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CS605 - Software Engineering II - Lecture Handout 16

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Interpreting Measurements

A good metric system is the one which is simple and cheap and at the same time adds a lot of value for the management. Following are some of the examples that can be used for effective project control and management.

We can collect data about the defects reported, and defects fixed and plot them in the following manner, with their difference showing the defects yet to be fixed. This can give us useful information about the state of the product. If the gap between the defects reported and defects fixed is increasing, then it means that the product is in unstable condition. On the other hand if this gap is decreasing then we can say that the product is in a stable condition and we can plan for shipment.

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MGT604 - Management of Financial Institutions - Lecture Handout 27

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Mutual Funds

Investing In International Mutual Funds

Investing in international mutual funds has two faces:

  • First is buying funds from US based companies that buy and manage portfolio in internationally listed stocks/securities. These companies are governed by regulations of SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)
  • Second is buying mutual funds from international non US companies.

A word of caution before investing even in best international mutual funds - Unlike domestic mutual funds investment, international investments entail additional risk factors such as economic and political in addition to risk of FOREX value (simply put: foreign currency exchange value) fluctuations.

Why Should You Invest In International Opportunities?

The number of funds in international investing is on the rise. We can cite a few reasons for this.

  • Removal of trade barriers and expanding of economies have sparked off growth in many non-US companies.
  • Some of the major industries of the world are dominated by non US companies.
  • Over 72% of the world stocks are listed out side US.
  • Greater and true diversification and opportunity to capitalize on best overseas companies.

Investing in international mutual funds is gaining popularity for various reasons. Rising political stability merging or opening of borders and currencies are some of the reasons. Vibrant and upcoming economies and non US corporations becoming financially stronger by the day are some of the reasons. In addition you get true diversification, balance and
opportunities.

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