Category: School of Management

Italy’s approval of Monte dei Paschi deal raises new questions

Reuters Mark Williams, School of Management Italy’s Monte dei Paschi bank hoped to become a big player of European finance when it bought rival Antonveneta in 2007… Expert quote: “Bank regulators are always playing catch-up with the banks they are charged with regulating. Monte dei Paschi was a painful personal experience for Draghi. Now he, like […]

Familiar ‘smoke and mirrors’ promote e-cigs

Futurity News Stine Grodal, School of Management A new study investigates how the tobacco industry managed to raise the levels of tar and nicotine in “light” cigarettes for decades without a regulatory crackdown—despite mounting proof of health hazards… Expert quote: “For example, as labels such as ‘low fat’ and ‘low sugar’ became increasingly taken-for-granted shortcuts […]

A priority list for fixing the MBTA

Boston Globe (subscription required) By Mark Williams, School of Management Our epic month of snowstorms has exposed Boston’s weakest link — the MBTA. Crisis planning, risk management, and communication were lacking; suspended, delayed, and reduced services infuriated commuters; loss of productivity and commerce has been staggering. But it can be silver-lining time for the T. […]

Ford hires investment banker Casea to lead investment strategy

Chicago Tribune James Post, School of Management Ford said Tuesday it has hired veteran auto analyst and investment banker John Casesa to lead the carmaker’s global strategy, creating a senior adviser position to Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields… Expert quote: “Casesa has a lot of credibility with people who know the industry and he’ll be […]

‘Smoke and mirrors’ masks dangers of ‘vaping’

Daily Democrat Stine Grodal, School of Management Heavily marketed as a safer, healthful alternative to smoking, electronic cigarettes are under fire from California health officials who have declared “vaping” a public health threat, hoping to head off the type of deceptive manipulation that tobacco companies succeeded with for decades, according to new research from UC […]

Bitcoin Exchange Highlights to Investors Currency’s Ability to Evade Sanctions

Washington Free Beacon Mark Williams, School of Management The most well-financed startup in the bitcoin industry boasted to investors that a major advantage of the electronic currency is that it can be used to flout international economic sanctions, according to an investor presentation obtained by theWashington Free Beacon… Expert quote: “Publicly, at least in writing, […]

A Nasdaq for Bitcoin: VICE News Interviews the Winklevoss Twins About the Future of Cryptocurrency

Vice News Mark Williams, School of Management It’s been more than six years since an anonymous developer created the cyber payment system and currency bitcoin, touted by users for its tenets of decentralization and anonymity… Expert quote: “One of the key ingredients of success with bitcoin is going to be building trust with regulators,” he […]