Gibson Brandon Rajna
Prof. Rajna Gibson Brandon is Managing Director of the Geneva Finance Research Institute, she holds a Swiss Finance Research Institute Senior Chair and she is the Research Director of the Swiss Finance Institute.
She holds a Ph.D. in Economic and Social Sciences (Specialization in Finance) from the University of Geneva.
- Selected topics in Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management
Objectives of the Course:
This Master’s Course focuses primarily on theoretical and empirical developments in continuoustime asset pricing and Portfolio Management. The ﬁrst part of the course focuses on continuous-time optimal consumption and portfolio choice models as well as on continuoustime asset pricing models. The second part of the course is dedicated to selected research topics in asset pricing and portfolio management that shall also be of interest to students searching for a master’s thesis research topic.
The course will be structured into an introductory session and 6 main chapters covering the following topics:
- Review of the static portfolio choice and asset pricing models This review chapter is based on the e-learning course ﬁnancial markets (www.ﬁnancialmarkets.ch) and will cover about 10 modules. The e-learning course is optional and consists of a self-taught part of the lecture that will not be subject to regular class room sessions. The material covered in the e-learning course is a pre-requisite for the subsequent chapters.
- Portfolio and consumption choices in continuous-time
– The case of a constant investment opportunity set
– The case of a stochastic investment opportunity set
– Strategic asset allocation and the role of the investment horizon
- Equilibrium asset pricing models and empirical evidence
– The intertemporal capital asset pricing model (ICAPM)
– The consumption capital asset pricing model (CCAPM)
– Habit formation
– The equity premium puzzle
– Empirical evidence on asset pricing models
- Introducing market imperfections and non-separable preferences
– Asset allocation under transaction costs
– Asset allocation under parameter uncertainty and the role of learning
– Optimal portfolio choices under non-separable preferences
- Credit risk and the pricing of credit sensitive claims
– Ratings based models
– Market based credit risk models
- Further selected research topics
– Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds
– Liquidity and high frequency trading
– The 2007-2009 ﬁnancial crisis
This sixth chapter will be conducted in parallel as the third hour of each class. For this part of the class, each group of students will be asked to make an oral presentation of an academic paper focusing on one of the above listed topics.
Organization of the course:
Each class will consist partly of lectures covering the ﬁve ﬁrst chapters and partly of class room discussions of academic articles devoted to the selected topics in chapter 6.
The lectures will be based on teaching notes and on recommended readings from academic journals and textbooks. There will be exercise sessions as well. Active class participation will be encouraged and will thus imply that required readings be done in advance. We will also devote some time to discuss relevant research papers as well as ideas for Master thesis research papers in the ﬁeld of continuous-time asset pricing and portfolio management. The ﬁnal grade is based on an oral paper presentation, homeworks and on a ﬁnal written examination. The homeworks and oral presentation account for 50%, and the ﬁnal examination for 50% of the ﬁnal grade.
Objectives of the Course:
This advanced course is primarily intended for graduate students in the Master of Finance who wish to learn about the conceptual and empirical developments as well as the practical applications of real options' analysis. The course assesses the limitations of traditional capital budgeting techniques and shows the exibility and the value added of introducing real options analysis to solve rms' investment problems. It also introduces strategic considerations into the rms' investment decision making processes.
- Limitations of the traditional NPV approach
- An introduction to option pricing theory and to the Black and Scholes-Merton model
- From the NPV approach to option pricing theory: a binomial example
- The time to wait option and its applications to investment projects' valuation
- Oil investments, time to wait and other managerial exibility options
- Sequential investment decisions under uncertainty
- The valuation of internet companies
- The valuation of `horizontal options': the case of multinational rms' exibility
- Is the real options' methodology applicable? Open issues and limitations
Organization of the Course:
The course will consist partly of lectures and partly of class room presentations and discussions of academic articles. You are expected to actively participate to the class room discussions and therefore to be prepared with the readings and other homework assignments. Case study applications of real options analysis will also be presented by invited guest speakers. There will be exercise sessions as well. Your performance in this course will be based on graded homeworks (50%), as well as on a final written examination (50%).
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- “Preferences for Truthfulness: Heterogeneity Among and Within Individuals”, accepted in April 2012, forthcoming in February 2013 in the American Economic Review, (co –authored with Carmen Tanner and Alexander F. Wagner).
