BU experts on JPMorgan, Facebook, Yahoo, Series I savings bonds, and homeownership

May 17th, 2012

Below is a sampling of quotes by experts from BU’s School of Management on recent issues impacting the business world:

JPMorgan’s Trading Loss Is Said to Rise at Least 50% (New York Times): “JPMorgan Chase has a big hedge fund inside a commercial bank. They should be taking in deposits and making loans, not taking large speculative bets.” Mark Williams

Order ‘Big Short’ for an Out-to Lunch Congress (Bloomberg): “For all the criticism of the Dodd-Frank Act, one thing the law does right is fill the informational and analytical blind spots that allowed our economy to unwittingly approach the precipice of disaster.” Co-written by Zvi Bodie and Cornelius Hurley (Center for Finance, Law & Policy)

JPMorgan Chase $2 Billion Trading Loss (Wisconsin Public Radio “Kathleen Dunn”): Mark Williams joins the discussion on risk-taking by banks and current Federal regulations.

What does Facebook’s stock listing mean for users? (AFP): “Facebook needs to maintain the familiar look and feel of its pages while incorporating timeline, social app updates and sponsored ads.” N. Venkat Venkatraman

Mine, yours, ours: Owning a priority but sharing finds niche (Reuters): “The sharing economy is seeing a re-birth of sorts in suburban and urban communities. Neighbors around the cul-de-sac, for example, may decide they don’t each need to own a leaf blower, power washer and lawn mower.” Frederic Brunel

I Bonds Are Best fo Most Investors (AdvisorOne): Q&A with Zvi Bodie who says Series I savings bonds are the best investment for most people.

Yahoo names Levinsohn interim CEO (Associated Press): “They’ve had expensive and talented investigators turning over every rock and pebble to find something they could use for leverage. Yahoo has been embattled for such a long time that there are a lot of people prepared to believe the worst about that company. When you’re angry at the management and the board, when nothing’s going right and you’re losing money, it’s understandable that shareholders would adopt an ‘off with their head’ attitude.” James Post

JPMorgan’s $2-billion loss renews calls for tough financial rules (Los Angeles Times): “This event has really tarnished his reputation and especially his credibility.” Mark Williams

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