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May 10, 2017
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The prestigious Joseph Wikler Memorial Finance Case Competition continued for the fourteenth year on April 28, 2017, with a solid participation of finance students and what Finance Fellows Faculty Champion and Professor Sue White called the most challenging case yet.

May 10, 2017
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Leave it to a period of calm to inject nervousness into the market, as it did this week when the CBOE's Volatility Index, or VIX as it is known, dropped to a level not seen in about 23 years. The drift lower in the so-called fear index has market watchers worriedly speculating about a calm before a storm. After all, financial markets are full of patterns, and the VIX's downward swing had some market participants recalling its dip in...

May 10, 2017
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Health insurance – not the U.S. tax code – is "crippling our business around the world," Warren Buffett said during Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting last weekend. Buffett said business leaders would be smart to shift their focus away from their tax bills and toward healthcare costs, which have been rising at an alarming rate, devouring profits. He blasted the recently passed U.S. House bill to repeal and...

May 04, 2017
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Warren BuffettThere's been a lot of chatter this week has been about Apple's whopping quarter-trillion cash stockpile. But Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is also sitting on a whole lot of money. The company, which has a history of making marquis acquisitions, has some $86 billion on hand. And now there are tantalizing rumors that Buffett might be eying Nike or Costco. But Smith School clinical professor and Buffett-...

May 04, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to reform the tax code, as revealed in a one-page outline last week, would benefit middle and lower-income households in three ways, but to varying degrees, says the Smith School's William Longbrake. The proposal would simplify filing requirements and reduce income taxes for many Americans, and lower significantly the tax rate for corporations and companies like...

Apr 28, 2017
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How will President Trump's proposed tax plan affect your household? And how will it change the way Americans pay their taxes, run their businesses, and buy homes? Smith School professors Albert "Pete" Kyle and Michael Faulkender have taken a look at the one-page plan, which calls for cutting the business tax rate to 15 percent and includes a one-time tax of unspecified...

Apr 12, 2017
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Five teams of undergraduates in the Finance Fellows program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business competed on April 7, 2017, in the Emerging CFO Case Competition. Organized for the past several years by Finance Fellows Faculty Champion, Professor Susan White, the students this year were presented with a case entitled, “INFINITI HR – Target or Acquirer?

Apr 05, 2017
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Are you ready to entrust your retirement savings to a robot? Investment advice is increasingly coming to clients from non-human sources, whether they realize it or not, as more money-management firms look to automated services to augment their team of human advisers and deepen the science behind stock-picking. And, at the same time, there is also a more deliberate move toward so-called robo-advisers, with some clients entrusting their...

Apr 04, 2017
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On March 31, 2017, a score of finance students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business travelled with David Kass, clinical professor of finance, to Charlottesville, Va., to visit the CFA Institute.

Apr 04, 2017
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Gillette is shaving its prices by as much as 20 percent and focusing on its less-expensive products to compete with cheaper rivals, such as Dollar Shave Club and Harry's. David Kass, clinical professor of finance at the Smith School, foreshadowed the razor giant’s move, calling price sensitivity for personal products "the new normal" in 2015. He said Gillette owner Procter & Gamble historically had thrived by...

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