Presentation on Behavioral Finance

Professor Badrinath condcted a one-hour presentation on Behavioral Finance at a workshop conducted by the Indian Association of Investment Professional, at the Stock Market Institute, 4th Block,Jayanagara Jaya Nagar, Bengaluru on February 11, 2017. Here is the agenda.



CFA Society – Workshop on ‘Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas and Ethical Decision Making in the Investment Management Industry’

IIMB has an active association and a MOU with CFA Institute.  As a part of this collaboration, the Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management/Finance Lab organizes a 90 minutes talk on ethics on October 18, 2018.  The details of the workshop and profile of the speaker are given below.

‘Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas and Ethical Decision Making in the Investment Management Industry’, by Michael McMillan

Date –  18th October 2016,

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Time: 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. 

Venue:  To be announced

Being able to work successfully with ambiguity is increasingly cited as a critical skill in modern workplaces.  Ambiguity presents numerous challenges, among them the ability to identify reliable principles to base decision making on, and the ability to apply a process through which to systematically evaluate options for action.

Ethical dilemmas are a form of workplace ambiguity, readily generated by the competing priorities in finance and investment businesses.  It is a common misperception that unethical action is an uncommon occurrence, performed by already bad people. On the contrary, ethical dilemmas are entirely commonplace occurrences, and often result in perfectly good people deciding to do questionable things.

CFA Institute is a not-for-profit organization that has had ethics at the core of its mission and programs for over 50 years; its mission is to raise professional and ethical standards so that the investment industry serves the greater good of society. Michael McMillan, CFA would be conducting a 90 minutes case based workshop, which will broadly have 3 goals:

–         Encourage you to become more conscious about your thoughts and behaviors so that you are more likely to notice, and act upon ethical issues before they become a problem

–         To recognize that ethical dilemmas are a normal and predictable part of most jobs

–         To discuss and practice approaches for dealing with ethical issues

About Michael McMillan:

Michael McMillan, CFA, is Director of Ethics and Professional Standards at CFA Institute, where he is responsible for creating, sourcing, and developing educational content for CFA Institute members and investment professionals in the area of ethics and professional standards. Previously, he was a professor of accounting and finance at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and George Washington University’s School of Business. Prior to his career in academia, McMillan was a securities analyst and portfolio manager at Bailard, Biehl, and Kaiser and at Merus Capital Management. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a chartered investment counselor (CIC). McMillan holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Stanford University, and a PhD in accounting and finance from George Washington University.

Ben Graham Centre’s 2017 Stock Picking Competition

The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing at the Ivey Business School is proud to announce the 4th Annual MBA Stock Picking Competition made possible by our key sponsor Burgundy Asset Management, as well as Bristol Gate Capital Partners Inc.

The MBA Stock Picking Competition is global in nature and includes top MBA programs from Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. The competition focuses on the value investing approach to stock analysis and follows the principles of value investing as taught by Benjamin Graham.

Participants will be competing for $17,500 in cash prizes, as well as admission to the Ben Graham Centre’s 2017 Value Investing Conference, the Fairfax Financial Annual General Meeting and a meet and greet with Prem Watsa, CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings, and his team.

Competition Details

Participants: Thirty top global MBA programs. Three groups will be invited to present their final analysis to a panel of top global value investors in Toronto, Canada.

Stocks: A list of stocks will be provided to participating schools on January 10th, 2017. Teams will prepare a maximum 10 page research report (plus necessary exhibits) for submission to the Ben Graham Centre’s Manager no later than January 20th, 2017. The top three teams will be asked to prepare a second analysis to be presented in Toronto on April 18th, 2017.

Entry Fee: $100 per team (Registration opens October 21st, 2016).

Please let us know if a team will be representing your school by December 9th, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. For more information you can visit the Stock Picking Competition page on Ben Graham Centre’s web site shown below.

George Athanassakos
Professor of Finance
Ben Graham Chair in Value Investing
& Director, Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing
Richard Ivey School of Business
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Tel: 519-661-4096
Fax: 519-661-3485

Derivatives Workshop

Srinidhi Raghavendra from SGX is scheduled to present a 2 hour commidty derivatives workshop on March 9, 2016. This will be in conjunction with Prof. Shashidhar Murthy’s PGP derivatives class.

Program Partnership with the CFA Institute


IIM Bangalore welcomed into CFA Institute University Program Partner initiative


MUMBAI, 20 January 2016 –  The CFA Institute is pleased to announce that the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is the first business school in India to become a University Program Partner.


The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), offered by IIMB is one of the most renowned in the country. Therefore it is no surprise that over 70% of the content of relevant courses in that program conforms to the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge.  The PGP program emphasis on ethics also reflects the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.


The CFA Program sets the standard for developing the skills, standards, competence, and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and other investment professionals worldwide. It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program.


Entry into the CFA Institute University Program Partnership signals potential students, employers and all stakeholders that IIM Bangalore’s PGP curriculum is in sync with professional practice globally. As a result of this partnership, in each fiscal year, IIMB is entitled to award scholarships to a fixed number of PGP students to take up the CFA Program.


“For several decades, the CFA Institute has been committed to building a better investment management profession. It mixes the best of investment analysis theory and practice while training individuals with the highest ethical and professional standards. We look forward to collaborations between the CFA Institute, IIM’s Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management (CCMRM) and the Finance and Accounting area. IIM-Bangalore is pleased to become the CFA Institutes’ first Indian program partner.“ Sushil Vachani, Director, IIM-Bangalore.


“We are delighted to welcome IIM Bangalore as the first Program Partner in India.  We hope to work together to build a program of research and outreach that will have an impact on financial market development in India. We see significant synergy between the two institutions, and we believe that our efforts will contribute to the creation of a strong talent pool for India’s investment management profession,” said Vidhu Shekhar, Country Head, India, at CFA Institute.

About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has nearly 135,000 members in 145 countries and territories, including 128,500 CFA charterholders in 144 countries, and 147 member societies in 73 countries/regions. For more information,




About CFA Program

The CFA Program sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence, and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and other investment professionals worldwide. It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program. Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the program successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the “gold standard” for investment professionals.


About IIM Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) believes in building leaders through holistic, transformative and innovative education. IIMB is an acknowledged hub of academic activity in India and globally. We are Equis accredited. The accreditation is an indication that recognized institutions satisfy international standards. Our programs are all very highly placed in global rankings by the Financial Times.

Recognizing the tremendous power of disruptive technology, we became the first IIM to partner with the world’s most respected Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, the Harvard-MIT joint venture, edX. With technology, we have reached out to over 120,000 learners in 189 countries till date.

For more information,
For more information on the partnership, contact:

Salil Jayakar

CFA Institute

+91-70456 87041


Kavitha Kumar

IIM Bangalore


Academic Conferences: Call for papers, October 14 – 30, 2015

1. UBC Winter Finance Conference

March 4March 6, 2016, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

The finance group at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business invites you to submit papers to be considered for presentation at the “UBC Winter Finance Conference 2016.” We encourage submission of papers on topics of general interest to the finance profession. Special consideration will be given to papers that do not have a “revise-resubmit” journal decision and have not been presented or scheduled for presentation at major conferences.

The submission deadline is Friday November 20, 2015 and we will notify you of the Program Committee’s decision by mid-January 2016. There is a CAD 50 submission fee. Submit papers at:

The conference is in collaboration with The Review of Asset Pricing Studies (RAPS) and The Review of Corporate Finance Studies (RCFS). Papers submitted to the conference can opt to participate in the Dual Submission Program with RAPS or RCFS.

The conference will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort ( in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The conference will start with an opening reception in the evening of Friday March 4. The program will include 10 paper presentations and discussions and will end in the early afternoon of Sunday March 6.

The conference participation fee of CAD 350 includes the welcome reception on March 4, breakfast and lunch on March 5 and March 6, as well as the conference banquet on March 5.

Dual submission option: In the submission, please indicate if you would like to have your paper considered (at no extra fee) for publication by either RAPS or RCFS under the Dual Submission Program. This is a “no-fault” submission option, which means that if one of the SFS journals decides to review your paper and rejects it, you may submit to any SFS journal at a later date as if the paper was never submitted. Note that, according to the SFS dual submission rules, papers considered under the dual submission program cannot be under consideration at any other journal, including RAPS and RCFS. See the SFS website at for the details of the Dual Submission program.

2. 9th Financial Risks International Forum: New Challenges Facing The Investment Management Industry

March 21 & 22, 2016, Paris

The Financial Risks International Forum on “New Challenges Facing the Investment Management Industry” is an International Research Forum for academics and professionals organized by the Louis Bachelier “Finance and Sustainable Growth” Laboratory.

