Posts Tagged with “Research”

Portfolio managers’ success fades over time

August 14th, 2012

The Aug. 14 issue of BoardIQ published an article about research conducted by Bryant Professor of Finance Jack Trifts and his colleague, Gary Porter, associate finance professor at John Carrol University, in which the team found that even the best solo mutual fund managers seem to get worse at their craft the longer they practice it.

"While the evidence supports the notion that there may be a very small group of managers who can outperform the market over a period of 10 to 15 years, we see no compelling evidence of improvement with experience," the professors wrote. "The evidence is more indicative of a random process."

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Bryant VP among nation’s scholars concerned about training of future R&D workforce

July 18th, 2012


The cover of the new report from the National Science Board

Recent trends in the U.S. government's capacity to educate and train the future R&D workforce are cause for concern, according to Vice President for Academic Affairs José-Marie Griffiths.

Griffiths was among the scientists and scholars behind "Research and Development, Innovation, and the Science and Engineering Workforce," a new report from the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation. The report was released July 16.


Portfolio success: A matter of luck?

July 3rd, 2012

Money Management Executive reports on the research paper published by Professors Jack Trifts and Gary Porter indicating that luck seems to have a lot to do with a fund manager's success.

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How (not) to choose a mutual fund manager

June 14th, 2012

Advisor's Edge reports on research conducted by Professor of Finance Jack Trifts indicating that even the best solo mutual fund managers become worse at their craft over time.

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Is mutual fund prowess luck or skill?

June 13th, 2012

The Mutual Fund Wire interviews Professor of Finance Jack Trifts about his new study that "calls foul on the idea that more experience equals better skill" when it comes to mutual fund managers.

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Mutual fund managers may owe their success to luck more than skill, and that luck will turn, research shows

June 11th, 2012

In this video, Professor of Finance Jack W. Trifts uses the example of a flip of a coin to illustrate how successful mutual fund management is closer to random luck than it is to skill.

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - Mutual fund companies regularly imply, implicitly or explicitly, that manager tenure and experience matter but such claims aren't borne out by research conducted by Bryant University Professor of Finance Jack W. Trifts, Ph.D.

In fact, he and Gary E. Porter, Ph.D., associate professor of finance at John Carroll University's Boler School of Business, found that even the best solo mutual fund managers seem to get worse at their craft the longer they practice it.


Grant will help Bryant professor create African Digital Archive

February 18th, 2012

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To learn more about the genesis and goals of the African Digital Archive and Professor Perullo's work with the African Alliance of Rhode Island, listen to this podcast (12:37 min.) or download here.


SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Alex Perullo, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology and African studies in Bryant's College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $6,000 grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to create the African Digital Archive, an interactive resource containing images, interviews, videos and curriculum materials about African people who have immigrated to Rhode Island.

The archive is an outgrowth of the African Studies Workshops co-sponsored since 2007 by Bryant University and the African Alliance of Rhode Island. The annual workshops have served as a means to create conversations among Africans living in Rhode Island, university students, and the public.


Bryant VP at head of National Science Board study on U.S. competitiveness in science, technology

January 20th, 2012

José-Marie Griffiths, vice president for academics at Bryant University, was quoted in scores of media outlets this week regarding a new study of trends in U.S. global competitiveness in science and technology.

The study was conducted by the National Science Board, the policy-making body for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Griffith, who chaired the committee charged with producing the biennial report, took part in two press briefings held in Washington, D.C., the day the study was released.


The great wall of trust: A look at the importance of guanxi in international business

December 19th, 2011

Chinese culture puts great emphasis on personal relationships, a phenomenon called guanxi. In business relationships with Chinese executives, overseas executives may be at a disadvantage for lack of guanxi.

In a research paper published in the December 2011 Journal of International Business Studies, Crystal Jiang, assistant professor of management, and colleagues Roy Chua of the Harvard Business School, Masaaki Kotabe of the Fox School of Business, and Janet Murray of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, investigate how important this concept is to the Chinese and how foreign executives might overcome the challenge.


WW2-era letters offer a glimpse of R.I. home life

December 7th, 2011

"America entered World War II after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago today. With the vast majority of the nation's resources going, soon after that, toward defense production, rationing and shortages of consumer goods were very much a part of the American home-front experience," Judy Barrett Litoff, professor of history, writes in "Holiday Spam cooked in butter on R.I.'s home front."

Her commentary, which takes a look at how one Rhode Islander coped with such shortages, draws from more than 30,000 letters that are part of the University's U.S. Women and World War II Letter Writing Project.

Litoff has written many books about the experiences of women during World War II. The latest is Dancing with Colonels: A Young Woman's Adventures in Wartime Turkey, for which she served as editor.

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