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Islamic Finance: The New Regulatory Challenge

Islamic Finance: The New Regulatory Challenge is a new book co-authored by ICMA Centre Visiting Professors Simon Archer and Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim. The book was launched recently at the International Centre For Education In Islamic Finance (INCEIF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We caught up with Professor Simon Archer to discuss his role at the ICMA Centre and the new book.Continue reading

The ICMA Centre welcomes new academics

The ICMA Centre is delighted to welcome four new leading academics to our teaching staff for the new academic year, starting in October 2013. Prof. Michael Clements will join as a Professor of Econometrics and Dr Andreas G.F. Hoepner will join as an Associate Professor of Finance. Dr Yeqin Zeng and Rohit Sonika have also been appointed Lecturers in Finance. Prof. Michael Clements Michael Clements obtained a BSc in economics from Bristol,Continue reading

Caution needed when using credit default swap price movements as financial barometer

Price revisions in the credit default swap (CDS) market are not an accurate measure of default risk, a new study has found. The researchers from Henley Business School at the University of Reading analysed a sample of intraday corporate CDS trading prices and quotes from GFI, a prominent inter-dealer broker, for the period from January 2006 to July 2009. TheyContinue reading

ICMA Centre PhD student Zilu Shang receives Best Paper Award at the Global Business and Social Science Research Conference

Congratulations to ICMA Centre PhD student Zilu Shang on the receipt of a Best Paper Award at the 7th Global Business and Social Science Research Conference (BSSRC).  The Conference, which took place at the Radisson Blu hotel in Beijing, China on 13-14 June 2013, was organised by the World Business Institute, a multi-disciplinary research, training and publishing institute founded inContinue reading

ICMA Centre Stock Market Competition 2013

The annual ICMA Centre Stock Market Competition 2013 took place on Monday 08th July. The competition open to year 12 students from around the Berkshire area, saw the Willink school gain 1st place for the second year in a row, followed by students from Reading School who gained both 2nd and 3rd place. The team from The Willink School wereContinue reading

Outstanding academic achievement rewarded by ICMA Centre prizes

This year the ICMA Centre had more prizes on offer than ever before, to recognise outstanding academic achievement by both Postgraduate and Undergraduate students. Following the Graduation Ceremony on Friday 5 July 2013, several students were rewarded for their effort and performance and congratulated by their peers and ICMA Centre staff. Undergraduate, Yihan Zhou, was awarded £500 for winning theContinue reading

ICMA Centre’s latest graduates celebrate in glorious sunshine

Last Friday 5 July 2013, the latest group of ICMA Centre students were joined by family and friends, to celebrate their graduation on a beautiful sunny day in Reading. Over 300 students from across Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes enjoyed the ceremony taking place at the University of Reading’s magnificent Great Hall on the London Road campus. They were joined byContinue reading

Welcoming GARP as an Academic Partner

The ICMA Centre is proud to announce its new academic partnership with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). The MSc Financial Risk Management is the first member of GARP’s Partnership for Risk Education in the United Kingdom. Through this partnership, our programme continues to align academic excellence and market intelligence, offering its graduates an insight of the new innovations in the area of risk management.Continue reading

Prize for Excellence in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance

The ICMA Centre, in partnership with Danos Associates, is pleased to announce the Prize for Excellence in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance.The award will consist of £2,000 for the highest achieving student on the ICMA Centre MSc Capital Markets, Regulation & Compliance programme. The Prize for Excellence in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance will be presented at the ICMA Centre on GraduationContinue reading

ICMA Centre India Scholarships for 2013

The ICMA Centre is pleased to announce two scholarships for outstanding students from India for postgraduate masters study are available for 2013 entry in the ICMA Centre. Award details: 
The International scholarships will provide £5,000 off the cost of the tuition fees. Eligibility: 1. Applicants must be graduates from an Indian institution. 2. Students should apply for the scholarship at the sameContinue reading