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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.

  • The Biggest Money Mistakes We Make—Decade by Decade

    “We are living in an aging society across the developed world, and up till now, we didn’t really care about these issues,” says Sumit Agarwal, a professor of finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Mr. Agarwal’s 2009 study “The Age of Reason” found that our peak financial decision-making age is 53, based on how people at different age groups made a handful of financial choices.


  • Avoiding High 529 Fees: Why DC Could Cost You Cash

    The News4 I-Team found fees tacked on to 529 plans -- government-run college savings programs -- can make a big difference in how much you can save. “If you've got kids, you should have a 529 plan," according to Georgetown University’s personal finance expert Dr. James Angel. "The tax breaks are too good to pass up."


  • Samsung Sacrificed the Note 7 to Save the Company

    An op-ed by John Jacobs, executive director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy: Samsung has killed the Galaxy Note 7. It is writing off $2.3 billion in the third quarter due to the cancellation of the highly touted phone. From my perspective, it was a smart, wise and cost-effective decision.


  • 5 Higher-Yielding ETFs for Conservative Investors

    An op-ed by William Droms, John J. Powers, Jr. Professor of Finance Emeritus: So, once again, the September meeting of the Fed held interest rates in super-low territory. As I noted last month, in the current era of extremely low interest rates, yield-starved investors are casting a wide net to find reasonably conservative investments that will improve on the low yields provided by investment grade bonds. This month we're going to take a look at a selection of five reasonably conservative exchange-traded funds that offer higher yields than the current anemic 1.7% yield on 10-year Treasury bonds or 2.1% yield on the S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.21%.


  • High-Speed Traders Fear Regulator Spilling Their Biggest Secrets

    “As an academic, I love data,” said James Angel, a finance professor at Georgetown University in Washington. “I want everything to be given to me in machine-readable form so I can analyze it.”


  • What Do Private Equity Firms Say They Do?

    A post by Vladimir Mukharlyamov, assistant professor of finance: Our new article, What Do Private Equity Firms Say They Do?, is the largest survey of private equity (PE) investors to date. While there has been much academic work on the effects of private equity, there has been relatively little analysis of actions taken by PE fund managers. We seek to fill this gap by surveying 79 private equity investors with combined assets under management of more than $750 billion about their practices in firm valuation, capital structure, governance, and value creation.


  • Finance Graduates in Big Demand as Hiring Heats Up

    Risk is just one subject that graduate finance students will need to conquer to be competitive in today’s job market. Training in compliance, asset management and financial modeling using Big Data can also provide a big edge. “There are some pretty consistent skillsets that firms want today,” said Allan Eberhart, finance professor and director of the Master of Science in Finance program at Georgetown University.