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D. Brian Blank

D. Brian Blank

Assistant Professor of Finance, Mississippi State University
Dr. D. Brian Blank is an assistant professor of finance. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, where he developed expertise researching corporate finance and governance. His dissertation focused on corporate political contributions. He has published in journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, European Financial Management, Financial Review, the Journal of Financial Research, and the Journal of Housing Research. Dr. Blank also received the 2016 American Accounting Association Ohio Region Meeting Andrews Best Paper Award. He has received invitations to present his research at conferences such as the Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, Southern Finance Association, European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, and the American Real Estate Society Annual Meetings.

Dr. Blank received his undergraduate education at the University of Alabama, where he also received Masters of Science degrees in Finance and Applied Statistics. Afterwards, he began his career as a Consultant with Accounting, Economics & Appraisal Group, where he provided assistance to companies facing critical challenges including fraud, bankruptcy and litigation. His projects included advising a financial institution victim to a $500 million ponzi scheme; consulting for one of the ten largest United States-based financial institutions; performing due diligence for an international healthcare acquisition; and valuing a business interrupted by the costliest disaster in the history of the United States.

When can we stop worrying about rising prices? The latest inflation report offers no easy answers

Jan 12, 2024 06:33 am UTC| Economy

Tired of thinking about inflations impact on your wallet? Youre not alone. But like it or not, higher prices continue to be an economic and with the presidential race a political issue as we enter the early months of...

Economic lookahead: As we ring in 2024, can the US economy continue to avoid a recession?

Dec 27, 2023 02:20 am UTC| Economy

With economic forecasters rewriting their 2024 outlooks following recent moves from the Federal Reserve, The Conversation turned to two financial economists to share their thoughts on the upcoming year. D. Brian Blank...

Digital Currency Revolution

Sam Bankman-Fried was convicted of fraud following the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Here's what investors need to know

Nov 08, 2023 12:08 pm UTC| Digital Currency Law

In the fast-paced world of cryptocurrency, vast sums of money can be made or lost in the blink of an eye. In early November 2022, the crypto exchange FTX was valued at more than US$30 billion. By the middle of that month,...

Central Banking Series

The Federal Reserve held off hiking interest rates

Sep 23, 2023 03:19 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Federal Reserve officials held interest rates steady at their monthly policy meeting on Sept. 20, 2023 only the second time they have done so since embarking on a rate-raising campaign a year and a half ago. But it is...

Insider trading − the legal kind − is a lot more profitable if you work for a multinational company

Aug 25, 2023 08:20 am UTC| Law

Corporate insiders who trade stocks based on the information they gain on the job earn a lot more if they work at multinational corporations than their peers at U.S. companies with no sales abroad. Thats the main finding...

What are stock buybacks? A finance professor explains why President Biden wants to raise the tax on this controversial use of corporate capital

Feb 14, 2023 13:20 pm UTC| Economy

Companies have been buying back their own stock at record levels something President Joe Biden doesnt care for. In his state of the union address, Biden said corporations ought to do the right thing and invest more of...

Central Banking Series

Federal Reserve is about to hike interest rates once again – so why are mortgage rates coming down?

Dec 19, 2022 16:43 pm UTC| Economy Central Banks

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by half a percentage point on Dec. 14, 2022, to a range of 4.25 to 4.5%, which would be the seventh increase this year. So far in 2022, the Fed has lifted its...

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Economy

Space arms race may be underway

As conflict rages on Earth, an arms race may be underway in outer space. On May 30, a US diplomat warned that Russia had launched a weapon into orbit, something Russias deputy foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov, branded as...

Mauritius’ next growth phase: a new plan is needed as the tax haven era fades

Mauritians will head to the polls by November 2024 and politicians are considering the economic direction of the island country. For the last two decades, the countrys economic growth has depended heavily on its...

Canadians are feeling increasingly powerless amid economic struggles and rising inequality

If you feel like youre being pushed around in life, youre not alone. Our recent research has found that Canadians are increasingly feeling a sense of powerlessness in their lives. This sentiment has been steadily...

