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Board of Advisors Member Thom Ruhe Tapped for Gov. Cooper’s Entrepreneurial Council

March 11, 2019

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed NC IDEA President and CEO Thom Ruhe to his newly-formed entrepreneurial council. Ruhe, who also serves on the Kenan Institute Board of Advisors, is one of 16 business leaders charged with designing policies that encourage entrepreneurship, foster economic development and support sustainable, high-quality jobs. More

Tax Reform Made Me Do It!

March 08, 2019 • UNC Tax Center

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on Dec. 22, 2017 dropped the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, creating the prospect of substantially improved cash flows for many U.S. companies.  While the effects of this tax cut are still working their way through the economy, it’s not too early to ask an important question: where did (or will) the money go? More

Institute Insights: Are Share Buybacks a Bad Thing?

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March 05, 2019

Recent Congressional proposals have advocated restricting companies’ ability to buy back their own shares. Some would suggest that imposing such restrictions is a bad thing. More

North Carolina Investment Forum Looks to Bolstering Economic Development

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March 04, 2019

Discussions at the forum, sponsored by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, ranged from the federal Opportunity Zones program to making the transition from angel to institutional investing. More

Kenan Institute Hosts John Allison, Former BB&T Chair and CEO

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February 28, 2019

Allison, currently Executive in Residence at the Wake Forest School of Business, spoke to a full house at the Kenan Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as part of an exclusive conversation on leadership with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School students. More

Renewing the Discussion on Renewables

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February 26, 2019

Renewable energy sources – particularly wind and solar – offer many benefits. One downside, however, is that they only produce electricity when nature cooperates. What are the costs of this intermittency? More

Greg Brown, Christian Lundblad and Philip Howard’s Hedge Fund Research Featured in Bloomberg News Article

February 26, 2019

Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown, Director of Research Christian Lundblad and Senior Research Associate Philip Howard's research warns of the risks of investing in crowded hedge funds – particularly during periods of market distress. “The crowdedness of an equity position is an important ingredient for characterizing risk,” the trio wrote in their latest paper "Crowded Trades and Tail Risks." More

Navigating an Era of ‘Certain Uncertainty’

February 19, 2019 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

Terrorist attacks. Oil spill disasters. Ebola outbreaks. Our world today is defined by what Jim Johnson, director of the Kenan Institute-affiliated Urban Investment Strategies Center, terms an atmosphere of “certain uncertainty.” Johnson spoke on what individuals need to survive this new reality at the Feb. 12 Carolina Conversations event at UNC-Chapel Hill. More

Urban Investment Strategies Center’s Jim Johnson Warns of Declining Role of Men in Society

February 18, 2019 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

Dr. Jim Johnson, director of the Kenan Institute-affiliated Urban Investment Strategies Center, was recently featured in a WRAL-TV report and website article on what he sees as a major problem facing society – the declining role of men. Johnson points to poor performance in grade school, high incarceration rates and discrimination as some of the factors leading to the change. Johnson says the effects will have wide implications, including a decrease in the eligibility pool of marriageable men. More

Kenan Scholars Trek to Raleigh to Learn about North Carolina State Government

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February 08, 2019

On Feb. 8, 2019, the Kenan Scholars traveled to Raleigh to meet with government leaders and administrators for their annual North Carolina Capital Trek. More