News at Smith

Apr 08, 2016
Experiential / Reality-based Learning

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Tata Group of Companies hosted the Tata Dialogue on Innovation luncheon on April 1, 2016, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The featured speaker was Shankar Venkateswaran, chief of Tata Sustainability Group, who discussed the challenges of taking sustainability from policy to practice.

Apr 08, 2016
Entrepreneurial Spirit

Javazen, which blends coffee with teas and superfoods for “a healthier caffeine boost,” topped five other entries in the 11th annual competition, established by Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank -- in collaboration with his alma mater and founding "university partner" the University of Maryland. The finals took place Thursday, April 7, 2016, at UMD’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Javazen founders and UMD graduates Eric Golman ’15 (economics and environmental science), Ryan Schueler ’14 (marketing), Aaron Wallach ’14 (kinesiology and

Apr 07, 2016

In the same way that Uber and Lyft turn regular cars into taxis, Airbnb has made every house on your street a potential hotel. Thanks to an accounting trick at Airbnb, most of the side income that hosts receive goes unreported to the IRS. Many host families will take this as an invitation to evade taxes on April 15, but Smith School professor Leslie Mostow says they should reconsider.

Apr 07, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research

This week the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists began publishing articles drawing on more than 11 million documents from a Panamanian law firm that show the extent to which the global elite has set up secret bank accounts and shell companies, to stash their assets. A Smith School expert, David P. Weber, helped the journalists make sense of the records.

Apr 07, 2016

The Obama administration has finalized a new rule that places tougher restrictions on people managing retirement funds. The rule declares that advisers have a "fiduciary duty" to their clients. That means that after analyzing two potential investments with equivalent returns, advisers will be required by law to tell a client to pick the one with the lowest fees. Read

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