Michal Mešťan, Ivan Králik, Leoš Šafár, Ján Šebo
Individuals in mandatory pension saving (MPS) scheme in Slovakia have their savings allocated mostly in one of the pension funds – equity or bond funds. Saving in only one of these funds will be considered as benchmark strategies. In our article, our goal is to compare the profitability that can be achieved with benchmark strategies compared to life-cycle savings strategies. In their case, the ratio of savings between equity and bond components changes dynamically, depending on the age and remaining savings period of 40 years (480 months). We deal with 3 types of individuals with different education level. In addition to comparing the potentially achievable returns at the end of the saving horizon, we will also be interested in the volatility of achievable returns and their spread from the average with the selected savings strategies. Savers are trying to get the best value for money, but they should also take into account the fact that higher potential appreciation also entails higher risk.
Petra Růčková, Nicole Škuláňová
Every company needs financial resources for its business activities before its establishment and during its existence. For accounting purposes, these funds are arranged in the balance sheet, in which they form a part called the capital or financial structure, which, including both longterm and short-term sources of funding, is the subject of this research. In addition to the time structure, the financial structure is further divided into equity and debt sources of financing. The question that economists have been trying to answer for more than half a century is “what the right ratio of equity and debt sources of funding is?” We could find studies of various years, such as Modigliani and Miller (1963), Bradley et al. (1984), Bokpin (2009), Orlova et al. (2020), Růčková and Stavárek (2020) or Jin (2021). Unfortunately, even in such a long time, no answer has been found, because the balance of funding sources is influenced by a number of factors and therefore, countless studies dealing with this issue are still being published. In view of this fact, there is no general theory of capital structure, as stated by Myers (2001).
Gabriela Trnková, Zdeňka Žáková Kroupová
The production of food products is one of the strategic branches of the manufacturing industry, as it supplies food to the market and thus ensures the diet of the population. In 2018, based on data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO, 2019), the food industry accounted for 5.4% of the total value added of the manufacturing industry. Furthermore, 7.6% of employees in the total number of manufacturing industry workers demonstrate social importance, however, with a significant wage disparity compared to other sectors of the manufacturing industry. The business structure of the Czech food industry is represented mainly by small and medium-sized enterprises and so the importance of this sector is also irreplaceable from rural development point of vies. However, in a strong competitive environment, more and more production concentration and at the same time specialization are manifested.
Nikola Šubová, Ladislav Mura, Ján Buleca
The financial crisis of 2007/2008, known as the global financial crisis, caused by a combination of an asset price bubble in the real estate sector and a credit bubble leading to excessive leverage, highlighted the importance of the household sector for financial stability of the whole economy. Easy to get a loan and the belief that the house prices would appreciate encouraged more borrowers to get into debt. American households and financial institutions became deeply indebted. At the end of 2007, American households’ total loans and debt securities relative to the GDP was 98.55% (International Monetary Fund, 2020). Mortgage defaults caused by the financial crisis affected financial stability also in European countries. The household sector can influence the economy mainly due to its size and position on the financial markets, but on the other hand, the economic situation of households is also affected by various social, economic, and political changes.
Šárka Sobotovičová, Beata Blechová
One of the thematic objectives of the European Union cohesion policy for 2014–2020 is to improve access to information and communication technologies and increase usability thereof, including the applications for the digitization of government. The digitization of all government areas has been among the European Union’s priorities since 2014. The objective is to create a fully operational unified EU digital market. The European Commission has adopted the EU eGovernment Action Plan for 2016–2020. The aim of this action plan is the modernization of public administration, establishment of a unified digital market and increased involvement of citizens and businesses for the purposes of providing high quality services. The EU eGovernment Action Plan defines specific measures for the acceleration of implementation of the existing legislation and the transition to online public services.