We invite academics, professionals and regulators to submit papers for this meeting, which will take place in Paris on March 21 & 22, 2016.

The financial crisis and its aftermath have resulted in reflection on the tools and practices of investment managers. The economic and financial environment is challenging, marked by low interest rates, increased volatility, and new economic and demographic risks. Standard practices such as the use of traditional risk management models, benchmarks, quantitative backtests, are being called into question. End investors require more governance and socially responsible investment practices. Regulatory complexity is a constantly evolving concern for the industry. Questions have been raised about potential incentive problems created by delegated management, and financial stability risks posed by the asset management industry. The aim of this conference is to highlight the methodological and regulatory challenges confronting the investment management industry.

TOPICS: A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest is given below:
– Fund managers (mutual funds, hedge funds, etc.) and asset owners (pension funds, insurance, sovereign wealth funds, etc.) investor behaviour
– Dynamic portfolio choice, parameter uncertainty, Bayesian techniques, robust portfolio optimization, fund performance, backtest over-fitting
– Active management, smart beta, alternative/illiquid assets, liquidity management, transaction costs, factor investing, index funds and ETFs
– Asset Liability Management, liability-driven investment, longevity risk
– Socially responsible investment, active ownership, engagement, shareholder activism, corporate governance and firms’ value
– Solvency regulation and insurance, regulation for G-SIFIs asset managers and investment funds, stress testing, funding liquidity risk
– Fund industry competition, fund governance, managerial incentives, optimal delegation
– Low interest rates, reaching for yield, bond market organization and liquidity, shadow banking risks in money market funds

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: A complete paper in PDF format must be submitted electronically by December 1, 2015 using the submission form:

The results of the selection procedure will be announced by mid-January 2016.

EXPENSES: The Institut Louis Bachelier may cover part of travel and accommodation expenses for the authors of selected papers (upon request and only for speakers).

3. Energy and Commodity Finance Conference 2016

2324 June 2016, ESSEC Business School, France

The Energy and Commodity Finance Conference 2016 follows in the footsteps of a long standing series of Energy Finance meetings that held their first event in London in 2004 and nowadays represents the benchmark academic conference in the area.

– Wei Xiong Princeton University
. – Nicola Secomandi, Carnegie Mellon

TOPICS: The conference covers all areas of energy finance and commodity finance, including:
– Asset pricing and hedging
– Contract securitization and derivative structuring
– Risk measurements and management
– Asset management and portfolio allocation
– Trading strategies and operations
– Macro market analysis and microstructure
– Corporate finance of producers and end consumers
– Long-term investment financing
– Regulation (EMIR, REMIT, MIFID, Dodd-Franck)
– Quantitative financial modeling
– Econometric analysis and statistics
– Physical operations management
– Real options and physical asset valuation
– Decision theory

and the following markets:
– Conventional fossil energy: oil, gas, refined products
– Electricity
– Metals: precious, base, ferrous, specialist non-ferrous, rare
– Agriculturals: softs, grains and seeds, livestock
– Renewable energy sources
– Commoditized services (CO2 allowances, shipping freights)
– Weather-linked securities
– Currencies


THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Francis Declerck, Giovanni Pagliardi, Sofia Ramos, Andrea Roncoroni and The Energy and Commodity Finance Association Board (Alvaro Cartea, Rudiger Kiesel, Andrea Roncoroni)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE :Carol Alexander (University of Sussex), Giovanni Barone-Adesi (Universita della Svizzera Italiana), Fred Espen Benth (University of Oslo), Derek Bunn (London Business School), Jaime Casassus (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), Anna Creti (University Paris Dauphine), Rita D’Ecclesia (University of Rome La Sapienza), Jerome Detemple (Boston University), Ronald Huisman (Erasmus University), Sebastian Jaimungal (University of Toronto), Scott Linn (University of Oklahoma), Michel Robe (American University), Andrea Roncoroni (ESSEC Business School), Duane Seppi (Carnegie Mellon University), Ke Tang (Tsinghua University), Luca Taschini (London School of Economics), Anders Trolle (Swiss Finance Institute)

FURTHER INFORMATION: For additional information, you are welcome to visit:

For administrative inquiries, please write to:

4. 12th European Winter Finance Summit

March 13 – 16, 2016, Davos, Switzerland

OVERVIEW: The European Winter Finance Summit is a leading European Finance conference jointly organized by the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich and the Department of Finance, Accounting and Statistics at WU Vienna. The conference aims to develop and discuss new ideas in finance.We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions from all areas of finance.
Program Chair: Per Ostberg, University of Zurich

Organizing Chair: Kjell Nyborg, University of Zurich

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Submission deadline 7th November 2015. To submit:

BEST PAPER AWARD: Sudipto Bhattacharya Memorial Prize, 2000 CHF

WORKSHOP VENUE: Hotel: Sunstar Alpine Hotel Davos, Davos Platz, Switzerland

Please note that the number of workshop participants will be limited to ensure an atmosphere conducive to the exchange and discussion of new ideas. Participants are expected to serve as discussants and to participate actively in the academic sessions.

There is no participation fee. However, all participants are expected to stay for the entire workshop at Sunstar Alpine Hotel Davos. We have negotiated a favorable daily room rate of approx. 260 CHF (single occupancy of double room), including breakfast and dinner.


5. European Financial Management Association 2016 Annual Meeting

June 29- July 2, 2016, University of Basel, Basel, SWITZERLAND

Keynote Speaker: Professor Sheridan Titman, University of Texas-Austin

The European Financial Management Association will hold its 25th Annual Meeting at the University of Basel in SWITZERLAND, June 29-July 2, 2016.

RESEARCH PAPERS: Members and friends of the Association are invited to participate in the 2015 Annual Meeting. You are encouraged to submit research papers in all areas of Finance.

AWARDS: The Association will present the EFMA Conference Award ($2,000), GARP Risk Management Award ($2,500), EURONEXT Capital Markets Award (Euro 1,500), LANG Corporate Award ($2,000) & PhD Student Award ($2,000).

SPECIAL SESSIONS: In addition to the regular academic sessions, the program will include panel discussions, tutorial lectures, and invited presentations. The goals of these special sessions are to enhance the exchange of ideas between academicians and practitioners, to provide a forum for discussion of special topics and to offer educational opportunities for conference participants. Submit your proposal for a special session by writing to the Program Co-Chairs.

PUBLICATION: A set of papers presented at the meeting will be invited by the 2016 Program Co-Chairs to be considered for publication in the European Financial Management journal, in cooperation with the Managing Editor. All selected papers with authors’ approval will be blind refereed.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Submit two (2) files in PDF format: (1) Complete paper and (2) Paper without the name/s and affiliation/s of author/s. Submission should contain: The title, name(s) of the author(s), complete address(s), EFM classification codes (available on our website) and E-mail addresses for each author. Please indicate which author(s) will attend and which author will present the paper. Multiple submissions by any author (whether joint or single-authored) will reduce the chance that any of their papers will be on the program. Please also denote your research areas (using EFM classification codes) that you would like to serve as a session chair and/or discussant. If your paper is accepted, you are expected to act as chair/or discussant in your field of research.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 15, 2016. Papers will be blind reviewed and authors will be notified by March 4, 2016. Please submit your paper electronically to the European Financial Management Association Conference at:

Heinz Zimmermann & Matthias Huss
Program Co-Chairs 2016 Meeting
University of Basel
Center for Economic Science (WWZ) – Department of Finance
Basel, 4051 Switzerland

6. European Financial Management, EFM “Merton H. Miller” Doctoral Student Seminar

June 29, 2016, University of Basel, SWITZERLAND

Dear Colleague:

As part of the European Financial Management Association 2015 Annual meetings, the European Financial Management journal will organize its annual seminar for advanced Finance Doctoral Students who are currently working on their dissertation. This intensive one-day seminar is expected to be very valuable for the students who are interested to keep up with the recent developments in the finance literature and interact with leading scholars of the finance profession. Past participants include Professors Stephen Brown, Michael. C. Jensen, Hayne Leland, Martin Gruber, Richard Roll, Geert Rouwenhorst, Mark Rubinstein, Kent Daniel, Steve Ross, Lisa Meulbroek, Shmuel Kandel, Ian Cooper, Benjamin Esty, John Doukas, Harisson Hong, Heitor Almeida, Yakov Amihud, Avanindhar Subrahmanyam, Robert Korajczyk, Jeffrey Wurgler, Randall Morck, Daniel Wolfenzon, Malcolm Baker, Espen Eckbo, Alex Edmans Jay R. Ritter, Alon Brav, Amit Goyal, and Ralph Koijen among others. Less than 20 students will be accepted to the program. All participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, a student (or his/her faculty advisor) should fill out the attached form and attach (2) copies of a 2-3 page dissertation proposal or abstract and send the material to me by email before December 20, 2015. All applications will be reviewed and invitations will be extended to student applicants by January 30, 2015.

