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Aug 28, 2017
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The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is happy to welcome 18 new full-time faculty members for the 2017-2018 academic year. New faculty joined the Smith School in August in the following areas:

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Pablo Slutzky, visiting assistant professor, Columbia Business School (PhD)
Geoffrey Tate, professor

Aug 23, 2017
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Departing General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt is a household name to investors on Wall Street, while Uber, scandal-ridden and operating at loss, reportedly is positioning for an initial public offering. This week's news that Immelt is Uber's new-CEO frontrunner caught some observers off-guard. But others, including Smith School professors Brent Goldfarb and David Kass, see the rationale. Goldfarb...

Aug 16, 2017
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General ElectricRevelation this week of Berkshire Hathaway dumping its $315 million stake in General Electric is stoking doubt in the blue chip stock. One analyst describes GE as "the dog of the Dow," citing Berkshire's selloff of its 10.6 million shares as an exclamation point to a bad year. "The outlook for GE has certainly soured since then," Smith School professor David Kass says. He shares insights on...

Jul 31, 2017
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The end is near for Libor, the scandal-plagued financial benchmark formerly dubbed "the world's most important number." British regulators say they will phase out Libor, the London interbank offered rate, by the end of 2021, replacing it with a more transparent set of metrics that are more closely aligned with loan transactions. The shift is tectonic – Libor is said to underpin hundreds of trillions of dollars in loans...

Jul 18, 2017
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Why might Warren Buffett be interested in Sprint? The question emerged from an annual gathering of CEOs in Sun Valley, Idaho, last weekend. Sprint is losing money and is saddled with more than $32 billion in debt, notes the Smith School's David Kass. And at first glance, it would not appear that telecommunications is within Buffett's "circle of competence," Kass says. But there's more to this story, he adds....

Jul 10, 2017
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Finance students looking for “jobs of the future” will have a new degree option at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Starting in fall 2017, the school will launch the first STEM-certified Master of Quantitative Finance program in the Washington, D.C., region.

Jul 07, 2017
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Is the growing gig economy skewing the national labor market participation rate? Quite likely it is, says the Smith School's Phillip Swagel. He says government statistical agencies are working to keep up with the changing economy, but that growing numbers of people working short-term and freelance jobs as part of the gig economy inevitably may "lead to fuzziness in what have been clear distinctions in our labor...

Jun 30, 2017
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Berkshire Hathaway has announced it will exercise its warrants for 700 million Bank of America shares. David Kass, clinical professor of finance at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, has closely followed the so-called Oracle of Omaha's investments and philosophy for more than 35 years. He offers some insights on what the move means, for Berkshire Hathaway, Bank of America, the financial sector...

Jun 26, 2017
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Considering getting an MBA? It might be the best investment you ever make, says Michael Faulkender, associate dean for master's programs and professor of finance at the Smith School. "Whether things are stagnant or booming, obtaining a skillset that will enable you to make a leadership contribution is always a good idea," says Faulkender, speaking recently to online magazine GoodCall....

Jun 20, 2017
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A new ranking by the Financial Times, released yesterday, recognizes the Master of Finance program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business as No. 4 in the nation and No. 38 in the world.

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