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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In 2010 a young San Francisco company was nagging uninsured teenagers with severe asthma into being healthier. The firm, BeWell Mobile, offered customized disease management software via devices like cell phones, and was trying to grow. An eight month study of the effectiveness of the BeWell system asked the [...]

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Finance professor Stefan Nagel and his co-author have demonstrated that personally experiencing something like the Great Depression has a significant impact on how we invest our money.

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Stanford Graduate School of Business students heard a sobering history lesson about the perils facing today’s economy. At the end of World War II, the United States had accumulated substantial debt. But our country’s economy still took off, fueled by soldiers returning home to join the workforce and by new manufacturing technologies honed during wartime [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Despite civil unrest in places like Tunisia and Egypt, it’s a good time to be setting one’s entrepreneurial sites on the African continent, concluded more than two dozen investors, consultants, former government officials, and business people, who shared their views with a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience on [...]

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By Joyce Routson Although Nobel Laureate William F. Sharpe didn’t give listeners any new advice about how to weather the current financial crisis and fill the holes in their portfolios, he did explain during a speech on the Stanford University campus how futile it is to read sure-thing investing books or watch the latest financial [...]

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Panel discussion ran the gamut from how the U.S. got into this mess; how this crisis fits in with past credit crises; and whether the financial sector is really sufficiently “different’’ than the rest of the economy to warrant a $700 billion rescue courtesy of the American taxpayer.

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Business School Finance Professor Darrell Duffie discusses the effects of having the country’s two largest mortgage finance companies placed into conservatorship and what it means for taxpayers and the economy.

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By Marguerite Rigoglioso Why do people herd around risky investments, causing “bubbles” that inevitably burst and leave most investors losers? Couldn’t the players in the dot-com bust, for example, have seen disaster looming? Why did more investors not get out earlier, and why did they continue to pump money into already overinflated stocks? Similar questions [...]

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by Andrea Orr With raising families and advancing their careers, MBAs often shortchange personal finance planning. Mary Wilson knows more about money than the average person. Since receiving her MBA from the Graduate School of Business in 1993, she has held several senior positions in finance, most recently serving as the chief financial officer of [...]

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by Kathleen O’Toole Magnetic resonance imaging machines are widely used to diagnose physical illnesses. Now they also hunt down abnormalities in theories of the mind. One of the granddaddies of those theories concerns the rational self-interested investor who knows his or her own needs best and will do a better job of investing for retirement [...]

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