The program’s format consists of workshops featuring distinguished members of the finance profession, discussing corporate finance, asset pricing market micro-structure, international finance, and financial institutions and intermediation, plus aspects of academic publishing and career development. Small groups of students and academic tutors will be formed to discuss each student’s research paper or dissertation topic, methodology and intended contribution. The Seminar will end with its traditional Certification Ceremony and a Reception.

I hope that you will bring this to the attention of your students and that you will select an applicant from your Ph.D. program.


John Doukas
EFM Founding & Managing Editor

EFM 2016 “Merton H. Miller” Doctoral Student Seminar











Attach a 2-3 page Dissertation Proposal or Abstract.

Participation Fee: for accepted students to the program the fee is $500.00. This fee covers the registration fee for the annual meetings, seminar, documents, luncheons, reception and Gala Diner expenses. Cheques should be made payable to European Financial Management and must be in U.S. currency and drawn on a U.S. bank. Note: Do not send the submission fee with your application.

Electronic Submission Deadline: December 20, 2015

Send to:
Professor John Doukas
EFM, Managing Editor
Strome College of Business
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529 0222, U.S.A.
Tel: (757) 683-5521

7. European Financial Management Association

Announcing the “John A. Doukas Ph.D. Best Paper Award”

The European Financial Management Association (EFMA) is pleased to announce the John A. Doukas Ph.D. Best Paper Award to a Ph.D. student who submits the best solo-authored paper to the annual “MERTON H. MILLER” DOCTORAL SEMINAR or EFMA meetings. The John A. Doukas Ph.D. Best Paper Award will recognize the research paper that has the most potential to advance our understanding in the field of finance and will be announced at the annual EFMA meetings. The student will receive a US $2,000 cash prize.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE: After you formally submit your paper to be considered for presentation at the annual EFMA conference, a letter of intent and the completed paper must be submitted by to John A. Doukas via email ( and CC the EFMA 2016 Program Chair (Email: indicating that you would like your paper to be considered for the John A. Doukas Ph.D. Best Paper Award.

Electronic Submission Deadline: December 20, 2015

Email to:
Professor John A. Doukas
EFM, Founding & Managing Editor

8. 7th Conference on Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference

31st March & 1st April 2016 PhD Symposium: 30th March 2016, Melbourne, Victoria

Deadline for paper submission: Friday, 22nd January 2016

You are invited to submit papers for presentation at the 7th Conference on Financial Markets and Corporate Governance to be held on Thursday, 31st March and 1st April 2016 in Melbourne, Victoria. The broad themes of the conference include: Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Financial Institutions and Markets, Asset Pricing, Funds Management, Market Microstructure and Behavioural Finance.

The conference is being hosted by the Department of Banking and Finance, Monash Business School, Monash University in collaboration with the Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, La Trobe University, Queensland University of Technology, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the Pacific Basin Finance Journal and SIRCA.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Stephen Brown, Stern School of Business, New York University

EDITORIAL PANEL: The 7th FMCG is proud to host an editor’s forum with a distinguished panel of international renowned researchers and editors of leading journals. The panel will be chaired by Professor Kevin Davis, Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne, Research Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies and Professor of Finance at Monash University

PANELLISTS: Our panellists include:
– Professor Stephen Brown, Stern School of Business, New York University
– Professor Jonathan Batten, Monash Business School, Monash University
– Professor Tom Smith, The University of Queensland
– Professor Ghon Rhee, University of Hawaii (

SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE PACIFIC-BASIN FINANCE JOURNAL: Papers presented at the conference may be submitted for consideration for the conference special issue of the Pacific Basin Finance Journal. The special issue of the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal will be edited by Balasingham Balachandran (La Trobe University) and Barry Williams (Monash University).

CONFERENCE AWARDS: There will be eight awards of $1,000 for the best paper in specified areas covered by the conference, including the best paper presented at the PhD Symposium.

SIRCA will sponsor a $1,000 prize for the best paper which has used SIRCA Data (this includes the full range of SIRCA data from the Corporate Governance dataset through to the ASX intraday tick data within regulatory disclosures, and the Thomson Reuters intraday tick data and news). Please note that the use of SIRCA data must be acknowledged in the paper. Further details about SIRCA’s data sources are available at

Conference webpage:

PHD SYMPOSIUM: The conference will be preceded by a PhD symposium on Wednesday, 30th April 2016. The symposium will provide PhD students with opportunities to receive high quality feedback about their academic work. PhD candidates are encouraged to submit their research proposal (maximum 1000-word abstract covering title of their research, background information, hypotheses, research methodology, and expected findings and their implications) in the same subject areas as covered by the conference.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: An abstract of the PhD proposal in pdf format must be sent by email to on or before 22 January 2016. The subject line of the email should include “PhD symposium proposal 7th FMCG”. Further information may be found at the PhD symposium page.

VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION: The conference will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel The Rialto Melbourne Melbourne is a vibrant, multicultural city well known for its culture, cosmopolitan lifestyle, quality of restaurants and sporting focus. For more details about Melbourne visit or

ABOUT MELBOURNE: Melbourne offers a wide variety of accommodation options, for details see or Further details about conference accommodation details will be made available on the webpage (see below) as they become available.

SUBMISSIONS/REGISTRATION: For further details about submitting papers, the PhD symposium and registration, visit the conference website at or email:

SPONSORED BY: Monash Business School, Monash University, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, QUT Business School, RMIT University, SIRCA, Victoria University of Wellington and the Pacific Basin Finance Journal.

9. Call for Venture Research Proposals: Coller Institute of Venture Research Grants 2015

Coller Institute of Venture (CIV) at Tel Aviv University ( seeks to further enhance the understanding of the global venture ecosystem by forging a stronger connection between academic research and the business world. The Institute fosters collaborations between scholars, investors, policymakers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.CIV’s research Grants aim to encourage and celebrate new academic research in the field of venture with the goal of making a significant contribution to understanding and shaping the venture ecosystem.

GRANTS: In 2015, the Institute will award up to three (3) unrestricted grants of up to $15,000 each.

– Each grant is limited to $15,000, contingent on the research plan & budget.
– The unrestricted grant can be used by the researcher for any reasonable expense or remuneration associated with the research. The host institution can charge overhead up to 5% of the grant (as part of the grant).
– By submitting a proposal, the author agrees to re-packaging the results (or a version of it), as part of the Coller Institute of Venture Research media distribution (the author and/or the publishers of the results retain all rights for the work and it will be published under winner’s name).

– Submissions by December 1st, 2015 (midnight GMT UK Time).
– Winners will be announced on January 1st, 2015.

RESEARCH FOCUS AND TOPICS: We welcome research on Venture, Innovation or Entrepreneurship and the interplay between them. All types of research are welcomed, including theoretical contributions, simulations, field studies, in-depth case studies, and prescriptive frameworks.

TOPICS: Some topics of interest for CIV’s 2015 Research Grants include:
– Models for investment in one of the value chains in the venture ecosystem (Public Authorities, Institutional Investors, Venture Capitalists, or Entrepreneurs).
– Surveys of GP/ LP investments or performance including analysis of themes and portfolios.
– In depth case-based research related to Venture, Innovation or Entrepreneurship. This could be a VC fund, policy ideas and implementation, a specific partnership, supported theories in developing innovation centric organizations, including both those ideas of what has worked and which have been less successful and the conditions under which these different outcomes have arisen.
– The essential roles of public authorities in the making/funding of Venture or encouraging innovation.
– The venture socio and macroeconomic ecosystem, IP and regulatory aspects in venture, etc.
– Innovative financial models, user funding, lending, corporate funding etc.
– Incubators, accelerators, and angle funding.

Additional topics for Grants may relate to:
– Venture Capital Contracting / Strategy.
– Corporate Venture Capital.
– New insights about Crowdfunding.
– Venture Capital vs. Stock Markets.
– Social and psychological effects on VC decisions.
– Deep innovation models (

Feel free to suggest more topics or ask about the relevancy of your work. We want to encourage creativity in venture research.

DOCUMENT FORMAT AND SUBMISSION: The proposal (up to 2 pages on the main proposal and 2-3 pages of supporting appendices if needed) should include the research goal, method, current state of the art in your particular research area, and plan of action with timetable. The plan should be up to 12 months.

