Summer Reading List 2024

The 21st Annual Summer Reading List for Business Leaders from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business offers diverse recommendations. Highlights include a memoir on AI advances, a book disputing free will, a Grover Cleveland biography, and a novel by Nobel Prize-winning Kazuo Ishiguro.

The Smith School Recognizes Its Outstanding Faculty and Staff at 2024 Assembly

The globally renowned Smith School excels in business research and offers a top-tier educational experience within a supportive community. Annually, it honors outstanding faculty and staff with prestigious awards.

Smith Experts React to Fed Recession Prediction

Federal Reserve economists predicting a mild recession as a result of the recent banking crisis has drawn varied and incisive responses from finance experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Musk’s Twitter Reversal: Smith Experts Weigh Financial, Operational Implications

Elon Musk’s offer to proceed with a $44 billion acquisition of Twitter has the two sides working to close the deal ahead of the recently extended court deadline of October 28.

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 differing perspectives.

Musk’s Buyer’s Remorse and Potential Deal Outcomes

Elon Musk’s move to abandon his $44 billion offer to buy Twitter has the company intent on forcing the deal through. Musk says the traffic of bots on the platform is prompting his decision in addition to his subsequent dispute with Twitter over how much data the social network should share toward answering his inquiries about these non-human accounts.

Midyear Stocks to Watch

Amid the highest inflation in 40 years, the “outlook for U.S. stocks in the second half of 2022 is very uncertain with at least a 50% probability of a recession in 2022 or 2023,” says Clinical Professor of Finance David Kass at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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 David Kass, widely known and respected for insights on the Oracle of Omaha, including through his Warren Buffett Blog.

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 implications for stakeholders of both Tesla and Twitter.

Microsoft Aims to Level up With Activision-blizzard. It’s Not That Easy.

Its proposed $75 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard would make Microsoft the world’s third-largest publisher of video games and, more significantly, would solidify its position in the development of the "metaverse” – widely considered the next evolution of the internet by which users in the virtual reality space interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

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