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February 18, 2019

2 More Universities Go Test Optional

Inside HigherEd, Feb. 18, 2019
Creighton and Ferris State Universities -- the former private and the latter public -- are the latest colleges to announce that they will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. At Ferris State, the program is billed as a pilot.
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Cost-conscious investor? Charles Schwab, Fidelity add hundreds of commission-free ETFs, Feb. 15, 2019
“It is great news for investors,” says Robert R. Johnson, professor of finance at Creighton University. “The move from active investing strategies to passive strategies is forcing financial firms to lower fees. Fee compression is real, and firms understand that investors are becoming much more fee-conscious.”
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How to Invest in Mortgage REITs in 2019

US News & World Report, Feb. 15, 2019
If investors expect interest rates to rise in the future, it is likely that mortgage REITs will struggle, but if investors expect rates to fall, mortgage REITs will likely prosper and provide robust returns, says Robert R. Johnson, professor of finance at Creighton University and co-author of "Invest with the Fed."
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Feed prices appear stable

Beef, Feb. 16, 2019
If Art Douglas, professor emeritus at Creighton University, is correct, El Niño conditions should provide above-normal precipitation to these areas through the summer.
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