Send an email attached with the grant proposal (Word and PDF) and supplementary material to The proposal should also include the following information:
– Research title, researcher name, email and institution together with other relevant contact details (Telephone, Skype, etc.).
– The research plan and related budget (as noted earlier).
– List of 3-4 relevant works/prior papers from the past.
We suggest early submission so we can give feedback as needed.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information please contact us at:

10. Conference Program: Economics of Culture: Balancing Norms against Rules

November 12-13, 2015, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

A conference co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Journal of Accounting and Economics

Tobias Adrian, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
John Core, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wayne Guay, University of Pennsylvania
S.P. Kothari, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hamid Mehran, Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Thursday, November 12th

8:15am Continental Breakfast

8:50am Welcoming Remarks
William C. Dudley, President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Session 1 Chair: S. P. Kothari

9:00am Bank CEO Materialism, Corporate Culture, and Risk
Robert M. Bushman, University of North Carolina
Robert H. Davidson, Georgetown University
Aiyesha Dey, University of Minnesota
Abbie J. Smith, University of Chicago

Discussant: James Vickery, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

10:00am Does CEO Cultural Heritage Affect Performance under Competitive Pressure?
Duc Duy Nguyen, University of St. Andrews
Jens Hagendorff, University of Edinburgh
Arman Eshraghi, University of Edinburgh

Discussant: Jillian Popadak, Duke University

11:00am Break

11:20am Corporate Culture, Financial Stability, and Bank Litigation
James E. McNulty, Florida Atlantic University
Aigbe Akhigbe, University of Akron

Discussant: Anna Kovner, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

12:30pm Lunch and Keynote
Maureen O’Hara, Cornell University

Session 2 Chair: John Core

2:00pm Does It Pay to Treat Employees Well? International Evidence on the Value of an Employee-Friendly Culture
Larry Fauver, University of Tennessee
Michael B. McDonald, Fairfield University
Alvaro Taboada, University of Tennessee

Discussant: Paige Ouimet, UNC at Chapel Hill

3:00pm Corporate Culture: Evidence from the Field
John R. Graham, Duke University
Campbell R. Harvey, Duke University
Jillian Popadak, Duke University
Shiva Rajgopal, Columbia University

Discussant: David Yermack, New York University

4:00pm Break

4:15pm Inferring Employees’ Social Media Perceptions of Goal-Setting Corporate Cultures and the Link to Firm Value
Andy Moniz, Erasmus University

Discussant: Clifton Green, Emory University

5:20pm Reception

Friday, November 13th

8:15am Continental Breakfast

Session 3 Chair: Wayne Guay

9:00am Keynote Speaker
Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago

10:00am Is Fraud Contagious? Career Networks and Fraud by Financial Advisors
Stephen Dimmock, Nanyang Technological University
William C. Gerken, University of Kentucky
Nathaniel Graham, University of Kentucky

Discussant: Simi Kedia, Rutgers University

11:00am Break

11:15am The Transmission of Corporate Culture: Evidence from Bank Acquisitions
Charles Boissel, HEC Paris
Thomas Bourveau, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Adrien Matray, Princeton University

Discussant: Christopher Williams, University of Michigan

12:20pm Lunch and Adjourn

11. Second CEIBS Finance Conference 2016

The Department of Finance and Accounting of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) invites submissions for the Second CEIBS Finance Conference to be held in Shanghai on May 27, 2016. The conference presents an opportunity for scholars to get together and exchange new ideas. This year’s theme is “Finance, Psychology, and Investor Behavior”. We welcome submissions of behavioral finance and economics papers. The organizing committee chair includes Ming Huang, Professor of Finance at CEIBS and Cornell University, and Henrik Cronqvist, Professor of Finance at the University of Miami.

PAPER SELECTION: We aim to have six papers on the program, allowing adequate time for each paper. Papers should be well developed, but at a stage where they can still benefit from the discussion at the conference. Papers with innovative ideas, concepts, or methods are strongly preferred. Presenters can expect quality discussants, an active audience, and many informal interactions with the participants.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: For presenters and discussants, we will reimburse travel expenses up to USD 1,500, plus hotel and meals during the conference.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please email a PDF file of the paper to no later than January 15th, 2016. We expect to finalize the program by early February, 2016 . For general questions, please contact the conference coordinator Ms. Daisy Wang at

12. 8th Annual Florida State University SunTrust Beach Conference
April 14-16, 2016, Sandestin, FL

Submission Deadline: November 20, 2015

We invite paper submissions in all areas of finance for the 8th Annual Florida State University SunTrust Beach Conference presented by FSU’s Department of Finance. This year’s keynote speaker will be Andrew Karolyi, Alumni Professor in Asset Management at Cornell University. All lodging expenses for presenters will be covered by the conference sponsors. The conference will be held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa, which is located directly on a beach consistently ranked among the top 10 beaches in the United States. The conference will open with a reception on Thursday evening, April 14.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: We will begin accepting submissions on November 1, 2015. The submission deadline is November 20, 2015. Please submit your paper through the conference website. Authors of selected papers will be notified no later than January 15, 2016. Please visit our website to view conference programs from prior years.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information about the FSU SunTrust Beach Conference, please visit the website address listed above.

13. KFUPM Islamic Banking and Finance Research Conference

March 13-15, 2016, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals’ (KFUPM) College of Industrial Management and Center of Research Excellence for Islamic Banking and Finance are pleased to announce the inaugural Islamic Banking and Finance Research Conference, to be held at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel, Riyadh, March 13-15, 2016. The conference objective is to present the very best academic research on Islamic banking and finance (IBF) before an audience of pre-eminent scholars and editors of the most prestigious academic finance journals.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Franklin Allen (Imperial College London and University of Pennsylvania)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Tim Adam (Humboldt); Sami Al-Suwailem (Islamic Development Bank); Asli Demirguc-Kunt (World Bank); M. Shahid Ebrahim (Durham); Ben Esty (Harvard); Michael Faulkender (Maryland); Chitru Fernando (Oklahoma); Veljko Fotak (SUNY Buffalo); Erik Gilje (Wharton); M. Kabir Hassan (University of New Orleans); Mansor H. Ibrahim (INCEIF); Andreas Jobst (IMF); Kose John (NYU); Craig Lewis (Vanderbilt); Hesham Merdad (KFUPM); Steven Ongena (Zurich); Houcem Smaoui (KFUPM); Ilya Strebulaev (Stanford); Usamah Uthaman (KFUPM), and Pradeep Yadav (Oklahoma).

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Mohammed Alzahrani (Dean College of Industrial Management, KFUPM), Bill Megginson (Saudi Aramco Chair in Finance, KFUPM and Price Chair in Finance, University of Oklahoma), and Abdullah Almansour (Director, Center of Research Excellence for Islamic Banking and Finance, KFUPM).

PROFESSIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: We plan to invite, and are confident of attracting, the Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) to be a non-academic keynote speaker. We also plan to invite one or more world-leading bankers specializing in Islamic financial products and services to speak.

JOURNAL EDITORS’ PANEL DISCUSSION: The following editors will participate in a Journal Editors’ Panel Discussion at the end of the conference, wherein they will summarize the research that has been presented and assess which avenues of research seem most promising for publication.
– Franklin Allen (Imperial College-London and University of Pennsylvania): Editor, Review of Finance
– Mike Faulkender (University of Maryland): Associate Editor, Journal of Finance
– Jarrad Harford (University of Washington): Editor, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
– Steven Ongena (University of Zurich): Associate Editor, Journal of Finance
– Annette Poulsen (University of Oklahoma): Editor, Journal of Corporate Finance

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Electronic submissions of unpublished papers can be made beginning June 1, 2015 via the conference website: The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2015, and authors will be notified by January 15, 2016. Papers submitted solely by PhD students should be indicated accordingly. We expect the selection process to be highly selective, since only 10-12 papers will be chosen. Travel and lodging expenses of the presenting author of each accepted paper will be paid by the conference.

BEST PAPER AWARDS: The conference will award two Best Paper prizes: A Best Conference Paper Award (US$10,000) and a Best Doctoral Student Paper Award ($5,000).

