Department of
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

Finance Seminar Series

All presentations will be held from 10:30am - 12:00pm in Gerson 229 unless otherwise noted. The Seminar Coordinator is Jay R. Ritter.

Fall 2015

  1. Sep 18
    Kristine Hankins, University of Kentucky

Past Speakers

2015
Spring
  • Tse-Chun Lin, University of Hong Kong
    “Do Superstitious Traders Lose Money?”
  • Dragon Yongjun Tang, University of Hong Kong
    “Do Credit Derivatives Lower the Value of Creditor Control Rights? Evidence from Debt Covenants”
  • Berk A. Sensoy, The Ohio State University
    “Indirect Incentives of Hedge Fund Managers”
  • Sumudu W. Watugala, University of Oxford
    “Economic Uncertainty and Commodity Futures Volatility”
  • Fangzhou (Ark) Shi, Columbia University
    “Business Group Affiliation Improves New Firms’ Profitability”
  • Nitish Kumar, The University of Chicago
    “Politics and Real Firm Activity: Evidence from Distortions in Bank Lending in India”
  • Peter Kelly, Yale School of Management
    “The Information Content of Realized Losses”
  • Roberto Stein University of Florida
    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: fund manager stock picking skill and the skill of copycat managers to pick good stock pickers”
  • Kent L. Womack, University of Toronto
    “Speed and Expertise in Stock Picking: Older, Slower, and Wiser?”
Summer
  • Diana Shao, University of Florida
    “Agency Problems and Closed-end Fund IPOs”
  • Yuehua Tang, Singapore Management University
    “Portfolio Manager Compensation in the U.S. Mutual Fund Industry”
2014
Spring
  • Nikolai Roussanov, Wharton University of Pennsylvania
    “Houses as ATMs? Mortgage Refinancing and Macroeconomic Uncertainty”
  • Denis Sosyura, University of Michigan
  • John Duca, Southern Methodist University/Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Yang Duan, University of Florida Visiting Scholar
  • Farid AitSahlia, University of Florida Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Mark Leary, Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School
  • Ozde Oztekin, Florida International University
    “Political Uncertainty, Transaction Costs, and Leverage Adjustments: An International Perspective”
  • Joshua D. Rauh, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Daniel Sokol, University of Florida Levin College of Law
Fall
  • Mengxin Zhao, University of Alberta
    “Equity Market Liberalization and Equity Issuance”
  • Jon A. Garfinkel, University of Iowa
    “The Role of Financial Intermediaries in the Transmission of Peer-to-Peer Financial Policies”
  • Hongjun Yan, Yale School of Management
    “A Model of Anomaly Discovery”
  • Philip Valta, University of Geneva
    “Debt Renegotiation and Investment Decisions Across Countries”
  • Tomislav Ladika, University of Amsterdam
    “Managerial Short Termism and Investment: Evidence from Accelerated Option Vesting”
  • Julian Atanassov, University of Oregon
    “Corporate income taxes, financial constraints and innovation”
  • Russell Jame, University of Kentucky
    “Executive Extraversion: Career and Firm Outcomes”
2013
Spring
  • Chris Clifford, University of Kentucky
    “Discretionary liquidity: Hedge funds, side pockets, and gates”
  • Greg Nini, Wharton
    “What is Special about Bank Loans”
  • Evan Dudley, University of Florida
  • Sugata Ray, University of Florida
  • Jason H. Chen, Sauder School of Business
    “Do Cash Flows of Growth Stocks Really Grow Faster?”
Fall
  • Sugata Ray, University of Florida
  • Dan Bradley, University of South Florida
    “Does knowledge matter? Industry experience and analyst performance”
  • Leming Lin, University of Florida
    “Collateral and the choice between bank debt and public debt”
  • Pedro Matos, University of Virginia
    “The Mutual Fund Industry Worldwide: Explicit and Closet Indexing, Fees, and Performance”
  • Stace Sirmans, University of Florida
  • Dominique Badoer, University of Florida
  • Matthew Souther, University of Florida
  • Atanas Mihov, University of Florida
    “Cost Inflexibility and Capital Structure: Evidence from SOX Section 404”
  • Itzhak (Zahi) Ben-David, The Ohio State University
2012
Spring
  • Jennie Bai, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
    “The CDS-Bond Basis During the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009”
