Equity Capital: From Ancient Partnerships to Modern Exchange Traded Funds by Geo 9781138819931

Equity Capital: From Ancient Partnerships to Modern Exchange Traded Funds by Geo 9781138819931
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Capitalism is historically pervasive. Despite attempts through the centuries to suppress or control the private ownership of commercial assets, production and trade for profit has survived and, ultimately, flourished. Against this backdrop, accounting provides a fundamental insight: the 'value' of physical and intangible capital assets that are used in production is identically equal to the sum of the debt liabilities and equity capital that are used to finance those assets. In modern times, this appears as the balance sheet relationship. In determining the 'value' of items on the balance sheet, equity capital appears as a residual calculated as the difference between the 'value' of assets and liabilities. Through the centuries, the organization of capitalist activities has changed considerably, dramatically impacting the methods used to value, trade and organize equity capital. To reflect these changes, this book is divided into four parts that roughly correspond to major historical changes in equity capital organization. The first part of this book examines the rudimentary commercial ventures that characterized trading for profit from ancient times until the contributions of the medieval scholastics that affirmed the moral value of equity capital. The second part deals with the evolution of equity capital organization used in seaborne trade of the medieval and Renaissance Italian city states and in the early colonization ventures of western European powers and ends with the emergence in the market for tradeable equity capital shares during the 17th century. The third part begins with the 1719-1720 Mississippi scheme and South Sea bubbles in northern Europe and continues to cover the transition from joint stock companies to limited liability corporations with autonomous shares in England, America and France during the 19th century. This part ends with a fundamental transition in the social conception of equity capital from a concern with equity capital organization to the problem of determining value. The final part is concerned with the evolving valuation and management of equity capital from the 1920s to the present. This period includes the improvement corporate accounting for publicly traded shares engendered by the Great Depression that has facilitated the use of 'value investing' techniques and the conflicting emergence of portfolio management methods of modern Finance. Equity Capital is aimed at providing material relevant for academic presentations of equity valuation history and methods, and is targeted at researchers, academics, students and professionals alike. Modern equity security valuation is a vast subject. In the academic realm, the subject spans the areas of Accounting, Finance and Economics, with business schools offering a number of courses dealing with different aspects of the subject. Discussions directly related to equity security valuation are pervasive in the popular media, but despite this widespread general interest, there are relatively few historical treatments of the subject available that conform to academic standards. Equity Capital looks to address this imbalance in the literature by presenting historical approaches to the valuation of equity securities. This book approaches equity valuation history in five main parts. The first part deals with equity valuation from ancient times to the emergence of tradeable equity claims in joint stock companies in the early 17th century; equity valuation during much of this period was concerned with determining the value of shares in a partnership or similar commercial venture. The second part focuses on the evolution of joint stock valuation from the trading in early 17th century Amsterdam until the advent of limited liability companies in the mid-19th century, with coverage of two important equity valuation events: the Mississippi scheme and the South Sea Bubble. The third part deals with the evolution of equity valuation methods to encompass the tradeable shares of large, limited liability commercial operations that emerged following the Industrial Revolution. This part ends and the final part commences with the 1929 stock market crash that culminated in the Securities Act (1933) and the Securities and Exchange Act (1934), legislation that marks the beginning of the modern era of equity security valuation, where financial statement analysis plays a critical role. From this point, the book surveys the variety of approaches to the valuation of equity securities that have appeared in the modern era. " Equity Capital" is aimed at providing material relevant for academic presentations of equity valuation history and methods, and is targeted at researchers, academics, students and professionals alike.
Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 113881993X
ISBN-13 9781138819931
eBay Product ID (ePID) 208587617
Key Details
Author Geoffrey Poitras
Number Of Pages 550 pages
Series Routledge International Studies in Business History
Format Hardcover
Publication Date 2016-05-06
Language English
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2016
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2016
Illustrated Yes
Dimensions
Weight 32.9 Oz
Width 6 In.
Length 9 In.
Target Audience
Group College Audience
Classification Method
LCCN 2015-041551
LC Classification Number HG4661.P65 2016
Dewey Decimal 332/.0415
Dewey Edition 23
Table Of Content
Part 1: Equity Capital Prior to Joint Stock Companies 1.1 Etymology and Concepts of Law 1.2 Equity Shares in Antiquity 1.3 Societas, Usury and Risk Part 2: From Commenda to Joint Stock Company 2.1 Evolution of Accounting and Commercial Arithmetic 2.2 Characteristics of Early Joint Stocks Companies 2.3 Early Markets for Trading in Shares Part 3: The Rising of Limited Liability Corporations 3.1 Mania, Manipulation and Joint Stock Valuation 3.2 Joint Stock, Limited Liability and Incorporation 3.3 Stocks, Shares and the Science of Investments Part 4: Conceiving Modern Equity Capital 4.1 Equity Security Regulation and the Crash of 1929 4.2 The Separation of Ownership and Control
Reviews
"Financial crises and stock market crashes are all over financial history. These episodes have already been described in great detail and yet they keep surprising us. This book deals with the underlying problem: the inherent difficulty of equity valuation. From ancient times until the crash of 1929 he describes the development of approaches to valuing equity securities. I am glad to recommend this book to anybody who wants to better understand financial markets."- Abe de Jong, Erasmus University, the Netherlands "Poitras provides what is by far the most comprehensive and best documented contribution to on the topic of the historical foundations of modern equity valuation."- Stephen Buser, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University, USA

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