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Conduct of Business Regulation in a retail context by Latha Balakrishnan

Ms Latha Balakrishnan will be delivering a guest lecture for students taking the Governance and Compliance in Financial Services module, MSc Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance.The guest lecture will take place on Tuesday 17th March, 4-6 pm at the ICMA Centre. The lecture is also suitable for those interested in financial regulation more generally. Ms Balakrishnan will be covering the topicContinue reading

Liquidity effects and FFA returns in the international shipping derivatives market

A new paper co-authored by Nadia Kappou, ICMA Centre MSc Financial Risk Management programme director, with Amir H. Alizadeh, Dimitris Tsouknidis and Ilias Visvikis has recently been published The study examines the impact of liquidity risk on freight derivatives returns. The Amihud liquidity ratio and bid–ask spreads are utilized to assess the existence of liquidity risk in the freight derivatives market. Other macroeconomic variables are usedContinue reading

Strategic risk shifting and idiosyncratic volatility

A recent research paper, “Strategic risk shifting and idiosyncratic volatility”, by Dr Nicholas Chen with his co-authors, has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 Western Finance Association Meetings. The conference is highly prestigious with an acceptance rate from submitted papers of only 8%. Nicholas’s work helps advance our understanding of asset pricing and capital markets. More specifically, while standardContinue reading

A real estate bubble in medieval England?

Financial history experts from Henley Business School’s ICMA Centre are to investigate the possible existence of a real estate bubble in medieval England. The University of Reading has recently won a research project grant worth almost £200,000 from the Leverhulme Trust.[1] The research team, comprising Professors Adrian Bell and Chris Brooks, will examine in detail the workings of the EnglishContinue reading

Presentation by David Roberts, the Chairman-Elect of the Nationwide Building Society

We are pleased to welcome David Roberts, the Chairman-Elect of the Nationwide Building Society. David’s presentation will focus on corporate governance and culture using the banking industry as an example and will contrast the mutual model followed by Nationwide with joint stock owned businesses such as Lloyds and Barclays. Venue: ICMA Centre, Large Lecture Theatre (Room 150 on the firstContinue reading

Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance Summer Program Scholarship 2015

Do you want an opportunity to visit and study in China for two weeks this Summer? We are very pleased to announce that Tsinghua University, PBCSF have awarded the ICMA Centre 3 scholarships for students to join their Summer Programme from June 28 to July 10, 2015 in Beijing. The Scholarship covers the full programme fee, room and board (onContinue reading

Be in Demand- Postgraduate studies at the ICMA Centre

Are you a current undergraduate student at the ICMA Centre or University of Reading and interested in a future career in finance? Would you like to find out more about our uniquely designed Masters degrees in Finance? If you would like to find out more about the postgraduate programmes offered at the ICMA Centre and how a Masters in FinanceContinue reading

Statistical Model Selection with `Big Data’ by Sir David Hendry

On Wednesday 28th January, Sir David Hendry visited the ICMA Centre, and gave a joint ICMA Centre and Economics Department seminar on Statistical Model Selection with `Big Data”.  Sir David has been the pre-eminent British econometrician for the last forty years, and was knighted for contributions to social science in 2007. He spoke to a large audience on the difficulties involved in selecting useful modelsContinue reading

Price discovery in the 18th Century

New research by Professor Adrian Bell, Chris Brooks (both of the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School) and Nick Taylor (of the University of Bristol) has been published in Cliometrica: The Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History. The journal specialises in original research that focuses upon the use of modern economic theory and econometric techniques to investigate historical issues. TheContinue reading

Insights into Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing by Neil Brown

Neil has worked in investment for 13 years. Before joining Alliance Trust Investments in August 2001, Neil spent 4 years at Aviva Investors where, most recently, he was an SRI Fund Manager. Neil’s investment career started at Pensions & Investments Research Consultants where he was a senior researcher. In 2004, he moved to Threadneedle Asset Management where, as well asContinue reading