CONFERENCE RATIONALE: In the practical arena of global capital markets, Islamic banking and finance (IBF) instruments, techniques, and principles have become widely integrated enough to now be considered almost mainstream. Business managers in both developed and emerging markets have developed methods for employing financing instruments that comply with IBF strictures against payment of interest and which are compatible with the musharka mandates that there be true risk and profit-sharing between “creditor” and “borrower.” Leasing structures compatible with Ijarah have been widely employed, and over three-quarters of a trillion dollars’ worth of Islamic-compatible Sukuk bonds have now been issued-over half within the past four years. Despite the maturation of Islamic banking and finance into a market with estimated turnover exceeding $2 trillion annually, top academic researchers have been slow to embrace IBF as a topic for empirical and theoretical analysis. This conference aims to overcome this academic neglect and invigorate top-tier IBF research.

TOPICS SOLICITED: We will solicit empirical or theoretical works covering all areas of Islamic Banking and Finance, including but not limited to the following:
– Risk and return of Islamic bonds vs conventional bonds
– Measuring the level and valuation impact of “leverage” in Islamic Finance shares
– Are Sukuks priced as debt, common equity, or preferred stock-or are they valued otherwise?
– Measuring the X-efficiency of Islamic banking systems
– Comparing Islamic finance Ijarah to conventional leasing structures
– The Law and Finance governance scores for Islamic Finance systems
– Comparing IBF special purpose vehicles (SPV) to conventional securitization and SPV practices
– Analyzing Sukuk issuance and investment banking practices; comparing to conventional IB practices
– Comparing Sukuks to project finance, subordinated debt, REITS, preferred stock
– Payout (dividend and share repurchase) policies of IF compliant companies
– Wealth effects for companies announcing adoption/abandonment of IF practices; issuing Sukuks
– Is government funding via Sukuk issuance cheaper than conventional bonds?
– Measuring secondary market liquidity, default rates, and callability of Sukuks
– Comparing musharaka partnerships structures to conventional limited partnerships
– Can IF insurance policies adequately cover corporate risks?
– Commercial and legal underpinnings of Islamic Finance in home and conventional markets
– Corporate determinants of the Sukuk/conventional debt issuance decision
– How are corporate bankruptcies handled in Islamic finance systems?
– Designing self-enforcing repayment clauses in Sukuks when courts cannot mandate repayment
– Is Islamic Finance commercial funding or “finance as worship”?
– Is IF compliant stock comparable to returns on socially responsible investments in conventional markets?
– Does Islamic Finance provide adequate entrepreneurial financing?
– Can conventional hedging and risk-management tools and practices be made IF compliant?
– Did Islamic equities out-perform conventional equities during and after the Global Financial Crisis?
– Are Islamic financing contracts incentive compatible?

14. 2016 AQR Insight Award

GREENWICH, Connecticut, October 15, 2015 – AQR Capital Management, LLC (“AQR”) today began accepting submissions for its fifth annual AQR Insight Award. Up to three papers will share a $100,000 prize.

OVERVIEW: The AQR Insight Award recognizes and rewards important, unpublished academic papers that provide significant insights and original, intelligent approaches to real-world investment issues.

Winners are chosen by the AQR Insight Award Committee, a panel of senior members of AQR, many of whom are leading academic finance experts from universities such as Harvard, London Business School, New York University, Northwestern and the University of Chicago. Up to five finalists will be invited to present their papers to the AQR Insight Award Committee in Greenwich, Connecticut. The $100,000 prize money may be divided among as many as three papers depending on the quality of the submissions.

AQR will accept papers on any investment-related topic as long as they deliver clear, significant insights. Papers must not be published before December 15, 2015.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Deadline for entries is January 15, 2016. More information and instructions for submitting papers online may be found at

ABOUT AQR: AQR is a global investment management firm built at the intersection of financial theory and practical application. We strive to deliver superior, long-term results for our clients by looking past market noise to identify and isolate what matters most, and by developing ideas that stand up to rigorous testing. Our focus on practical insights and analysis has made us leaders in alternative and traditional strategies since 1998. As of September 30, 2015, AQR had approximately $135.3 billion in assets under management. (Includes assets of CNH Partners, LLC, an AQR affiliate.)

This is being provided solely for information purposes and does not constitute an offer or solicitation of an offer, or any advice or recommendation, to purchase securities or financial instruments, and may not be construed as such or serve as the basis of any investment decision.

15. Journal of Investment Consulting Special Issue – Impact Investing

The Journal of Investment Consulting, published by Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), keeps investment management consultants and investment advisors abreast of new research findings in investments and private wealth management.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Papers are invited for publishing consideration from academics and qualified practitioners for a special issue dedicated to Impact Investing.

TOPICS: Impact investing is a topic that spans a wide range of perspectives, with differing views about what it entails. The lexicon of impact investing is varied and includes terms such as SRI (sustainable, responsible investing-or historically, socially responsible investing), values-based investing, ESG investing (environmental, social, and governance), sustainable investing, green investing, and thematic investing. This issue aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to provide new research and developments in the area. Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Impact investing and goals-based wealth management
– Integrating impact investing within the portfolio management process
– Investment analysis and valuation of impact investments
– Assessment of the impact investment sector
– Performance metrics and methodology for measuring non-financial outcomes of impact investments
– Impact investing and behavioral finance
– Risk factors and impact investing

Papers should provide the development of theory and applied research as well as new information, new ideas, and new insights on the chosen topic.

REVIEW PROCESS: A distinguished editorial advisory board consisting of acknowledged authorities and leaders in the fields of investment consulting, investment management, capital markets, fiduciary practice, wealth management, and financial planning will review submissions via double-blind review. Papers will be selected for publication based on relevancy, content, and proof of thought.

RESEARCH GRANTS: The Journal’s editorial advisory board also considers proposals for research on this topic and others, and provides up to $7,500 funding for approved proposals; the deliverable is a paper submission for publishing consideration via its blind-review process. For more information, visit

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information about the Journal of Investment Consulting and manuscript guidelines, visit

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: For authors who want their papers considered for Issue #1, 2016, the submission deadline is February 28, 2016; however, authors are encouraged to submit work as soon as it is ready for consideration. Please submit two versions of the paper (one version with a cover page identifying authors and an anonymous version without a cover page) via e-mail in either PDF or Word format to: Debbie Nochlin (, Managing Editor, Journal of Investment Consulting.

16. The Chicago Financial Institutions Conference

March 28, 2016, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

The Department of Finance and the Center for Financial Services at DePaul University will hold the inaugural Chicago Financial Institutions Conference on March 28, 2016. The conference will bring together researchers from around the world to foster a dialogue on important issues in the financial services industry. Following this one-day academic conference attendees are invited to join on March 29-30 the 9th Annual Risk Management Conference with financial service professionals, which is co-sponsored with the Supervision and Regulation Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Together, these two conferences offer a unique opportunity to connect academic and practical perspectives.

TOPICS: We welcome submissions of high-quality research on all topics related to financial institutions. A list of possible session topics includes, but is not limited to, the theory of financial intermediation; structure of the banking sector; the banking industry and the real economy; community banking, relationship lending, and small business finance; competitive issues in banking; corporate governance in banking, risk measurement and management; systemic risk, financial stability, and shadow banking; financial crises and government responses to them; payments systems; household finance, mortgage markets, and securitization; secondary markets for bank loans; and financial regulation in theory and practice.

Lamont Black – DePaul University
Elijah Brewer – DePaul University

Allen N. Berger – University of South Carolina
Charles W. Calomiris – Columbia University
Robert DeYoung – University of Kansas
Mark J. Flannery – University of Florida and the Securities and Exchange Commission
Iftekhar Hasan – Fordham University
Joseph G. Haubrich – Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Randall Kroszner – University of Chicago
Greg Udell – Indiana University
Larry D. Wall – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

David Becher – Drexel University
Itzhak Ben-David – Ohio State University
Santiago Carbo-Valverde – Bangor University
Ken Cyree – University of Mississippi
Ramon DeGennaro – University of Tennessee
Olivier De Jonghe – Tilburg University
Jennifer Dlugosz – Washington University in St. Louis
Scott Frame – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Amanda Heitz -Tulane University in New Orleans
Dmytro Holod – Stony Brook University
Joseph Hughes – Rutgers University
Michael King – Western University
Michal Kowalik – Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
John Krainer – Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Elena Loutskina – University of Virginia John Sedunov – Villanova University
Jason Sturgess – DePaul University

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The submission deadline for papers is November 30, 2015. Papers should be submitted by email to Authors will be notified whether their papers have been accepted for the Conference by January 8, 2016. If you have any coauthors on your submitted paper, please make sure to supply all name and affiliation details within your submission information.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Information about the conference registration can be found at

FURTHER INFORMATION: For additional information about The Chicago Financial Institution Conference, questions regarding paper submission or registration, please email Alex Perry at

17. Young Scholars Finance Consortium

April 21 – 23, 2016, Houston, TX

Submission Deadline: 12/14/2015 – 9:00 am (CST)

The Young Scholars Finance Consortium is an annual conference that provides promising Junior Faculty in Finance and advanced Ph.D. students the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from each other as well as a select group of pre-invited highly accomplished senior scholars.

