Some of the Unanswered Questions in Finance

  • Dragana M. Đurić Faculty for Economy and Political Science, Belgrade


A very dynamic development of finance in the last 50 years is inter alia probably due to experiments and innovations in this field. Previously theoretical base could not explain and predict movements especially in volatile times. "The new finance" appeared 50 years ago (portfolio theory CAPM, the efficient market theory, M&M theorem) and made substantial progress in understanding movements in globalized and internationalized financial markets. However, many questions remain open. The author tries to put emphasis on some of these questions, perfectly aware that these are not the only ones. Unresolved questions are related to company's aims, project's risks, degree of portfolio optimization, importance of liquidity, dividend policy, as well as factors that determine M&A. As the "new finance" is not able to predict and explain volatile movements, a question that should be posed is whether it is appropriate to add some non-economic factors as the behaviorist theory suggests. Although the behaviorist theory is an important part of "new finance", it is unfortunately the only theory able to explain movements in volatile times. In conclusion, many questions still remain unanswered and wait for appropriate theoretical explanations.

Key words: New Finance, Operational leverage, Risk, Portfolio optimisation, Rating agencies,  Efficient market hypothesis, Quality of liquidity, Behaviorist theory.

How to Cite
Đurić D.M. (2006). Some of the Unanswered Questions in Finance. Panoeconomicus, 53(2), 223-230. doi:10.2298/PAN0602223D
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