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Celebrating excellence in teaching at Desautels

Across programs and subject areas, the Desautels Faculty of Management recognizes the vital role that teaching plays in enriching the student experience and in inspiring the next generation of leaders.

On May 16, the Desautels community gathered to recognize faculty who have gone above and beyond in their teaching. Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2018-19 teaching awards!

Published: 21 May 2019

How do informed traders trade based on insider information?

If previous research has identified the existence of informed trading in the options markets, new work co-authored by Professor Patrick Augustin takes it a step further, offering insights into the actual strategies informed investors are likely to use.

Published: 3 May 2019

Rethinking pensions for today

Professor Sebastien Betermier pens a piece for American Business Magazine in which he explores why the switch over to a Defined-Contribution pension might not be the best way to go and proposes other models that can better ensure a comfortable retirement for contributors.

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Published: 3 May 2019

Cross-Listings and the Dynamics between Credit and Equity Returns

Authors: Patrick Augustin, Feng Jiao, Sergei Sarkissian, and Michael J. Schill

Publication: The Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming


Published: 23 Apr 2019

Desautels students take home top prize at PRMIA

Congratulations to the Desautels Capital Management Team comprised of BCom students Ludovic Van den Bergen, Emilie Granger, Ian Jiang, and Roy Chen Zhang who won first place and $10,000 in prize money at the 2019 PRMIA Risk Management competition.

Published: 16 Apr 2019

Still an uphill battle for women in finance

Following the release of the American Economic Association’s survey results revealing the predominance of discrimination against women in the world of finance, Professor Francesca Carrieri affirms that the findings are not surprising.

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Published: 26 Mar 2019

Tricks of the trade: Unmasking insider trading tactics

A new paper co-authored by Professor Patrick Augustin spotlights some of the strategies that insider traders in the options market might use, as well as provides insight into where regulators might start to detect illegal trading activities – a daunting task given the magnitude of the stocks and bonds being traded.

Published: 6 Mar 2019

Announcing the Desautels Faculty Scholars

The Faculty Research Workload Committee (RWC) has completed its review of applications submitted by tenured faculty to fill the currently vacant Faculty Scholar Award slots.

The Faculty is pleased to congratulate the following recipients of the Desautels Scholar Awards (effective September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021):

Published: 11 Dec 2018

Reflecting on MIPC 2018

Avantages reports on the 2018 McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC), which saw 90 teams from around the world compete for a $25,000 grand prize.

Published: 7 Dec 2018

Students to the rescue of a U.S. pension system in peril

The U.S. pension plan shortfall has the makings of a perfect storm – so who is heeding the call to help remedy a seemingly insurmountable problem?

Enter Professor Sebastien Betermier, a group of Desautels BCom students and the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC).

Published: 30 Nov 2018

Retirement planning is easier than you think

Planning for retirement is a daunting undertaking for many – but it does not have to be.

Professor Sebastien Betermier sits down with La Presse to share ten practical tips that individuals can adopt to ensure a comfortable lifestyle well into their old age.

Published: 27 Nov 2018

Students respond with answers to looming U.S. pension crisis

Professor Sebastien Betermier sits down with La Presse to discuss the second annual McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC), which brought forward the fresh perspectives of 25 international student teams as they attempted to solve the severe underfunding of U.S. state pensions.

Published: 13 Nov 2018

Looking closer at Italy’s economy

With the release of Italy’s new budget law, Professor Francesca Carrieri explores the current state of the country’s economy, emphasizing that any economic growth must come with structural reform to ensure sustainability.

Published: 7 Nov 2018

Professor Augustin to speak at high-profile conference

Professor Patrick Augustin will be joining the Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets (CAASA) as a speaker at their annual conference in November.

Taking place in Montreal, the CAASA Annual Conference brings together institutional investors, central bankers, investment managers, and service providers from across Canada, the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Published: 23 Oct 2018

Prof. Betermier awarded funding from National Pension Hub

Professor Sebastien Betermier has been awarded $70,000 over two years by the National Pension Hub (NPH), a consortium of Canada’s leading pension funds that is seeking to promote academic research in this field.

The NPH will support Professor Betermier’s research proposal entitled, “Drivers of Successful Pension Investing: Lessons from the Canadian Model.”

Published: 9 Oct 2018