  • David Brown, University of Florida
    “Discount Rates and Asset Returns: Implications for Endowment Strategies”
  • David Brown, University of Florida
    “Maturity Clienteles in the Municipal Bond Market: Term Premiums and the Muni Puzzle”
  • Sugata Ray, University of Florida
    “Institutional Investment in hedge funds: A first look”
  • Miles Livingston, University of Florida
    “The Value of a Third Opinion: Split Ratings, Information Opacity, and Fitch Ratings”
  • David Musto, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jacob Sagi, Vanderbilt University
    “Estimating Oil Risk Factors Using Information from Equity and Futures Markets”
  • Darren Kisgen, Boston College
    “Do Credit Rating Agencies have the Power to Change Corporate Behavior?”
  • Wenlan Qian, National University of Singapore
    “Transaction Tax: The Double-edged Sword Effects on Price Stability”
  • Matt Billett, Indiana University
    “Do Investor Identity and Contract Terms Interact? Evidence from the Wealth Effects of Private Placements”
  • Farid AitSahlia, University of Florida
    “Are there critical levels of stochastic volatility for early option exercise”
  • Brian Gendreau, University of Florida
    “Credit spreads and liquidity in the Great Depression”
Fall
  • Ajay Subramanian, Georgia State
    “Banking Deregulation and Innovation”
  • Jongsub Lee, University of Florida
  • Amit Bubna, Indian School of Business
    “Venture Capital Communities”
  • Arthur Korteweg, Stanford
    “Private equity across the credit cycle: A cross-sectional approach”
  • Xavier Giroud, MIT
    “Capital and Labor Reallocation Inside Firms”
  • Sugata Ray, University of Florida
  • James Vickery, NYU and NY Fed
    “Securitization and the Fixed-Rate Mortgage”
  • Brian Gendreau, University of Florida
2011
Spring
  • Sugata Ray, University of Florida
  • Farid AitSahlia, University of Florida
  • Evan Dudley, University of Florida
  • Jongsub Lee, University of Florida
  • Wayne Archer, University of Florida
  • Ginger Wu, University of Georgia
    “Do Anomalies Exist Ex Ante?”
  • Brian Gendreau, University of Florida
  • Ing-Haw Cheng, University of Michigan
    “Yesterday's Heroes: Compensation and Creative Risk-Taking”
  • Phil Strahan, Boston College
    “Are Issuer Size and Ratings Shopping 'Priced' in the Mortgage-backed Securities Market”
  • Andrew Karolyi, Cornell
    “The U.S. left behind: The rise of IPO activity around the world”
  • Kevin Tang, University of Florida
  • Joshua Rauh, Northwestern Univ.
    “Local Overweighting and Underperformance: Evidence from Limited Partner Private Equity Investments”
  • Heitor Almeida, University of Illinois
    “Aggregate Risk and the Choice between Cash and Lines of Credit”
  • Xiaoding Liu, University of Florida
Fall
  • Mark M. Westerfield, University of Southern California
    “Portfolio Choice with Illiquid Assets”
  • Evan Dudley, University of Florida
    “Hedge fund leverage and financial fragility” (with M. Nimalendran)
  • Michael Weisbach, The Ohio State University
    “Pay for Performance from Future Fund Flows: The Case of Private Equity”
  • Sugata Ray, University of Florida
    “Why do hedge funds change reported returns?” (with David Musto)
  • Mara Faccio, Purdue University
    “CEO gender, corporate risk-taking, and the efficiency of capital allocation”
  • Jongsub Lee, University of Florida
    “Birds of a Feather: Does political Alignment Between Top Management and the Board Weaken Internal Corporate Governance?”
  • Emir Hrnjic, National University of Singapore
    “Market-wide sentiment, firm-level sentiment, and IPO pricing process”
  • Stefan Nagel, Stanford University
    “Sizing Up Repo”
2010
Spring
  • Margarita Tsoutsoura, Columbia University
    “The Effect of Succession Taxes on Family Firm Investment; Evidence from a Natural Experiment”
  • Yue Tang, Emory University
    “Business Connections and Informed Trading of Mutual Fund Managers”
  • Kasper Nielsen, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    “What Death Can Tell: Are Executives Paid for Their Contribution to Firm Values”
  • Jongsub Lee, New York University
    “Corporate Finance in Family Business Groups”
  • Roy Zuckerman, Yale
    “Synchronized Arbitrage and the Value of Public Announcements”
