More from Patrick Augustin's Recent Media Coverage


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

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

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

A report to navigate the future financial landscape

Professor Patrick Augustin, together with a think tank from the World Economic Forum, authored a report entitled, GFC on Financial and Monetary Systems, which lays out the risks and challenges facing the increasingly disrupted financial domain. 

Published: 28 Jun 2018

Desautels achieves second consecutive win at PRMIA

Congratulations to Desautels undergraduate students: Evan Coulter, Valentyn Litvin, Meagan Prins, and Marina Simonian who won the top prize at the prestigious PRMIA International Risk Management Challenge- marking a second consecutive victory for the Faculty at this competition.

Published: 12 Apr 2017

Desautels undergraduates secure a win at PRMIA Risk Management Challenge

Congratulations to Desautels BCom students Evan Coulter, Valentyn Litvin, Meagan Prins, and Marina Simonian for winning the PRMIA Risk Management Challenge, marking a third consecutive victory for the Faculty. The team will advance to the International Risk Management Challenge in London, UK on April 7th, 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 USD.

Published: 3 Mar 2017

Detecting Illegal Insider Trading

A few years ago, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York, proclaimed that insider trading is “rampant” in U.S. securities markets, a quote well known to followers of financial markets and securities law. [1] Increased efforts by the U.S. department of Justice (DoJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been met with both success and failure.

Published: 1 Dec 2016

Hutchins Roundup: Macroprudential policies, bonus depreciation, and more

Studies in this week’s Hutchins Roundup find that macroprudential policies that target the cost of bank capital are the most effective way to contain housing booms, bonus depreciation has a significant impact on investment, and more.

Published: 22 Jan 2016

Insider Trading Investigators Have a Blind Spot

Over the past year, a record 266 companies have spun off divisions in a trend bankers are calling “Spinmania.” If history is any guide, about 35 of those deals will have leaked undetected to inside traders.

Published: 16 Mar 2015

Third Annual OptionMetrics Research Conference Brings Together International Academia, Financial Professionals to 'Convene' on October 20th in New York City

OptionMetrics, a leading source for quality historical option price data, tools and analytics, has announced the upcoming OptionMetrics Research Conference (ORC2014).

Published: 23 Sep 2014

Study: Lots of suspicious trading, but not many convictions

According to a new study, insider trading often occurs during merger and acquisitions and is rarely punished. BNN takes a closer look with one of the report's co-authors, Patrick Augustin, Assistant Professor of Finance, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. Watch full video: Business News Network

Published: 24 Jul 2014

Rampant insider trading rarely leads to prosecution, says study

Insider trading continues to be “pervasive” before merger and acquisition deals but rarely leads to prosecutions, according to an analysis of unusual trading patterns by a team of professors in Canada and the United States.

Published: 15 Jul 2014

Es más probable que rechace las jerarquías si no se siente atractivo

Harvard Business Review. Cuando las personas creen que son atractivas consideran que tienen una clase social más alta y su percepción hacia la desigualdad es más favorable, señala un estudio.

Published: 15 Jul 2014

Hillshire Options Bring in the Bacon

Bullish options bets on Hillshire Brands Co. stand to deliver millions of dollars in profits to one or more traders who correctly wagered in recent weeks that the company's stock would surge.

Published: 8 Jul 2014

The problem with insider obsession

If investors needed another reason to distrust the stock market, here’s a doozy. A study by a trio of researchers in the U.S. and Canada into insider trading found that one-quarter of the big merger and acquisition (M&A) deals over a 15-year period—roughly 460 transactions in total—may have seen people profiting on information before it was public.

Published: 25 Jun 2014