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May 19, 2016
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Saudi Arabia has announced a plan to spin off about 5 percent of its state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco. Proceeds from the sale would be poured into a fund that would be used to help diversify the nation's heavily oil-dependent economy, which currently gets 90 percent of its revenue from oil. Simultaneously, the gulf nation also says it's going to ramp up oil production. The Smith School's Charles E. Olson isn't...

May 19, 2016
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Amazon may be synonymous with online shopping and fast shipping, but Walmart isn't ceding the e-commerce field to its hipper rival. Walmart announced last week that it was ramping up its efforts to counter Amazon's very successful Amazon Prime program — for $99 a year, Amazon offers free two-day shipping and a host of other benefits, including free online movies. Walmart is spending some $2 billion to improve its own...

May 10, 2016
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Participants at the Robert H. Smith School of Business's 2016 Emerging Markets Forum agreed that India's rapid growth offered opportunities for both local and American businesses, but they disagreed about whether the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was moving quickly enough to cut red tape. This was the sixth annual Emerging Markets Forum, organized by the Smith School's Center for International...

May 05, 2016
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Crashes of large trucks are on the rise in the United States. From 2009 to 2015, deaths resulting from collisions involving trucks weighting more than 10,000 pounds rose from 3,380 to 3,903, an increase of 15 percent. Some safety activists believe that Congress bears some blame, and Smith School professor Thomas M. Corsi says they have a point....

Apr 26, 2016
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SMITH BRAIN TRUST - While the Federal Reserve is expected to forego an interest rate increase, but “keep options open,” such a hike should not be avoided and can be better adapted to if the Fed projects it for this summer and announces it now, says economist and longtime Fed watcher Peter Morici...

Apr 11, 2016
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In an industry where curveballs are thrown at you every day, the customers are the loudest and craziest, and your clients can have career-ending emergencies any minute, staying on your toes is not recommended, it’s required. The business of sports is a business unlike any other, and because of this, working in it necessitates a unique set of skills and talents. On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Smith School held an all-star panel discussion that dove deep into the lanes of the sports business industry as part of the offerings of the Sports Management...

Apr 07, 2016
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the Second Annual Emerging Markets Case Competition, April 1-2, 2016. Through two rounds of presentations and Q&A, the team from the Smith School emerged victorious capturing the event’s $2,500 first prize.

Mar 29, 2016
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Amazon has announced it is leasing 20 Boeing 767 planes in order to move its own goods, a move that could significantly impact FedEx and UPS, which it now leans on to deliver many of its packages. Some analysts are even wondering if Jeff Bezos's company might be positioning itself to become a competitor to FedEx and UPS. The Smith School's Philip T. Evers dissects the pros and cons...

Mar 23, 2016
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Businesses flourish in the right climate, President Obama told entrepreneurs this week during his visit to Cuba. But despite 15 months of re-established U.S.-Cuba ties, a culture gap and lingering embargo impede trade with the island nation 90 miles from Florida. Smith School professor Kislaya Prasad says some changes will come slowly, but market opportunities already are emerging....

Feb 29, 2016
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Giving Day returns to the University of Maryland on Thursday, March 3, giving all members of the Robert H. Smith School of Business community the opportunity to boost their contributions through several hourly contests held across campus. From noon until 2 p.m., the Smith faculty and staff’s donations will be eligible for an extra $3,000 prize to be awarded to the Smith School - if they can donate the most money of any on-campus unit within that timeframe.

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