Finance focuses on how individuals and business organizations raise money and capital, and how those resources are allocated among competing investment and consumption opportunities. The field focuses on domestic and international financial economies and the role of financial markets and institutions key in the movement of savings and investment capital from lenders to borrowers. It also deals with how individuals and corporate managers evaluate alternative investment and savings opportunities and how they choose among various financial instruments.


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Bradford Ament

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  • Wayne, New Jersey
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Rachel Cinnamon

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  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Finance Analyst General Motors
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Bill Cyrus

Smeal Alumni
  • Lititz, Pennsylvania
  • Assembly Tech/Intern Pelletron Corporation
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Michael DeCotiis

Smeal Alumni
  • New York, New York
  • JD - Juris Doctor New York University
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Victor Fioresi

Smeal Alumni
  • Atlanta, Georgia
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Keith Lynn

Smeal Alumni
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Federal Advisory Financial Manager Guidehouse LLP
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Michael Mazzarese

Smeal Alumni
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Director Of Operations (Special Projects) Ascensus
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  • Denver, Colorado
  • Wealth Planner Aspen Wealth Strategies
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Glenn Miller

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  • York, Pennsylvania
  • Prior VP Finance/CFO
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Krishna Nadella

Smeal Alumni
  • New York, New York
  • Americas Head - Fixed Income/OTC Derivatives Valuations (BVAL) & Regulatory Solutions (RAAP) Sales Bloomberg LP
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Lori Rhoades

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  • Columbus, Ohio
  • National Audit Manager JPMorgan Chase
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Joe Robinson

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