2021 Meetings

FiRe research seminar (November 29, 16.00-17.30, online)

The coordinates for the seminar were:

Lecturer: Marliese Uhrig-Homburg (Karlsruher Institute of Technology)
Title: Volatility Noise
Time: November 29, 2021, 16.00 – 17.30 Uhr
Paper:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jeZCtLR9yk1HIL3n4rnfLZH9jIwZETKk/view?usp=sharing 

About the lecturer

Marliese Uhrig-Homburg is full professor of Finance at KIT and head of the Institute for Finance at the Department of Economics and Management. 

From 2015 to 2019, she was a member of the KIT Supervisory Board. After studying business mathematics at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), she obtained a doctoral degree from University of Mannheim and completed her habilitation in business administration in 2001. In 2002, back in Karlsruhe, she took over the newly established Endowed Chair of Financial Engineering & Derivatives. Marliese Uhrig-Homburg is an elected member of the DFG Review Board in Economics and currently acts as spokesperson. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Finance Association, the Research Data and Service Centre of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management & Regulation and the House of Energy Markets and Finance. Her research focuses on asset pricing, derivatives, risk management, liquidity, energy finance, and cryptocurrencies. 

She covers both empirical capital market research and capital market theory as well as financial modeling. She exhibits a long-standing track record of research publications in top-rated journals such as Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. She has a great deal of experience in managing third-party funded projects.

Portrait photo of Marliese Uhrig-Humburg
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Successful online workshop of the Austrian Working Group on Banking and Finance


The Institute of Banking and Finance organized the 36th workshop of the Austrian Working Group on Banking and Finance (AWG) on November 26 and 27, 2021. Initially scheduled to be held in Graz, the COVID-19 pandemic once again necessitated an online format. Despite the virtual meeting, the workshop was a great success. With a total of 30 scheduled presentations and 49 participants, the workshop was one of the most successful yet.

The organizers wish to thank all participants and invite them to next year's workshop in Klagenfurt.

Collection of thumbnail pictures of the conference participants

FiRe research seminar (November 8, 16.00-17.30, online)

The coordinates for the seminar were:

Lecturer: Zwetelina Iliewa (University of Bonn)
Title: Dynamic Inconsistency in Risky Choice
Time: November 8, 2021, 16.00 – 17.30 Uhr
Paper:  papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3600583 

About the lecturer

Zwetelina Iliewa is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn. She obtained her master’s degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim and her PhD in Finance from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

Zwetelina has visited and taught at a number of universities in Europe and has presented her research at many conferences and workshops, including the Experimental Finance conference, the FMA, EFMA and AFA meetings. 

She has published her first paper in the Journal of Finance and the paper she will be presenting is currently under revision at the American Economic Review.

Portrait photo of Zwetelina Iliewa
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FiRe Forum "Corona-Pandemie und die Mutation der Bankwirtschaft" (October 20, 18.00-19.30, online)

The new "FiReForum" is a panel discussion, in this particular instance merging the views of a scientist, a policy maker and a banker. We look forward to discussing the corona pandemic and how it has caused the banking industry to mutate with some of the leading experts on the topic in Austria. The discussion was held in German and online.


Title: Corona-Pandemie und die Mutation der Bankwirtschaft
Time: October 20, 2021, 18.00-19.30

FiRe research day (July 7)

The coordinates for the research day are:

Time: July 7, 2021
Venue: Online or HS 15.04, ReSoWi-Center, Universitaetsstrasse 15/F2, 8010 Graz

FiRe research seminar (June 7, 17.00-18.30, online)

The coordinates for the seminar were:

Lecturer: Thorsten Beck (Cass Business School, City University London)
Title: Liquidity Creation, Investment, and Growth
Time: June 7, 2021, 17.00-18.30
Access: https://unigraz.webex.com/unigraz/j.php?MTID=m69242c582153de603ae1110612da6457
Paper:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/135Q3UXvQnglCQIzz9Gj5kGN_1pcTjtYm/view?usp=sharing

About the lecturer

Thorsten is Professor of Banking & Finance at the Cass Business School, University of London. He was the founding chair of the European Banking Center from 2008 to 2013. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

His research, academic publications and operational work have focused on two major questions: What is the relationship between finance and economic development? What policies are needed to build a sound and effective financial system? Recently, he has concentrated on access to financial services, including SME finance, as well as on the design of regulatory and bank resolution frameworks. In addition to numerous academic publications in leading economics and finance journals, he has co-authored several policy reports on access to finance, financial systems in Africa and cross-border banking. In addition to presentation at numerous academic conferences, including several keynote addresses, he is invited regularly to policy panels across Europe.

