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Lingo: Bootstrapping

Finance maestro Jim Nolen explains the concept of “bootstrapping'” a start-up, and why people who want to be their own boss try to avoid venture capital for as long as possible.

Message from the Markets

Sheridan Titman , a Finance Professor at UT’s McCombs School of Business, spoke about the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill on stock prices in an auditorium of the University of Texas’ West Pickle Research Building, about 650 miles from the site of an oil spill endangering coastal shores on the Gulf of Mexico.


Sheridan Titman
McCombs School of Business

LINGO: Moral Hazard

Economist and McCombs senior lecturer of finance Michael Brandl explains “moral hazard,” a phrase that google-trended into the stratosphere as the financial crisis unfolded.

Staying the Course: The Role of Investment Style Consistency in the Performance of Mutual Funds

Keith Brown, professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business, presented his research on the investment performance of mutual fund managers. Brown and his fellow researchers found that while a mutual fund’s investment style (small cap vs. large cap and value vs.growth continuum) influences the returns it generates, little is known about how a manager’s execution of the style decision affects portfolio performance. The research shows that when mutual fund managers maintain a consistent investment style it leads to a higher risk-adjusted profitability.

Strategies for Growth: Succeeding in Uncertain Times Industry Panel

On September 17, 2009, Texas Executive Education presented an industry panel on Strategies for Growth in Trying Times. John Hanks – VP, National Instruments; Tiffany Dávila-Dunne – EVP, BBVA Compass; and John Berra – Chairman, Emerson Process Management, discussed the strategies they use to navigate turbulent economic times. All three companies adhered to their corporate founding principles and long-term strategies while maintaining flexibility to explore new opportunities.

The Subprime Crisis-Who Is to Blame?

Dr. Leeds, senior finance lecturer at McCombs School of Business, reviews a myriad of entities who are to blame for the subprime crisis, among them – homebuyers, mortgage brokers, bankers, the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

An Update on the Current Financial Crisis – with Michael Brandl

Michael Brandl presents his observations about the world’s financial situation to a joint information session for the Texas Executive MBA and Texas Evening MBA programs at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, bright and early on the morning of April 3, 2009.