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Department of Finance
Room OLD 3.06
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7736
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 1394

General enquiries: Contact the Department

Welcome to the LSE Department of Finance. We enjoy a pre-eminent reputation for the excellence of our teaching and research in finance and our diverse faculty and student body come from across the globe, providing a rich environment in which to research and study. Read more.
Jamie Reid

MSc Risk & Finance Graduate is Awarded WCIB Dissertation Prize

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that Jamie Reid, an MSc Risk & Finance alumnus, has won the annual WCIB prize for his dissertation. A small award ceremony attended by staff and faculty from the Department of Finance and a WCIB representative was held at LSE on Tuesday 24 May, where the winner was presented with his certificate of merit and a cheque for £300. Read more.

Has Venture Capital Europe Finally Arrived?

VIDEO: Has European Venture Capital Finally Arrived?

This event brings together academics and practitioners to discuss the state of the European venture capital market. Professor Ulf Axelson sets the stage with a short presentation of new evidence on the drivers of success of venture capital deals, contrasting results in Europe and the US. Professor Felda Hardymon then leads a panel discussion featuring Byron DeeterSaul Klein, and Magnus GoodladWatch now.

Women in Finance

Inaugural Women in Finance event takes place at LSE

The Department of Finance has hosted its first annual Women in Finance event, organised by Janet Bacastow, Andrea Vedolin, Michela Verardo and Kathy Yuan. A panel of seven women with successful careers in finance shared stories and gave advice on career progression, maintaining work-life balance and the importance of mentors. Read more.


LSE Finance Graduate features on Forbes 30 Under 30 - Europe Finance list

Lauren Hurwitz, who graduated from LSE’s MSc Finance (Part-time) in 2010, has been selected as one of the brightest young Finance professionals in Europe by leading business magazine Forbes.

The '30 Under 30 - Europe Finance' list aims to highlight the top emerging talent in the field. Read more.


Ulf Axelson receives Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize for second year running

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that for the second year running Ulf Axelson has been awarded the Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize at the AFA annual meeting in San Francisco.

Professor Axelson’s paper, 'Wall Street Occupations', was co-authored with Philip Bond (Foster School of Business). Read more

Andreas Dombret

VIDEO: Shaken but not Stirred? The Banking System Seven Years after the Crisis

While bankers and regulators are still busy implementing the lessons learnt from the crisis, new challenges have arisen that might once again change the banking landscape. Dr Andreas Dombret (Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank) joins Professor Sir Charles Bean to examine the issues. Watch now.

City of London

LSE tops list of graduates employed by major investment banks

A recent study by eFinancial Careers finds that LSE graduates account for a significant 11% proportion of recruits in the 2015 analyst class at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley. The elite profile of students receiving offers at these top institutions, demonstrates the select band of worldwide universities targeted for their graduate recruitment programmes, with competition for places in the front office remaining incredibly intense. Read more.




How Activist Wolf Packs Work

Wall Street Journal, 19 February 2015

New research by the LSE's Dr Amil Dasgupta and co-authors, shows how investors collectively accumulate big stakes and act together without actually coordinating, as discussed in the Wall Street Journal's Morning Risk Report. See the full paper here.


Risk-return relationship has been upended

Financial Times, 6 November 2014

The idea that higher risk investments, in the long run, deliver better returns is a cornerstone of market theory - but research from LSE's Dimitri Vayanos shows that in practice, in recent decades at least, low-risk stocks outperform riskier ones. Read more.

Moqi Xu

CEOs time news to boost stock prices when they sell equity

Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, DiePresse.com

Dr Moqi Xu demonstrates how chief executives store and time positive press releases to coincide with their own sales of shares, and thereby reap the rewards of short-term increases in price and trading volume. Read more.


Double agents: the way investors choose fund managers may cause anomalies in the markets

The Economist, 13 September 2014

Most financial assets these days are not held directly by investors but by professional fund managers on their behalf. That separation may explain a couple of anomalies that undermine belief in the efficiency of markets. Featuring research by LSE's Dimitri Vayanos. Read more.

Professor Christopher Polk

Beat the professionals: how private investors can take on the City and win

Investors Chronicle, 25 April 2014

Article references a study of US fund managers by the LSE’s Christopher Polk and colleagues, which found that even the typical fund manager - let alone the star performer - has a handful of stock picks that beat the market; but the typical fund doesn't beat the market.

Jon Danielsson, Reader in Finance, offers his thoughts on the crisis, regulation and financial risk in his Risk Research blog  

Student Services Centre
Considering postgraduate study in Finance?

The Department of Finance offers five specialist taught masters programmes, which offer students the opportunity to study with internationally acknowledged experts in the subject area. We also run a formalised PhD programme. Read about our programmes.

Planning to apply for MSc Finance (Full-time) or MSc Finance & Private Equity? **Important Information**


MSc Finance Part-time Programme

The Department of Finance offers LSE's only masters programme taught in the evening. The MSc Finance (Part-time) evening programme provides a unique opportunity to comine a full-time career with a world-class masters in finance programme that is grounded in academic depth and rigour. See our Prospective Students pages for more details.


MSc Finance Part-time Information Evenings

Information Evenings are held throughout the year for students interested in applying to the MSc Finance (Part-time) programme. The evenings give prospective applicants the opportunity to listen to a series of presentations about the programme, to experience a sample lecture, and to speak individually to current students and staff involved with the programme. Find out more and register.

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that the following candidates will be entering the 2015/16 PhD job market:


Huaizhi Chen

Hoyong Choi

Sergei Glebkin

Yiqing Lu

Min Park

Luana Zaccaria

Cheng Zhang

For further details regarding the placement of our job market candidates, please click here.


For information on past job market candidates please click here.

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