Smith Brain Trust

‘Black Panther’ Isn’t Just a Great Movie; It's Great Marketing

It's not often that a film smashes box office expectations in quite the way that Marvel Studio's "Black Panther" has. But it's not often that a superhero film gets so many things so right – from the screenplay, to the casting, to the marketing, says the Smith School's Henry C. Boyd III.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
A Tax Loophole You Could Drive an Uber Through

There are two certainties, the old saying goes: Death and taxes. And though there are no known loopholes for death, tax professionals do discover tax loopholes from time to time. Like this one, involving Uber drivers.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Why Fashion Week Still Matters

In an era of social media, where the internet brings far-flung places closer and makes location an almost secondary consideration, there is a week when being in the right place – New York City – still matters. It's Fashion Week."It is precisely because of social media that Fashion Week has become so enduring," says the Smith School's Yajin Wang.

Tuesday, February 13, 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.

Tuesday, February 6, 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.

Tuesday, February 6, 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.

Tuesday, January 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 Amazon.com and JPMorgan Chase to create an independent healthcare company didn't come as a big surprise.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Solar Panel Tariff Treads a Dangerous Path

Protectionism breeds high prices and diminishing choices for consumers, the Smith School's Gary Cohen says in a recent appearance on Sirius XM POTUS — part of a string of recent interviews on trade policy.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Featured Videos

This week, the eyes of the world are on the tiny Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland, where government and industry leaders, including the Smith School's Anil K. Gupta, are converged for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering.

Aspiring leaders who want to unlock their potential should anticipate detours in their nonlinear rise to the top, commencement keynotes speaker Connie K. Weaver told graduates on Dec. 20, 2017. She drew lessons from her own career.