Finance

Buffett’s Letter: Don’t Bet Against the U.S. Economy

Vexed politicians and Election 2016 voters might scoff. But investor Warren Buffett’s economic outlook, expressed in a letter and subsequent CNBC interview, is cautiously optimistic. Smith School finance professor David Kass, a close follower of Buffett’s investment strategy since 1980 and a Berkshire shareholder, says the view isn't unexpected. Read more...

Will Britain Say Farewell to the E.U.?

The debate over whether Great Britain should exit the E.U. — to "Brexit" or not to "Brexit"? — is rippling outward from Europe into the world's major financial markets. Proponents of an exit think that Britain can follow the model of Switzerland, negotiating good trade deals with E.U. nations individually. But the Smith School's Albert "Pete" Kyle thinks the the E.U. will be inclined to make things tougher than that for the British. Read more ...

Giving Day is March 3

Giving Day returns to the University of Maryland on Thursday, March 3, giving all members of the Robert H. Smith School of Business community the opportunity to boost their contributions through several hourly contests held across campus. From noon until 2 p.m., the Smith faculty and staff’s donations will be eligible for an extra $3,000 prize to be awarded to the Smith School - if they can donate the most money of any on-campus unit within that timeframe.

The Gold Standard: Touted by Some Presidential Candidates, Disliked by Economists

Several Republican presidential candidates have endorsed — or said they'd consider — putting America back on the gold standard. Sen. Ted Cruz has been the most outspoken, arguing that pegging the dollar to gold would make monetary decisions less arbitrary than the ones currently made by the Fed. Professional economists, however, overwhelmingly reject the idea that the dollar should be tied to the price of gold. Recently, finance professor Albert "Pete" Kyle, answered questions about some issues raised by this perennial monetary-policy issue. Read more ...

High Corporate Taxes Incentivize Corporate Debt

Multinational American companies with significant operations in countries with low corporate taxes take on less debt than companies that face higher taxes, according to a new study from the Smith School. A link between higher corporate taxes and debt levels is predicted by economic theory, but some recent studies have failed to find such a connection. In this new study, however, the authors assume U.S. companies will keep their foreign profits abroad indefinitely. Read more ...

Low Interest Rates and 'Secular Stagnation'

In Switzerland, some customers are watching their bank accounts shrink each month, even if they don't make any withdrawals. In Denmark, when you repay your loan you don't add interest to the payment, you subtract interest. The banks are literally paying people to borrow money. This is the strange new world of negative interest rates. It's a byproduct, according to Smith School professor Haluk Unal, of a global phenomenon called "secular stagnation" Read more ...

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