Michael Faulkender

Michael Faulkender's research focuses on empirical corporate finance in the areas of capital structure, risk management, corporate liquidity, and executive compensation. His work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and The New York Times. He was awarded the Barclay's Global Investors / Michael Brennan Best Paper Award in the Review of Financial Studies in 2013, was runner up for that prize in 2006, and won the Jensen Prize for Corporate Finance – Second Prize in the Journal of Financial Economics in 2013.

Why Getting an MBA Is 'Always a Good Idea'

Considering getting an MBA? It might be the best investment you ever make, says Michael Faulkender, associate dean for master's programs and professor of finance at the Smith School. "Whether things are stagnant or booming, obtaining a skillset that will enable you to make a leadership contribution is always a good idea," says Faulkender, speaking recently to online magazine GoodCall. Read more...

Trump’s Tax Reform Plan Under the Microscope

How will President Trump's proposed tax plan affect your household? And how will it change the way Americans pay their taxes, run their businesses, and buy homes? Smith School professos Albert "Pete" Kyle and Michael Faulkender have taken a look at the one-page plan, which calls for cutting the business tax rate to 15 percent and includes a one-time tax of unspecified size on dollars held overseas. It calls for reducing the top personal tax rate to 35 percent and preserves incentives for home ownership while proposing eliminating other tax loopholes. Kyle offers up these insights. Read more...

12 Big Things That Will Shape Business in 2017

It's nearly New Year.It's almost a new year, and across the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, some prognosticating has begun. We asked a group of professors to look ahead at the trends and developments we might see in the next 12 months. They turned their focus to the stock market, tax policy, Amazon, McDonald's, finance, real estate, Obamacare and more. Here's what they said. Read more...

Under President Trump: Six Questions on the Economy

The question of who will be the 45th U.S. president has been answered with the upset victory of Republican Donald Trump. Now many are asking what U.S. economic policy will look like under his administration. Smith School experts will explore some of the larger economic questions facing the new administration at a pair of events next week in Washington, D.C. Here is a snapshot of some of the big issues they will discuss. Read more...

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