Finance Matters

Finance Matters

Finance Matters: The MIT Sloan Finance Group Blog

Finance Matters is the MIT Sloan Finance Group’s platform for sharing the latest on Finance faculty research, perspectives on financial industry news, MIT Sloan finance-related events, and will feature guest posts from our faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates.

Welcome to Finance Matters

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on October 17, 2012

MIT is often referred to as home to the “pioneers of modern finance,” including luminaries such as Fischer Black, John Cox, Robert Merton, Franco Modigliani, Stewart Myers, Stephen Ross, Paul Samuelson and Myron Scholes. With traditions deeply rooted in finance, today the MIT Sloan Finance Group continues its commitment to training the next generation of finance professionals. Through new programs, growing course offerings, and a commitment to groundbreaking research and policy analysis, MIT remains a leader in financial thought and…
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We Put Financial Advisers to the Test–and They Failed

Posted by Antoinette Schoar on February 21, 2017

From The Wall Street Journal The world we live in asks us to make an abundance of financial decisions every day. These range from the inane, such as whether to risk a parking ticket when you stop for one minute to drop off your dry-cleaning; to the highly complex, such as which funds and investment products to pick for your retirement savings. All of these decisions require risk-return tradeoffs. Unfortunately, while people have many opportunities in life to perfect their…
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Rethinking How the Housing Crisis Happened

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on November 9, 2016

New research casts into doubt the central storyline of 2008—that this was ever a subprime crisis to begin with. “In 2006, Robert and Julia Tanner borrowed $30,000 to put an enclosed patio on their home that they had somehow managed to live without for 25 years. Why don’t you ask them about that when they’re spitting in your face while you walk them to the curb? Why don’t you ask the bank what the hell they were thinking giving these…
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Reception Held in Honor of Bengt Holmström, co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on November 2, 2016

On  Tuesday, November 1st the MIT Sloan Office of the Dean, Finance Group and Applied Economics Group co-hosted a reception in honor of Professor Bengt Holmström. Approximately 175 faculty, students and staff members gathered to congratulate Professor Holmström on being selected as the co-recipient of the 2016 Svergies Riksbank Prize in Economics Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Speakers included David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean, Professor Robert Gibbons, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management, Professor Stephen Ross, Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial…
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