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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

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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.

March Public Lectures at LSE (free and open to all)

3rd March: Carsten Kengeter  (CEO of Deutsche Börse AG)

The Great Rift: economic theory and financial disasters… how can we fix the future?

Should we have seen the global financial crisis coming coming? Could it have been avoided? More information.

6:30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

7th March: Daniel Paravisini (Professor of Finance, LSE)

Culture, Discrimination, and Economic Exchange

A discussion of the challenges in establishing whether, and through which mechanism, culture may affect economic exchange. More information.

6:30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE


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.

Optional course videos

LSE Finance optional courses 2016-17

Watch video introductions to the optional courses available from the Department of Finance this year, from in-depth learning for non-Finance students, to advanced Corporate Finance and Asset Management.

Watch Now.

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.

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.




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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