Stewart Myers wins 2015 Onassis Prize for Finance
March 24, 2015

Professor Stewart Myers has won the 2015 Onassis Prize for Finance. Myers is best known for his influential research on capital structure and capital budgeting valuation. Throughout his distinguished career he has had a significant influence on the theory of banking and corporate finance and is notable for coining the term “real option”. 

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Ben Golub: 2015 shaping up as “dangerous” year for investment risk
March 19, 2015

MIT Sloan Alum and Finance Group Advisory Board member, Ben Golub of BlackRock Inc., believes 2015 could become a “dangerous” year to take investment risks.

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Mark Kritzman wins 2015 Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Outstanding Article Award
March 16, 2015

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer, Mark Kritzman, has won a Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Outstanding Article Award.  This annual award recognizes research excellence in the theory and practice of portfolio management.  Honorees are chosen by subscriber vote on articles appearing in The Journal of Portfolio Management the prior year. Mark’s winning paper, co-authored with William Kinlaw and David Turkington (both of State Street) is entitled “The Divergence of High- and Low-Frequency Estimation:Causes and Consequences

(The Journal of Portfolio Management, Vol. 40,No. 5).

Stephen A. Ross receives the Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics 2015
March 3, 2015

Professor Ross has received the Deutchse Bank Prize in Financial Economics 2015 for his groundwork and fundamental contributions to the analytical development of financial economics. For more than 25 years major models developed by him have marked the economic world. His models relate to the theory of asset pricing, the analysis of the term structure of interest rates, understanding option prices, and the basic structure of the principal-agent problem. The work of Stephen A. Ross has shaped today’s thinking in financial innovation, practice and policy.

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Leonid Kogan awarded the 2014 Amundi Smith Breeden Prize
February 3, 2015

Professor Leonid Kogan has won the 2014 Amundi Smith Breeden Prize (first prize) for the best paper in The Journal of Finance, which is the official publication of the American Finance Association and one of the most widely cited academic journals in finance as well as in economics. 

His winning paper (co-authored with D. Papanikolaou of Kellogg) is entitled, "Growth Opportunities, Technology Shocks, and Asset Prices."

The award was presented the first week of January in Boston, at the American Finance Association Annual Meeting.

Andrew Lo: Darwinian Behavioral Approach To Explain Markets?
January 8, 2015

Professor Andrew Lo talks to John Authers, Financial Times, about his theory applying Darwinian evolution to investment and markets. He suggests our aversion to risk is biological, and driven by the behaviour that allowed humans to avoid extinction. His ideas have profound implications for markets.

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Professor Robert Merton interviewed by Al-Jazeera newspaper
December 29, 2014

Professor Robert Merton recently talked to the Al-Jazeera newspaper. The discussion touches on various aspects of the financial sector, on its development and economic growth.View the translation of the full article here.

Andrew Lo's Book "The Econometrics of Financial Markets" awarded the inaugural Eugene Fama Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Doctoral Education by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
November 7, 2014

Andrew Lo’s book (coauthored with John Campbell, now at Harvard, and A. Craig MacKinlay, now at UPenn), The Econometrics of Financial Markets (Princeton University Press, 1997), was awarded the inaugural Eugene Fama Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Doctoral Education by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

This prize recognizes the influential contributions of their PhD-level textbook, which provides a clear exposition of the many econometric tools needed for the analysis of the Efficient Market Hypothesis advocated by Prof. Fama (Nobel Laureate in Economics, best known for his analysis of markets and securities prices) and other models of financial markets.  Their book also provides  important empirical results illuminating the successes of models like the Efficient Market Hypothesis as well as empirical puzzles that remain.  The prize, funded by a group of private donors to honor Prof. Fama’s contributions and create incentives for potential doctoral-level economics textbook authors, will be awarded every three years.

The prize will be presented to Andrew and his coauthors at a one-day conference and dinner celebrating Prof. Fama’s 50 years of teaching at Chicago Booth.

A newly published study co-authored by Professor Antoinette Schoar shows strong working relationships between bankers and clients reduct the likelihood of loan delinquencies and defaults
October 2, 2014

You've probably seen advertising campaigns in which banks describe how much their customer relationships matter to them. While such messaging might have been cooked up at an ad agency, it turns out there is some truth underlying these slogans.

