Finance

A Better Mate for Kraft Heinz?

After a brief courtship with Unilever and an amicable parting of ways, Kraft Heinz might soon find there are other fish in the sea. Less than 48 hours after Kraft Heinz' $143 billion bid for the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant was disclosed, the two sides professed their "high regard" for one another and said they'd go their separate ways. With Unilever seemingly out of the picture, Smith School clinical professor David Kass has been thinking about potential matches for Kraft Heinz, whose board includes American billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Brazilian-born billionaire investor Jorge Paulo Lemann of 3G Capital. And he offers up some potential mates. Read more...

Which Cannabis Stocks Will Light Up the Market?

A cannabis plant.Pot may be tantalizing investors, but investing in cannabis companies remains risky. States legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational use have been multiplying. Sales are projected to rise to just under $23 billion by 2020, from $6.7 billion last year. But regulation remains the big uncertainty, Smith School grad Evan Qiu and two co-analysts write in a recent white paper. Read more...

The Hidden Risks at Shopping Malls

The latest potential threat to real estate in America may be found at the local shopping center, as mall landlords grapple with a crush of vacancies and, faced with the prospect of restructuring their debt, decide to walk away instead. Mall owners are facing “a confluence of headwinds,” says Smith School professor Clifford Rossi, starting with the problem of “too many malls in America.” Read more...

In Era of Trump, Investors Grapple with Tweet Risk

When President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Lockheed Martin for the price tag on the F-35 fighter jet, he sent the defense contractor's shares into a minor tailspin. A similar thing happened weeks earlier, when he tweeted a rebuke of Boeing for the price of the new Air Force One. With the Oval Office soon to be occupied by a Tweet-prolific commander-in-chief, investors are grappling with a new market force: Tweet risk. It's what happens when Trump unleashes a seemingly out-of-the-blue Twitter takedown and investors react. Experts from the Smith School explain the risks and potential opportunities for investors. Read more...

Forbes 30 Under 30 Honors Two Smith Alumni

Forbes 30 Under 30 has selected two rising stars from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for its newest class, announced on Jan. 3, 2017. Hungry Harvest cofounder and “Shark Tank” dealmaker Evan Lutz, a 2014 Smith School graduate, appears on the social entrepreneurs list, and Starwood Capital Group vice president Akshay Goyal, a 2010 Smith School graduate, made the cut in the finance category.

What Trump's Presidency Means for Home Prices

What might a Trump presidency mean for home values in the U.S.? Since the election, much of the political news coverage and analysis has been centered on what Donald Trump’s stint in the White House might mean for U.S. trade deals, foreign policy, the tax code and Obamacare. But what will it mean for the housing market to have a real-estate-mogul-turned-politician seated in the Oval Office? Smith School experts discuss the big picture, the future of Dodd-Frank, and what might be in store for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more...

Congrats to New Smith Alumni!

On Dec. 21, 2016, over 800 students graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with PhD, MS, MBA, and BS degrees. The commencement ceremony was held at the Xfinity Center on the university’s College Park campus. You can watch the entire ceremony online.

12 Big Things That Will Shape Business in 2017

It's nearly New Year.It's almost a new year, and across the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, some prognosticating has begun. We asked a group of professors to look ahead at the trends and developments we might see in the next 12 months. They turned their focus to the stock market, tax policy, Amazon, McDonald's, finance, real estate, Obamacare and more. Here's what they said. Read more...

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