Finance

‘Sharks’ Losing Ground to ‘Prey’ in Markets

Since the global financial crisis, “active” fund managers — stock pickers looking to beat the market — have lost ground to their “passive“ counterparts, as investors shun stock pickers amid concerns over bad performance and high fees. Smith School finance professor Russell Wermers compares the situation to the shark-prey relationship. "We need both in the water to make the world go round properly," he says. Read more...

Making Sense of Berkshire’s Bite of Apple

Berkshire Hathaway’s small but much-discussed bite of Apple suggests a vote of confidence for a tech giant that had been sliding in the stock market. It also hints at how Warren Buffett’s holding company will do business after the 85-year-old "Oracle of Omaha" no longer is there, Smith School professor David Kass says. Revealed Monday in a regulatory filing, the roughly $1 billion investment of 9.8 million shares represents about 1 percent of Berkshire’s $129 billion portfolio value. Read more...

Scholars and Industry Leaders Honor Albert 'Pete' Kyle

Leading academics, bankers and regulators gathered at the Smith School for a conference honoring the Smith School’s Albert “Pete” Kyle — specifically, the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Kyle’s seminal 1985 paper “Continuous Auctions and Insider Trading.” Co-sponsored by the Smith School’s Center for Financial Policy and UBS, the conference included discussion of the paper’s influence, tributes to Kyle and scholarly talks. Read more ...

Treasury Targets Corporate Inversions, Drawing Ire of CEOs

Treasury continues to tighten its rules to prevent corporate "inversions" — the move in which a U.S. company merges with a smaller foreign company then shifts its official location abroad, to avoid U.S. taxes. Given the lack of congressional action on this issue, the new rule appears "reasonable," says the Smith School's Michael Faulkender. Still, he says, the U.S. tax system is "broken." Read more ...

Insights from Buffett's Analysis of 2008 Financial Crisis

Clinical professor of finance David Kass is a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder and a close follower of Warren Buffett’s investment strategy since 1980. He says the recent release of a 103-page "Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Interview of Warren Buffett" provides "interesting insights into the causes of the financial crisis, its consequences on the shareholders of financial institutions, and on stock market valuation.” Read more...

The Negative-Interest Rate Experiment: Mixed Results

Central bankers in Japan and the Europe Union are at their wits' end in trying to figure how to generate demand and stave off deflation. Both banks have dropped interest rates into negative territory, encouraging spending by making saving literally costly. Yet the publics of the two economic regions have reacted differently. Each is unhappy for a different reason. Smith School professor Haluk Ünal explains why negative interest rates can't solve all the problems of Europe and Japan. Read more ...

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