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June 28, 2022

Congrats to Senior Advisor Prof. Bradford Cornell, who along with co-author Prof. Ivo Welch, have released a new book, Global Climate Change. Global Climate Change provides a comprehensive, data driven analysis of climate change from an economic perspective. It provides a pragmatic analysis of the economic challenges and tradeoffs that must be confronted as part of the

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June 13, 2022

There has been an explosion of interest in ESG investing, in part because many investors believe it leads to superior investment returns. Unfortunately, that belief does not stand up to careful scrutiny as we explain in this latest episode.

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May 19, 2022

Elon Musk recently proposed a buyout of Twitter at 54.20 per share. Twitter stock traded over 50 following the news but in recent weeks the stock has dwindled. What can we infer from Twitter’s stock price about the possibility of Musk’s completing his acquisition of Twitter?

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May 9, 2022

Recent times have been dreadful for investors especially for holders of growth and tech stocks (See “The Crash of the High Fliers”) . Many are waiting for signs of an upturn. Do a few big up days mean the carnage is over?

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May 2, 2022

Growth in earnings doesn’t necessarily equate to growth in a stock’s price. A company’s growth must meet or exceed the expectations of its investors to increase the stock price. When they fall short of these lofty expectations the results generally spell trouble for shareholders.

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Featured Publication

By Bradford Cornell, Shaun Cornell, Andrew Cornell Introduction An investor would have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the appreciation in the value of automobile companies in the last two years. Tesla, of course, is the premier example. In less than two years, its market capitalization has soared from less than $100 billion to over $1.2 trillion at one point. But Tesla is hardly alone. Recent electric entrants like Xpeng, Nio, Rivian, and Lucid have all seen their valuations jump. Even traditional automakers like Ford, GM and Volkswagen saw their valuations rise when they announced electric vehicle plans. This across-the-board run-up is sufficiently unprecedented that it calls for a valuation analysis of the automotive industry. Are the price increases consistent with reasonable fundamental valuation – for all companies in the industry or just a small group? What are the investment implications? Before turning to the data and analysis, there is a key economic principle related to technological innovation and valuation that must be kept in mind. Specifically, a new technology does not translate into value creation for a company that adopts it unless it produces returns on invested capital (ROIC) in excess of the cost

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