This year the AFA will again host a Ph.D. Student Poster Session as part of the Annual Meeting. The AFA will also award Travel Grants to doctoral students to help defray the costs of attending our 2020 Annual Meeting, which will be held in San Diego, California on January 3-5, 2020. Details on both programs can be found on the Annual Meeting page of the AFA website.
programs are administered separately. You are not required to have a paper or
poster on the program in order to receive a travel grant.
We are very saddened to report that Mark Rubinstein, one of the preeminent financial economists of our time, died after a prolonged and difficult illness on May 9th at his home in Marin.
Mark was a past president and inaugural Fellow of the AFA. Prior to becoming emeritus, he was the Paul Stephens Professor of Applied Investment Analysis at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, an MBA from Stanford, and his Ph.D. from UCLA.
Mark is best known for his fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of derivatives pricing. He developed the theory of binomial option pricing in his joint work with John Cox and Steve Ross, and introduced methods for evaluating exotic derivative securities and for deriving implied binomial trees from options prices. His text, Options Markets, with John Cox, made option pricing theory accessible to a wide audience. His early work also played a key role in developing the foundations of modern asset pricing, including the role of state prices, conditions for aggregation, and the precursors to the consumption-based CAPM.
Mark, together with his U.C. Berkeley colleague Hayne E. Leland, developed the concept of portfolio insurance as a financial product in 1976. His influence on practice is evidenced by numerous awards, including Financial Engineer of the Year (International Association of Financial Engineers) and Fortune’s Businessman of the Year.
Mark was an avid student of intellectual history, and captured his many insights in the book, A History of the Theory of Investments: My Annotated Bibliography (Wiley, 2006). He spent the last years of his life working on articles on the development of early Christianity.
Mark will be missed by the many in our field he touched with his wide-ranging intellectual contributions, his enthusiastic curiosity, and his unique and open perspective.
The AFA announced the selection of G. William Schwert as a member of
the AFA Society of Fellows at the annual meeting in Atlanta. Bill
Schwert is a Distinguished University Professor of Finance and
Statistics at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate
School of Business Administration. He received his A.B. with honors in
economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1971, his M.B.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1975 both from the University of Chicago.
Bill’s research has covered broad areas of economics, finance and statistics, including:
the relations among interest rates, inflation rates and asset returns;
the effects of stock market volatility on asset returns;
the effects of government regulation on business;
the market for corporate control;
the behavior of the IPO market and
the use of modern time series techniques to analyze economic and financial data.