Finance

In Era of Trump, Investors Grapple with Tweet Risk

When President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Lockheed Martin for the price tag on the F-35 fighter jet, he sent the defense contractor's shares into a minor tailspin. A similar thing happened weeks earlier, when he tweeted a rebuke of Boeing for the price of the new Air Force One. With the Oval Office soon to be occupied by a Tweet-prolific commander-in-chief, investors are grappling with a new market force: Tweet risk. It's what happens when Trump unleashes a seemingly out-of-the-blue Twitter takedown and investors react. Experts from the Smith School explain the risks and potential opportunities for investors. Read more...

Forbes 30 Under 30 Honors Two Smith Alumni

Forbes 30 Under 30 has selected two rising stars from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for its newest class, announced on Jan. 3, 2017. Hungry Harvest cofounder and “Shark Tank” dealmaker Evan Lutz, a 2014 Smith School graduate, appears on the social entrepreneurs list, and Starwood Capital Group vice president Akshay Goyal, a 2010 Smith School graduate, made the cut in the finance category.

What Trump's Presidency Means for Home Prices

What might a Trump presidency mean for home values in the U.S.? Since the election, much of the political news coverage and analysis has been centered on what Donald Trump’s stint in the White House might mean for U.S. trade deals, foreign policy, the tax code and Obamacare. But what will it mean for the housing market to have a real-estate-mogul-turned-politician seated in the Oval Office? Smith School experts discuss the big picture, the future of Dodd-Frank, and what might be in store for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more...

12 Big Things That Will Shape Business in 2017

It's nearly New Year.It's almost a new year, and across the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, some prognosticating has begun. We asked a group of professors to look ahead at the trends and developments we might see in the next 12 months. They turned their focus to the stock market, tax policy, Amazon, McDonald's, finance, real estate, Obamacare and more. Here's what they said. Read more...

Latest Wells Fargo Fail a Temporary Setback

Wells Fargo’s recent “living will” stumble is just that, so look for the San Francisco-based company to submit a satisfactory financial crisis contingency plan to regulators the next time around, says Smith School finance professor David Kass. Wells Fargo failed to meet Federal Reserve and FDIC standards for a living will – a key requirement under Dodd-Frank, as a big bank’s plan for unwinding in a financial crisis minus taxpayer-funded bailouts. Read more...

How India's Currency Crisis Could Shape its Economy

A 500-rupee banknote. What's it like when 86 percent of the banknotes in circulation in a country are rendered worthless overnight? That's what India has been finding out. On the evening of Nov. 9, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that, by morning, all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no longer be legal tender. The controversial move has sparked protests and criticism of a change too sudden and too poorly planned by the government. Up for debate now is what impact it will have on the Indian economy and on the prime minister's popularity. Read more...

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