Thursday, September 04, 2008

Researching Foreign Companies

I've had several students taking BPL5100 contact me wanting to know if it's a good idea to do their presentation on a foreign company. If you are helping a student with this question, they need to do some research to answer these questions:

1. Is it a public company and where is it listed?
2. Does it have a website with financial filings and other "Investor Relations" data?
3. Is it big enough to be covered by the U.S. business media and investment research firms?
4. Are its operations global?

If you can answer yes to all these questions, there is a good chance that there will be enough authoritative information that is current and in English to complete the assignment.

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