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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/6/2004
Fed, Low Inflation Buoy Treasurys
Allan Meltzer, the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, is quoted in this article about possible inflation. Meltzer says, “What we have to get used to, at least for the moment, is we’re back in a regime that is more typical of history [beyond] the last 40 years.” Meltzer continues to explain that the Fed is waiting to raise interest rates until it is necessary.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/7/2004
Dateline Pittsburgh
This article announces that Carnegie Mellon University’s Integrated Product Development course won the 2003 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Curriculum Innovation Award. Laurie Weingart, professor of organization behavior and theory, is mentioned as one member of the interdisciplinary faculty team teaching the course.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, 1/10/2004
Democrats Zero In On ‘Pathetic’ Job Report
In this article about the recently released employment statistics, Allan Meltzer, the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, said, “It’s a mistake to think that people vote because other people are unemployed. They vote because they worry they’re going to be unemployed.” With the lowest percentage of Americans worried about losing their jobs since Bush took office, the public is feeling optimistic. Democrats argue the findings show that President Bush is not increasing jobs, while Republicans say the economy is strong.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, 1/10/2004
Democrats Zero In On ‘Pathetic’ Job Report
In this article about the recently released employment statistics, Allan Meltzer, the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, said, “It’s a mistake to think that people vote because other people are unemployed. They vote because they worry they’re going to be unemployed.” With the lowest percentage of Americans worried about losing their jobs since Bush took office, the public is feeling optimistic. Democrats argue the findings show that President Bush is not increasing jobs, while Republicans say the economy is strong.

THE FINANCIAL TIMES , 1/11/2004
Argentina stands fast on bond issue
Adam Lerrick, The Friends of Allan H. Meltzer Chair in Economics, is noted as the chief negotiator of the Argentine Bond Restructuring Agency (Abra), representing mainly German and Austrian retail investors. After Néstor Kirchner, president of Argentina, announced that he would not change his initial offer to restructure the $100 billion in debt, Lerrick made the statement: “If Argentina is not willing to negotiate with the committee it would not be negotiating in good faith with its creditors.”

FORBES.COM, 1/14/2004
Newsmaker: JP Morgan’s Harrison caps career with Bank One
In this article about the success of J.P. Morgan’s William Harrison, Dina Dublon (MSIA ‘79) is mentioned as one of the people instrumental in Harrison's climb to the top. Dublon’s knowledge of Wall Street and the industry and her candid approach are reasons why she is so valued.

FORBES.COM, 1/15/2004
Dimon’s star shines but bloodless merger unlikely
Dina Dublon (MSIA ‘79) and David Coulter (BS ‘71 and MSIA ’71) are mentioned in this article about the merger of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Inc. and Bank One Corp. Both approach the merger from the Chase side. Dublon is a Chief Financial Officer and Coulter is a vice chairman, but their positions may change as the companies become one.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/16/2004
J.P. Morgan Reunites Top Women Officers
Dina Dublon (MSIA ’79), financial officer of J.P. Morgan, is featured in this article announcing that Heidi Miller, Bank One’s financial chief, will be joining J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. after the acquisition of the House of Morgan and Bank One Corp. In the male dominated business world, it is a rare to have two powerful women working for one company. “We are both very focused on results and we are both very lucky to have men in power give us opportunities,” said Dublon.

SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON) , 1/18/2004
City Trader Sets Record by Netting 30m Bonus
David Tepper (MSIA 1982) is listed as a benchmark against the success of Driss Ben-Brahim, a Goldman Sachs trader. “Tepper, known as a ‘vulture trader’, buys bonds in companies that are in trouble in the hope they will recover. Last year he made hundreds of millions of pounds by buying bonds in the British companies Marconi and NTL,” according to the article.

THE NEW YORK TIMES , 1/18/2004
The Inside Scoop on Campus Life
Luke Skurman (BS in Business Administration ’02) is the chief executive of College Prowler, a series of student-written guides to colleges, featured in this article. Each guide gives details students won’t find in admissions brochures—drug use, the truth about campus food, the social scene and more.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE , 1/24/2004
Analysis: What looks bad actually may be good
This article about the proposed purchase of Pittsburgh-based FreeMarkets by Ariba Inc. quotes Robert Dammon, professor of financial economics. Dammon says that this merger shows that Pittsburgh can be a part of the knowledge-based economy. According to Dammon, the lack of venture money in the area might be the only factor to hold Pittsburgh back from becoming a big player in this sector.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE , 1/25/2004
Entrepreneurship: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative
This article by Jack Roseman, former adjunct faculty member of entrepreneurship, offers advice for how to handle tough times in the business world. He says after some time for “woe is me” in private, you need to start making improvements: “It’s always possible to change the paradigm. And the reason is that wealth and poverty; good and bad; good times and bad times are different sides of the same coin. And what we ought to do if the coin falls on a bad situation is realize that there is a good one right on the other side.”

TECHYVENT PITTSBURGH , 1/25/2004
How investors value your company: It ain’t science, but it’s not entirely art either
Frank Demmler, associate teaching professor of entrepreneurship, explains there is no single valuation number for a company. “Determining valuation is a largely subjective process. Certainly, crunching numbers on spreadsheets, doing sensitivity analyses, and other quantitative methods are used to calculate different values under different sets of assumptions, but the actual value that an investor will propose is based upon his or her experience,” Demmler said.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE , 1/26/2004
Letters to the Editor
Luke Skurman (BS 2002), CEO College Prowler, wrote to thank the Pittsburgh community for supporting his new company: “As a 23-year-old, entrepreneur, recent graduate and native Californian, I am happy to say that Pittsburgh is where I want to be. While I attended Carnegie Mellon University, I received tremendous support and encouragement throughout my four years. I’m also happy to report that upon starting a business nearly 20 months ago, I’ve continued to receive an enormous amount of respect, validation and continued support from Pittsburgh.”

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR , 1/26/2004
One factor the Fed ignores—we hope
This article about the possibility of politics interfering with Federal Reserve policy quotes Allan Meltzer, the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. The last time there was suspicion over this issue was in 1971 and ’72 when Chairman Arthur Burns was accused of keeping interest rates low to help President Nixon be re-elected. But Meltzer who has studied taped conversations between the two, says that there was no conspiracy.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW , 1/27/2004
Tech firms feeling urge to merge
Robert Dammon, professor of financial economics, is quoted in this article about the merger of FreeMarkets Inc. and Ariba Inc., two competing technology companies. “In the high-tech area, it’s more revenue growth. It’s combining products and technologies that create more value for the end customer and higher revenue,” Dammon said of why mergers are a good trend right now in the technology sector.

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