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Michelle Hanlon

Michelle Hanlon

Howard W. Johnson Professor

Department: Professor of Accounting

Contact: (617) 253-9849, mhanlon@mit.edu

Expertise: Accounting; Accounting fraud; Book-tax conformity; Dividend policy; Financial reporting; Fraud; International tax; Tax policy; Taxation

Andrew Lo

Andrew Lo

Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor

Department: Professor of Finance

Contact: (617) 253-0920, andrew.lo@mit.edu

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John Parsons

John Parsons

Department: Senior Lecturer / MBA Program Finance Track Head

Contact: (617) 324-3745, jparsons@mit.edu

Expertise: Capital budgeting; Climate policy; Corporate diversification; Corporate finance; Corporate strategy and policy; Derivatives; Dividend policy; Emissions trading; Energy; Environment; Environmental economics; Environmental policy; Finance; Financial engineering; Financial markets; Gas; Hurdle rates; Nuclear power; Oil; Public utilities; Risk management; Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Ross Watts

Ross Watts

Department: Professor of Accounting, Emeritus

Contact: (617) 253-2668, rwatts@mit.edu

Expertise: Accounting; Accounting standards; Activity Based Management (ABM); Asia Pacific; Auditing; Canada; Capital budgeting; Contracting; Corporate disclosure practices; Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Debt contracts; Dividend policy; Earnings management; Earnings manipulations; Financial reporting; Financial statement analysis; Hong Kong; Management control; Managerial accounting; New Zealand; Statement analysis; Taiwan; United Kingdom; United States

The board’s role in share repurchases – Robert Pozen

From MIT Sloan Management Review Capital allocation is a significant function for company directors. How much of the company’s profits gets reinvested in the business rather than distributed to shareholders through cash dividends or share repurchases is a critical decision companies must make. Boards of directors typically approve a dividend policy and precise amounts for each quarter: Everyone knows that cutting the dividend will result in a sharp decline in the share price. Yet in many companies, decisions about the level and timing of share repurchases are left to management. That stems partly from differences in legal requirements: The board must formally approve the amount of the company’s quarterly dividend but not its repurchases. Moreover, the implementation of the repurchase program is heavily influenced by the company’s actual cash flows. Nevertheless, share repurchases are something to which directors should pay more attention. Specifically, directors should carefully consider the capital allocated … Read More » The post The board’s role in share repurchases – Robert Pozen appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.

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