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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.

  • Business Schools Bring Bitcoin Into MBA Classrooms

    Bitcoin has made its way into business schools in other ways. James Angel and Doug McCabe, professors at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, published research into the ethical considerations behind bitcoin in January. Doug, a professor of management, said that bitcoin can be used for “evil purposes”. He compared the currency to medical products. “Painkillers like Oxycodone have a serious potential for abuse, but also important medical uses as well,” he added.

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  • Investments That Can End Poverty

    “At first it was just Goldman Sachs, now it's everybody,” says Melissa Bradley, a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Bradley teaches an MBA elective called “Investing for Impact,” which explores key topics in the space, including deal structuring and “due diligence,” which is the process that investors go through before investing in an organization. The class also touches on related topics in social entrepreneurship and innovation.

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  • Sorry, But I Don’t Speak British: An American Hiker Muddles Along Foggy Terrain

    Pietra Rivoli, professor of finance, wrote an article for the travel section about her recent trip to England.

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  • Tiger fight: China and Alibaba Face Off Over Fake Goods

    In its prospectus filed in May, Alibaba said it has received notices in the past and likely will in the future about pirated, counterfeit or illegal items being sold on its online marketplaces by third parties. But there is no mention of any government investigation or impending report in any documents leading up to the IPO. If any material information was not disclosed in the prospectus, there could be lawsuits against Alibaba and its underwriters, notes Reena Aggarwal, a finance professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

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  • Burger Chain Shake Shack Sizzles in Market Debut

    Shares of Shake Shack Inc. more than doubled on Friday, putting a nearly $2 billion price tag on the small cult hamburger chain, in a huge bet that its growth can match top performers in the crowded "fast-casual" dining space. "We're at a point where investors are willing to give 'story' stocks the benefit of a doubt," said James Angel, associate professor of finance at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

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  • Regulators probe whether high-speed trading exacerbates swings in bond market

    The impact of algorithmic and high frequency traders is mostly thought to be an issue surrounding the U.S. stock market. Specifically, watchdog agencies are reviewing the sharp swing in Treasury yields last Oct. 15 , Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell said Tuesday. James Angel, an associate professor at Georgetown University, said that Oct. 15 was a “long overdue wake up call to the Treasury and the Fed” that more oversight of the Treasury market is needed. “Electronic trading for the most part makes markets better, but it brings up market stability issues that need to be addressed,” Angel said. But given the “unregulated, almost freewheeling nature” of the Treasury market, setting up protections like circuit breakers bring up a hornet’s nest of issues, he said.

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