  Visit our website, contact us, chat with us, email lippinco@wharton.upenn.edu or stop by and see us.

Here’s a few tips to help get you started.

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X marks the spot!!  Lippincott is located at 3420 Walnut Street.  Just look for the statue of “Broken Button“, located on Locust Walk at the entrance to the Van Pelt Library Building.  Lippincott is located on the 2nd floor, west wing of the building.

Use our Lippincott Services Guide to learn about all of our services.

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The Yablon Financial Resources Lab, located at the library, includes Bloomberg and Capital IQ terminals.  This space is available to Wharton students only whenever the building is open.

 

 

 

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Read  Datapoints, Lippincott’s blog,  to find out about business databases including content coverage and search tips. Posts also cover Workshops, such as Bloomberg 101 and other Library happenings.

 

Search the Business FAQ to locate the best resources to answer your research question.

 

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Follow us on Twitter@LippincottLib

 

 

 

Book our group study rooms to practice presentations, hold meetings, and create content as a group.  These include 4 small study spaces, 2 group meeting rooms and a larger Seminar Room.

Join friends for a snack in Mark’s Café

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Make use of all of the equipment and programs available at the Weigle Information Commons .

 

 

Sign up for workshops including Bloomberg 101, Entrepreneurship,  and Job Interview Prep.

Bloomberg FX functions part 2: Charting features

In addition to the basic FX functions reviewed in our post on Bloomberg FX functions, Bloomberg also offers its robust charting features for FX functions. These functions are great if you would like a more visual representation of the FX data than the tables provided in the basic functions. Below, we have detailed five different charting functions that are particularly useful for generating charts for FX functions.

Most charting screens are divided into three areas – the control area at the top, the side panel, and the chart itself. The control area and side panel allow you to edit the chart information and add items to the display, such as news events or other additional studies or scenarios.

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LINE CHART

The GP function produces a line chart that is excellent for visualizing trends for a specific currency pair over time. The default view is one year for the selected currency pair (ex: EURUSD [CURNCY] GP [GO]) If you just type in [CURNCY] GP [GO] the system will automatically default to the last currency pair you were looking at in any currency function.

The line graph displays trading information, as well as an adjustable line chart showing you the historical price information at a glance. The default display is one year of last price information, but you can also choose to display information for the last day or month, year-to-date, along with several other pre-selected options or a custom range. You can also display ask price, bid price, or inverse market price as opposed to the last price. Graphs and their accompanying data cannot be exported to Excel, but can be exported as an image or vector by clicking on Actions. Also, under actions, can view pricing info as a chart. You can also overlay additional currencies by clicking on “Security/Study”, or mark specific events, such as major news affecting one of the countries or regions, by clicking on “Event.” Custom charts can also be saved for future use.

GIP – Line chart for intraday pricing

GIP is another line chart that provides the ability to visualize trends for a currency, specifically for viewing intraday pricing over time. Where the GP only lets you see the last price (or ask price, bid price, etc.) by day, the GIP function let’s you view a currency’s intraday pricing over time up for up to 240 days in the past for a time series alanaysis that allows you to examine security performance.

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GPC – Candle Chart

GPC displays the candle chart view of the GP (line chart for pricing) function. You can use this to examine trends in intraday pricing over longer periods of time than you can in the regular GP function. This function can be accessed by typing GPC [GO] or select “candle” from the control area in the regular GP function.

 

 

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GPO -Bar Chart

GPO is a bar chart that, similar to the candle chart, allows you to examine trends in intraday pricing over longer periods of time. This function can be accessed by typing GPO [GO] or select “bar” from the control area in the regular GP function.

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Document Delivery now available to Wharton undergraduate students!

