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Does private equity backing make firms stronger or weaker?
April 23, 2020

What the Current Crisis Means for Private Equity

Access to capital will likely buoy some PE firms and the companies they back. Others will be less lucky.

Stock trader choosing route
April 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis Reveals How Short-Term, Shareholder-First Thinking Still Rules the Day

From questionable buybacks to overly restrictive M&A clauses, a recent pledge to consider other stakeholders is ringing hollow.

A job hunter googles job information.
April 1, 2020

The Unprecedented Stock-Market Reaction to COVID-19

A new analysis explains why this pandemic really is different.

Promises to incorporate ESG criteria into investing have gone unfulfilled.
March 18, 2020

Many Funds Have Committed to Socially Responsible Investing—But Few Are Following Through

As money flows into ESG funds, new evidence shows that most asset managers aren’t actually changing their investment behaviors.

There’s a business case for getting more women in tech and finance.
March 2, 2020

Yes, Investors Care About Gender Diversity

By recruiting more women, tech and finance companies stand to add millions to their stock value.

Man cheers on first and last horses in race
March 2, 2020

How to Pick a Loser

A hedge-fund manager explains what most traders get wrong about short selling and when to go long on a diamond in the rough.

March 2, 2020

Why Financial-Market Pioneer Richard Sandor Is Building “the Most Boring Benchmark in America”

A conversation with the creator of AMERIBOR about interest-rate benchmarks in a post-LIBOR world.

Employee turnover improving teamwork.
February 3, 2020

Why Companies Shouldn’t Necessarily Fear Higher Employee Turnover

In private equity, team stability has long been prized. But new research shows that higher turnover leads to better performance.

Economists have uncovered a better way to predict fluctuations in exchange rates.
January 2, 2020

Predicting Exchange Rates Is Hard. Could Dusting Off an Old Technique Help?

Investors take note: the “real exchange rate” may be a more accurate long-term forecaster than economists thought.

fintech growth among customers and retailers
January 2, 2020

How a Cash Crunch in India Led to the Widespread Adoption of E-Pay Technology

The rapid spread of a fintech app offers lessons for companies and policymakers.

Economists look back at what alternative monetary policies could have led to a quicker recovery from the financial crisis.
December 2, 2019

Two Ways the Economy Could Have Recovered Faster after the Great Recession

Doubling down on these monetary policies could help combat future financial crises.

CEO listens to stakeholders including customers, employees, and the community.
September 19, 2019

Is Maximizing Shareholder Value a Thing of the Past?

Top CEOs recently “redefined” the purpose of a corporation. Kellogg faculty weigh in.

Groucho Marx reads a stock ticker.
August 2, 2019

The Groucho Marx Theory of Efficient Markets

A finance professor argues that markets remain efficient only if enough people believe they are not.

A trader looks at a volatile stock market chart made up of newspaper headlines.
June 3, 2019

What Causes Stock Market Swings?

Tariffs? Job reports? Oil prices? A new volatility index pinpoints which factors make investors feel uncertain.

An investor uses two connecting ladders to climb a tall dollar sign.
May 2, 2019

A Comprehensive Model for Building Winning Stock Portfolios

Linking fundamental analysis and portfolio optimization may be the key to solving the “investor’s problem.”

Two women at a retirement party, looking at an almost empty piggy bank.
April 1, 2019

Three Quarters of Americans Aren’t Putting Enough into Their 401(k)s

With employers shifting away from pensions, there’s an urgent need for improved financial literacy.

Investors discuss doing business in China
February 5, 2019

How Chinese Businesses Establish Credibility with Foreign Investors

Where contract law is lax, investment banks step in to vet companies.

A home made of dollar bills blows away
January 7, 2019

Not Everyone Benefited from Lower Interest Rates During the Great Recession

The Fed wanted to help struggling homeowners. But new lending rules undermined its efforts.

Quantifying the value of sustainable practices.
November 6, 2018

Does It Pay Off to Invest in Companies That Engage in Sustainable Practices?

New research helps to quantify the value of “ESG” initiatives.

Trying to borrow money from the bank.
November 6, 2018

Which Businesses Are More Likely to Get a Loan During a Credit Crunch?

Banks get picky when cash dries up.

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