2020 Consortium on Asset Management

24 February 2020
Clare College, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Supported by Cambridge Judge Business School's Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM) and FMA, the Consortium is designed for European finance faculty who are currently working on research in asset management and related topics. Priority will be given to researchers who have received their doctorates within the last five years.

The consortium will be focused, with 5-6 high quality papers, discussants, and a limited number of other researchers. Distinguished members of the finance profession, and practitioners will provide feedback to presenters and discuss issues in asset management as well as aspects of academic publishing and career development.

The theme for this year’s workshop will be Asset Management. We particularly encourage papers within this theme that focus on: investing over the long-term; index investing; responsible investing; fund governance; factor investing; disruptive trends/technologies and how they’re influencing investors; and machine learning applications to asset management.

Registration is now closed.


Click here for a downloadable program.

Presenting author in bold

08:15 – 09:00

Welcome & Introductions
David Chambers, Reader in Finance, University of Cambridge and Academic Director, Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM)
Mark Hutchinson, Professor and Chair of Finance, University College Cork
Mark Mulcahy, Senior Lecturer, University College Cork
Pedro Saffi, Reader in Financial Economics, University of Cambridge

09:00 – 09:45

The Role of the Leverage Effect in the Price Discovery Process of Credit Markets

Paul Zimmermann
Discussant: Qian (Sarah) Wang, Warwick Business School

09:45 – 10:30

Integrating time series and cross-sectional signals for optimal commodity portfolios

Regina Hammerschmid & Harald Lohre
Discussant: Andrei Kirilenko, Cambridge Judge Business School

10:30 – 11:00

Break with Coffee and Tea

11:00 – 11:45

ESG Preference and Market Efficiency: Evidence from Mispricing and Institutional Trading

Jie (Jay) Cao, Sheridan Titman, Xintong (Eunice) Zhan & Weiming (Elaine) Zhang
Discussant: Adam Reed, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

11:45 – 12:30

ES Risks and Shareholder Voice

Yazhou Ellen He, Bige Kahraman & Michelle Lowry
Discussant: Umit Gurun, UT Dallas

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Keynote Presentation

Nick Bollen, Vanderbilt University
Frank K. Houston Professor of Finance, Faculty Director, MSF Program, Vanderbilt University

A prolific publisher and expert on hedge funds and mutual funds, Nick Bollen’s work has been referenced throughout academia and mainstream media.  

Nick’s current research agenda is focused on hedge funds. His studies include the measurement of time-variation in their risk exposures, how fund managers report returns, and patterns of reported returns that can help identify fraud.

14:30 – 14:45

Break with Coffee and Tea

14:45 – 15:30

Don't Take Their Word For It: The Misclassification of Bond Mutual Funds

Huaizhi Chen, Lauren Cohen & Umit G. Gurun
Discussant: Oguzhan Karakas, Cambridge Judge Business School

15:30 – 16:15

The Rate of Return on Real Estate: Long-Run Micro-Level Evidence

David Chambers, Christophe Spaenjers and Eva Steiner
Discussant: Dragana Cvijanovic, Warwick Business School

16:15 – 16:30

Closing Remarks


Dinner for Presenters and Discussants, Best Paper Prize Announcement (invite only) 

Keynote Presentation

The 2020 Consortium Keynote Presentation will be given by Nick Bollen, Frank K. Houston Professor of Finance, and Faculty Director, Vanderbilt University.

Consortium Co-Chairs

  • David Chambers, Reader in Finance, University of Cambridge and Academic Director, Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM)
  • Mark Hutchinson, Professor and Chair of Finance, University College Cork
  • Mark Mulcahy, Senior Lecturer, University College Cork
  • Pedro Saffi, Reader in Financial Economics, University of Cambridge

Consortium Goals

  • Present high quality new and unpublished research
  • Bring together younger scholars working in asset management and related topics and help them benefit from engaging with each other and gaining exposure to more senior faculty

Program Participation Applications and Selection Process

Click here to view the Call for PapersApplications to present current research will be selected on a competitive basis, with priority given to European finance faculty who have been awarded their doctorate within the last five years. Criteria will include the nature of the research problem, implications of the proposed research, the quality of the research design, and the expected contribution of the research to the literature.