  • Yong Xiang Wang, Columbia University
    “Rent Seeking by mutual fund managers: Evidence from Equity Contract Renegotiations”
  • Abhiroop Mukherjee, Yale University
    “Equity Returns and the Fund Flow Sensitivity Premium”
  • Oguzhan Karakas, London Business School
    “Another Option for Determining the Value of Corporate Votes”
  • Sami Torstila, Helsinki School of Economics (visiting at UC-Berkeley)
    “Political Preferences and Stock Market Participation”
  • Markus Brunnermeier, Princeton
    “CoVaR”
  • Lu Zhang, U of Michigan
    “Q-Theory with Curvature”
Fall
  • Jun Qian (QJ), Boston College
    “The Impact of Organizational and Incentive Structures on Soft Information: Evidence from Bank Lending”
  • Missaka N. Warusawitharana, Federal Reserve Board
    “Profitability and the Lifecycle of Firms”
  • Vikas Agarwal, Georgia State Univ.
    “Uncovering Hedge Fund Skill from the Portfolio Holdings They Hide”
  • Martin Oehmke, Columbia Univ.
    “The Maturity Rat Race”
  • Jay Hartzell, Univ. of Texas Austin
    “On the Optimality of Shareholder Control: Evidence from the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act”
  • Xiaohui Gao, University of Hong Kong
    “Brokerage Commissions: Hidden Costs of Owning Mutual Funds”
2009
Spring
  • Peter DeMarzo, Stanford
    “Dynamic Agency and the Theory of investment”
  • Ilona Babenko, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
    “Adverse Selection and Stock-based Grants to Non-executive Employees”
  • Yuri Tserlukevich, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
    “The Propensity to Save and Incentives to Reduce Debt”
  • Antonio Macias, Purdue University
    “Risk Pricing and Flexibility in Acquisitions: The Economic Impact of Material Adverse Change Clauses”
  • Breno Schmidt, U of Southern California
    “Costs and Benefits of 'Friendly' Boards During Mergers and Acquisitions”
  • Seoyoung Kim, Emory University
    “Earnings Management and Social Ties”
  • Sheng Huang, Washington University
    “CEO Characteristics, CEO-Firm Match and Corporate Refocus Value”
  • Yihui Wang, University of North Carolina
    “Does Credit Supply Drive the LBO Market?”
  • Sugata Ray, Wharton
    “Effort, Risk and Walkaway Under High Water Mark Contracts”
  • Jennifer Dlugosz, Harvard
    "What Lies Beneath: An Inside Look at CDO Collateral"
  • John Hund
  • Evan Dudley, University of Florida
  • Greg Kadlec, Virginia Tech
    "What Do Soft Dollars Buy? Performance, Expense Shifting, Agency Costs"
  • Yuhai Xuan, Harvard Business School
    “Under New Management: Equity Issues and the Attribution of Past Returns”
  • Cindy Alexander, US SEC
    “The Role of Advisory Services in Proxy Voting”
Fall
  • Evan Dudley, U of Florida
    “Hedge Fund Contagion and Funding Risk”
  • Victoria Ivashina, Harvard Business School
    “Bank Lending During the Financial Crisis of 2008”
  • Yael Hochberg, Northwestern
    “The Size and Specialization of Direct Investment Portfolios”
  • Alexander Barinov, U of Georgia
    “Turnover: Liquidity or Uncertainty?”
  • Jun Qian (QJ), Boston College
  • Sugata Ray, U of Florida
    “Match in the Dark: Understanding Crossing Network Liquidity”
2008
Spring
  • Matthew Cain, Purdue University
    “The Information Content of Fairness Opinions in Negotiated Mergers”
  • Andrea Frazzini, Chicago - with Lauren Cohen and Christopher Malloy
    “The Small World of Investing: Board Connections and Mutual Fund Returns”
  • Zhi Li, Arizona State
    “Behavioral and rational explanations of stock price performance around SEOs: Evidence from a decomposition of market-to-book ratios”
  • Evan Dudley, Rochester
    “Intermittent investment and capital structure”
  • Jonathan Cohn, Michigan
    “Investment, Cash Flow and Financial Markets: Evidence from Tax Loss Carryforwards”
  • Ambrus Kecskes, University of Toronto
    “Why are firms that raise more financing worth more?”
  • Yu Yuan, Wharton
    “Attention and Trading”
  • Peter Iliev, Brown
    “The Effect of the Sarbanes-Oxley Art (Section 404)*”
  • Ran Duchin, USC
    “Cash Holdings and Corporate Diversification”
  • Ludovic Phalippou, Amsterdam
    “The Performance of LBO Investments”
  • Mark Carey, Board of Governors
    “The Bank as Grim Reaper: Debt Composition and Recoveries on Defaulted Debt”
  • Simon Gervais, Duke University
