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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.

  • 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."

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  • 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."

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  • 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.”

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  • Is the NDA Government's Flagship Initiative Jan Dhan Yojana Bearing Fruit on the Ground?

    An op-ed by Sumit Agarwal, professor of finance: “There is a big debate about the activity role of financial markets and products in shaping consumer welfare and real economic.”

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  • Is Investing in Bitcoin Worth It?

    Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, allow investors to put money into a lot of companies at once. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is deciding whether to approve a new Bitcoin-back ETF, which could help legitimize the digital currency. Georgetown University's James Angel dropped by to discuss whether he thinks investing in the fund would be a worthwhile investment. Afterwards, we'll talk about the connection between smart devices and first amendment rights, and then look at a chatbot that can help asylum seekers in the U.S.

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  • 3 Reasons to Invest In South Africa

    An op-ed by Allan Eberhart, professor of finance: “When Nelson Mandela was released from a 27-year prison term in 1990, with much of it spent doing hard labor and virtually no contact with family or the rest of the outside world, he could have easily emerged a bitter man bent on revenge. Yet his response to this imprisonment, and to the institutionalized oppression he experienced beforehand, was to forgive—though not to forget—and move forward. After he was elected President of South Africa, Mandela traveled the world to tout his country on many levels, including one that welcomed international investors.”

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  • Latest Data Show Strengthening Economy, Set Stage for Rate Hikes

    An op-ed by Sumit Agarwal, professor of finance: The January inflation numbers are in. With Consumer Price Index (CPI) registering at 2.5 percent and the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) index registering at 1.9 percent, we are now circling the Fed’s long-term target inflation rate of 2 percent.

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  • Fed Poised for 3 Rate Hikes in 2017 Following Yellen's Capitol Hill Visit

    An op-ed by Sumit Agarwal is the William G. Droms Term Professor of Finance: “Since Janet Yellen became chair of the Federal Reserve, there have been significant improvements in the key macroeconomic indicators. The unemployment rate has dropped from 6.6 percent to 4.8 percent, the inflation rate is 2.1 percent and the stock market is up by nearly 30 percent.”

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  • A Simple, Just Fix to Voter Fraud: Take Fingerprints

    An op-ed by James Angel, associate professor of finance: “The specter of voter fraud hangs over our electoral process and undermines the legitimacy of our elected leaders. Partisans on one side see fraudsters cavorting with the communists under their beds. Partisans on the other side claim that there is no such thing because no one is in prison for it.”

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