The Finance Group is research focused, having made significant contributions to research in empirical modelling of financial markets, empirical market microstructure and corporate finance. Current areas of research interest include the modelling and estimation of yield curves, the use of models of market microstructure to measure the impact of changes to market design and regulations, the use of experimental economics techniques to understand information aggregation and investor behaviour, the modelling of high frequency financial market volatility and co-variation, modelling the underwriting function in IPOs and examining how the payout policies of firms are related to their ownership structure.
Our research findings have been cited in the national press, and published in a range of leading peer reviewed journals that include: Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Financial Research, International Journal of Forecasting, European Financial Management, The European Journal of Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets, Instruments and Money. Members of the group are on the editorial board of a wide range of academic journals. These include: Journal of Banking and Finance, British Accounting Review, Finance Letters, International Quarterly Journal in Finance, Studies in Economics and Finance, International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance, and the academic journal of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
The Group has strong international links. Group members regularly visit international academic institutions and present their work at international conferences. There are currently active research links with the universities of Cincinnati, Central Florida, Colorado State and Connecticut. Our research aims to influence policy and practice in the financial, government and corporate sectors. Members of the group have acted as advisors to such organisations as the Bank of England, H.M. Treasury, Virgin Direct and the Bank of Austria.
We aim to combine our excellence in research with that of an outstanding learning experience for our students. In the past few years, we have gained external professional recognition for both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in finance. We are also a Centre of Excellence in Financial Education for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI). Our MSc Finance and Investments and MSc Investment Analysis programmes are accredited by the CISI, and graduating students obtain maximum exemptions from the CISI’s membership exams, needing to take only a regulatory exam with the CISI to fulfil the requirements. Our BSc finance programme has been awarded “IMC Advantage” recognition by the CFA society of the UK, which means that our syllabus covers at least 70% of the syllabus for the Investment Management Certificate examinations.
Professor Jim Steeley, Head of the Finance Group says “Welcome to the Finance Group at Aston. Please explore our website for more detailed information on the courses that we offer. There also you will find details of our degree programme directors who will be able to answer any questions that you may have”.