Smith Brain Trust

August 25, 2021
Social Media’s Taliban Conundrum

The U.S. military’s abrupt Afghanistan withdrawal has left social media companies facing a complex new set of policy decisions.

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August 10, 2021
How To Have a Better Tax Year

What can a taxpayer do now to prepare for the tax year ahead? Maryland Smith’s Samuel Handwerger recently shared some advice.

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August 9, 2021
Is ‘Relaxed’ the New ‘Business Casual’?

Gird yourself—or, actually, don’t: The new office dress code is here, and it’s very stretchy.

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August 4, 2021
In Robinhood’s Debut, Echoes of Facebook
Robinhood’s Nasdaq debut was concerning and lackluster. And to Maryland Smith’s David Kass, it was also familiar.
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August 2, 2021
Coming Soon: New Go-to-Market Strategies for New Films

If there’s one thing that can be said about Scarlett Johansson’s decision to sue Disney for releasing her latest film, “Black Widow,” simultaneously on streaming and in movie theaters, perhaps it’s this: Watch for sequels.

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July 29, 2021
Marketing Lessons Learned from the Tokyo Olympics

Watching a gathering of world-class athletes compete at the highest level has always been the main draw at the Olympic Games. But the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are vastly different from the Olympic Games of the past due to the everpresent gremlin of pressure.

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July 13, 2021
Checking In on Hotels

The past year has been a wake-up call for the hotel industry, and travelers will likely start seeing its effects as they begin checking in again.

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July 6, 2021
America Has an Oligopoly Problem
There’s a growing bipartisan push on Capitol Hill to strengthen antitrust agencies and weaken the dominance a few big companies have over entire industries in the United States, namely the big tech companies. In June, House lawmakers took their first votes on a series of bills that would, for one…
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July 1, 2021
Is It Time for Financial Climate Risk Regulation?

Financial institutions should be accounting for climate change, but risk models currently are insufficient for regulators to mandate climate stress testing or capital requirements, Maryland Smith’s Clifford Rossi said this week, speaking to the Subcommittee

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July 1, 2021
Gamifying Fashion
Amazon is still the biggest name in e-commerce. But the buzz these days is about Shein. China-based Shein surged past Amazon as the most downloaded shopping app in the United States, after China removed export taxes to offset the 2018 U.S. trade tariff. The move sparked rapid international growth,…
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