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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.

Congratulations to the Department of Finance Prize Winners for 2017

The Department of Finance would like to congratulate all our graduating students and particularly the winners of the Antoine Faure-Grimaud Prizes, awarded for the best overall performance in each of our Postgraduate programmes.

We are also pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Prize for Outstanding Performance in the 1st year of BSc Finance. Read More.


Dr Dirk Jenter on inaugural LSE IQ Podcast: Why is CEO pay so high?

Featuring in the very first new monthly podcast from LSE, Dr Dirk Jenter contributes to the discussion of how big company bosses continue to command ever increasing salaries despite shareholder rebellions, government intervention and public criticism. Listen here.  
Dr Daniel Paravisini

VIDEO & PODCAST: Culture, Discrimination, and Economic Exchange

In his inaugural LSE public lecture, Professor Daniel Paravisini discusses the challenges in establishing whether, and through what mechanism, culture may affect economic exchange. Watch now.


Second annual Women in Finance event takes place at LSE

On 23rd February the Department of Finance held its Second Annual Women in Finance event. A panel of five outstanding women with successful careers in finance shared stories and gave advice on career progression, maintaining a work-life balance and the importance of finding your mentor. Read more


MSc Finance Students Come Top in UK Investment Banking M&A Competition

In the Grand Final of the Investment Banking Series M&A Challenge 2016, the largest and most recognised student competition on investment banking in the UK, three of the nine final teams were LSE MSc Finance and MSc Finance & Private Equity students. They faced a panel of investment banker judges from Evercore, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan - and the LSE students eventually came out on top. Read more.


MSc Finance Graduate wins WCIB Dissertation Prize

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that Thomas Raoux, an MSc Finance alumnus, has won the annual WCIB prize for his dissertation entitled “Determinants of the Method of Payment in U.S Mergers and Acquisitions”. The Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) offers the prize each year to students from a number of participating institutions. Thomas received a certificate of merit and a cheque for £300 during a ceremony at LSE on 1 December. Read more.

Professor Charles Goodhart

How to Fix Wall Street’s Flawed System of Compensation

The New York Times has reported on a recent speech by Emeritus Professor Charles Goodhart, who argues that transformation of the old partnership culture into a bonus culture where bankers, traders and executives have minimal accountability, has resulted in a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of financial crises. 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.


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.




The end of a saga: Iceland lifts capital controls

The Economist, 16 March 2017

One of the worst-hit countries in the financial crisis a decade ago, Iceland is finally taking the steps that symbolise its recovery. LSE's Jon Danielsson assesses the situation. Read more.


Even Before Brexit, London Lost Its Status as Derivatives Center

Bloomberg, 13 December 2016

As London’s financial sector prepares for Brexit, a new report shows the capital has already been overtaken by New York as the biggest center for off-exchange derivatives trading. LSE's Andrea Vedolin explains the reason for this change. 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 candidate entered the 2016/17 PhD job market:

For information on past job market candidates please click here.

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