Servicers and Self-Dealing

I’ve been teaching at the graduate level for years, and at times, I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a PhD. In the end, I always came to the same conclusion; I didn’t want to spend my professional life writing papers that no one would read, and...

Uber Data

I’m a little bit of a data junkie. I love collecting odd facts, and as a result, people often ask me for help in sourcing data. Here’s my favorite odd data source this year. One common problem with retail developments is that one needs to nail down the...

Sunshine State

Over ten plus years of teaching, I’ve received a wide range of questions. Usually, I get asked the normal stuff such as advice on getting a job, a technical issue in finance that someone finds challenging, book suggestions, etc. And then there are the fun ones....

Removing passwords from Excel

If I were to make a list of things that irritate me, one of them would be when someone puts worksheet protection on an Excel workbook. It annoys me for two reasons: 1. Excel was designed to be an open format, and to facilitate the flow of financial information. When...

MBA vs. MSRE degrees

One of the most common questions I receive from attendees at my seminars is this: “Should I go to an MBA or MSRE program? What’s the difference and what’s a better fit for me?” Before I get to the punch line, I’d like to give you a little...