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Kenan Scholars Take On the Capitol

February 09, 2018

It’s not every day that students can walk through the halls of state government and shake hands with policymakers, but on January 26, a group of Kenan Scholars did just that. More

Work of Kenan Institute Director Greg Brown Cited by Bloomberg

February 07, 2018

A research paper co-authored by Kenan Institute Director Greg Brown is cited in a recent Bloomberg View post by columnist Matt Levine.  The post, “Are Banks Worthless?,” looks at passive investing, the performance of banks’ investment products, and other current financial topics.  Brown’s paper, co-authored with Söhnke Bartram and René Stultz, explores the reasons for historically low idiosyncratic risk in recent years. More


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Kenan Institute Director Greg Brown Featured on Carolina Business Review

January 03, 2018

Greg Brown joined former NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla; Terry Keating, executive vice president of Accord Financial; and show host Chris William for an end-of-year, Carolinas-centric look at tax reform, the urban-rural divide, foreign trade, and economic development, among other topics. The show aired on PBS stations in North and South Carolina in December. More

Latest Research

Analyst Forecast Data Feeds Are Not What They Used to Be

February 14, 2018

Since 2001, the number of one-quarter-ahead financial items forecasted by analysts and disseminated via FactSet and I/B/E/S data feeds has risen from 5 to 170+. We show that the income statement, cash flow statement, balance sheet, ratio/other, and KPI forecast surprises related to this dissemination are strongly associated with increases in the information content of earnings announcements. More


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