Senior scholars who have committed to attend the 2016 consortium include Allen Berger, Patrick Bolton, Sudheer Chava, Thomas Chemmanur, Amy Dittmar, Mark Flannery, Jay Ritter and David Robinson.

The program committee includes some of the above confirmed senior attendees, as well as Alon Brav, Murillo Campello, Douglas Diamond, Douglas Gale, Itay Goldstein, Chris Hennessey, Steve Kaplan, Darius Miller, Manju Puri, Adriano Rampini, Laura Starks, Vish Viswanathan, as well as the entire research-active Finance faculty at Texas A&M University.

TOPICS: The Inaugural 2016 Consortium will focus on the topic of corporate finance and financial institutions, and the topics of subsequent consortia will alternate between asset pricing and the inaugural consortium’s topic. We kindly invite all advanced Ph.D. students and untenured junior faculty, who received their first full-time faculty appointment within the last seven years, to submit papers related to corporate finance and financial institutions for the upcoming consortium (co-authors may be more senior). There is no submission fee, and both theoretical and empirical work is welcome.

To encourage Ph.D. student participation, we will guarantee a presentation slot, pay all travel expenses and waive the registration fee for the presenter of the best paper whose authors are all Ph.D. students.

CONFERENCE DETAILS: The conference will begin with a cocktail party on the evening of Thursday, April 21, followed by a full day of sessions and a dinner-time keynote address onApril 22. Events on April 23 will consist of a half day of sessions and a lunch-time keynote address. These meals are included in the $200 registration fee. The conference will take place at the Mays Business School’s facility at the City Centre complex in Houston, TX, which is located only 20 minutes from the Houston Bush International airport and has many high-end shops and restaurants within walking distance. Attendees will receive a discounted rate at the Hotel Sorella, which is across the street from the conference venue.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Adam at if you have any questions.

18. 15th World Business Research Conference

25-26 February 2016, Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Deadlines: Submission: 15 January 2016 and Registration: 8 February 2016


We invite full papers and/or abstracts or working papers relating to all broad areas of Finance such as Asset Pricing, Financial Market, Corporate Finance, Derivatives Market and Products, Financial Institutions, Options and Futures, Stock Markets, Bond Markets, Merger and Acquisition, Money Market Dealings, Global and European Debt Crisis, Corporate Governance and Micro-finance, all areas of Banking such as, International Banking and Finance, Lending Decisions and Lending Policy, Banking Law, Net Banking, Banking Regulation, Bank Management, Asset and Liability Management, Islamic Bond, and all areas of Economics such as Macroeconomics and Macroeconomics, Applied Economics, Money, Employment, Taxation, Monetary and Fiscal policy for the above international which is supported by Global Research Institute for Business Academics (Australia), London Academic Research and Publication, UK and American Research and Publication International, USA. All submissions are subject to blind peer review process. Doctoral students and scholars are highly encouraged to submit papers to for expert reviews.

SUBMISSION AND REVIEW GUIDELINES: Please submit full papers and/or abstracts by 15 January 2016 to If your abstract is accepted, you can send full paper by 12 February for proceedings. There is an option that the participant can serve as a discussant of a paper of his/her own area of interest and certificate will be issued to such participant. Please see the submission guidelines on the website and Sample Paper for more information on how to submit your paper. You are also welcome to volunteer to participate as session chairs, reviewers and members of the program committee.

SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL WITHOUT ANY FEE: Outstanding papers will be considered for March 2016 issue of Global Economy and Finance Journal And World Journal of Management which are ranked by the Australian Business Deans Council (see There is no submission or publication fee what-so-ever.

PROCEEDINGS, PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY, BEST PAPER AWARD AND FEEDINGS: All accepted abstracts and/or full papers of the attendees will be in published in the conference proceedings (online) with ISBN via dedicated website which will be concurrently listed with the website of London Academics Research and Publication, UK and American Research and Publication International, New York, in addition to Google Scholar so that all papers have wider readership Best Paper Awards will be announced from a block of 15 papers in each track and will be published in any of the above journals and a certificate will be issued to the winners as well as a GRIBA membership entitling you to discounts on future conferences. For any further enquiries please contact: Khaleda Akhter, Coordinator via

Professor. Yasuo Hoshino, Aichi University and University of Tsukuba, Japan
Professor William Lim. York University, Canada
Professor Anisul Islam, University of Houston-Downtown, USA
Professor Pieter Nel, Unitec, New Zealand
Professor Dr. M. Lombard, University of Johannesburg, South .Africa

19. Academy of Entrepreneurial Finance in Europe: “Frontiers of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Finance in a Global Environment- 2016”

March 14-16, 2016, Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy

Co-Located and Held in Conjunction with the 2016 International Meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics.

Keynote Speakers: James Ang (Florida State) and Antony Saunders (NYU)

You are invited to submit your research work for presentation purposes at this timely conference. Submissions in any area of entrepreneurial and small business finance are encouraged. See for suggested topics.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Submitted Papers must be in English and sent in blind/anonymous pdf format along with a cover letter to Professor Guido Max Mantovani and with copy to:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15, 2015 (early Submission encouraged) Status Notifications: Three (3) weeks from the date of submission.

A Best Paper Award will be given to a most innovative and forward-looking research paper as chosen by AEF-Europe’s Scientific Board and presented at the conference. A limited number of top papers presented at the conference will also be selected by the European members of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, JEF, for publication in a special issue of the journal.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Full Rate: Euro 395 with an “Early Bird” rate of Euro 310.00 thru 12/14/2015

To register please follow the simple instructions at:

SPECIAL SESSIONS AND PANELS/WORKSHOPS. Interested in organizing a Special Session or Panel/Workshop? Please submit a letter of interest, along with a short bio using the deadline and instructions above. See for more information.

20. 2016 Commodity Markets Conference

3-4 June 2016, Hannover, Germany

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2016

OVERVIEW: The 2016 Commodity Market Conference in conjuction with the Journal of Commodity Markets will be held on 3-4 June 2016 at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. The aim of the conference is to present and discuss high-quality research in all areas of economics and finance related to commodity markets.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZER: Marcel Prokopczuk, Leibniz University Hannover

K. Geert Rouwenhorst, Yale University
Eduardo S. Schwartz, UCLA

TOPICS: We welcome submissions from all topics related to commodity markets, including:
– Pricing, hedging, and risk analysis of commodity derivatives and derivatives portfolios
– Portfolio allocation/optimization including commodities
– Financialization of commodity markets
– The microstructure of commodity markets
– Corporate finance and risk management related to commodity markets
– Econometric/statistical analysis of commodity markets
– Decision models (OR/MS models) applied to the commodity sector
– Real option analysis investigating commodity project investment and production decisions
– Financial market analysis (risk factor models etc.) for commodity markets
– Managerial accounting & economics for commodity related corporations
– Micro & macroeconomic analysis of commodity markets
– Global and regional trade of commodities
– The role of commodity production and consumption for developing countries

Commodity markets in this context include the entire range of commodities, i.e. energy (including electricity and renewables), metals, agricultural products and fish, and also related markets such as markets for shipping and transportation services, emission quotas and weather derivatives.

PAPER SELECTION AND SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for paper submissions is midnight EST January 31, 2016. Papers must be in pdf format. Please submit one version without identifying author information and one full version with these information to the following address:

Submitted papers will be reviewed by the scientific committee of the conference.

SPECIAL ISSUE: The Journal of Commodity Markets will publish a special issue devoted to the conference. More details on the submission process will be provided at the conference and on the conference webpage.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Further information will be provided on the conference webpage:

If you have questions, please contact us via email:

21. 4th International Symposium on Energy and Finance Issues (ISEFI-2016): “Energy Price Fluctuations in an Uncertain Global Economy”

24-25 March 2016, Paris, France

OVERVIEW: The 4th International Symposium on Energy and Finance Issues (ISEFI-2016), jointly organized by the IPAG Energy Economics Center (IPAG Business School) and the Centre of Geo-politics of Energy and Raw Materials (Paris Dauphine University), will take place on 24-25 March 2016 in Paris, France. It aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges that interrelate energy and financial markets. The general theme of the 2016 Symposium is “Energy Price Fluctuations in an Uncertain Global Economy”.

