Weekly Newsletter – Nov 10, 2014

November 27, 2014


SAIS International Finance Club Weekly Newsletter – Nov 10, 2014

Club members,

Thanks for those who came to our Movie Night, Happy Hour & Trivia Night last week! We were glad to see so many new faces joining the finance community at SAIS, and feel grateful for the substantial support from the International Economics Department, Career Services, MIEF Program, and Energy & Environment Club.

Finance Club event this week:

SIFC Finance Skills Roundtable
Thursday, November 13th, 12:30-1:30pm, Nitze 510
Interested in acquiring new finance-related skills? Enrolled in an Online Skill Course at SAIS and wanted to have a study buddy? Join International Finance Club for the firstFinance Skills Roundtable this year! You will hear advice from students who have used these financial tools in the workplace and learn about how you can pick up new professional skills!

Courses include:
Introductory and Advanced Financial Accounting
Spreadsheet Modeling and Advanced Excel
Corporate Valuation
Project Finance
We will pass out a spreadsheet after the event for students to form study groups.
Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here.

See you there!

–Your SAIS International Finance Club Leadership 


OPIC Internship Opportunity for SAIS Students
Intern opening and closing dates:

OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.

Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 150 countries worldwide. To date, OPIC has supported more than $200 billion of investment in over 4,000 projects, generated an estimated $76 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 278,000 American jobs.

Internship Program
OPIC is a dynamic organization that maintains a robust Internship Program.  OPIC offers challenging opportunities to more than one hundred undergraduate and graduate students each year who are diverse, adaptable, well-rounded, strategic thinkers and problem-solvers, and who are committed to exploring and experiencing a public service opportunity.

OPIC offers Internships year round. So, whether you are looking to perform an Internship during your Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters or even winter break, we may be able to accommodate you.

All Internships are performed in Washington, DC and can last from 12 weeks to 12 months.

Experience Gained
While the duties of the OPIC Internship Program vary, Interns perform a variety of assignments including but not limited to:
*    Reviewing applications for financing and financial statements;
*    Building or analyzing models of projected project cash flows;
*    Conducting research on underwriting issues; policies and procedures; international investments, finance and International law and development, etc.;
*    Preparing country economic and political risk analysis;
*    Preparing credit reviews of outstanding loans;
*    Data processing and personnel management;
*    Analyzing the potential environmental and social impact of projects; and much more

For further information please click on the link the below.


Nov. 11: “Outlook for Oil Markets: A View From Wall Street” – Mr. Arjun Murti, Partner and Energy Analyst of Goldman Sachs will discuss this topic. Tuesday, 12pm. Bob 500. Members of SAIS community should RSVP here.

Nov. 14
: “The Brisbane G20 Leaders Summit: Handicapping the Prospects for Economic and Financial Sector Reforms” – John Lipsky, distinguished visiting scholar in the International Economics Program, will discuss this topic. Friday, 12pm. Rome 806. Note: This event is off the record. Invited guests should RSVP toInternational Economics Program at kkornell@jhu.edu.


Nov. 11: “EconNet: The Interest Rate Pass-Through in the Euro Area Before and During the Sovereign Debt Crisis” – Researchers investigate the pass-through of monetary policy to bank lending rates (IP) in the euro area before and during the sovereign debt crisis and explore possible reasons for differences across periods and countries. They find that the transmission of monetary policy to bank lending rates weakened over time. Loose monetary policy did not lower banks’ markups, monetary policy shocks were less persistent, and expected future monetary policy was ineffective during the sovereign debt crisis. Tuesday 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Inter-American Development Bank. For more information click here

Nov. 13: “The Election is Over: Now What for Fannie and Freddie?” – Six years after the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they remain wards of the government and have zero capital but a bigger market share than ever. All reform efforts have ended in political stalemate. What do the election results portend for reform of Fannie, Freddie, and housing finance in general? And what can we expect from related unresolved results of the bubble, like the Fed’s unprecedented balance sheet, stuffed with Fannie and Freddie securities? Thursday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. American Enterprise Institue. For more information click here

Nov. 17: “Financial Stability: Fraud, Confidence, and the Wealth of Nations” – From the very beginning of finance to the recent housing boom and bust, financialpanics have been characterized by hidden leverage and bad debt. Losses embedded in the system have often been disguised by fraud on the part of private and public actors. The panel will take a walk through financial history and describe a theory of financial stability derived from that history, as elaborated in Financial Stability: Fraud, Confidence, and the Wealth of Nations. Elements of this theory suggest that the rule of law, freedom, and transparency are critical ingredients for financial stability. It will also examine how free markets can narrow credit spreads and stabilize equity markets, leading to greater overall financial stability. Monday 12:00 pm. Cato Institute. For more information click here

Newsletter Contributors
On-Campus Events: Wenxin Lin
Off-Campus Events: Jingwen Lu
Jobs & Internships: Emily Chen
Editor: Wendy Zhiyi Chen, Cynthia Yuan Wang


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