Farewell Thoughts from This Business Editor

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Etan Neiman

It’s been hundreds, at least. Since I received the honor of joining the ranks of Commentator editors, I’ve received hundreds of pitches for articles from students and school officials. With each pitched article, I immediately flocked to the same question: would publishing this topic provide value to the students of Yeshiva University? That has been my driving force since I became Business Editor and before that, when I was a staff writer: Provide value and sometimes a voice to the... Read more

Are The Big Four Accounting Firms and Grant Thornton as Great as they Seem?

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Etan Neiman

There is a harmful perception which is pushed at accounting students in colleges across the country and Yeshiva University is no exception. Students, professors and others are all complicit in allowing the advancement of this terribly false narrative. For various reasons, those with a voice who are aware of this inaccurate perception decide not to speak up. I am no longer willing to be one of those people. It is time to say what many won’t: Working at the Big... Read more

Tamid Pitch Night

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Isaac Greenberg

Yeshiva University’s Tamid chapter had a unique opportunity on Tuesday, December 20th to present startup ideas to venture capitalists in a pitch competition. Tamid is a campus club with branches in colleges all over the country. Tamid’s program is designed to offer experiential business learning, with students participating in an interactive classroom curriculum during their first semester on campus, followed by hands-on experience working with companies in Israel in subsequent semesters. The pitch night event was the culmination of this... Read more

Download Nexar Before You Drive Your Next Car

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Benjamin Zirman

As a young kid, I still remember wondering when The Jetsons’ futuristic world would become reality. More specifically, I dreamed of a future with flying cars whizzing around the world without any traffic or constraints. Although the technology for flying cars is still a work in progress, there is no doubt that our cars are getting smarter and smarter and I think in the next couple of years self-driving cars will be more and more popular. Driverless car technology that... Read more

More Than Just an Ordinary Closet

Published: December-17-2016       Author: Benjamin Zirman

Is there a better way to learn about management and how to run a company then starting an actual company? In a YU course taught this fall that meets for two hours every Wednesday night called Managing the Family Business, professor Howard Jonas has taken a totally different approach to teaching. Gone are the complicated syllabuses, boring information, and impractical theories and instead Mr. Jonas has decided to teach the students what they wanted to learn. After a few classes... Read more

Beren Syms vs. Wilf Syms

Published: December-17-2016       Author: Etan (Alex) Neiman

Since our University’s inception, there has likely never been a shortage of debate between the merits of Wilf vs. those of Beren. The peaceful (sort of) uptown vs. the happening midtown. Wilf’s cafeteria food vs. Beren’s cafeteria food. The spaciousness of Wilf vs. the location of Beren. Guys vs. girls. Just this past September, The Observer’s Editor-in-Chief, Masha Shollar, took to her newspaper to question why the Wilf campus tends to host the school’s most important events over Beren, Shollar’s... Read more

What Are These Rates That Appear To Be So Interesting?

Published: December-17-2016       Author: Ezra Berman

Too often does one come across the term “interest rate(s)” and not know exactly what it means or how it affects the economy. Nonetheless, it is essential to have a basic understanding of interest rates, as they are one of the key drivers of the economy. Before being able to understand how interest rates affect the economy, it is necessary to know what precisely they are. Simply, the interest rate is the fee that a borrower pays to the lender... Read more

The Big One, The Great One

Published: December-17-2016       Author: Yosef Kerendian

“The Big One,” was how the Business Leadership Club phrased it. And, Allen Friedman certainly lived up to this moniker, and then some. Armed with a B.A. from Yeshiva University, a J.D. from Columbia University, and a LL.M. in Taxation from NYU, Mr. Friedman is a true role model and inspiration to every current and aspiring Sy Syms student. Mr. Friedman is currently a managing director, or MD, and head of JP Morgan’s tax department. Prior to joining JP Morgan... Read more

Trumped Up Markets: The Market Reaction To The Election

Published: November-27-2016       Author: Evan Axelrod

America is now a couple of weeks past the election and many people are just starting to believe that the stunning upset election of Donald J. Trump happened. Regardless of one’s political standing, some have dubbed the outcome of the 2016 presidential election the most shocking electoral result of their lifetime. Polls that were accurate during the last two election cycles were proven wrong by a “black swan” result. This phrase, made famous by author and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb... Read more

When The Big Five Accounting Firms Became The Big Four

Published: November-27-2016       Author: Etan (Alex) Neiman

The Big Five accounting firms are Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, and of course Arthur Andersen. Each year, hopeful accounting students across Yeshiva University submit their applications and eagerly anticipate an offer from one of these five goliaths of the accounting industry. Students sleep easy knowing all it takes is for one out of these five big name firms to connect with their candidacy in order to start their career in the glorious Big Five. This would have been a great... Read more

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