    “Overconfidence, Investment Policy, and Manager Welfare”
  • Malcolm Baker, Harvard
    “Catering Through Nominal Share Prices”
  • Mark Chen, Georgia State
    “Boardroom Brawls: An Empirical Analysis of Disputes Involving Directors”
Fall
  • Murray Frank, University of Minnesota
    “Profits and Capital Structure”
  • Alok Kumar, University of Texas at Austin
    “Superior Information or a Psychological Bias? A Unified Framework with Cognitive Abilities Resolves Three Puzzles”
  • Antoinette Schoar, MIT
    “The Importance of Holdup in Contracting: Evidence from a Field Experiment”
  • Alexander Butler, University of Texas at Dallas
    “Does access to external finance improve productivity? Evidence from a natural experiment”
  • Manju Puri, Duke
    “Understanding Bank Runs: The Importance of Depositor-Bank Relationships and Networks”
2007
Spring
  • Sorin Sorescu, Texas A&M
    “A Reexamination of Corporate Governance and Equity Prices”
  • Wei Jiang, Columbia University (visiting at Wharton)
    “Hedge Fund Activism, Corporate Governance, and Firm Performance”
  • Christian Andres, University of Florida and University of Bonn
    “Family Ownership, Financing Constraints and Investment Decisions”
  • Cem Demiroglu, University of Florida
    “The Information Content of Bank Loan Covenants”
  • Laura Starks, University of Texas
    “Headlines and Bottom Lines: Attention and Learning Effects from Media Coverage Mutual Funds”
Fall
  • Andriy Bodnaruk, Maastrict University
    “The Dark Role of Investment Banks in the Market for Corporate Control”
  • Michael Roberts, Wharton University
    “Contingency and Renegotiation of Financial Contracts: Evidence from Private Credit Agreements”
  • Kewei Hou, Ohio State
    “Resurrecting the Size Effect: Firm Size, Profitability Shocks, and Expected Stock Returns”
  • Mitch Warachka, Singapore Management University
    “Return Predictability of Analyst Forecasts”
  • Danling Jiang, Florida State
    “Short-Sale Constraints and the Non-January Idiosyncratic Volatility Puzzle”
  • Ayako Yasuda, Wharton
    “Are Stars' Opinions Worth More? The Relation between Analyst Reputation and Recommendation Values”
  • Andrea Eisfeldt, Northwestern University
    “Financing Shortfalls and the Value of Aggregate Liquidity”
2006
Spring
  • Clara Vega, University of Rochester
    “Asymmetric Information in the Stock Market: Economic News and Co-movement”
  • Carola Schenone, University of Virginia
    “Lending Relationships and Information Rents”
  • Katrina Ellis, UC-Davis
    “Capital Gaines Taxes and IPO Returns”
  • Gordon Phillips, University of Maryland & NBER
    “Why Do Public Firms Issue Public and Private Securities?”
  • Yonghen Deng, Southern California Real Estate Group
Fall
  • Mitch Petersen, Kellogg
  • Allen Poteshm, Illinois
    “Does Option Trading Have a Pervasive Impact on Underlying Stock Prices?”
  • Michael Boldin
  • Steve Sharpe, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
2005
Spring
  • Miles Livingston, University of Florida
    “Mutual Funds Costs
  • Dan Bergstresser, Harvard Business School
  • Armen Hovakimian, Baruch College
    “Are Observed Capital Structures Determined by Equity Market Timing?
  • Wayne Ferson, Boston College
    “The Timing Ability of Fixed Income Mutual Funds
  • Jonathan Lewellen, MIT
    “The Conditional CAPM Does Not Explain Asset-pricing Anomalies
Fall
  • Ozgur "Ozzie" Ince, University of Florida
    “The Partial Adjustment of IPO Offer Prices Is Not Due to Dynamic Information Acquisition”
  • Amir Sufi, University of Chicago
    “Banks and Flexibility: Empirical Evidence on the Mix of Equity, Bonds, and Bank Debt”
  • Chris James, University of Florida
    “Banks and Bubbles: How Good are Bankers at Spotting Winners”
  • Laura Starks, Univeristy of Texas
  • Hassan Naqvi, National University of Singapore
    “Banking Crises and the Lender of Last Resort: How Crucial Is the Role of Information?”
  • Kristine Watson Hankins, University of Florida
    “Empirical Evidence on Risk Management: M&A Activity and Derivatives Use”
  • Annette Vissing-Jorgensen, Northwestern's Kellogg School
    “Long-run Stockholder Consumption Risk and Asset Pricing”
  • Joao Santos, NY Federal Reserve
    “Bank Loans, Bonds, and Information Monopolies Across the Business Cycle”

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