The oil price decline over the past six months -– “the equivalent of a large tax cut for consumers” –- is boosting the value of companies that produce consumer products, says Smith Professor David Kass. He says consumer stocks are helped when factoring in the U.S. economy’s recovery and the unemployment rate decline. He recently commented for
The way songwriters and performers get paid in the U.S. is a mess, shaped to a surprising degree by government regulation. Some of the basic rules are so old they were crafted to prevent a monopoly in the player-piano industry. This month the U.S. Copyright Office proposed reforms that could affect the bottom line
Women remain underrepresented in MBA programs across the United States, but the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is pledging to close the gap within five years. The school will announce its 50/50 by 2020 Pledge on March 5, 2015, during the school’s fourth annual Women Leading Women symposium and International Women’s Day celebration. The 2020 target will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees U.S. women the right to vote.
Smith’s Gaurav Bhalla explores South Africa’s ‘Curse’
Valentine’s Day dinner reservations are tough for procrastinators, because unlike airline seats, you can’t simply pay more to get a prime spot on a busy night. Now some restaurants are experimenting with premium reservations, which allow diners to pay a fee for a table with little or no lead time. Smith Professor Il-Horn Hann spoke about the trend Feb. 11, 2015,