Milenko Radonić, Miloš Milosavljević, Snežana Knežević
Intellectual capital has been a widely discussed topic in the last few decades (Palaščáková et al., 2019). The early research was solely focused on human capital as a strategic resource of a company (Hermanson, 1964). Follow up studies included a myriad of different elements of intellectual capital, i.e. structural and relational capital (Edvinsson, 1997; Pulić, 1998; Sveiby, 1997). Even though these authors have presented the structure of the intellectual capital, the consensus on the classification still has not been clearly set. Some authors propose separating Innovation capital from structural capital in the IT industries (Wang & Chang, 2005). Therefore, this study has followed the overview and classification of intellectual capital into four categories: human capital, relational capital, structural capital and innovation capital.
Elwira Gross-Gołacka, Marta Kusterka-Jefmańska, Paulina Spałek, Bartłomiej Jefmański
In the modern world, one of the key factors of success of an organization is intellectual capital. A dynamically changing external environment exerts pressure on enterprises to implement innovative solutions, products and services. The value created to a lesser degree depends on the possessed tangible assets, compared to the value of intangible ones. Intellectual capital resources are established as the basis for the level of competitiveness of an organization in the 21st century by among others Bounfour and Edvinsson (2005), Cabrita and Vaz (2006). Currently, competitive advantage is determined by unique recourses, which are difficult to reproduce by the competition. Intellectual capital is thus more and more often perceived as a key resource of an enterprise. It is also one of the most valuable resources of an enterprise, which enables its sustainable development. It is critical base of organization’s innovative and strategic sustainability (Bontis, 2002; Bontis et al., 2000). It is comprised of human capital, structural capital and relational capital.
Octavian Dospinescu, Nicoleta Dospinescu, Daniela-Tatiana Agheorghiesei
The purpose of this article is to identify the factors that have a decisive influence on the level of satisfaction of users of FinTech services in Romania. To explain the variables that have an effect, we conducted this study both in the entire population of FinTech users, as well as differentiated into two distinct generations: Millennials and Generation Z. From the point of view of age ranges, consumers in the Millennials category are also known in the specialty literature (Aichner & Shaltoni, 2019) as Generation Y, that are people born between the 1980s and the mid-1990s. According to Bucovetchi et al. (2019), Generation Z is the demographic cohort following Millennials and is made up of those born between the second half of the 1990s and early 2000s. These two generations have different behaviors, priorities and preferences when it comes to the use of information technologies.
Abrham Tezera Gessesse, Ge He
Has been enjoyed for millennia, tea has a long and complex history in China. In recent times, more than 1,500 types of propagated clones of tea plants have been developed and cultivated in more than 36 countries as a cash crop plantation (Lighton et al., 2014). Smallholder farmers account for more than 70% of the world’s tea and 80% of China’s tea production (Chang, 2015). Although tea plantation and production has increased over the past three decades, its productivity per unit area has not significantly changed, which contrasts with other agricultural products across the globe and China in particular (Basu et al., 2010). This may be because smallholder farmers are confronted by many challenges that affect the quality and quantity of tea production. A number of contributions (Tan et al., 2006; Wang et al., 2010, 2014; Zhao, 2010,) identify the common challenges that confront smallholder farmers in China, which include a lack of modern agricultural machinery, fragmented and small farm plots, a lack of access to an irrigation and drainage system, labor shortages, poor soil quality, pests, diseases, drought and climate change.
Alejandro Almeida, Aida Galiano, Antonio A. Golpe, Juan Manuel Martín Álvarez
In the current economy, there are some heavily regulated markets, such as the tobacco market, and others on the point of being regulated – markets using fossil combustibles, such as the combustion engine vehicles, as well as the gambling sector. Those markets operate with products or services in some way prejudicial to health and the environment. This fact justifies before the citizens the governmental intervention. Companies operating on those markets have very limited their marketing strategies to promote sells (Henriksen, 2012). In this article, we aim to investigate the options faced by companies for the implementation of marketing strategies that will permit them to scale their sales leadership position once the market is regulated. In the case of the tobacco market, the motivation to regulate emerges due to the causal link between tobacco consumption and several types of cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, reproductive disorders, Alzheimer’s disease (López-Arrieta & Sanz, 2001), and many other negative health consequences. In addition, it has an addictive nature (DHSS, 2004).