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Beta Management Company

Beta Management Company is a small investment management company. They had approximately 25 million dollars when they started in 1991. Their company goal is to enhance returns but reduce risks for clients via market timing. Initially Beta’s funds were invested into the Vanguard 500, a S&P 500 no-load, low-expense index funds (with the remainder in money market instruments). The founder and CEO, Sarah Wolfe, adjusted the level of market exposure from 50-99% of the fund. She tried to “time the market” and reduce exposure to the market by decreasing the percent of the investment that was allocated to the Vanguard 500 index. When the market was about to go on an upswing they would invest more heavily in the index funds. Beta’s performance was tied to Ms Wolfe’s ability to predict the market. By 1991, Ms Wolfe decided it was time to invest in individual stocks of smaller companies. Based on recommendations from stock market analysts they recommended that she take a look at California REIT and Brown Group. Also Ms Wolfe felt that the market would stay strong for the rest of the year and there was the market was ready to rebound. California REIT is real estate investments trust that made equity and mortgage investments in income-producing properties. The earthquake in California had damaged its investments at the end of 1989. The California REIT was a good value but was extremely volatile. The California REIT would have a positive correlation with the Vanguard 500 index. Brown Group was a large manufacturer and retailer of branded footwear and had recently been restructured. It had a negative correlation with the Vanguard 500 index. The performance of Brown group would do well in a down market.
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Classic Airlines

This paper will cover an in-depth look and analysis of Classic Airlines, a twenty five-year-old passenger airline. Classic Airlines commands a fleet of more 375 jets that serve 240 cities with more than 2300 daily flights making it the fifth largest airline in the world (University of Phoenix, 2007). Classic has grown to an organization of 32,000 employees, and last year, it earned $10 million on $8.7 billion in sales (University of Phoenix, 2007).
The paper will give the reader background information concerning the current situation the company faces, determine the key issues in the situation, opportunities the company has to address, who this will affect, and the desired end-state goals of the company.
Situation Background : "Increased uncertainty about flying has affected industry stock prices across the board, and Classic has seen a 10% decrease in share prices in the past year. With a concerned investment community on the watch, the airline industry operates under a microscope, subject to scrutiny from all sectors. Not surprisingly, the negativity from Wall Street to the media to the public has affected employee morale, which is the lowest its ever been. Consumer confidence also appears to be waning. By January 2005, Classic's declining Classic Rewards program measured a 19 percent decrease in the number of Classic Rewards members, and 21 percent decrease in flights per remaining member. Clearly, loyal customers were jumping ship and the ones still aboard seemed to be flying less frequently -- or at least less frequently with Classic Airlines....

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