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Asset Pricing, Equity Valuation, Financial Econometrics, Political Finance

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I joined the Faulty of Business in October 2018. I received my Masters degrees in International Finance at the University of Glasgow in 2012. In 2018, I completed my PhD studies in Finance at the University of Leicester. During my doctoral course, I was involved in several research projects concerning both asset pricing, financial modelling and political finance. Before joine the Univeristy of Northampton, I was also a teaching assistant at the University of Leicester in finance related subjects.

Research Interests

My current research interests are in the area of empirical finance and focus on the interplay between stock market and political developments. Why it is important? One of the most important research questions in the financial sector is how assets are priced. Previous studies have identified many factors that lead to stock price movements. These include fundamental information about companies, micro and macroeconomic issues, and many other factors. However, whether politics and stock markets can interact and influence each other is an interesting question that many researchers have tried to answer. There is certainly little or no doubt that politicians - sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally - affect financial markets. I think these cross-disciplinary (finance, politics and economics) interests fit well with the key components of contemporary financial research development. To a large extent, my research is an increasingly interesting, yet under-developed research field. I think this research field is worth applying for research funding. I am capable of conducting a quantitative research and empirical analysis in finance on a professional basis. In that sense, I would like to see my research has having considerable potentials to build up an international reputation in finance. 

In the future, with my recent research interests, on the one hand, I would like to further examine: the role of political factors in financial markets and financial assets pricing process; how political risks have been identified and managed in the investment process and portfolio construction; and how financial markets respond to political development. On the other hand, based on my experience, I will extend my research to a wider range, including pricing issue of financial derivatives, financial risk management, portfolio optimization and applications etc.

Teaching Interests

ACC3007 International Finance

ACC3009 Corporate Finance

ACC4007 Banking & Finance Project

FINM014 Investment Analysis

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Leicester

1 Oct 201315 Jul 2018

Master, University of Glasgow

15 Sep 201115 Nov 2012

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Stock market Business & Economics
Policy uncertainty Business & Economics
Economic policy Business & Economics
Investors Business & Economics
Financial risk management Business & Economics
Pricing Business & Economics
Factors Business & Economics
News Business & Economics