Nagpurnanand R. Prabhala

Center for Global Business Hosts Fintech Discussion

The Center for Global Business (CGB) at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and the U.S. Department of Commerce welcomed the Chief Fintech Officer of Singapore’s Monetary Authority, Sopnendu Mohanty on April 23, 2018 to discuss trending issues in fintech and blockchain technologies while focusing on the U.S. approach to fintech opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region. The event was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. and hosted leading experts in fintech and blockchain, including the Smith School’s own, Nagpurnanand Prabhala, professor and area chair of finance, and Michael Faulkender, associate dean and professor of finance.

How India's Currency Crisis Could Shape its Economy

A 500-rupee banknote. What's it like when 86 percent of the banknotes in circulation in a country are rendered worthless overnight? That's what India has been finding out. On the evening of Nov. 9, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that, by morning, all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no longer be legal tender. The controversial move has sparked protests and criticism of a change too sudden and too poorly planned by the government. Up for debate now is what impact it will have on the Indian economy and on the prime minister's popularity. Read more...

What Your Facebook Friends Say About Your Credit Worthiness

Joining a social network means trading privacy for information. Criminal investigators and advertisers are increasingly inventive in the ways they use Facebook to mine data. Add creditors to this mix. Facebook, last month, received approval for a patent for a mobile payment system that could be used to evaluate a loan applicant’s credit worthiness based on that person’s Facebook friends. Smith School professor Siva Viswanathan discusses the implications. Read more...

Seeking Alpha? Less Competition Helps Beat the Market

One of the most closely scrutinized questions in finance is whether any fund managers can beat the market, year after year. The evidence is far more mixed than you might think from reading stories in the business media about investment "geniuses" of various stripes. New research from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business adds to the evidence that some fund managers indeed can beat the market, but with a caveat: Whether they can do so depends heavily on how much competition their funds have. Read more...

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