Manage the Risks of Privatization

While privatization comes with benefits — like not being beholden to market speculation — it also carries risks. Research by Smith School professor Hanna Lee suggests that going the public route may be better for the risk-averse. 

Mar 15, 2018
Here’s What’s Missing From Dodd-Frank Reforms

As Congress reexamines the Dodd-Frank law, the Smith School's Clifford Rossi offers this advice: Draw the credit-reporting agencies into its scope.

Mar 14, 2018
Optimize Executive Incentives

Leaders might deserve dismissal when they behave badly, but some lose their jobs for simply having the right skills at the wrong time. "Over time changes in business conditions may call for a change of top management," Smith School professor M. Cecilia Bustamante says.

Mar 07, 2018
A Wells Fargo Sanction, a Warning for Its Peers

For Wells Fargo, the Fed's stringent sanctions last week undoubtedly come as a bit of a blow. For the rest of the banking industry, more of a warning. "This is a supervisory slapdown in a major," says the Smith School's Clifford Rossi.

Feb 06, 2018
Are Wall Street Salaries a Scourge?

Wall Street has garnered a reputation for its high salaries. Analysts, policymakers and academics have chided the industry, accusing it of helping to distort the "efficient allocation of talent." Smith School experts break down that criticism.

Feb 06, 2018
Fantasy Merger League: 2018 Edition

Smith School experts bring you their fantasy M&A league — a list of potential tie-ups and explanations about what makes each one interesting. Imagine CVS teaming with 23andMe, or Daimler with Tesla, or Hilton with Airbnb.

Jan 30, 2018
How Berkshire Is Disrupting Healthcare

For those who listen closely to what Warren Buffett says, the announcement that Berkshire Hathaway was hooking up with and JPMorgan Chase to create an independent healthcare company didn't come as a big surprise.

Jan 30, 2018
Why 2018 Could Be Big for Fannie, Freddie

Are these the end of days for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Lawmakers are considering whether to close the chapter on conservatorship for the two government-sponsored enterprises, a move that could bring big changes to housing finance in the United States.

Jan 23, 2018
Top Five Stocks To Watch in 2018

2017 was a pretty happy year for stock investors, and the Smith School's David Kass says he expects 2018 to be rosy as well. He shares his top five picks: Berkshire Hathaway, Apple, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Kraft Heinz.

Jan 02, 2018
#MeToo Must Be a B-School Call To Action

Business schools might seem safely removed from the transformation happening across corporate America. They're not. Institutions like mine play a central role in shaping attitudes about gender in the workplace

Mar 01, 2018