Myth: How the US manipulates global markets for economic supremacy

US president, Joe Biden, raised tariffs on Chinese-made goods sharply in May, claiming that the Chinese government has cheated by pouring money into Chinese companies … hurting competitors who play by the rules. The...

The world no longer needs fossil fuels – and the UK could lead the way in making them taboo

North Sea oil and gas has become a battleground issue in the UK general election. The Labour partys manifesto promises an end to issuing new licenses for finding oil and gas. The Conservative party meanwhile proposes a...

Politics

Three ways politicians always promise to raise money without increasing taxes – and why they rarely deliver

After weeks of controversy over Labour and Conservative costings in which each side accused the other of dishonesty the manifestos show that both parties had wildly exaggerated their rivals plans. But there has been...

Election 2024: migrants aren’t to blame for Britain’s housing crisis

Migration has become the most toxic issue in British politics, driving intensely emotional debates that are often based on prejudice and misunderstanding. Similarly emotional is housing a finite resource in high demand at...

How Vladimir Putin projects his image as a modern-day Peter the Great

Russian energy giant Gazprom is reported to have been hit particularly hard by sanctions imposed as a result of the war with Ukraine. An internal report obtained and published by the Financial Times has forecast that the...

Another election, another round of Nigel Farage hype, with no lessons learned

Nigel Farage, a man who has never been elected to the House of Commons despite years of trying, has again been allowed to set the agenda in the UK. Ten years after Ukip won the European parliament elections, throwing...

Trump's 'Huge Fan' Status of Tesla Cybertruck Fuels Growing Alliance with Elon Musk

Elon Musk, during Teslas shareholder meeting, disclosed his growing alliance with Donald Trump, emphasizing Trumps admiration for the Cybertruck. CEO Elon Musk spoke about his relationship with former President Trump...

Science

Nations realise they need to take risks or lose the race to the Moon

The Nasa-led Artemis-3 mission will place the first human boots on the surface of the Moon since Apollo 17s Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt left the lunar surface in December 1972. The goal of the Artemis programme is...

Eye exercises to improve sight – is there any science behind them? An ophthalmologist explains why you shouldn’t buy the hype

You may have seen advertisements claiming to eliminate the need for eyeglasses through vision therapy or vision training basically, eye exercises. These exercises include putting pressure on or palming the eye; eye...

The universe’s biggest explosions made some of the elements we are composed of. But there’s another mystery source out there

After its birth in the Big Bang, the universe consisted mainly of hydrogen and a few helium atoms. These are the lightest elements in the periodic table. More-or-less all elements heavier than helium were produced in the...

Engineering cells to broadcast their behavior can help scientists study their inner workings

Waves are ubiquitous in nature and technology. Whether its the rise and fall of ocean tides or the swinging of a clocks pendulum, the predictable rhythms of waves create a signal that is easy to track and distinguish from...

If an asteroid hit Earth and all the humans died, would the dinosaurs come back?

Many, many years ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Six-year-old Aga knows that a meteorite wiped them out… but could another meteorite bring them back? You can read a print version of this story...

Technology

Canada’s 3iQ Faces Backlash for Misleading Solana ETF Claims

Canadas 3iQ Digital Asset Management is under scrutiny for marketing its Solana fund as an ETF. Critics argue the fund doesnt meet ETF criteria, sparking a contentious debate within the financial community. 3iQs...

Shiba Inu Coin Burn Rate Spikes 530%, Boosting Hopes for SHIB Price Rally

The Shiba Inu coin burn rate surged by 530% on June 21, sparking renewed optimism about a potential SHIB price rally. The dramatic increase has led to speculation about the impact on SHIBs market value. Shiba Inu Coin...

Standard Chartered to Launch Bitcoin, Ether Trading Desk Amid Institutional Demand

Standard Chartered may establish a trading desk for Bitcoin and Ether, responding to increased institutional demand. The multinational bank is working with regulators to support this interest, reflecting the rising...

Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan: 3 Compelling Reasons Bitcoiners Should Also Invest in Ethereum

Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan outlined three compelling reasons why Bitcoin investors should also consider buying Ethereum, emphasizing diversification, unique asset properties, and historical performance during a recent Twitter...
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