TOPICS: The conference organizers would like to invite the submission of both theoretical and empirical papers (in PDF files) relating to all aspects of energy markets and their interactions with financial markets. We welcome submissions in the following, but not limited to, topics:
– Corporate finance analysis for energy companies
– Econometrics of energy markets
– Energy and climate models
– Energy derivatives: pricing and hedging
– Energy and financial market interactions
– Energy issues in developing and emerging markets
– Energy prices: modeling and forecasting
– Energy risks: assessment and modeling
– Financial and economic analysis of energy markets
– Financial regulation of energy and environmental markets
– Finance and investment in renewable energy
– Oil and shale gas
– Speculation and energy prices

The deadline for submission of completed papers is the 31st of January 2016.

– Prof. Lutz Kilian, University of Michigan, United States
– Prof. Adonis Yatchew, University of Toronto, Canada

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Rene Aid (FIME-University of Paris Dauphine & EDF), Derek Bunn (London Business School), Julien Chevallier (University of Paris 8), Anna Creti (University of Paris Dauphine and Ecole Polytechnique), Shawkat Hammoudeh (Drexel University), Fatih Karanfil (University of Paris West Nanterre la Defense), Matteo Manera (University of Milano-Bicocca), Duc Khuong Nguyen (IPAG Business School), Michel Robe (American University), Luca Taschini, (London School of Economics), Perry Sadorsky (York University), Benoit Sevi (Grenoble University)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Marie Bessec (University of Paris Dauphine), Anna Creti (University of Paris Dauphine & Ecole Polytechnique), Khaled Guesmi (IPAG Business School), Marc Joets (IPAG Business School & University of Paris West Nanterre la Defense), Yannick Le Pen (University of Paris Dauphine), Duc Khuong Nguyen (IPAG Business School), Nadia Sghaier (IPAG Business School)

SUBMISSIONS AND IMPORTANT DATES: Authors are invited to submit their research papers (in English) in WORD/PDF files, no later than January 31, 2016 via the Symposium website:

January 31, 2016: Submission deadline (full papers, PDF files)
February 15, 2016: Notification of acceptance/rejection
March 7, 2016: Registration deadline
March 24-25, 2016: Symposium event

FURTHER INFORMATION: General inquiries should be directed to Anna Creti ( or Duc Khuong Nguyen (

22. Risk Theory Society Annual Seminar

April 1 – 3, 2016, St. John’s University, New York, New York

Submissions due December 15, 2015

The Risk Theory Society is a group of economists, financial economists, and actuaries who undertake theoretical and applied research in the areas of insurance economics, financial economics related to insurance markets, actuarial science, and more generally in the economic analysis of risk and uncertainty. Membership in the society is earned by presenting a paper at the annual seminar and forfeited by missing two consecutive meetings.

The society invites interested parties to submit papers for the 2016 meeting. Each paper accepted for the meeting is given one hour and fifteen minutes for presentation and defense by the authors. The first twenty minutes of that time are reserved to be free of interruption other than for questions of clarification. After the grace period, discussion is typically vigorous.

Over the past 10 years, the number of submissions ranged from 42 to 69 with an average of 51. Ten papers were selected each year. Although we accept submission of a five-page abstract, most submissions and most accepted papers were in full draft or essentially completed form.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Submissions are due on December 15, 2015. The program committee will notify authors of accepted papers by end of January 2016, or soon thereafter. Accepted papers must be completed and sent for posting on the Risk Theory Society web page by March 1, 2016. Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments in the Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) by December 15, 2015, to:

Professor Greg Niehaus
Secretary of the Risk Theory Society
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information, contact Greg Niehaus or visit the Risk Theory web site at For details regarding local arrangements for the 2016 Seminar, please visit the web site or contact Professor Mark Browne at

23. The Eleventh NYU Stern/ New York Fed Conference on Financial Intermediation

May 6, 2016, New YorkA conference jointly sponsored by the Salomon Center of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Review of Financial Studies (RFS).

OVERVIEW: The goal of this conference is to enhance the interaction among researchers interested in financial intermediation. Submissions in all areas of financial intermediation will be considered (except papers already accepted for publication). In addition to the academic sessions, there will be a lunch panel on the topic “Where has the risk gone?” Banks seem to have reduced risk dedicated to a number of intermediation activities. Exactly how and in what business lines have banks reduced risk? Have other financial institutions filled these gaps? How does this risk shifting affect systemic risk?

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should submit a PDF version of their paper by going to: The deadline for submissions isJanuary 8, 2016.

Authors who would like to have their paper considered under the RFS dual-submission process must indicate this clearly by checking the appropriate box on the submission website. Details of the dual-submission process can be found below.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified in early March. The conference organizers will provide one night’s accommodation as well as financial support for travel expenses to authors whose papers are accepted for the conference.

REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES DUAL SUBMISSION OPTION: At the authors’ option, papers submitted to the conference will, in addition, be considered for publication at the RFS free of charge. The rules for the dual submission process are as follows:

1. Authors must expressly indicate interest in consideration by the Review of Financial Studies by checking the appropriate box on the submission website.

2. At the discretion of the RFS Sponsoring Editor (Philip Strahan), a small number of dual submissions will be invited to submit to the RFS. The RFS will waive the fee on such submissions, and have the submission formally reviewed. In these cases, authors will receive a copy of the RFS reviewer report(s).

3. Papers submitted for dual consideration must not be under review at another journal or the RFS, including as a dual-submission at another journal, nor can they be considered for dual submission if previously rejected by the RFS.

4. In the event that a dual submission that has been invited to submit to the RFS is subsequently rejected, its authors have the option to submit a future version of their paper to the RFS without prejudice.

5. While under consideration as a dual submission by the NYU/NY Fed Conference and the RFS, a paper may not be submitted to another journal (or the RFS) until the author has been notified of the dual submission outcome.

New York University
Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street
New York NY 10012

Anna Kovner, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Alexander Ljungqvist, New York University
Hamid Mehran, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Philipp Schnabl, New York University

Adriano Rampini, Duke University
Amiyatosh Purnanandam, University of Michigan
Anton Korinek, Johns Hopkins University
David Sraer, UC Berkeley
David Thesmar, HEC
Efraim Benmelech, Northwestern University
Florian Heider, ECB
George Pennacchi, University of Illinois
Greg Udell, Indiana University
Gustavo Suarez, Federal Reserve Board
James Vickery, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Justin Murfin, Yale University
Manju Puri, Duke University
Manuel Adelino, Duke University
Martin Oehmke, London School of Economics
Murillo Campello, Cornell University
Philip Bond, University of Washington
Ricardo Correa, Federal Reserve Board
Robert Marquez, UC Davis
Sam Hanson, Harvard Business School
Steven Ongena, University of Zurich

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please address any questions to

24. 2016 Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS) Conference

June 1-3, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

After ten successful conferences (Capri 2004, Shanghai 2006, Anchorage 2008, Prague 2009, Florence 2010, Sydney 2011, Minneapolis 2012, Dubrovnik 2013, Quebec City 2014, Reykjavik, 2015), the Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS) is pleased to announce that the next conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 1-3, 2016. You are kindly invited to submit papers to be considered for presentation at the 2016 FIRS Conference. As in previous years, the conference will cover a broad range of topics. Both theoretical and empirical papers in all areas of finance are welcome. It is anticipated that most participants will be from universities, central banks, regulatory agencies and international financial organizations.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The submission deadline is November 1, 2015, and the submission fee is $50. You may submit your paper by visiting the conference website and clicking on the heading SUBMISSIONS. Authors will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by January 2016.

CONFERENCE DETAILS: The conference will begin around mid-day on June 1 and will continue for the full day on June 2 and June 3. The venue will be the Intercontinental, Lisbon, Portugal [] which is close to the historical downtown area. Lisbon, built on seven hills, is a lively city that offers many attractions. Throughout the city there are museums, gardens, monuments and events of local and historical culture. Just outside of Lisbon are beaches, and the historic villages of Sintra and Cascais.

Link to the conference website:

Questions may be addressed to

We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you to Lisbon for the 2016 FIRS Conference.

Manju Puri Program Chair, FIRS 2016

25. The 13th Annual Conference in Financial Economics Research by Eagle Labs

Sunday – Monday, May 15th – 16th, 2016, The Arison Business School, IDC Herzliya, Israel

The Arison Business School Research Center and Eagle Labs will host the 13th Annual Conference on Sunday – Monday, May 15th – May 16th, 2016 at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, ISRAEL

Sessions will take place between 08:30-15:30. A total of 12 papers will be presented and discussed. Last year over 250 papers were submitted of which 12 were selected. (You may see last year’s program as an example at:

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Papers can be submitted electronically (in PDF or Word format) by Wednesday November 11th, 2015. To submit your paper electronically, please click here: and follow the instructions. Please note that if you submit a paper using this system for the first time you will need to create a new user.

