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Jun 19, 2017
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Ever wonder how the Terminator would do picking stocks? Researchers at the Smith School might have the answer. Working with 900,000 financial news articles and a neural network, the researchers found they could predict stock returns for up to 13 weeks. Studies have long shown that share prices quickly respond to stock splits, earnings releases and other company news. Historically, prices responded to numerical information, such as...

Jun 16, 2017
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Fifteen participants from colleges and universities throughout the United States traveled to Cuba from May 21-28, 2017, with the University of Maryland’s Center for International Business Education and Research (UMD CIBER).

Jun 14, 2017
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to announce some favorite books in the 14th Annual Top-10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders for 2017, as recommended by faculty members.

Jun 13, 2017
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Why would someone fork over a couple of million dollars just to sit down for a meal with Warren Buffett? "It's not so much about investing insights. It's significantly about meeting the man," says the Smith School's David Kass. The legendary investor "has gravitas like no other investor," Kass says. That's why bids climbed to $2.7 million in the 18th annual Warren Buffett Power Lunch auction, which raises money...

Jun 06, 2017
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Four of the top five companies in Barron's 2017 listing of the most-respected publicly traded firms in the United States share a common trait. They're technology companies. The Barron's 100 is drawn by surveying money managers, whose attraction to tech is simple to understand, says the Smith School's David Kass. "That is where there is growth — in the economy, in earnings per share, in revenue," Kass told the Washington...

Jun 02, 2017
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At a time when robots and other forms of automation appear poised to edge out wide swaths of the global workforce, several pilot projects and at least one documentary film are exploring the idea of universal basic income – free money for everyone, enough to cover basic expenses. It's a big idea that dates back at least to 1795 in the United States, with revolutionary activist and author Thomas Paine. Martin Luther King...

May 26, 2017
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When federal budgets are released from the White House Office of Management and Budget, there are typically a few holes here and there, some missing details, and perhaps some wishful thinking since the budget assumes that everything the president proposes will become enacted. That's never the case, which means the budget by design is a statement of intent rather than a legislative blueprint. The budget that recently...

May 24, 2017
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Colgate-Palmolive CEO Ian Cook earlier this month signaled interest in selling the company for $100 a share, suggesting a strong possibility that a friendly deal for the company could be struck reasonably soon, Smith School professor David Kass says. He predicted such a move in February. More recently, he described to TheStreet why Colgate-Palmolive could be attractive...

May 17, 2017
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The risk landscape for banks has changed since last year. For starters, Congress and the Trump Administration have started discussions on a regulatory overhaul. And, meanwhile, interest rates are on the rise, and the Federal Reserve is shifting its focus toward maintaining economic gains made in the past few years. All this should further compel banks to embrace enterprise risk management – a relatively nascent...

May 11, 2017
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Ten undergraduates and three professors cleared their busy springtime schedules to travel to Omaha, Nebraska, last weekend to attend the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder's meeting and listen to Warren Buffett, also known as the “Oracle of Omaha.”

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