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Finance Faculty in the News

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business’s distinguished faculty members regularly provide thought leadership through various media outlets. They share research insights and commentary on business news.

  • Discussion: Is Fast Fashion Sustainable?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2017


    WHAT: The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host a discussion, “Is Fast Fashion Sustainable?,”


  • Top U.S. Business Schools Are Racing to Incorporate Blockchain

    Reena Aggarwal, director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, said that her school recently reached the tipping point of student interest to begin exploring ways of incorporating blockchain into its fintech program, which focuses on the nexus of business, policy and regulation. Georgetown also played host to the 2nd Annual DC Blockchain Summit in March, which was hosted by the Chamber of Digital Commerce.


  • SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETFs: Should You Reject Bitcoin Investments?

    An op-ed by Allan Eberhart, professor of finance and the founding director of the Master of Science in Finance program: “Advocates of exchange traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoins are now 0 for 2 as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently rejected two bitcoin-based ETF proposals. Nevertheless, you can still invest directly in bitcoins through various exchanges, for example. You may also invest indirectly through a bitcoin investment trust, an ETF-like investment product that is publicly quoted using alternative reporting standards and doesn’t require the same level of SEC approval as ETFs.”


  • GM Under Pressure From Investor David Einhorn to Split Stock in Two Classes

    “If it makes the equities more attractive to investors, because now they can have more choice, great,” said James Angel, a finance professor at Georgetown University. “Is it a panacea for low valuation? I doubt it.”


  • ETF Trading Glitch Fuels Worries Over Modern Markets

    John Jacobs, a former Nasdaq executive who is now a fellow at Georgetown University’s business school, says such updates are always worrisome. “Every time an exchange upgrades software, they’re doing it with their fingers crossed to make sure everything goes right,” he said.


  • Has This Dress Been to More Countries Than You?

    Yet just over a decade ago, Pietra Rivoli had no problems tracking the journey of a single $6 cotton t-shirt she'd picked out of a sale bin in a Walmart in Florida. Starting with the tag at the back of the t-shirt, she tracked its journey backwards from the US "step by step along the supply chain.” As a teacher of finance and international business at Georgetown University in Washington, Professor Rivoli wanted to investigate her assumption that free trade benefited all countries.


  • What the Federal Interest Rate Hike Means for You

    "Once the banks raise the interest rates on their credit products like mortgages and auto, this will, on the margin, impact the ability of consumers to buy new houses and cars," Sumit Agarwal, professor at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, told NBC News. "It will also impact the existing home owners who have adjustable rate mortgages, as their rates will go up, and their debt service burden will be higher," he said. "So, they will have to cut down consumption on discretionary items, like dining and travel."


  • Rate Hike Puts Yellen at Odds with Trump's Plans for Economic Growth

    "The Fed is always between a rock and a hard place," said James Angel, associate professor at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, quoting the late William McChesney Martin Jr., who served as Fed chairman for nearly 20 years, who said the Fed's job is "to take away the punch bowl just as the party gets going."


  • Trump’s ‘Spaghetti Bowl’ of Trade Rules Will Hurt U.S. Economy

    An op-ed by Pietra Rivoli, professor of finance and international business: “President Trump has made his distaste for multilateral trade agreements clear. He campaigned on a strong anti-NAFTA agenda and withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) process within days of taking office.”