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Banking compensation going back up

Despite the taxpayer bailouts and regulators pressuring Wall Street’s compensation culture, finance-industry pay is expected to push to a record high of $140 billion this year.  Former Federal Reserve Bank examiner Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance at the School of Management, says only emplyees that take low risks and make large profits should be rewarded. […]

Senate Finance okays healthcare bill

With only one Republican voting yea, the Senate Finance Committee has approved its healthcare-reform bill and the deal making should begin in earnest to meld it with a more liberal version from another committee.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “In Urgent Need of Reform: Saving the U.S. Healthcare System,” says the Finance […]

Skilling gets SCOTUS appeal

Convicted Enron CEO Jeff Skilling will get the chance to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court his federal conviction on conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading, and lying to auditors.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and legal ethics, says it shouldn’t matter whether a manager directly or indirectly benefited from a wrongful act. […]

Glaxo bets on pandemics

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline PLC has spent more than $3.2 billion over the past five years on research and acquisitions specifically related to an anticipated flu pandemic.  Now comes the payoff as the swine flu sweeps the world.  Law Professor Kevin Outterson, head of the Health Law Program and an authority on drug marketing, said Glaxo […]

Tom Whalen on President Obama’s fight for healthcare reform

Boston Globe bidding deadline

With the bidding deadline for the Boston Globe here, some question if the two potential buyers – the California investment firm Platinum Equity, and the Taylor family – can handle the reported $115 milion in pension liabilities.  Journalism Professor Fred Bayles, a former AP and USA Today reporter and long-time Globe watcher, says this all reflects […]

Healthcare reform heads to the floor

The great healthcare-reform debate now moves to the floor of the House and Senate where Democrats wrestle with balancing priorities between affordable insurance and comprehensive benefits.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “In Urgent Need of Reform: Saving the U.S. Healthcare System,” says it’s a false choice which doesn’t address the need for […]

D.C. considers gay marriage

The D.C. Council is considering a bill to legalize gay marriages in the District of Columbia.  The question is, will Congress block it?  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on the same-sex marriage national debate, says the answer revolves around whether conservatives will expend their political capital on this symbolic issue. Contact Linda […]

Treasury less than candid with bailout

A report from the inspector general overseeing the government’s bailout of the banking system says the Treasury Department was less than candid last fall about the health of the bailed-out banks.  Visiting law Professor Elizabeth Nowicki, a former SEC attorney and Wall Street lawyer, says such lack of transparancy is what caused a run on […]

Nike denies Vick re-sign

Despite what his agent said, NFL quarterback Michael Vick has not re-signed an endorsment deal with Nike, which had dumped Vick two year ago following his arrest for bankrolling a dog-fighting ring.  College of Communication Professor Chris Cakebread, who teaches sports marketing and advertising, says the risk to Nike is minimal one way or the […]