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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.

  • Securities Lending ‘No Barrier’ to Shareholder Activism

    A paper by Reena Aggarwal from Georgetown University, Pedro Saffi from the University of Cambridge, and Jason Sturgess at DePaul University analyzed the trends shown by investors recalling stocks lent out to third parties. “We find a marked reduction in the lendable supply prior to the proxy record date and an increase in borrowing demand and fees around the record date,” the authors wrote in a paper titled “The Role of Institutional Investors in Voting: Evidence from the Securities Lending Market.”


  • HJ Heinz Buys Kraft to Build $28 Billion Food Giant

    James Angel, an associate professor of finance at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, said that will probably result in job losses. "Even though it is painful for the people involved, those resources will be freed up for other, potentially more productive, uses," he said.


  • Why Apple is Replacing AT&T in the Dow

    Adding Apple required removing another company, and Blitzer says he and his partners picked AT&T because they needed to reduce the index's share of telecommunications companies, and the index also includes Verizon. But Jim Angel, associate professor of finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, says it's also a sign of AT&T's declining significance, and the rise of the "iCompany."


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.