Dollars and Sense

Why does SMU hide its financial information?

Why does SMU hide its financial information?

May 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm 0 comments

In the world of finance, there’s a rule known as the “Chinese Wall.” It refers to the information barrier that exists between the investment banking division and the brokerage division of any large bank. The reason for the barrier is simple: investment bankers, who have access to inside information, can’t […]

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SMU Athletics: The business of sports

SMU Athletics: The business of sports

May 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm 0 comments

In any organization, those in positions of power have to decide on how to allocate resources. In a for-profit company, this decision is made based on what projects and operations will be the most profitable. For a non-profit university, the decision is arguably more complicated. Projects must be assessed based […]

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Less pain at the pump may mean more pain for SMU

Less pain at the pump may mean more pain for SMU

February 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm 0 comments

While low oil prices may be great for prices at the pump, they could have a more dangerous effect on our school’s financial position.

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Online streaming beneficial for students on a budget

Online streaming beneficial for students on a budget

May 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm 0 comments

For many college students, every penny counts. Funding is scarce when it comes to luxuries such as entertainment. Watching movies has historically been pricy, requiring either a $10 ticket at the theater, a $7 rental charge when the movie comes out on DVD, or the full price of purchasing the […]

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American Airlines earnings report

American Airlines earnings report

December 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm 0 comments

American Airlines released its 3rd quarter earnings report for 2013, yesterday. The company made a $530 million profit last quarter. This is 5 times as much profit as it reported one year ago. Additionally, its revenue increased 6% year over year to $6.8 billion. The company reported a net income […]

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Black Friday takes on thanksgiving

Black Friday takes on thanksgiving

December 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm 0 comments

Big box stores tried to get a jump on the holiday sales season by opening on Thanksgiving. Did it work?

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Residential commons raise rent questions

Residential commons raise rent questions

December 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm 0 comments

Will SMU’s new residential commons effect apartment sales in the SMU area?

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October retail sales statistic analysis

October retail sales statistic analysis

December 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm 0 comments

According to preliminary estimates, total retail and food service sales in the U.S. for the month of October are up from the previous month, indicating the government shutdown had little to no effect on consumer spending. Total retail sales have increased 0.4 percent from September. Compared to October 2012, this […]

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Black Friday at a San Antonio Wal-Mart

Black Friday at a San Antonio Wal-Mart

December 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm 0 comments

On the most notorious shopping day of the year, it was mayhem inside one of the many San Antonio Wal-Mart stores. A weary-eyed employee was stationed at every register, operating it as fast as possible. Managers were literally running between checkout stations to give price change overrides and keep the […]

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Black Friday sales rise

Black Friday sales rise

December 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm 0 comments

The holiday season is off to a solid start this year with the number of Thanksgiving weekend shoppers increasing by 1.4% or two million from 2012. According to The National Retail Federation, over [141 million unique shoppers] made their way to stores (and online vendors) over the four- day weekend […]

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