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Smith Business Close-Up: Accounting Clues to the Financial Crisis

Mar 24, 2011
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With the economy still recovering from the burst of the housing bubble and the financial crisis, experts are combing the period before the crisis and after for all the clues that could help avoid similar economic problems in the future. According to new research, accounting numbers hold big clues to how the credit default market functions – both before and after the crisis.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Michael Kimbrough, associate professor of accounting, shares his new research findings on how corporate accounting numbers predict spikes and dips in the credit default swap market, a major factor in the financial crisis.

Kimbrough recently joined the Smith School of after eight years as a faculty member at Harvard Business School. Prior to earning his doctorate, he worked as a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse. Kimbrough’s research focuses on corporate financial reporting, with particular emphases on firms’ voluntary disclosure practices and on accounting for intangible investment. His research has been published in leading academic journals including.

Smith Business Close-Up is co-produced by the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Maryland Public Television. The television segment focuses on the latest thinking in business management, and features in-depth interviews with Smith School faculty and other members of the school’s community of business leaders.

Where to Watch
Smith Business Close-Up can be seen bi-weekly on Maryland Public Television's Your Business and Money. The program airs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and is repeated the following Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on public television stations throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region, including:

  • WMPB-TV (Ch. 67), Baltimore
  • WMPT-TV (Ch. 22), DC metro/Annapolis
  • WCPB-TV (Ch. 28), Salisbury
  • WFPT-TV (Ch. 62), Frederick
  • WWPB-TV (Ch. 31), Hagerstown
  • WGPT-TV (Ch. 36), Oakland

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.