Fink Center for Finance & Investments


We connect students, alumni, faculty and the investment community to transform fundamental knowledge into applicable practices that benefit the finance and investment industries.

Larry Fink

How the Fink Center Works


The Fink Center sponsors a variety of activities that make students the focus and spread influence to our faculty, industry connections and alumni.

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Main Events Dates

Fink Center Stock Pitch Competition

February 12, 2016

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Private Equity Roundtable

March 9, 2016

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Anderson Investing Conference

May 23, 2016

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News & Events

Investment Management Forum

January 2016

L48 with Erik Davidson Chief Investment Officer & Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank

January 14, 2016

Practitioner Series Speaker Event

January, 2015

Fink Finance Leaders Group Meeting

February, 2016

The Fink Center sponsors and hosts numerous other talks and conferences throughout the year.
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2015 Investing Conference

Keynote: Antony Ressler
Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Ares Management LP

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2015 Stock Pitch Competition

Keynote: Sarah H. Ketterer
Chief Executive Officer,
Fundamental Portfolio Manager

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2015 Private Equity Roundtable

Keynote: David Kaplan
Co-Founder, Ares Management;
Senior Partner and Co-Head, Private Equity Group

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Shlomo Benartzi

Saving for Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Richard Roll

Possible Misdiagnosis of a Financial Crisis


Stock Pitch Competition 2015
Keynote: Sarah H. Ketterer


Anderson Distinguished Professor of Finance, Dr. Eduardo Schwartz, Ph.D., selected as the 2015 IAQF/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year

The International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF) and SunGard have named Dr. Eduardo Schwartz, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Finance, California Chair in Real Estate and Land Economics, and Finance Area Chair at UCLA Anderson School of Management, the 2015 IAQF/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year (FEOY). The award will be presented to Dr. Schwartz on February 4, 2016, at the Museum of American Finance in New York City during the IAQF/SunGard FEOY Award Gala Dinner.

The annual IAQF/SunGard FEOY Award, established in 1993, recognizes individual contributions to the advancement of quantitative finance. Nominations are submitted by a nominating committee of approximately 100 people, consisting of all the IAQF governing boards. They are then reviewed in a two-step process by a selection committee of 25 members, including the IAQF board of directors and senior fellows. This year's selection committee was chaired by Dr. Douglas Breeden, an IAQF senior fellow and 2013 FEOY award winner.

“I am greatly honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Schwartz. “Looking at the list of past recipients makes me feel humble – not only because it includes such brilliant minds in finance research and practice, but also because I am fortunate to count among them many of my own colleagues, friends, role models, and perhaps best of all, one of my students. I thank the IAQF for this inspiring recognition.”

Previous Award Recipients

Dr. Schwartz joins a prestigious list of recipients of the IAQF/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year Award. They include Martin Leibowitz, Douglas Breeden, Robert Engle, Peter Carr, Richard Roll, Bob Litterman, Bob Litzenberger, Jack Treynor, Jim Simons, Phelim Boyle, Oldrich Alfons Vasicek, Darrell Duffie, Jonathan Ingersoll, Andrew Lo, Emanuel Derman, John Hull, John Cox, Robert Merton, Fischer Black, Mark Rubinstein, Stephen Ross, and Robert Jarrow. Myron Scholes received a lifetime achievement award in 2001.

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Onassis Prize Honouring World Leading Academics - Awarded to Anderson Professor Emeritus, Richard Roll

The winners of the 2015 Onassis Prizes, awarded to the world's foremost academics in the fields of finance, international trade and shipping, were announced by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow at Mansion House in London on Friday 20th March.

The prestigious prizes, each worth $200,000, are sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and awarded every three years by Cass Business School, part of City University London, jointly with the Onassis Foundation.

Judged by a panel of distinguished academics, including two Nobel Laureates, the prizes recognise the contribution of world leading academics to the fields of finance, international trade and shipping.

The awards are intended to honour academic achievements that have not previously had a platform for global recognition and it is hoped they will in time receive the same prestige as the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Onassis Prize for Finance

Two academics - Professor Stewart Myers and Professor Richard Roll - share the 2015 Onassis Prize for Finance.

Professor Stewart Myers, the Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Financial Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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".

Professor Richard Roll, Linde Professor of Finance at the California Institute of Technology is widely acclaimed for his work on portfolio theory and asset pricing. While at the Boeing Company he worked on the 727 and the operating manual for the first stage booster of the Saturn moon rocket. His PhD thesis The Behavior of Interest Rates: An Application of the Efficient Market Model to U.S. Treasury Bills won the Irving Fisher Prize in 1968. This year's winners have made foundational contributions to finance since the beginning of its transformation to a rigorous science-based discipline, nearly a half century ago: Stewart Myers in corporate finance and Richard Roll in capital markets.

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WRDS Best Paper Awarded to Anderson Finance Professors Bruce Carlin and Daniel Andrei for Research on Financial Model Disagreement and Impact on Markets

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, is proud to announce the winners of the Wharton-WRDS Best Paper Award in Empirical Research.

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, is proud to announce the winners of the Wharton-WRDS Best Paper Award in Empirical Research.

"Bringing new approaches and tools to learning and research are core components of our work. We are honored to congratulate this year's winners for expanding our understanding of model disagreement impacts and outcomes."

