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Sep 02, 2015
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After August marked the Dow’s worst month, September opened with U.S. stocks plummeting upon fresh data showing China manufacturing contracting. The New York Stock Exchange subsequently invoked a rarely used rule designed to quell the turbulence. Smith School experts Anil K. Gupta, Michael Faulkender and Kristen Fanarakis add context....

Aug 25, 2015
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What is the likelihood that the Fed will raise interest rates in September? William Longbrake, Smith School Executive in Residence and senior policy advisor at the school’s Center for Financial Policy, shares insights and assesses the risks of the various policy options. "The odds (of a rate hike) have fallen further in recent days as turmoil has engulfed global financial markets," he says....

Aug 25, 2015
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What are the risks of not raising U.S. interest rates? Kristen Fanarakis, assistant director of the Center for Financial Policy at the Smith School, shares insights. "Extended periods of low interest rates can create distortions in financial markets and excessive risk taking," she says. "I think that is the Fed's biggest concern, along with the worry that with rates already near zero they aren't well equipped to...

Aug 25, 2015
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Even before the stock market correction that began on Friday, Smith School professor Albert “Pete” Kyle argued against interest rate hikes in the United States. "Today's plunging stock markets make it even less likely that the Fed will raise interest rates," he said Monday. "The Fed's justification for probably not raising rates will likely be to promote stable economic growth in a benign inflationary environment, not...

Aug 24, 2015
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This week’s market selloff has made a lot of people itchy to trade stocks. They want to sell before things get worse or, alternatively, maybe pick up some bargains. Smith School professor David Kass explains why you should resist the impulse to guess where the market is headed in this Smith Brain Trust Q&A. Read more...

Aug 14, 2015
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High-frequency traders provide a useful service but rig the system when they extract tolls from investors, Smith School professor Albert "Pete" Kyle said this week during a financial regulation conference in Australia. "They are like a troll under a bridge who charges travelers something extra when they cross to the other side," Kyle has said. Debate about high-frequency trading heated up prior to the...

Aug 11, 2015
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is happy to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Aug 10, 2015
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Berkshire Hathaway’s $32.6 billion buyout of Precision Castparts Corp. represents the Warren Buffett conglomerate’s largest-ever takeover. But it also “exemplifies Buffett’s determination to find cheap and out-of-favor companies with a history of strong earnings and high barriers to competition,” reports the Omaha World-Herald, paraphrasing Smith School professor David Kass....

Jul 29, 2015
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Median home prices have surged past the U.S. record set in 2006 at the peak of the real estate bubble, but don’t expect a repeat of the Great Recession. Instead, Smith School professor Cliff Rossi expects an eventual market slowdown driven by a mixture of negative and positive factors. “Home prices at a national level are not anywhere near to cratering like they did back in 2007, 2008 and beyond,” Rossi says. He...

Jul 28, 2015
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On its face, Bank of America delegating stress test oversight to its human resources chief is a "head scratcher," Smith School professor Clifford Rossi tells American Banker. As part of a larger leadership shakeup, the megabank recently appointed its global head of HR Andrea Smith to a newly created chief administrative officer position. The role encompasses global corporate strategy and includes managing BofA’s Dodd-...

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