As a newly published study co-authored by a MIT Sloan professor, Antoinette Schoar, shows strong working relationships between bankers and clients reduce the likelihood of loan delinquencies and defaults, at least in the context of an emerging economy.Read the full article here

Master of Finance Program Enters Sixth Year
August 28, 2014

Although just starting its sixth year, the program recently earned recognition from the Financial Times, which ranked it in the top tier of finance programs internationally, based on such criteria as post-graduation salaries, geographic mobility, and the course experience itself, said Master of Finance program director Heidi V. Pickett. Read the full story here

Robert Merton lectures at the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences
August 22, 2014

At the annual gathering of Nobel Laureates and young scientists, Professor Merton presents "Measuring the Connectedness of the Financial System: Implications for Systemic Risk Measurement and Management".  Click here to watch the video.           

Jonathan Parker: The effectiveness of tax rebates as countercyclical fiscal policy
June 20, 2014

Governments around the world are searching for macro-stimulation instruments. This column discusses evidence showing that rebate-type payments policies generate substantial increases in demand for goods and services. In particular, a large portion of tax rebates are spent rapidly on arrival.

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Felipe Severino: Taking a chance with better bankruptcy protection
June 19, 2014

New research by MIT Sloan Finance PhD student, Felipe Severino, finds increased personal bankruptcy protection pre-2005 led to increase in household debt, but without measurable increase in average defaults. Visit the MIT Sloan Newsroom to read more about this paper that won first prize at the MIT Sloan Doctoral Research Forum.

Financial Times: MIT Sloan Professor of Practice, Andrei Kirilenko, volunteers to help stabilise Ukraine’s economy
June 19, 2014

Kirilenko has recently spent three-and-a-half weeks in the Ukraine, where he has been advising those in power on how to stabilise the economy and help the country grow. Now he is hoping to persuade others with knowledge and talent to volunteer too. The plan is to crowdsource expertise and he is inviting all those with business, educational, financial and legislative knowledge to contact him directly to help form a network to regenerate the country.

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Andrew Lo: How a new approach to funding Alzheimer’s research could pay off
June 19, 2014

More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the affliction that erodes memory and other mental capacities, but no drugs targeting the disease have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2003. Now a paper by an MIT Sloan professor, Andrew Lo, suggests that a revamped way of financing Alzheimer’s research could spur the development of useful new drugs for the illness. Visit the MIT News Office to read more about this exciting research.

Research Spotlight: Erik Loualiche
June 10, 2014

Professor Erik Loualiche recently authored a piece for Fortune Magazine that argues that equity markets, rather than credit conditions, drive buyout activity

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Finance Group Faculty honored at the 2014 MIT Sloan Excellence in Teaching Awards
May 28, 2014

The MIT Sloan School of Management held its annual Excellence in Teaching awards ceremony on May 7, 2014. Two members of the Finance Group faculty were recognized at the event. Andrew W. Lo was awarded the Samuel M. Seegal Prize, in recognition of his having inspired students in pursuing and achieving excellence. Dirk Jenter, a visiting finance professor from Stanford Graduate School of Business, was presented with the Outstanding Teacher Award.

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Mark Kritzman wins two Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Outstanding Article Awards
February 5, 2014

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Mark Kritzman has won two Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Outstanding Article Awards, which recognize research excellence in the theory and practice of portfolio management. These annual awards for articles appearing in The Journal of Portfolio Management are based on subscriber voting.

The first winning paper, “Liquidity and Portfolio Choice: A Unified Approach” (The Journal of Portfolio Management, Winter 2013), is co-authored with Will Kinlaw and David Turkington (both of State Street). The article illustrates innovative techniques for investors to determine the optimal allocation to illiquid assets. Mark’s second awarded paper, “Risk Disparity” (The Journal of Portfolio Management, Fall 2013), addresses how to balance growth of portfolio wealth over time with avoidance of large draw-downs.

Research Spotlight: Jean-Noel Barrot
January 24, 2014

Professor Jean-Noel Barrot recently authored an opinion piece for WSJ’s MarketWatch that questions the current venture-capital model. He suggests that venture-capital funds and limited partners should consider alternative models that better match the duration of the fund to the expected duration of the investment, which may be longer than the standard 10-year life of most funds.

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Meeting Global Challenges of Funding Retirement
January 23, 2014

Professor Robert Merton recently gave the SKBI Public Lecture at Singapore Management University where he discussed problems that retirement systems around the developed world are facing. 

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