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Jay Ritter

Warrington finance faculty member named UF Research Foundation Professor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Jay Ritter, Joe B. Cordell Eminent Scholar Chair, was one of 32 faculty members at the University of Florida to be named a UF Research Foundation (UFRF) Professor for 2019-2022. The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong

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IPO tech rush

With more than 200 companies planning to go public this year, Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter weighs in on the wave of IPOs we might see in 2019. See what he had to say about the IPO rush in interviews with CNBC, Bloomberg, The Economist and Yahoo! Finance. Dual-class share

GSIF continues rapid growth

The Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF) made a $13,440 donation to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program this spring. In 2017, the fund announced it would be making annual payments through an endowment-like structure that pays three percent of the portfolio value to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, which

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Lyft Prices IPO at $72 a Share

On Friday, Lyft’s shares began trading on the public markets. Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter shared his IPO insights with The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Toronto Globe and Mail, Associated Press, among others, in relation to the ride-hailing company’s stock-market debut. Read Ritter’s insights in the articles below. Lyft

Lyft files for IPO ahead of Uber

On March 1, rideshare company Lyft filed its S-1 IPO ahead of competitor Uber. Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter spoke with Yahoo! Finance, the New York Times and CCN about how beating Uber to filing its IPO will affect Lyft’s success. Lyft will gain ‘more visibility’ if it heads to

Blank-Check Companies, a Hot IPO Fad, Contain Pitfalls for Investors

An analysis by the Wall Street Journal shows that more than half of the blank-check companies that went public in 2015 and 2016 are now trading below their IPO price. Blank-check companies, often called special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs — hold initial public offerings to raise cash for acquisitions even though

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Want to maximize your mutual fund investment returns? Find a portfolio manager with ‘skin in the game’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – If you’re one of the 56 million Americans that invests in mutual funds, making sure that your portfolio is yielding the best returns is paramount. While your portfolio manager should technically always be looking out for your best interests, how can you be sure that they are

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TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings

Six leading IPO experts, including Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter, discuss the revolution in how tech start-ups go public in this article from TechCrunch. Read Dr. Ritter’s response to the question, “What are the implications of direct listing tech IPOs for financial services, regulation, venture capital, and capital markets activity?”

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Pump-and-dump schemes detrimental to cryptocurrencies and investors, UF Warrington research finds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When it comes to investing, avoiding risk is almost impossible. No matter if you invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or even cryptocurrencies, each can lose value. The difference between standard investments, like stocks, and new forms of investments, like cryptocurrencies, is regulation. While standard forms of

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The Death of the IPO

The number of IPOs is declining, and that could mean that small investors are getting shut out of the most lucrative deals, writes The Atlantic. Dr. Jay Ritter, Cordell Eminent Scholar, shares his thoughts about why he isn’t concerned about the growth of private markets or the decline in IPOs.