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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 Legal Fallout From Wal-Mart's Ward 7 Pullout Not So Clear Cut, Experts Say

    Many landlords, especially in malls or retail centers, will seek their own go-dark provisions, said Matt Cypher, director of the Steers Center for Global Real Estate in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Those landlords have an interest in requiring their tenants to be open during specified business hours to ensure they generate foot traffic to the other stores as well. "It all comes down to the lease," said Cypher, who previously served as director of underwriting at Invesco Real Estate. "In the lease, there is a large section on tenant default, and it would be very interesting to see what they negotiated for. It just points to the importance of having really good, well-written documents."

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  • To Play or Not to Play? Local Professor Offers Powerball Advice

    If you’re wondering whether you should buy a Powerball ticket, and what to do with it if you win, a guy who knows quite a bit about money has some advice for you. Allan Eberhart, a professor of finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, does not advise spending the money on a ticket in the first place.

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  • The Key To Financial Success In 2016: Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

    A guest post by Alan Eberhart, director of the Master of Science in Finance program and professor of finance: “If you are looking for ways to improve your finances in the new year, the Internet is full of recommendations for setting a budget, cutting out that coffee run, and other tips for nickel and diming your way to financial freedom. While these all sound like great advice, the truth is that if you focus your efforts on housing, transportation, and “other expenses” such as insurance, which account for more than half of average household spending, you will not need to sweat the small stuff.”

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  • Inventor of Market Circuit Breakers Says China Got It Wrong

    “What would have happened if we had just halted at the bottom?” said James Angel, a professor at Georgetown University. “We never, never would have had the quick snap back up. Closing prices for mutual funds would have been at those lows. Think of the panic that would have created.”

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  • Business Schools Build on Real Estate Boom

    “[Banking] is what everyone thinks they’re supposed to do, as opposed to what they want to do,” says Matthew Cypher, director of the centre for real estate at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “I get plenty of calls saying: I’m just not happy here. I work seven days a week. I want something a little more tangible.”

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  • August Mayhem Escalated U.S. Stock Exchange Review of Safeguards

    “There’s a big foment going on in the industry about what did we see on Aug. 24 and what can we do to prevent a recurrence," said Jim Angel, a finance professor at Georgetown University in Washington who drafted a new report for the committee on how exchange-traded funds behaved that day.

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  • Lessons of Wall Street’s August Turmoil

    “Financial markets are always on an earthquake fault and that fault can move at any time,” says James Angel, a professor at Georgetown University. “We cannot get too complacent. We have to continue to refine what we do when our markets are under stress.”

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  • The Shape of Classrooms to Come

    The school’s master of science in finance (MSF) program, which launched at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in 2014, uses what faculty call a “blended classroom” to teach students either in-person and online — or both. The result is a program with many of the community and networking aspects of a traditional classroom, but one that students can access from anywhere.

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  • Are Your Sports Shoes Worth What You Paid For Them?

    "The basic point is, assembly is only a small piece of the chain and not that much of a cost for the company," says Pietra Rivoli, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

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  • Why Bitcoin's Founder Matters, As Spotlight Hits Australian

    "It's part of the mystery of Bitcoin," said James Angel, associate professor of finance at Georgetown University. "Usually when people invent something really cool, they're more than happy to take credit for it. Here, we have this obsessive anonymity. You kind of wonder, 'Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?'"

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