SEC-Seasoned Experts Return to Smith

As a Securities and Exchange Commission deputy chief economist, Kathleen Weiss Hanley has garnered praise for delivering “critical thought leadership” and spurring “rigorous economic modeling.”

This fall, the respected economic strategist and researcher returns to the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business finance faculty, which she served from 1994-1999. She arrives from the SEC with a colleague -- Associate Professor Gerard Hoberg, following his one-year sabbatical as a visiting financial economist.

Become a Member

Member Selection

Please note, the application, along with all supporting documents, are to be submitted to by Friday March 14, 2014 by 11:59 p.m.

GER Recruiting Flyer

The Global Equity Fund will be selecting students in the Smith School’s part-time MBA and Master of Science in Business: Finance programs with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students are expected to make a year-long commitment if selected to be a member of the GEF. Selection is based on analytical ability, knowledge of the capital market, and a passion for finance.

Educational and Career Benefits


As a member of the GEF, students will have the opportunity to research the full spectrum of companies around the world, analyze industries and economies, and will be responsible for managing the allocation and risks of a real portfolio. The GEF provides students an exposure to a real-life asset management environment and an opportunity to enhance financial modeling skills, which are attractive experiences to potential employers. Allows students to be a part of a group that discusses current events on a weekly basis.

Analyst responsibilities

The analysts will evaluate and monitor sectors, track industry trends and current events, screen industry for potential buying opportunities, develop DCF and relative value models to value companies, make buy-hold-sell recommendations, and pitch investment ideas.

Smith Co-Hosts Gathering of Top Finance Policymakers, Practitioners

The Robert H. Smith School of Business recently co-hosted a Washington D.C. gathering of about 70 senior policymakers and banking executives for a discussion of key issues relating to enhancing systemic risk awareness, harmonization and integration in global systemic risk regulation.

The Bretton Woods Committee and Deloitte partnered with Smith in the July 26 event titled "Navigating transformational change of the global financial landscape: Realizing systemic stability, avoiding unintended consequences.”

MBAs Compete in University of Maryland Smith School’s Mergers and Acquisitions Contest; Ohio State Wins

MBA students had the upcoming presidential election on their minds as they plotted merger and acquisition strategies and recommendations for big players in the aerospace and defense industries. Teams from some of the country’s top MBA programs went head to head in an intense match to offer the best pitch in the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 6th annual Mergers and Acquisitions Competition.

UMD Business, Public Policy Experts Comment on Fiscal Cliff

Media Alert Nov. 1, 2012 

With the year-ending “fiscal cliff” approaching, faculty experts from the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and Robert H. Smith School of Business are available to comment on implications of this impending economic slowdown due to expiring tax cuts plus dramatic spending cuts established by Budget Control Act of 2011.

Smith Expert and Former Citigroup Executive Cliff Rossi Comments on Citi Job Cuts

MEDIA ALERT: December 5, 2012

Robert H. Smith School of Business finance professor and former Citigroup Inc. senior executive Cliff Rossi has weighed in on Citi’s plans to cut 11,000 jobs from its global consumer-banking unit. The move entails closing 84 branches, including 44 in the U.S.:

“These latest cost-cutting measures get Citi focused back on efforts to improve their operating efficiency relative to their peers. Citi's dollars of revenue generated per employee lag behind their competitors and so this announcement is not surprising.

UMD-Smith Finance Expert Cliff Rossi Comments on New Mortgage Lending Rules

Cliff Rossi, Tyser Teaching Fellow and executive-in-residence at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, is available to comment on new home lending regulations set forth by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau's “Ability to Pay” rule is designed to assure the reliability of mortgages. It addresses portions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act focused on consumer ability to repay home loans.


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