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The Design of Financial Systems: Towards a Synthesis of Function and Structure

March 2005 | Financial Engineering | Paper
Merton, Robert C., and Zvi Bodie. "The Design of Financial Systems: Towards a Synthesis of Function and Structure" Journal of Investment Management 3, no. 1 (First Quarter 2005): 1-23. (Was Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 02-074, 2002.) (Reprinted in Chinese in Journal of Comparative Studies, Issue 17, March 2005.)

Thoughts on the Future: Theory and Practice in Investment Management

Spring 2005 | Life-Cycle Savings/Investment | Paper
Merton, Robert C. “Thoughts on the Future: Theory and Practice in Investment Management.” Financial Analysts Journal 59, no. 1 (January/February 2003): 17-23. (Winner of the 2003 Graham and Dodd Award for Best Perspectives Article. Reprinted in Harvard College Investment Magazine, spring 2005.)

A Proposal for Expensing Employee Compensatory Stock Options for Financial Reporting Purposes

Summer 2005 | Miscellaneous | Paper
Hancock, Peter, Roberto G. Mendoza, and Robert C. Merton. "A Proposal for Expensing Employee Compensatory Stock Options for Financial Reporting Purposes." Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 17, no. 3 (summer 2005): 95-101

You Have More Capital than You Think

November 2005 | Miscellaneous | Paper
Merton, Robert C. “You Have More Capital than You Think.” Harvard Business Review 83, no. 11 (November 2005): 84-94. (HBS Reprint #R0511E.)

Swapping Your Country’s Risks

February 2005 | Risk Management/Stocks | Paper
Merton, Robert C. “Swapping Your Country's Risks.” Breakthrough Ideas for 2005. Harvard Business Review 83, no. 2 (February 2005): 34-36. (HBS Reprint #RO502A.)

A Simple Way to Value Stock Options

April 2 2004 | Derivatives/Options | Paper
Mendoza, Roberto G., Robert C. Merton, and Peter Hancock. "A Simple Way to Value Stock Options." The Financial Times, April 2, 2004, 13.

Foreword: On Financial Innovation and Economic Growth

Spring 2004 | Financial Engineering | Paper
Merton, Robert C. "Foreword: On Financial Innovation and Economic Growth." Harvard China Review (spring 2004): 2-3.