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May 12, 2022
Smith’s David Kass Explains Buffett’s Spending Spree, Past Blunders

The past several weeks’ financial news spotlight has shone brightly on Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett – and, by proxy, Maryland Smith’s

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April 29, 2022
Will Robots Replace Accounting Jobs?
With advances in technology and the rise of artificial intelligence, there’s the looming question of what jobs will be replaced by robots. Rest assured, the accounting profession isn’t going away, says Maryland Smith’s Rebecca Hann. But her new research finds that jobs are changing as firms’ needs…
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April 27, 2022
What Elon Musk’s Move Means for Twitter, Tesla Stakeholders
Elon Musk’s pending $43 billion purchase of Twitter stands to be one of Wall Street’s largest-ever leveraged buyouts. Maryland Smith Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass, a stock market expert who has held senior economist positions with the federal government, gives some quick takes on…
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April 26, 2022
New Study Shows Social Capital as Key Driver of Small Business
A community’s social capital – the level of trust and cooperation among residents – is conventionally associated with the likes of higher SAT scores and less youth violence. But a new study drawn from Payment Protection Program (PPP) and U.S. Census data shows that the same metric also correlates…
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April 22, 2022
The Twitter Bots that Boost Tesla
Amid Elon Musk’s successful $44 billion bid to buy Twitter this week, there’s no denying the value the social media platform has brought to one of the world’s richest person’s other companies, 240 characters at a time. Tesla’s sky-high valuation—over $1 trillion—is linked to the electric car maker’…
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April 19, 2022
Economics of Cybersecurity Deep Dive

By Pratima Harigunani

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April 7, 2022
3 Keys to Addressing Bias in Health Data and Algorithms and Why it Matters

Underserved and marginalized populations in the United States and across the world have long suffered from unequal access to the basic human need of healthcare based on factors that should not be relevant: race, gender, ethnicity, geographic location and income, says Maryland Smith’s

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April 6, 2022
Inflation’s Root Cause and Downside of a ‘Windfall Profits Tax’

The consumer price index’s 7.9 percent increase over the past year “is excessive inflation” and “primarily the result of unnecessary fiscal stimulus ($1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act)” that has been “bolstered by excessively accommodative monetary policy by the…

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March 29, 2022
Insuring Against Cyber Breaches
The cost of a data breach can be a crippling expense for companies and a looming threat. The world record for the largest payout for a ransomware demand, made by an insurance company this year, now stands at $40 million. That’s why it’s so important for companies to figure out how much they should…
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March 29, 2022
A Tax-Day Lowdown from Smith’s Sam Handwerger
After two years of COVID-caused disruption, tax season this year ends after the traditional, April 15 statutory date – but with more extensions for some people, and they are not COVID-related. 
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