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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.

Is Uber really a $120 billion company?

Vanity Fair says there are signals that Uber could go public as soon as 2019, and the company could offer the biggest payout since Facebook in 2012. The Wall Street Journal reported that even Uber’s most recent valuation of $72 billion is just a fraction of its potential value as a

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Hedge funds that break deals rather than make deals make the big bucks

Activist investors tend to push management teams to sell their businesses to a rival or strategic buyer for a premium valuation. Yet according to a new study by Assistant Professor of Finance Tao Li, the better strategy to profit from merger and acquisition (M&A) deals is to prevent them from

Why more money-losing companies than ever are going public

Through the first nine months of 2018, 83 percent of U.S. companies going public lost money in the 12 months leading up to their IPO. This is the highest proportion since 1980, according to data from Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay R. Ritter. Dr. Ritter looks at the recent trend in this

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Heavener School of Business ranks in top 20 among publics in U.S. News rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Heavener School of Business was ranked No. 19 on U.S. News & World Report’s “2019 Best Undergraduate Business Programs” rankings released Monday, September 10. The Heavener School ranked in the No. 30 position among all U.S. undergraduate programs. It continues to be the highest-ranking undergraduate business

Eduniversal 2018 Best Master's among U.S. publics: #1 Master of Science in Management, #1 Master of Science in Real Estate, #3 Master of International Business, #3 Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, Top 5 Full-Time MBA

Five Hough master’s programs rank in top five among publics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Programs across the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business once again remained in the top five among public institutions in the 2018 edition of Eduniversal’s Best Master’s Ranking. For the second year, the Master of Science in Management took

GSIF gives back to scholarship program

The Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF) made a $9,500 donation to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program this spring. Last year, the fund announced it would be making annual payments through an endowment-like structure that pays three percent of the portfolio value to the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, which pursues

MSF Program hosts panel about responsible investing

The Master of Science in Finance program hosted an important panel on April 27. The discussion was titled “Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) Investing … the Materiality of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues in the Investment Decision Making Process.” The panel was moderated by Emily Chasan, who is the Sustainable

Jay Ritter works with SEC to examine middle-market IPOs

In a recent speech, Robert J. Jackson, Jr. reminisced on his time as a young banker and traveling to Silicon Valley to pitch his firm to companies interested in pursuing an IPO. Back then, he recalled, his company charged a seven percent fee for a middle-market IPO. When Jackson became Commissioner of

How are individual portfolio managers compensated in the US mutual fund industry, and why does it matter for your wallet?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –   Millions of American investors across the nation have long trusted asset management companies, like Fidelity Investments and The Vanguard Group, to manage their mutual fund investments. In fact, in 2017 almost half of all U.S. households (about 56 million) owned mutual funds. In exchange for managing their