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UM Unveils Florida S&P Index


UM Unveils Florida S&P Index

The School of Business Administration has established a new custom S&P Dow Jones stock market index to measure the performance of publicly traded companies in Florida. The University of Miami’s Florida 50 Index is the first index to measure performance of firms from the S&P Composite 1500 Index headquartered in a single state, and the first custom S&P Dow Jones index owned by a university.

The index is based on the capitalizations of about 50 Florida-based large-, mid- and small-cap companies included in the S&P 1500 index having common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. It is intended to become an effective representation of the stock market and a bellwether for the Florida economy.

The index is available under ticker symbol UMIAMIFL through the S&P website.

“The establishment of the University of Miami’s Florida 50 Index illustrates our commitment to producing knowledge that can have a positive impact on the wider community,” said Gene Anderson, dean of the School of Business Adminstration. “By gauging and regularly reporting on the performance of the top corporations in Florida, we will provide new insight that we believe will be valuable and of significant interest to businesses, policy makers, and individuals statewide and beyond.”

The objectives of the index are:

  • To assess daily investor confidence of the Florida business climate;
  • To promote a better understanding, analysis, and forecast of changes in the Florida economy;
  • To provide a means of incorporating empirical measures of investor buying and selling behavior into trading models;
  • To gauge the overall levels of bullishness/bearishness in Florida’s economy vs. nationwide.

Interestingly, from January 20, 2004 (the date used to set the index) to December 31, 2015, the University of Miami’s Florida 50 Index beat the S&P 1500 by more than 30 percent.

As of December 31, 2015, the index’s 10 largest firms were NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE), CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX), Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL), Roper Industries (NYSE:ROP), Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL), Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS), Jarden Corporation (NYSE:JAH), Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS), Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), and Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN).

“We are excited to be the chosen as the calculation agent for the University of Miami,” said Michael Mell, director of custom indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “By expanding our custom hybrid indexing capabilities beyond financial services, S&P DJI is able to provide the academic community with benchmarks tailored to their unique needs.”

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Preview Graduate Business Programs on Saturday, January 23

Join the University of Miami School of Business Administration for a half-day information session at the Newman Alumni Center on Saturday, January 23 and learn about the school’s specialized master’s programs in accounting, business analytics, economics, finance, international business, leadership, and taxation. Talk one-on-one with current graduate students about their experience and meet the graduate business admissions team. Hear about the Ziff Graduate Career Services Center, which is dedicated to our graduate business students, and take advantage of the opportunity to network. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the session, which begins at 9 a.m. To register, visit bus.miami.edu/graduateprograms.

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Executive M.B.A. for Health Care Professionals Program Starts January 8; Scholarships Available for UM Employees

There’s still time to apply to the Executive M.B.A. for Health Care Professionals program offered by the School of Business Administration. Designed for working professionals in the health care industry, the program starts January 8 and meets once a month on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Applications are still being accepted and UM employees may be eligible for scholarships based on merit. To apply,  contact Priscilla Ferreira at 305-284-3981 or pferreira@bus.miami.edu. For more information, visit bus.miami.edu/UMhealthMBA.

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UM Researchers Cited Among Most Influential in Their Fields

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Philip D. Harvey, A. “Parsu” Parasuraman, Shigui Ruan, and Brian Soden.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 14, 2015)—Four UM scholars are included in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2014, which recognizes scientists whose published works are most cited by fellow researchers. Earning the “mark of exceptional impact” were Philip D. Harvey, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; A. “Parsu” Parasuraman, chair of the Department of Marketing; Shigui Ruan, professor of mathematics; and Brian Soden, professor of atmospheric sciences.

Harvey, who is also chief of the Division of Psychology at the Miller School of Medicine, specializes in cognitive, severe mental illness, and neuropsychiatric conditions, including traumatic brain injury, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. Through his work, he has pioneered standards of care.

Parasuraman, who also holds the James W. McLamore Chair in Marketing at the School of Business Administration, has focused his research on defining, measuring, and leveraging service quality; the role of technology in service delivery; and strategies for effectively marketing technology-based products and services.

At the College of Arts and Sciences, Ruan focuses on nonlinear dynamics of differential equations. He uses mathematical models to study biological, epidemiological, and medical problems, such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria and immune response to HIV infections.

Soden, who is also associate dean for professional masters at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, investigates the magnitude of key climate feedback processes, such as water vapor and clouds, and the response of extreme weather events, including hurricanes and extreme precipitation, atmospheric circulation, and wind events, to changes in climate from global warming.


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Professor Named to Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers


Professor Named to Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers

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Laura Guiliano

Laura Giuliano

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2015)—Laura Giuliano, an associate professor of economics in the School of Business Administration, has been appointed to the staff of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. Giuliano will serve one term as senior economist for labor and education beginning at the end of August.

The council, which consists of the chair and two senior members, offers the president expert economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. It bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to advise the president. The council is supported by up to 10 senior economists—each of whom works on different major areas of the economy.

Giuliano’s duties will include helping to prepare daily and monthly briefings for President Obama and council members and contributing to the annual Economic Report of the President. One regular task will be to help interpret the “jobs report” that is published each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“As a senior economist for labor and education, I will provide economic analysis on a wide range of issues involving labor market policy, such as the minimum wage and overtime compensation, as well as issues related to anti-poverty programs, education, and work/family policy,” said Giuliano. “I will also work with other parts of the White House, the Department of Labor and the Department of Education.”

Giuliano has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California—Berkeley, a master’s in international relations from Yale University, and bachelor’s in economics from the University of Virginia. She has been with the University of Miami  since 2004.




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