Maryland Smith, in collaboration with Deloitte, offers a series of quarterly live panel discussions on the topic of Federal Risk Management.

Join us for a discussion titled "Elevating your Cyber Security Risk Management Awareness and Capabilities" with Clifford Rossi and Tim Li.

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America Has an Oligopoly Problem

There’s a growing bipartisan push on Capitol Hill to strengthen antitrust agencies and weaken the dominance a few big companies have over entire industries in the United States, namely the big tech companies. In June, House lawmakers took their first votes on a series of bills that would, for one thing, make it harder for companies to acquire potential rivals. And that’s a big deal, says Maryland Smith’s Bruno Pellegrino. His research proves that America has an oligopoly problem.

Is It Time for Financial Climate Risk Regulation?

Financial institutions should be accounting for climate change, but risk models currently are insufficient for regulators to mandate climate stress testing or capital requirements, Maryland Smith’s Clifford Rossi said this week, speaking to the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The End of the Antitrust Case Against Facebook?

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Facebook isn’t going to be broken up just now. In a stunning ruling this week, a federal judge dismissed antitrust lawsuits brought against the social media behemoth by the Federal Trade Commission and some 46 states.

Maryland Smith’s Serhiy Kozak Wins Journal of Financial Economics Best Paper Prize

Maryland Smith’s Serhiy Kozak won the 2020 Fama-DFA Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the area of capital markets and asset pricing. Kozak’s research, “Shrinking the Cross Section,” was published in the February 2020 issue of the journal.

Maryland Smith’s Pellegrino Wins Western Finance Association’s Best Paper Award

Maryland Smith’s Bruno Pellegrino won the 2021 Charles River Associates Award for the best paper on corporate finance, announced June 17 at the Western Finance Association’s annual conference. Pellegrino’s research looks at the rise of oligopolies in the United States with a groundbreaking new model for economists to more accurately measure competition in U.S. markets and the consequences for consumers.

What’s Ahead for Mortgage Rates?

What’s ahead for mortgage rates? There will be movement, says Maryland Smith’s Clifford Rossi, the question is: How much? Rossi says he expects the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate to remain low by historical standards, but not as low as it is now. He says the 30-year mortgage rate is likely to rise to 3.5-3.6% by year-end, from the current 2.7%. The 15-year mortgage rate, he says, could also rise to 2.5-2.6%, from the current 2.1%.

Buying and Selling a House in a Hot Market

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – In the housing market, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the bidding war. In the United States, prospective home buyers are facing fierce competition for limited inventory, as low mortgage rates and pent-up demand drives a seller’s market. Homes for sale are seeing multiple offers, often above the asking price and above appraised value.

What data and analytics do we need to understand climate change as a systemic risk to the financial system? Climate risks have become a major issue of concern for regulators, monetary authorities and investors. Many organizations have launched initiatives to try to understand how climate risks could impact asset valuations and generate instability of the financial system, notwithstanding some efforts the methods needed to operationalize climate risk analysis and risk management are underdeveloped and require urgent attention.

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Transparency is Key

Investors, policymakers and consumers are all grappling with the same issues when it comes to ESG, sustainability and what it means to be “green.”

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