Attention,Wharton undergraduates!    Did you know that we recently made one of our most 3-11-2016 4-40-13 PMpopular services for faculty, PhDs, and MBAs available to you? That’s right, you are now able to take advantage of our Document Delivery service! If you need an article or book chapter for your research, we will assist you in obtaining it.  We’ll scan and send PDFs to you via email. Note that we cannot supply course material, including bulkpack items or chapters from textbooks, but we can scan chapters of non-textbook print items that we have in our collection. (Please keep in mind that we must adhere to US copyright laws, including Fair Use, so there may be limits the amount that we can scan from within a single journal issue or book.)

Send an email to docdel@wharton.upenn.edu with the article’s citation  information to get started!

Introduction to Bloomberg FX Functions

If you are interested in foreign exchange rates or other information on world currencies, Bloomberg is an excellent resource for that data. In this blog post, we will go over some of the basic FX functions that are available in Bloomberg.

To get started, hit the yellow [CURNCY] market sector key, and then hit the green [GO] key. This will display a menu of the main currency functions, giving you an overview of some of the options available to you when you are looking for currency and FX data.

One of the main FX functions is FXIP, the FX information portal.

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If you type in FXIP [GO], you will be taken to the FX markets overview screen. FXIP gives you a detailed overview of FX information, enabling you to get a quick snapshot of pricing information for various currency baskets. This is a great starting point for FX overview information before navigating to different screens for more detailed information, some of which are detailed below. The default currency for the FXIP screen is USD, but you are able to change that by typing in a different base currency at the amber box near the top of the screen. You can click on the different gray tabs for additional market overview information.

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What did they say? Resources for transcripts and audios of Earnings Calls.

Earnings calls are conference calls or webcasts at which a public company’s management team discusses the company’s financial performance from the previous reporting period (usually a quarter). Participants include investors, financial analysts, and others, including shareholders. Reading transcripts from these earnings calls and listening to audio recordings can be a great way to glean information about a company’s performance and plans for its future directly from the company leaders themselves.

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While archival transcripts of calls can be easy to find, audio broadcasts of earnings calls can sometimes be more challenging to find. Often, companies will only make them available for a limited amount of time following the actual earnings call. If you wish to listen to the broadcast, you will need to keep track of when a particular company’s earnings calls are and how long they make their broadcasts available after the call. For example, Apple only makes their broadcasts available for two weeks after the call. While archives of audio recordings will not be as extensive as those for the written transcripts, you can often find at least the recordings for the last call or two for a given company.

The Lippincott Library has a number of resources where you can access these materials.

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Are You Certified??? Certification Programs for Bloomberg or Thomson One!!!

Many students and potential employees like certifications for Bloomberg or Thomson One. This demonstrates that the student has an understanding of how to use these expensive programs before coming on board.  The learning curve for using these products on the job is greatly reduced.

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Bloomberg, available at Lippincott Library or Huntman Hall, currently offers two certificates.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is a self- paced, 8 hour introduction to finance using 70 Bloomberg terminal functions.  This provides a good foundation for undergraduates or people new to finance.  It covers four topics:  Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities. The format is interactive video sessions. There is no cost for this certificate if you use the Library Bloomberg terminals.  You can sign up for a web-based session at a discounted price of $149.00.

BESS is also self-paced and is recommended for individuals with more experience in Finance and Bloomberg.  Again, there is no cost when using the Library Bloomberg terminals.  Sessions are based on written materials.

Once in Bloomberg, just type BMC<GO> or BESS<GO> to get started.

Both classes require that you take quizzes in order to get the certificate.

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Thomson One Investment Bank also offers a certificate program.  Click here for general information.  Once you have viewed the materials for the modules, request a token to take the exam.  The exam comprises 30 questions.  You have 60 minutes to complete the test.  If you don’t pass the first time, you are allowed to take the test a second time.  It is encouraged that you use Thomson One while taking the test.  This is free to students at Universities which subscribe to Thomson.

Remember that Thomson One only works with IE.  Please refer to these postings for further information.

Thomson One and Compatibility:  Internet Explorer Issues 

Thomson One Compatibility and Chrome or Firefox.