The paper submission fee is $25 USD for members and $35 USD for non-members. We are no longer accepting paper submissions.

Program Committee Member Application. We are no longer accepting Program Committee applications.

Accepted presenters will be exempted from paying the registration fee and will be invited to a conference networking dinner. One night’s accommodation will be covered for presenters.

Best Paper Prize

Paper authors will be eligible for the Best Paper Prize (£1000) to be awarded at the Consortium by the Cambridge Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM). The authors of the best paper prize will be invited to present their paper in special sessions at the 2020 FMA European Conference in Limassol, Cyprus, 10 - 12 June 2020.

Formal Participant Letters & Invitations

For participants seeking a formal invitation from FMA for either institution support or visa requirements, please contact Dawn Appleby at +1.813.974.2084 or [email protected]. Participants must be registered for the conference in order to receive a requested letter. 


Local accommodation can be booked at the West Court - Jesus College Hotel.

Thank You Sponsors

We would like to thank the Cambridge Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM) for their kind support and collaboration.

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Thank you Program Committee
  • Sohnke Bartram, University of Warwick
  • Jesse Blocher, Vanderbilt University
  • Jonathan A Brogaard, University of Utah
  • Yong Chen, Texas A&M University
  • Si Cheng, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Darwin Choi, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Liya Chu, East China University of Science and Technology
  • Mathijs Cosemans, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Gregory Eaton, Oklahoma State University
  • Guanhao Feng, City University of Hong Kong
  • Antonio Gargano, University of Melbourne
  • Egemen Gencb, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Nataliya Gerasimova, NHH Norwegian School of Economics
  • William Gerken, University of Kentucky
  • Amit Goyal, University of Lausanne
  • Moqi Xu, London School of Economics
  • Ellen He, University of Manchester
  • Huichou Huang, City University of Hong Kong
  • Can Inci, Bryant University
  • Russell Jame, University of Kentucky
  • Petri Jylha, Aalto University
  • Arati Kale, University of Texas Arlington
  • Oguzhan Karakas, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Thomas Keusch, INSEAD
  • Marie Lambert, University of Liege, HEC Liege
  • Adam Lei, Midwestern State University
  • Matthijs Lof, Aalto University
  • Christian Lundblad, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Andrew Lynch, University of Mississippi
  • Cesario Mateus, Aalborg University
  • Irina Mateus, Aalborg University
  • Pedro Matos, University of Virginia
  • M. Imtiaz Mazumder, St Ambrose University
  • Grzegorz Michalski, Wroclaw University of Economics
  • Amit Mittal, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
  • Kevin Mullally, University of Central Florida
  • Duc Duy Nguyen, King's Business School - King's College London
  • Gilbert Park, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • David Rakowski, University of Texas Arlington
  • Adam Reed, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Julia Reynolds, Universita Della Svizzera Italiana
  • Russell Rhoads, Loyola University-Chicago / TABB Group
  • Stefan Ruenzi, University of Mannheim
  • Sakya Sarkar, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Daniel Schmidt, HEC School of Management
  • Jan Schnitzler, VU University Amsterdam
  • Thomas Shohfi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Denitsa Stefanova, University of Luxembourg
  • Jason Sturgess, Queen Mary University of London
  • Hui-Ju Tsai, Washington College
  • Sunil Wahal, Arizona State University
  • Ying Wang, University at Albany - SUNY
  • Ching-Chang Wang, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • Florian Weigert, University of St Gallen
  • Gulnara Zaynutdinova, West Virginia University
  • Yeqin Zeng, Associate Professor in Economics and Finance, Durham University Business School
  • Ran Zhang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Past Consortium Programs

  • View the program from the 2019 Consortium on Factor Investing
  • View the program from the 2018 Consortium on Trading Strategies and Institutional Investing
  • View the program from the 2017 Consortium on Institutional Investing and Hedge Funds
  • View the program from the 2015 Consortium on Activist Investors, Corporate Governance and Hedge Funds
  • View the program from the 2014 Consortium on Research in Hedge Funds, Trading Strategies & Related Topics

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