On the morning of May 4, 2018, Lemma Senbet Fund fellows presented their final reports to Alex Triantis, dean of the Smith School, and the Smith Foundation Board. Seniors David Niezelski and Jacob Biedronoski led the presentation, highlighting overall gains and successful decisions made over the past year. While the equity market for the past 12 months gave the team reasonable hurdles in finding value-driven theses, the cohort persevered and ultimately achieved higher returns and betas than previous years. Humbly, the team attributed their success in part to legacy portfolios and the luck of inheriting a good hand that allowed them to play their cards right. However, the team also made critical changes to their benchmarking and performance evaluation strategy.
Alexander J. Triantis
Alex Triantis is dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Triantis joined the Smith School in 1995, first as a visiting associate professor, then an associate professor of finance, professor of finance, chair of the finance department and co-founder of the Center for Financial Policy, and now as the eighth dean of the Smith School of Business.
For much of the past two decades, the overarching economic theme in sub-Saharan Africa has been “Africa Rising.”
That’s still the case, though in 2016, growth in the region was “alarmingly poor,” dragged lower by a sharp slump in commodity prices, former Liberian finance minister Antoinette Monsio Sayeh said April 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
The region’s economies are rebounding, said Sayeh, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. “But momentum has slowed.”
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – In recent months, as revelations unfurled amid the #MeToo movement and as certain men were toppled from positions of power, something else was happening, too. Men were increasingly becoming reluctant to mentor women at work.
Change Can Start in the Halls of Higher Education
By Alexander Triantis
Washington has monuments, museums and power centers for three branches of government. But the region’s most important real estate for residents might be Capital One Arena, sports business leader Ted Leonsis said Sept. 19, 2017, at the University of Maryland. “Sports plays now this outsized role in your community and in media,” said Leonsis, the inaugural featured guest in the Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series, made possible through a gift from Robert G. Hisaoka to the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Markets will respond when President Trump nominates a new Federal Reserve chairperson in January 2018. But Wall Street legend and financial historian Henry Kaufman said the reason the decision matters so much has more to do with the Fed’s recent failures than its successes. “The Federal Reserve has vaulted itself into a position of high prominence not because of its achievements, but because of its shortcomings,” Kaufman writes in his latest book, which he discussed on Sept. 13, 2017, at the Smith School. Read more...
More than 550 specialty masters, including Master of Science, students representing 21 countries came together recently for orientation activities at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
The prestigious Joseph Wikler Memorial Finance Case Competition continued for the fourteenth year on April 28, 2017, with a solid participation of finance students and what Finance Fellows Faculty Champion and Professor Sue White called the most challenging case yet.
Globalization: It's a topic that increasingly dominates headlines and political discourse around the world, with Donald Trump in the White House, the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and protectionist sentiment gaining political favor in other parts of the developed world.
On Sept. 12, 2016, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business celebrated its partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce by hosting a discussion about "Maryland Open for Business" with Mike Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, and Smith School Dean Alex Triantis. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, and local partners attended the event, which was sponsored by the school’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Office of Global Initiatives (OGI).