Accounting & Information Assurance

Smith Business Close-Up: Accounting Clues to the Financial Crisis

With the economy still recovering from the burst of the housing bubble and the financial crisis, experts are combing the period before the crisis and after for all the clues that could help avoid similar economic problems in the future. According to new research, accounting numbers hold big clues to how the credit default market functions – both before and after the crisis.

Second Annual Gordon Prize in Managing Cybersecurity Resources Awarded

College Park, Md. – February 10, 2011 — The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced the recipient of the 2010 Gordon Prize in Managing Cybersecurity Resources, an essay contest that had competitors offering innovative solutions for how to allocate resources to protect personal and sensitive data on computers and online. Melissa S.

Smith School Hosts 21st Annual Conference on Financial Economics & Accounting

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the world’s most dynamic researchers in finance and accounting for the 21st Annual Conference on Financial Economics & Accounting (CFEA), Nov. 12-13, 2010, in College Park, Md. The event was held in conjunction with the 2010 Maryland Finance Symposium. Myron Scholes, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Economics for his Black-Scholes theory and Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at Stanford University, gave the keynote address.

Focus on Risk Management

The Smith School's academic departments and research-focused centers of excellence combine leading scholars and industry veterans who truly understand the importance of risk management. Smith faculty and practitioners explore issues related to how risk impacts financial decisions, supply chains and the broader global economy.

Gordon Prize in Managing Cybersecurity Resources

In the 12 years that Lawrence Gordon, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance, has spent pondering the economic issues related to cybersecurity, the risks have changed significantly. Businesses and government agencies no longer have to worry about teen hackers taking a shot at their organizations for bragging rights. Instead, multinational corporations and government agencies are suffering cyber-attacks from organized crime, large-scale fraud, disgruntled employees and even terrorists.

Recruiters Rank Smith School Accounting Program No. 7

College Park, Md. -- Sept. 14, 2010 -- The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is a favored source for accounting hires, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of recruiting executives released yesterday. Participants were asked to rank schools that produced the best-qualified graduates for their industries, overall and by major. Recruiters ranked the Smith School No. 7 for accounting and No. 21 for business. The University of Maryland as a whole ranked No. 8 on the survey.

Smith Business Close-Up: Stockpiling Cash

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, 7:30 a.m.; Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, 4:30 a.m.

Stockpiling Cash 


A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that U.S. companies have been stockpiling cash and cash equivalents. According to the Federal Reserve, cash balances at nonfinancial companies are at the highest level ($1.84 trillion) since 1952. On a different measure, Cash represents 7% of all assets, the highest level since 1963. What’s causing companies to stockpile and how will this effect the economy?

University of Maryland Business Professor Honored with Prestigious Accounting Award

College Park, Md. – August 26, 2010 — The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced Stephen E. Loeb, the Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Accounting and Business Ethics, was honored with the 2010 Accounting Exemplar Award for his notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting education. The award is given by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association.


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