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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.

  • Trump Remains Antagonistic to Fed as Central Bank Convenes for Meeting

    A broadcast television interview with James Angel, finance professor: The Federal Reserve met for the first under Donald Trump's presidency. His criticisms of its work have raised fears about its independence. CGTN’s Owen Fairclough reports.


  • Who Will Protect Americans From Their Protectors?

    Speaking of supply chains: In her book “The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy,” Georgetown University’s Pietra Rivoli recounts a conversation with a man from Shanghai who said that if she would come to China he would help her see various places involved in producing the inexpensive T-shirts exported to the United States. She would see where the yarn is spun, the fabric is knit and the shirts are sewn.”


  • Nasdaq’s New CEO Adena Friedman Has a Big Job: Reimagining the Stock Exchange

    She was a key player in the 2005 acquisition of Instinet Group Inc.’s computerized trading division, a deal aimed at shoring up Nasdaq’s trading technology. While Mr. Greifeld shaped the vision for the deal, Ms. Friedman was one of his top lieutenants in implementing it and worked many late nights to make it happen, recalled John Jacobs, a former Nasdaq executive. Despite the pressure on Ms. Friedman, “I never saw her lose her cool,” said Mr. Jacobs, who is now a fellow at Georgetown University’s business school.


  • Samsung Answers Burning Note 7 Questions, Vows Better Batteries

    The biggest task for Samsung this year will be regaining consumer trust, showing customers and potential customers that its devices are safe and that the company won't make the same mistakes again. Its top executives, speaking with CNET, said Samsung hoped the transparency would mark a good first step. "When companies do this right, on average 18 months is the time period for turning around a reputation," said Thomas Cooke, a professor at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. "Samsung is on the way to recovery. I think it can be done."


  • MGM National Harbor Grand Opening

    Matthew Cypher, professor of real estate and Director of the Steers Center for Global Real Estate at Georgetown’s McDonough School, talked about the MGM National Harbor grand opening.


  • Morning Agenda: Davos Man vs. Trump, Samsung Leader Faces Arrest, Tax Time

    It’s complicated. The dire warnings over the economic fallout of a vote for Mr. Trump or in favor of Brexit have not come to pass. The underlying strength of the economy could be an argument for the benefits of globalization and free trade. “I think it has to do with safety nets and institutions that eliminate some of the costs associated with churn,” Pietra Rivoli, a professor at Georgetown University, said of the populist backlash of the past year. “What you have in the United States is a quite rational response to the failure of policy to deal with these dislocations.”


  • Financial Regulation a 'Bureaucratic Mess' Thanks to Dodd-Frank

    An article by James Angel, associate professor of finance: With the imminent departure of SEC Chair Mary Jo White and her top enforcement lieutenant Andrew Ceresney, now is a good time to review the effectiveness of the SEC and other federal enforcement entities. Indeed, the SEC is fundamentally an enforcement outfit -- approximately half of the SEC’s 5,000 employees are in inspections or enforcement.


  • Do Rising Mortgage Rates Mean it's Time to Buy a Home?

    The new conforming loan limits increased only slightly, to $424,100 in most parts of the country. Home buyers in high-cost areas will have access to larger mortgages, in line with local housing prices. “These are not starter homes,” says Sumit Agarwal, professor of finance at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. “The people buying these homes may be in some sense stretched. They are looking for every angle they can to get a bigger house.”