Finance

Smith Boasts Six INFORMS Fellows

Michael Fu, professor of management science, and Lawrence Bodin, professor emeritus of management science, have been named as fellows for 2008 by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). This singular honor, awarded to about 2 percent of the organizations 11,000 members, has now been held by six members of the Smith Schools decision and information technologies department.

Robert H. Smith School of Business to Host First M&A Competition

College Park, Md. August 7, 2007 The University of Marylands Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced leading U.S. business schools will participate in its first M&A Competition, October 11-12. Teams of up to four MBA students will compete to present a winning M&A pitch that will be delivered to a panel of Wall Street bankers and corporate executives. The event is supported by title-level sponsors Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers and gold-level sponsors Black & Decker, Constellation Energy and Marriott International Inc.

Haslem to Pen Regular Column in Journal of Indexes

John A. Haslem, professor emeritus of finance, is the author of a new, regular column in the Journal of Indexes entitled "The Professors Reading Room." The column provides a synopsis of recent research with implications for portfolio indexing. One of the first topics will be Smith School finance department Associate Professor Russ Wermers' very important bootstrapping analysis of mutual funds in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of Finance.

Student-run Funds Beat S&P 500 Index

On May 11, 2007, two student-run funds at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business reported beating Standard & Poor's 500 Index in their year-end performance presentations. The Mayer Fund is a $3 million endowment managed by 12 select students in the MBA program. The Senbet Fund is the undergraduate portfolio named in honor of Lemma Senbet, William E. Mayer Chair Professor in Finance.

University of Maryland Business School Finance Symposium Highlights Behavioral Finance

College Park, Md. March 29, 2007 World-leading academics shed new light on how psychological factors and emotional biases affect financial decision-making and stock market price as they share research findings at the seventh finance symposium Behavioral Finance, hosted by Finance Department of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, March 29-31.

Seventh Annual Finance Symposium

The Seventh Annual Maryland Finance Symposium, co-chaired by Lemma Senbet, William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance, and Vojislav Maksimovic, Dean's Chair Professor of Finance, provides a biennial forum for presentation and discussion of recent research by top scholars in the field.

This year’s forum, held May 29-31, 2007, focused on Behavioral Finance and included papers discussing the limits of arbitrage, CEO overconfidence and myopia, herding and over/under-reaction in financial markets, trading behavior and volume, market timing and consumer finance.

Smith School Honors Outstanding Teachers with Krowe/Legg Mason Awards

For more than 20 years, the Smith School has been honoring and rewarding outstanding faculty members, instructors and PhD students for their teaching excellence. The Krowe Teaching Award committee, comprised of faculty Smith School faculty members Galit Shmueli, Charley Olson, Mary Harms, and Jeff Kudisch, has announced the following winners and finalists for the 2006-2007 Krowe Teaching Awards and the Legg Mason Award. Nominations were received from students, alumni, deans, department chairs, directors and administrators.

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