- “Liquidity Risk, Return Predictability and Hedge Fund Performance: An Empirical Study”, forthcoming in February 2013 in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, (co-authored with S. Wang).
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- ”Analyzing Firms Strategic Investment Decisions in a Real Options Framework”, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, 2003, pp. 1-29, (co-authored with P. Botteron and M. Chesney).
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- “Interest Rate Risk : An Overview”, Journal of Risk, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1999, pp. 37-62, (co-authored with F. Lhabitant, N. Pistre and D. Talay).
- “A Theoretical Analysis of the Liquidity Risk Premium Embedded in the Prices of Voting and Non-Voting Stocks”, Journal of Corporate Finance, 1999, pp. 209-225, (co-authored with N. Beiner).
- “The Investment Policy and the Pricing of Equity in a Levered Firm: A Reexamination of the Contingent Claims Valuation Approach”, European Financial Journal, Vol. 5, 1999, pp. 95-107, (co-authored with M. Chesney).
- “Options, Futures and Stock Market Interactions: Empirical Evidence from the Swiss Stock Market”, Review of Derivatives Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1998, pp. 59-86, (co-authored with M. Bruand).
- “Forecasting Stock Market Volatility: Does History Matter?”, European Financial Management, Vol. 4, No. 3, November 1998, pp. 293-319 (co-authored with K. Adjaoute and M. Bruand).
- “Are Liquidity and Corporate Control Priced by Shareholders? Empirical Evidence from the Swiss Dual Class Shares”, Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol. 3, 1997, pp. 299-323, (co-authored with L. Gardiol and N. Tuchschmid).
- “Risikokontrolle und Regulierung der derivativen Finanzmarkte aus ökonomischer Sicht
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- “Analyzing and Monitoring Derivatives Risks - Part 2”, Derivatives Use, Trading and Regulation, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1996, (co-authored with H. Zimmermann).
- “Analyzing and Monitoring Derivatives Risks: An Economic Perspective”, Derivatives Use, Trading and Regulation, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1996, (co-authored with H. Zimmermann).
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- “Arbitrage Trading and Index Option Pricing at Soffex: An Empirical Study Using Daily and Intradaily Data”, Finanzmarkt und Portfolio Management, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1995, pp. 35-60 (co-authored with M. Chesney and H. Loubergé).
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- “Analytical Solution for the Pricing of American Bond and Yield Options”, Mathematical Finance, Vol. 3, No. 3, July 1993, pp. 277-294, (co-authored with M. Chesney and R.J. Elliott).
- “The Pricing of Crude Oil Futures Options Contracts”, Advances in Futures and Options Research, 1993, pp. 291-311 (co-authored with E. Schwartz).
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- “Stochastic Convenience Yield and the Pricing of Oil Contingent Claims”, Journal of Finance, Vol. 45, No. 3, July 1990, pp. 959-976 (co-authored with E. Schwartz).
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- Option Valuation: Analyzing and Pricing Standardized Option Contracts, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1991 Obligations et Clauses Optionnelles: Principes d’Evaluation, Presses Universitaires de France, Collection Finance, Paris, 1990
- “Sacred Values and Ethical Decision-Making”, in Sozialpsychologie und Oekonomie, edited by E. H. Witte and T. Gollan, Pabst Verlag, 2010 (co-authored with C. Tanner and A. Wagner).
- “Technical Analysis Techniques versus Mathematical Models: Boundaries of their Validity Domains”, Monte-Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods, edited by H. Niederreiter and D. Talay, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2006, (co-authored with E. Tanré, C. Blanchet-Scaillet, A. Diop and D. Talay).
- “Interest Rate Model Risk” in Asset and Liability Management: a Synthesis, edited by Risk Books, 1998 (co-authored with F. Lhabitant, N. Pistre and D. Talay).
- “A Comment on Derivatives and Privatization, Evidence from the Telecommunications Industry in Europe and Implications for Switzerland”, in Economic Policy in Switzerland, edited by P. Bacchetta and W. Wasserfallen, MacMillan Press LTD, London, 1997
- “Dual Class Share Firms and Seasoned Equity Offerings: Empirical Evidence From the Swiss Stock Market”, Advances in Finance, Investment and Banking Series, Volume: Empirical Issues in Raising Equity Capital, edited by Mario Levis, North-Holland, 1996, pp. 125-150, (co-authored with B. Caramanolis and N. Tuchschmid).
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