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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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MGT613 - Production / Operations Management - Lecture Handout 29

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AGGREGATE PLANNING

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the working and usefulness of Aggregate Planning.
  • Identify the variable decision makers to work with in aggregate planning and some of the possible strategies they can use.
  • Describe some of the graphical and quantitative techniques planners use.
  • Prepare aggregate plans and compare their costs.

Planning Horizon

Aggregate planning: Intermediate-range capacity planning, usually covering 2 to 12 months.

Planning Horizon

As Operations Manager we should be able to understand and identify the various Planning Levels which are Short Range Plans, Intermediate Plans and Long Range Plans.

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