Russell Wermers

Russ Wermers is Professor of Finance at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park, where he won a campus-wide teaching award during 2005 and a Krowe Teaching Award (within the Smith Business School) during 2013. His main research interests include studies of the efficiency of securities markets, as well as the role of institutional investors in setting stock prices. In addition, he studies and teaches quantitative equity strategies, and is currently researching microfinance institutions in Thailand. Most notably, his past research has developed new approaches to measuring and attributing the performance of mutual funds, pension funds, and hedge funds, as well as devising winning strategies for investing in these funds.

18 Maryland Smith Professors Named Among Top 2% Worldwide

A study of the world’s top researchers identifies 18 from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in the top 2% of the most-cited scholars and scientists worldwide. The study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, looks at 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields and ranks researchers for their career-long impact by the number of times their work is cited in other research. The research was led by Stanford University, based on data from Elsevier’s Scopus, an abstract and citation database of research publications.

Investors and ESG

In ‘The Second Objective Function,’ CFP launches a free webinar series that explores the environmental, social and corporate governance questions that are most pressing for organizations and investors today.

Can a firm’s level of CO2 emissions predict the level of returns for its shareholders?

The ‘Narrative Economics’ Playing Out Now

“Stories abound in life,” Maryland Smith’s Russell Wermers said, opening a webinar discussion Tuesday. The topic: Narrative economics, with Nobel laureate Robert Shiller.

Shiller, who received the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has recently written a book “Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events,” about stories and how they affect the way people think.

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