FiRe research seminar (May 17, 11.00-12.30, online)

The coordinates for the seminar were:

Lecturer: Viktar Fedaseyeu (China Europe International Business School, CEIBS)
Title: Executives in Politics
Time: May 17, 2021, 11.00-12.30
Paper:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ht3aBzf9m-2UMNucJoug2IjduICVWFHt/view?usp=sharing

About the lecturer

Viktar is Associate Professor of Finance and Research Area Director of Digital Age Management at CEIBS, the China Europe International Business School. Prior to joining CEIBS, he was an Assistant Professor in the Finance Department at Bocconi University. Since 2012, he has also served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Viktar's research interests are in the areas of corporate finance, political economy, and consumer finance. His most recent work studies the intended and unintended consequences of firms’ interactions with the political system as well as the determinants of corporate political participation. Viktar's research has been featured in highly influential international media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Harvard Business Review and has been published in major international scientific journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, and Journal of Corporate Finance.

Viktar's teaching interests include corporate finance and financial markets. While at Bocconi University, he was a two-time recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. He received his PhD in Finance from Boston College and his B.S. in Economics from Belarus State Economic University.

FiRe research seminar (April 26, 16.00-17.30, online)

The coordinates for the seminar were:

Lecturer: Paul Smeets (Maastricht University)
Title: Investor Memory
Time: April 26, 2021, 16.00-17.30
Recording:  Video (restricted to platform members)
Paper:  https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3348315

About the lecturer

Paul is Professor in Philantropy and Sustainable Finance at Maastricht University. His research focuses on understanding what motivates millionaires to give to charity, how the rich think about income redistribution and how money increases happiness. He is a co-founder of the Sustainable Finance Master Program at Maastricht University.

Paul has published in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His work has influenced policy of the European Commission and of the OECD as well as of the government of the Netherlands. Among the media that have reported on his research are the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, BBC News, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Forbes, New Scientist, Newsweek, Scientific American, Time Magazine and Sky News.

FiRe research seminar (March 22, 16.00-17.30, online)

The coordinates for the seminar were:

Lecturer: Alfred Lehar (University of Calgary)
Title: Miner Collusion and the BitCoin Protocol
Time: March 22, 2021, 16.00-17.30
Paper:  https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3559894

About the lecturer

Alfred is Associate Professor in the finance area at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining Haskayne, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna, where he obtained his Habilitation in 2005, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on financial institutions, bank regulation, risk management, corporate finance, and fintech.

Alfred’s work has been published in Management Science, the Review of Financial Studies, the Review of Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Stability, the Journal of Financial Intermediation and International Economics and Economic Policy.

FiRe research seminar (January 25, 16.00-17.30, online)

The coordinates for the seminar were:

Lecturer: Ryan Riordan (Queen's University)
Title: The Social Internetwork and Stock Returns
Time: January 25, 2021, 16.00-17.30
Paper:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PxljRNJXtge3SphgCFiov4qq5XY7lpjD/view?usp=sharing

About the lecturer

Ryan is an Associate Professor and Distinguished Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business and the most recent recipient of the Bank of Canada Governor’s Award. He studies the use of technology in financial markets, and more recently the role climate risks play in asset prices. He is the Director of Research of the newly-established Institute for Sustainable Finance based at Smith. His research has also focused on high-frequency trading systems and the impact of these systems on the quality of financial markets; too much technology, or its misapplication, can result in markets that are unstable and expensive. Not enough technology can mean investors do not meet their investment targets. Together with FiRe-members Alex Brauneis, Roland Mestel and Erik Theissen, Ryan also conducts research on the microstructure of cryptocurrency markets.

Ryan’s work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. His work has won awards such as the Michael J. Brennan Award for the best paper published in the Review of Financial Studies, and the Philip Brown Prize for the best paper published using Sirca data. In 2015 Ryan was awarded a SSHRC grant and the Smith School of Business New Researcher and Research Excellence Awards. He has also worked extensively within the financial industry, with regulators, policy makers, and central banks. 

Prior to joining Smith, Ryan was an assistant professor at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He earned his PhD from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and his MBA from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Mannheim, the Bank for International Settlements, and UC Berkeley. Before embarking on an academic career, Ryan worked as a trader and risk manager at HSBC Trinkaus in Dusseldorf, Germany.