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Feb 01, 2016
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U.S corporations are sitting on some $3 trillion in cash, which some commentators view as an economic mystery. Why aren't they investing that money productively — in factories or in R & D? And would the economy see a positive bump if they did? Michael Faulkender, a professor of finance at the Smith School thinks much of the answer has to do with tax-avoidance strategies....

Jan 21, 2016
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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....

Jan 21, 2016
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The stock market has already fallen 9 percent in the new year, but worries about a full-blown economic crisis are alarmist, a Smith School expert argues.

Jan 20, 2016
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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...

Jan 11, 2016
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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...

Dec 17, 2015
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In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with David Kass, who explains why you should resist the impulse to guess where the market is headed.

Dec 02, 2015
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is a co-host for ‘a conversation’ with Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chairman Robert Rubin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Gildenhorn Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Dec 01, 2015
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Founder-CEOs and CEOs related to the founder see the world differently than CEOs of non-family firms, and they pursue different strategies, according to new research from Smith School professor William Mullins. In general, the more family-oriented the firm, the more of a "stakeholder" focus it has. Read more...

Nov 13, 2015
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Nonbank mortgage lender LoanDepot cited "market conditions" for postponing an initial public offering of as much as $540 million of stock. "It begs the question of whether this a rewind to the (2008 subprime mortgage) precrisis period," says Smith School finance professor Cliff Rossi. Read more...

Nov 10, 2015
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Janet Yellen, the Fed chairwoman, has said that raising interest rates before the end of the year is "a live possibility," given the relatively strong performance by the economy. Other Fed governors, however, have said that low levels of inflation mean that a rate hike would be premature. A division over interest-rate policy was also evident in a recent panel discussion among finance experts at the...

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