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These pages provide the latest news about the Department, as well as information about the conferences and events organised by the Department and our related research centres. For earlier news stories and events, click here.

Professor Charles Goodhart

How to Fix Wall Street’s Flawed System of Compensation

~ July 2016

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.

WCIB Prize Presentation

MSc Risk & Finance Graduate is Awarded WCIB Dissertation Prize

~ May 2016

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.


Women in Finance

Inaugural Women in Finance event takes place at LSE

~ February 2016

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 outstanding women with successful careers in finance shared stories and gave advice on career progression, maintaining a work-life balance and the importance of mentors. Read more.


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

~ January 2016

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.


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

~ January 2016

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

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

The City

LSE tops list of graduates employed by major investment banks

~ August 2015

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 universities targeted for their graduate recruitment programmes, with competition for places in the front office remaining incredibly intense. Read more.

Professor Sudipto Bhattacharya

New Scholarship Announced in Memory of Professor Sudipto Bhattacharya

~ July 2015

The Department of Finance is very pleased to launch a small number of scholarships covering full fees for the MSc Finance and Economics. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, and have been set up in memory of the late Professor Sudipto Bhattacharya, who taught many MSc Finance and Economics students over the years. Read more.

Robert Shiller

Event video: Irrational Exuberance: as relevant as ever

~ June 2015

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller cautions that irrational exuberance among investors has only increased since the financial crisis, and explores whether the post-subprime boom may turn out to be another illustration of his influential argument that psychologically driven volatility is an inherent characteristic of all asset markets. This public lecture was recorded at LSE and Chaired by Professor Christopher Polk. Watch now.

Dimitri Vayanos

Professor Dimitri Vayanos wins Best Paper Award

~ May 2015

Professor Dimitri Vayanos, along with co-authors Andrea Buffa (Boston University) and  Paul Woolley  (also London School of Economics), have received the Best Paper Award in Asset Pricing at the  2015 SFS Finance Cavalcade  conference, for their joint paper “Asset Management Contracts and Equilibrium Prices”. The winners were announced at an Awards Reception on May 19.

Read more.

Ulf Lecture

Six Department of Finance Staff Awarded for Teaching Excellence

~ May 2015

We are pleased to announce that Ulf Axelson has been awarded with an LSE Teaching Award, along with five Department of Finance winners of the LSE Class Teacher Award. James Clark, Alex Clymo, Alexander Koriath, Paula Lopes, Luana Zaccaria have each been recognised for their particular contribution to class teaching at LSE. These annual awards celebrate those who have made a significant contribution to teaching at the School, and therefore we are extremely proud to have had another strong year. Read more.

City of London

LSE Finance Publishes Employment Report 2014

~ April 2015

The latest graduate destination data taken from the 2013/14 class profile, shows that the majority of full-time students have entered analyst level positions, with 55% employed specifically in the Investment Banking industry. The success of students in the job market is demonstrated by the top 5 employers, which were found to be JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, RBS, Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital, amongst this cohort. Read more. 


Five new Finance faculty members announced for 2015/16

~ April 2015

The Department of Finance is pleased to welcome five new members of faculty for the 2015/16 academic session, who will contribute to both our research profile and teaching excellence. Ashwini Agrawal, Dirk Jenter, Peter Kondor, Martin Oehmke and Hongda Zhong join LSE from NYU Stern, Stanford, the Central European University, Columbia Business School and the Carlson School of Management respectively. Read more.