Jay Ritter

Demise of largest SPAC ever comes amid market and regulatory headwinds

As an IPO during the go-go year of 2020 for SPACs, Ackman’s Pershing Square Tontine Holdings ran up against a two-year deal deadline facing many SPACs. Blank check companies, or SPACs, typically have 24-months to buy a company or they must return the money they raised to shareholders. As of July 20, there were 590 SPACs still looking for a merger partner, according to Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter. Read

  • U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank for the second quarter in a row marking the beginning of a recession, however, Assistant Professor Gustavo Cortes explains the economic situation is mixed.

    “We have good news, we have bad news, all at the same time,” said Cortes, who has a doctorate in economics. “The bad news for example… the GDP numbers were released. We had another decline this time close to one percentage point. At the same time, you also have good news on the labor market side.”

    Gustavo Cortes

    UF expert on recessions explains the GDP decline

    WCJB
  • In this episode of Forecasting Impact, Clinical Professor and Director of the Business Analytics and AI Center Jim Hoover shares some of his experiences in the U.S. Navy where he worked in several decision-making roles and used forecasting/operation research tools for over two decades.

    Hoover emphasises the importance of open source software development and calls for academic cooperation on building an open access platform for sharing the best forecasting practices with industry practitioners and SMEs. He also shares his thoughts on bridging the gaps between industry and academia.

    Jim Hoover

    Forecasting Impact with Jim Hoover

    International Institute of Forecasters
  • As an IPO during the go-go year of 2020 for SPACs, Ackman’s Pershing Square Tontine Holdings ran up against a two-year deal deadline facing many SPACs. Blank check companies, or SPACs, typically have 24-months to buy a company or they must return the money they raised to shareholders.

    As of July 20, there were 590 SPACs still looking for a merger partner, according to Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter.

    Jay Ritter

    Demise of largest SPAC ever comes amid market and regulatory headwinds

    MarketWatch
  • Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury provides insights to fact check a claim that the Permian Basin, the U.S.’s most productive oil region, has enough oil to fuel America for 200 years.

    Ted Kury

    Fact check: False claim that Permian Basin oil supply would fuel America for 200 years

    USA Today
  • Research collected by Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter inform this story that asks if too many companies went public too early in the past couple years. Should they have waited until they could deliver the kind of predictable earnings and growth trajectories that public investors favor?

    Jay Ritter

    The Case For Going Public Too Early

    Crunchbase News
Sarah Rosner in front of the Eiffel Tower

MIB Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Rosner

Sarah Rosner recently completed her Master of International Business (MIB) online. After completing her undergraduate degree at UF, Rosner worked with Ferrari, and in August, she goes on to work with Regent Seven Seas Cruises in Miami. Q: Tell us about your background and what you are doing currently. Rosner: “I graduated from University of Florida in December of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in

Almas Khamza

MIB Student Spotlight: Almas Khamza

Almas Khamza is a current student in the Master of International Business (MIB) program. He shares about his experience in the program as an international student, his advice for incoming MIB students and what he likes to do in his downtime.  Q: Tell us about yourself. Khamza: “My name is Almas Khamza. I am from the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan (aka Astana). In 2020, I was awarded the presidential scholarship

Photo of UF's Century Tower surrounded by trees with the UF MBA logo in the foreground.

ROI of a UF MBA is third best in the nation, according to US News

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Over the past five years, the University of Florida’s MBA program has been named among the top 5 in the nation for return on investment for graduates earning $100,000-plus in a ranking from U.S. News and World Report. With a salary-to-debt ratio of 4.4-to-1, UF MBA is the third best program in the nation for return on investment. In 2021, UF MBA reported graduates earning an average