The 2014 Best Paper Award winners, Daniel Andrei (Assistant Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management), Bruce Carlin (Associate Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management), and Michael Hasler (Assistant Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management and Department of Management UTSc, University of Toronto), examined economic model disagreement and its impact on prices, volatility, and business cycles. This Best Paper Award for their paper Model Disagreement and Economic Outlookwas presented at the Northern Finance Association conference."WRDS has always been committed to advancing financial research and we are very pleased to sponsor this Best Paper Award," said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. "Bringing new approaches and tools to learning and research are core components of our work. We are honored to congratulate this year's winners for expanding our understanding of model disagreement impacts and outcomes."Andrei, Carlin and Hasler expanded on earlier studies showing that disagreement drives volatility, and set out to explain the relationship between the two. To understand why model disagreement impacts volatility and business cycles the researchers related analyst forecast dispersion data to stock volatility, using S&P 500 datasets, and translated investor disagreement into a model to test. Andrei, Carlin and Hasler used WRDS to access the data and analyze their findings.With so much uncertainty over financial models, the researchers made the case for greater information and transparency to reduce disagreement and, in turn, volatility. According to Andrei, Carlin and Hasler, more precise earnings forecasts and greater numbers of indicators sharing monthly, rather than quarterly, could reduce volatility."This WRDS Best Paper Award is a wonderful honor for me, Daniel and Bruce," said Michael Hasler. "Having our work acknowledged in this way is terrific, and we hope that our work positively impacts the field. We also appreciate WRDS for presenting the Best Paper Award and offering an opportunity for us to further discuss our work with other scholars."

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PIMCO Makes New Hires to Its Global Equities Team

Recent MBA Grad and IM Fellow, Aylon Ben-Shlomo ('14) in WSJ

Spate of Recruits Follows Lackluster Fund Performance, Shake-Up in Management Ranks
At the world's biggest bond firm, equities specialists are in demand.

Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, made a clutch of new hires Tuesday to its global equities team, the first senior recruits by the firm's global head of equities Virginie Maisonneuve who joined from Schroders in January.

The new hires collectively bring "more than 40 years of additional investment management experience" to the firm, Ms. Maisonneuve said in a statement.The spate of recruits follows a turbulent few months at Pimco, featuring lackluster fund performance, a steady tide of client outflows and a shake-up in the management ranks.Pimco, with about $2 trillion under management, has seen billions of dollars in redemptions across its funds. In July, the flagship Total Return Fund suffered an $830 million net outflow, the 15th straight month of withdrawals. Earlier this year, Mohamed El-Erian quit as Pimco's chief executive following tension with the firm's founder, Bill Gross. Executives at Pimco's parent company, German insurer Allianz SE, have backed the U.S. firm, while also stressing the importance of improved performance and fund inflows.Ms. Maisonneuve, who is charged with building out Pimco's equities division, also announced that Melissa Tuttle has been promoted to the role of global head of equity trading. Ms. Tuttle joined Pimco in August 2010 from Goldman Sachs Asset Management. She was previously head of equities trading in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.The new recruits include Iain McNaught and Simon Peters, who join as senior vice presidents within the global equities team, based in London. Mr. McNaught was previously a global equity analyst at Sarasin & Partners, while Mr. Peters was head of financial specialist sales at Nomura in London.Sean Heymann, previously of Neuberger Berman, and Aylon Ben-Shlomo, a former analyst at Ivory Investment Management, both join as analysts for Pimco's dividend strategies, based at the firm's headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif.Pimco, a fixed-income behemoth founded by Mr. Gross in 1971, began expanding into equities more than four years ago because of concerns that the 30-year bond rally would come to an end. Its equities coverage remains a fraction of the size of its bond business. The equities platform currently boasts 44 investment professionals while equity investments total $55 billion in assets under management.The company's major equity strategies are centered on four areas: deep value, dividends, long/short and emerging markets. Ms. Maisonneuve has previously said she is keen to add different strategies. In particular she has cited a growth product, as well as a small-cap product.The investment firm's recent senior hires aren't just limited to equities. On Monday, Pimco also said it had hired Mohsen Fahmi, formerly of Moore Capital Management LLC, as managing director and generalist portfolio manager focusing on global fixed income. In May, Pimco also said it had rehired Paul McCulley, a former senior executive, for the newly created role of chief economist. The firm announced another senior hire in June with the appointment of Geraldine Sundstrom, formerly a partner at hedge fund Brevan Howard Asset Management, as a managing director and portfolio manager.

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Bringing High Finance Down to Earth

FAMe is testing the market for jargon-lite academic research

If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? If that tree is pulped into the pages of an academic journal focusing on finance, then no, it does not. Outside the corridors of academia, precious few humans actually read the contents of publications such as the Journal of Finance, the Accounting Review, and theJournal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, to pick on a few. That's too bad, given how hard scholars work on their submissions and how diligently editors referee the ideas inside. Bhagwan Chowdhry, a professor of finance at the University of California at Los Angeles's Anderson School of Management, is attempting to alleviate the problem with a new periodical that gathers the most accessible articles from established journals, distills them to just a few pages, and repackages them for a (slightly) wider audience.

The quarterly digest goes by the unwieldy title of FAMe jagazine, short for finance and accounting memos journal-magazine. Two issues have been published so far, with about 20 synopses in each. Chowdhry says he printed 10,000 copies and mailed them to business schools and libraries. He invites researchers whose papers have been recently accepted by established, peer-reviewed journals to refashion their work for FAMe's intended readership of "interested and smart nonacademics," such as policymakers and journalists. This lay audience gets clearer prose, fewer equations, and a useful sampling of what the ivory tower is up to; academics get visibility and citations, and a chance to revivify papers that have been through the editorial wringer.

A scholarly article typically takes years to progress from idea to printed page. "We write them, we keep revising them, make them more and more and more rigorous, and finally they're published," Chowdhry says. "They're totally antiseptic. There's no taste left to it." He adds of his own experience, "By the time it's ready, I don't want to see it myself. I'm serious. I just want to move on to the next idea."

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