Center for Financial Policy Research

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  Stocks surged on Wall Street last week, even as a violent siege at the U.S. Capitol left many Americans feeling unsettled. The Dow Jones ended the week above 31,000, near its all-time high. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ, meanwhile, also showed gains on the day and for the week.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  Seven years in the making, the recently completed Comprehensive Agreement on Investment aims to rebalance trade between the European Union and China.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST   Maryland Smith’s David Kass has made his list and checked it twice. And he’s adding a few new stocks to his expanded semi-annual “nice” list of 16 stocks to watch.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – How will a Joe Biden presidency affect the American economy, and what will it mean for the U.S. role in global economies, including China’s?

Following Biden’s projected election victory, experts David Kass and Kislaya Prasad at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business offered insight from different perspectives. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  At a time when Americans are sharply divided about politics, corporate compliance officers are under pressure to talk to employees about ethical behavior, in the office and on social media.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appears to have missed an opportunity to correct a nagging issue in its definition of a qualified mortgage, Maryland Smith's Clifford Rossi writes in HousingWire. And it goes to the heart of the borrower’s ability to repay.  

Thursday, October 22, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  This year, special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, seem to be all the rage, as companies seek to go public while bypassing the initial public offering process. But, be wary, Maryland Smith’s David Kass advises.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  For many people, video games became a boon to help pass the time at home during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. But for others, grinding games helped develop a new hobby: stock trading.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Recent COVID-prompted Federal Reserve actions, fiscal policy responses, forbearances and foreclosures moratoriums have affected the reliability and stability of mortgage finance data models -- and the industry more broadly.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  Two years ago, David Kass, clinical professor of finance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, participated in a debate hosted by the CFA Society of Washington, D.C. The topic: Stock Market Bull vs. Bear.

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