Please make sure to fill in all author and co-author details as part of the online submission form. Paper submission is limited to one per person.

Please direct your questions regarding the submission procedure to Riki Vanunu, Conference Coordinator, The Arison School of Business at:

Authors of selected papers should expect to be notified by mid-January 2016.

We kindly request that you share this call with your colleagues.

To subscribe to our mailing list, please send an email to:

The program committee co-chairs are: Jacob Boudoukh (IDC Herzliya), Yaniv Grinstein (IDC & Cornell) and Shimon Kogan (IDC & University of Texas at Austin)

The program committee members are: Yakov Amihud (New York University), Itzhak Ben David (The Ohio State University), Effi Benmelech (Northwestern University) Alon Brav (Duke University), David De Angelis (Rice University), Francois Degeorge (University of Lugano), Francois Derrien (HEC Paris), Ran Duchin (University of Washington), Alex Edmans (University of Pennsylvania), Joseph Engelberg (University of California, San Diego), Eliezer Fich (Drexel University), Vyacheslav Fos (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Francesco Franzoni (University of Lugano ), Diego Garcia (UNC at Chapel Hill), Jie Gan (Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business),Simon Gervais (Duke University), Xavier Giroud (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Itay Goldstein (University of Pennsylvania), Todd Gormley (University of Pennsylvania), Vidhan Goyal (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Gustavo Grullon (Rice University), Yael Hochberg (Northwestern University), Johan Hombert (HEC Paris), Victoria Ivashina (Harvard University), Marcin Kacperczyk (Imperial College London), Ohad Kadan (Washington University in St. Louis), Dalida Kadyrzhanova (University of Maryland), Bige Kahraman (Stockholm School of Economics), Ron Kaniel (University of Rochester & IDC Herzliya), Hyunseob Kim (Cornell University), Yelena Larkin (Penn State University), Anh Le (UNC at Chapel Hill), Mark Leary (Washington University in St. Louis), Michael Lemmon (University of Utah), Juhani Linnainmaa (University of Chicago), Roger Loh (Singapore Management University), Evgeny Lyandres (Boston University & IDC Herzliya), David Matsa (Northwestern University), Semyon Malamud (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Asaf Manela (Washington University in St. Louis), Ernst Maug (University of Mannheim), Prabhala Nagpurnanand (University of Maryland), Daniel Parvisini (London School of Economics), Alessandro Previtero (University of Western Ontario), Uday Rajan (University of Michigan), Adriano Rampini (Duke University), Michael Roberts (University of Pennsylvania), Stefano Rossi (Purdue University), Amir Rubin (Simon Fraser University), Jacob Sagi (UNC at Chapel Hill), Martin Schmalz (University of Michigan), Christoph Schneider (University of Mannheim), Kelly Shue (University of Chicago), Clemens Sialm (University of Texas at Austin), Elena Simintzi (University of British Columbia), Denis Sosyura (University of Michigan), Oliver Spalt (Tilburg University), David Sraer (Princeton University ), Neal Stoughton (WU-Vienna University of Economics and Business), Lucian Taylor (University of Pennsylvania), Margarita Tsoutsoura (University of Chicago), Michela Verardo (London School of Economics), Avi Wohl (Tel Aviv University), Josef Zechner (WU-Vienna University of Economics and Business), Jaime Zender (University of Colorado)

26. The 2016 International Meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics in Venice, Italy; the 2016 World Consortium for Financial Risk Analysis and Application; The Adam Smith Seminar Series-2016 in Behavioral Finance & Economics-International; and the European Meeting of the Academy of Entrepreneurial Finance – 2016

CONFERENCE DATES: March 14-16, 2016, Venice, Italy


SUBMISSION URL: (A Submission Fee of $45.00 is required for submitting any of your works as you see from Step 2 on the Submission page that appears when you click on above URL.)



FOR MORE INFO ON THE WORLD CONSORTIUM FOR FINANCIAL RISK ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION: Please Contact us for info at your earliest convenience, but by NO later than November 15, 2015, via this email: Upon the receipt of your email, info on the Call and/or info for attendance will be sent to you for your further consideration. (We accept a limited number of papers for this Seminar.)

FOR MORE INFO ON THE ADAM SMITH SEMINAR SERIES IN BEHAVIORAL FINANCE & ECONOMICS-INTERNATIONAL: Please Contact us for info at your earliest convenience, but by NO later than November 15, 2015, via this email: Upon the receipt of your email, info on the Call and/or info for attendance will be sent to you for your further consideration. (We accept a limited number of papers for this Seminar. All research and/or application works that are based on Adam Smith’s “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” will receive top priority for consideration for this unique Annual Seminar.) For any questions please contact us at:

Bloomberg for Education: Global Financial Data Crowd Sourcing Project for University Students

Dear IIMB students,

Leah Dodell and Sheil Naik from the Bloomberg Global Data Team at Princeton invite you to this very interesting, educative and hopefully challenging online project on Industry classifications.

Students can hone their research skills and put them to practical, industry-relevant use by supporting Bloomberg. And they can do this from wherever they are!

While this invitation has been extended to only the select group of schools that subscribe to Bloomberg, the students working on it do not need to have access to the Bloomberg terminal to work on this project.

For any queries, Please reach out to Leah Dodell and Sheil Naik who are managing this project.

Students and research scholars across all years can participate. This is irrespective of branch of study.

– Be part of an elite team support Bloomberg’s best-in-class Global Data product
Get a prestigious certificate of completion from Bloomberg’s Global Data team
Gain valuable insights into global classification standards for companies.
– Add value to your classroom learning by developing research skills relevant to industry needs
– Earn bragging rights for having supported Bloomberg to make the terminal richer and more accurate

– Be part of an elite team supporting Bloomberg’s best-in-class Global Data product
Get a prestigious certificate of completion from Bloomberg’s Global Data team
Gain valuable insights into global classification standards for companies.
– Add value to your classroom learning by developing research skills relevant to industry needs
– Earn bragging rights for having supported Bloomberg to make the terminal richer and more accurate

-> Step 1: Sign up for the Crowdflower Elite Platform at to create a login to perform the tasks.
-> Step 2: Go to and fill in your name, email, Crowdflowerlogin, and school so that we have these for our records.
This is essential for us to be able to create the electronic certificates for you. Please remember that you are responsible for entering your details accurately. We will not be responsible if the login name you enter in the form doesn’t match your actual crowdflower login, or if there are spelling mistakes in your name or School name.
-> Step 3: Login as a CONTRIBUTOR at
This will inform Crowdflower of your role in the project
-> Step 4: Start your Tasks! Click the link –
This is where you will actually perform!

October 18, 2015: Complete Steps 1-3 above October 19,2015: Project Starts November 15,2015: Project ends November 23,2015: Certificates Issued for successful participants

To be eligible for the Certificate of completion from Bloomberg’s Princeton-based Global Data Team you will need
TASKS: over 300 completed
ACCURACY: Over 85%

A detailed description of the project is attached with this mail.

Thank you.Bloomberg

Bloomberg Training

The Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management would like to invite you to a Bloomberg Training Session on September 30, 2015 from 3:00-4:15 Pm, in Room K-21. Roshni Saigal from Bloomberg will be conducting this workshop.  Please confirm your attendance.

S.G. Badrinath and Akanksha Jalan

Talk by Srinivas Pulavarti on The Investment Climate and Asset Allocation Frameworks in Global Financial Markets

The Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management is pleased to invite you to a talk by Srinivas Pulavarti, titled


Srinivas “Srini” Pulavarti, is President and Chief Investment Officer, UCLA Investment Company. Mr. Pulavarti is responsible for defining the strategic vision for management of the UCLA’s portfolios while directing the UCLA’s staff and overseeing more than 100 external investment managers. Previously, Mr. Pulavarti served as president and chief investment officer of Spider Management Company, which as of July 2012 managed $1.9 billion for the University of Richmond in Virginia and $1.1 billion for 23 other entities, for a total pool of approximately $3 billion. Under Mr. Pulavarti’s leadership, the Spider endowment was consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best-performing among universities. Among his previous positions, Mr. Pulavarti served as director of global investment strategy for Citigroup Pension Investments; director of investments for Johns Hopkins University; investment manager for Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company, and senior analyst of fixed income and sovereign debt for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

VENUE: Room C-13 on Thursday,  September 24, 2015 from 4:15-5:30 PM. Refreshments afterwards.