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September 29, 2022
A Climate Change Call to Arms for Risk Modelers
Hurricane Ian is now a tropical storm, but estimates for the storm’s Florida landfall included a million-plus homes at risk for damage, with overall damages and losses expected to top $67 billion, according to Bloomberg.
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September 22, 2022
Gas Prices Are Going Down, While Food Prices Soar, Why?
We’re getting some relief at the gas pump, but having to dig deeper in our pockets to pay for groceries. The price of eggs is up about 40 percent since this time last year. We’re paying 20 percent more for milk, bread and a staple in many Americans’ diet - chicken.
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September 8, 2022
Retail’s Inventory Glut
Retailers have been working to reduce inventory to make room for holiday season items. Mishaps in planning dating back to last year are haunting them with excess stock of unwanted products, prompting tactics such as price-cutting, order cancellations and pack and hold.
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September 1, 2022
Two Separate Takes on Student Loan Forgiveness
Economic arguments for and against student loan forgiveness have streamed through the media since President Biden last week announced a three-part plan to cancel student debt for low- to middle-income borrowers. In responses to Brain Trust, Smith experts Michael Faulkender and David Kass give…
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September 1, 2022
Student Loan Forgiveness: What Borrowers Need to Know to Initiate Action
Last week’s student loan forgiveness announcement by the Biden Administration leads to the question: How do borrowers initiate action? The White House has indicated that application is likely to open in early October. But what about the meantime? Borrowers can prepare for the process, says Smith’s…
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August 22, 2022
Is Race a Factor in Facial Recognition Tech?
Facial recognition is the ability to scan, analyze, and recognize faces. It can come with complications – especially if you’re Black. That’s what Lauren Rhue, assistant professor of information systems at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has found. Her research shows…
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August 16, 2022
Strategy, Psychology Behind Effective Negotiating
Negotiation at work is constant – whether with customers, colleagues or bosses. Professionals at all levels should be ready to “think on their feet” when the next situation arises to negotiate – whether in product pricing, partnership agreements or the next job offer, says Professor of Management…
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August 4, 2022
The Toys R Us Comeback
It’s been about five years since Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and began liquidating its 700-plus big box stores in the United States. But a return to brick and mortar is under way – inside more than 400 Macy’s stores. Spaces, from 1,000 to 10,000 square feet, are combining…
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July 29, 2022
Work May Be Returning to In-Person, But the Job Interview Isn’t
More workers are returning to the office in person, but for job seekers, most initial interviews are still virtual. That’s not likely to change, says Maryland Smith’s Cynthia Velazquez O'Brien. And for many, the first-round interview might be conducted by artificial intelligence.
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July 18, 2022
Jamie Dimon Blasts Fed’s Stress Test. Smith’s Clifford Rossi Partially Agrees, Explains
The Federal Reserve’s bank stress test is “capricious” and “arbitrary.” . . . “It’s inconsistent. It’s not transparent. It’s too volatile.” These descriptors came late last week from JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon during his bank’s quarterly earnings call. It was a response to results of the latest…
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