San Diego2018 Annual Meeting

10 - 13 October 2018
Hilton San Diego Bayfront | San Diego, CA

Led by Vice President of the 2018 FMA Annual Meeting Ronald Masulis, University of New South Wales, the Annual Meeting consists of presentations of research papers, panel discussions, and tutorials begin Thursday morning and end Saturday at noon. The Doctoral Student Consortium (invite only) and special interest round-tables are hosted on Wednesday. The onsite Placement Center is open Wednesday - Saturday to registered attendees and employers.

Registration & Fees

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Registration Fees

  • Member: $235 USD (Professional), $145 USD (current PhD/DBA student)
  • Nonmember: $335 USD (Professional), $175 USD (current PhD/DBA student)

Optional Special Events (Additional Fees Required)

  • Financial Planning and Analysis Roundtable (Full Day, Wednesday, 10 October): Coordinated by Sam Weaver, Lehigh University, this full-day round table includes presentations by both practitioners and academics on a variety of clinical work with applied results. In the past, many presentations have served as a catalyst to initiate further discussion as past groups have become engaged in the topic, taken an active role in asking questions, and shared their own views and reactions.
We are currently accepting proposals for the 2018 Roundtable. To apply for a presentation slot on the agenda, please submit a 1 - 2 page topical proposal by 27 August to [email protected] and [email protected].
  • Women's Networking Luncheon (Thursday, 11 October, 1:00 pm): Coordinated by Mara Faccio, Purdue University, the luncheon provides an opportunity for women to network with each other, as well as share thoughts and solutions to the unique challenges women face in advancing in the finance profession. 
  • Assistant Professors’ Breakfast (Friday, 12 October, 7:00 am): Coordinated by Murillo Campello, Cornell University, he will share the lessons learned from his own experiences to help assistant professor navigate their careers. Additionally, he will discuss topics such as time management, the publication process, mentorship, as well as how to balance research, teaching and service to the profession.
  • Jack Rader FMA Members' & Friends' Breakfast (Saturday, 13 October, 7:15 am): As a conference tradition, this breakfast brings both long-standing and new members of the Association to learn about the FMA's latest initiatives and to hear from a distinguished speaker. This year's speaker is Craig Lewis, Madison S. Wigginton Professor of Finance at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management and former Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the US SEC (2011 - 2014).

Cancellation Policy: Requests must be submitted in writing prior to 12 September 2018 to receive a refund of the conference registration fee and event fees. Requests received between 12 September 2018 and 19 September 2018 will incur a $50 (US) processing fee. No refunds can be granted after 19 September 2018. FMA membership fees are non-refundable.


Conference Program

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Keynote Speaker

Wei Jiang Wei Jiang 
Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Enterprise & Vice Dean for Curriculum and Instruction
Columbia University

Wei Jiang is Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Enterprise in the Finance and Economics Division, and the Vice Dean (for Curriculum and Instruction) at Columbia Business School. She is also a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School, a Senior Fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School, and a Research Associate of the NBER—Law and Economics. Professor Jiang is a leading scholar in corporate governance; in particular, she pioneered research in hedge fund activism. She has published extensively in top economics, finance, and law journals, and her research has been frequently featured in major media, including the Wall Street Journal, Economist, Institutional Investors, Money, Fortune, Business Week, New York Times and Financial Times.SIEAce

*Thank you to our Keynote Address sponsor, SIEAce - Prepare your students for the workplace with the online, self-study SIE Ace course*

2018 Outstanding Financial Executive Award Winner

Andrew Rachleff
Co-founder and CEO, Wealthfront

In 1984, FMA established the Outstanding Financial Executive Award to honor individuals who have made creative and innovative contributions to the field of finance. We are pleased to announce the 2018 OFE Award Winner Andy Rachleff, Co-founder and CEO of Wealthfront. Andy will accept the award and give an address at the conference. 

Doctoral Student Consortium on Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Coordinated by Jonathan M. Karpoff of the University of Washington, the Doctoral Student Consortium includes a panel session with distinguished scholars discussing the latest advances in research and offering career advice. The afternoon breakout sessions give participants the opportunity to present job market papers or dissertation proposals and receive feedback from the faculty and panelists. Accepted participants receive complimentary conference registration.

To apply for the Doctoral Student Consortium, students must complete the online application and submit a 5 - 10 page dissertation proposal (in PDF format). In addition, one recommendation letter should be either uploaded to the application form or sent to FMA prior to the application deadline. There is no fee for the Doctoral Student Consortium application. Applications and reference letters were due Friday, 4 May 2018.

Conference Hotel

The host hotel is the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (1 Park Boulevard, San Diego CA 92101). The hotel has sold out of rooms at our group rate; a limited number of rooms are available at rack rate ($399 - $450/night) at the Hilton website

Overflow Hotels

Hilton San Diego Gaslamp (10 - 12 minute walk)

401 K St, San Diego, CA 92101
Room Rates from $450

Guarantee and Cancellation Policies

Guarantee Policy

This reservation requires a credit card deposit of  your full stay which will be charged to your card.

If you use a debit/credit card to check in, a hold may be placed on your card account for the full anticipated amount to be owed to the hotel, including estimated incidentals, through your date of check-out and such hold may not be released for 72 hours from the date of check-out or longer at the discretion of your card issuer.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel, please do so 14 days prior to arrival to avoid cancellation penalties. Cancellations received later than 14 days prior to arrival will be charged the full stay.

At check in, the front desk will verify your check-out date. Rates quoted are based on check-in date and length of stay. Should you choose to depart early, price is subject to change.

Click here for online reservations at the Hilton Gaslamp.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (8 - 12 minute walk)

207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Room Rates from $299

Click here for online reservations at the Hard Rock.

Formal Participant Letters & Invitations

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

Exhibits & Sponsorships

For information about sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2018 Annual Meeting, please click here or contact Karen Wright at +1.813.974.2084 or [email protected].

FMA Placement Center at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Room Indigo CDGH)

All employers and candidates interviewing at the conference must be registered for the conference. Conference badges must be worn in order to enter the Placement Center.  

  • To post a resume for employers to review prior to the conference, please click here.
  • To post a job listing or view resumes of candidates, please click here

The Placement Center is located in Room Indigo CDGH. The hours are:

  • Wednesday, 10 October: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11 October: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, 12 October: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 13 October: 7:30 am - 11:30 am

Note to Employers: The onsite Placement Center provides tables for interviewers to meet with candidates. Availability of the tables is on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Thank you to our conference app sponsor, the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University

For over 60 years, the Fowler College of Business has established itself as a leader and innovator in business education. With an impressive list of alumni, widely respected faculty and a ground-breaking curriculum, the college continues to educate talented leaders who are equipped with theoretical knowledge and real world experience.

The Fowler College of Business Administration has been ranked in the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey as one of the top ten best business schools in California and among the 50 best public business schools in the United States.

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