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Sep 13, 2016
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Smith School finance professor Clifford Rossi says fraud allegations against Wells Fargo represent a failure across the board to identify and address a culture that emboldened "employees to elevate wrongdoing and risky activities without fear of retribution." Rather than facing discipline, some employees received bonuses after inflating sales numbers by secretly opening millions of fake accounts for customers...

Aug 31, 2016
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Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett’s 86th birthday on Tuesday prompted a CNBC writer to explore Buffett’s interpretation of luck as a success factor in business. Buffett discussed the topic in a 2013 meeting with MBAs, including a group led by Smith School professor David Kass. He took notes in 2013 and summarized Buffett’s take for CNBC this week. Kass says Buffett has stressed the importance of luck...

Aug 24, 2016
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Investors fed up with a market “rigged” in favor of high-frequency traders, who use sophisticated software and algorithms to trade in and out of stocks in milliseconds, now have a place of their own, the Investor’s Exchange (IEX) Group. It went live on Aug. 19, 2016, as an alternative to NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange and other SEC-approved exchanges. Proponents of the new exchange say their “speed bump” model, based on a 35...

Aug 23, 2016
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Executives at pharmaceutical company Mylan have come under attack for giving themselves raises while boosting the price of a lifesaving injection device by more than 400 percent over the past nine years. Smith School finance professor David Kass compares the situation to a 2015 scandal, when hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli raised the price of the AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750...

Aug 04, 2016
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Democrats and Republicans are calling to reinstate a version of the Glass-Steagall Act, which from 1933 to 1999 separated investment banking (underwriting, issuing and distributing financial instruments like stocks and bonds) from commercial banking (deposit-taking and lending) activities. Are legislators about to break up the big banks? Don't count on it, say professors Cliff Rossi and Phillip L. Swagel...

Jul 19, 2016
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Told big bank failure would trigger a flood of bankruptcies and economic calamity, U.S. taxpayers collectively paid billions of dollars to bail out large institutions from the 2008 financial crisis. Despite passing Dodd-Frank legislation to mitigate a future bailout, Congress is on the verge of amending the U.S. bankruptcy code to make bankruptcy feasible for larger banks — more so than when Lehman Brothers’s 2008 bankruptcy...

Jul 14, 2016
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Starting July 6, the clock tower outside Van Munching Hall transformed into a Pokémon Go landmark — great news for Smith School players who have downloaded the gaming app that lets them use their phones to find magical creatures in the real world. By the time most people heard about the craze sometime this week, short-term traders around the world already had absorbed the information and responded....

Jun 15, 2016
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“Divorces are tough,” says Smith School economist Peter Morici. But Britain nonetheless should break from the “shackles” of its union to a Europe economy locked in ruinous cycles of debt crises and high unemployment. "The EU suffers from chronic slow growth thanks to a smothering bureaucracy and single currency," Morici says. Other Smith School professors foresee challenges if United Kingdom voters opt to separate...

Jun 01, 2016
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Since the global financial crisis, “active” fund managers — stock pickers looking to beat the market — have lost ground to their “passive“ counterparts, as investors shun stock pickers amid concerns over bad performance and high fees. Smith School finance professor Russell Wermers compares the situation to the shark-prey relationship. "We need both in the water to make the world go round properly," he says....

May 02, 2016
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Leading academics, bankers and regulators gathered at the Smith School for a conference honoring the Smith School’s Albert “Pete” Kyle — specifically, the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Kyle’s seminal 1985 paper “Continuous Auctions and Insider Trading.” Co-sponsored by the Smith School’s Center for Financial Policy and UBS, the conference included discussion of the paper’s influence, tributes to...

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