04 September 2015

illustration of a bull and a bear on a seesawDoes a period of volatility in the market have an ongoing effect on trade? Does media reporting about the stock market influence returns?  How does computerised trading impact on fairness in the market? 

These big investor questions will be up for discussion at the Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets Conference being staged by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Applied Financial Studies on September 8 and 9 at the National Wine Centre. 

Conference organiser, UniSA’s Professor Petko Kalev, says the conference presents broad research and analysis on what makes the market tick and how internal and external factors influence both investor behaviour and success in what is, according to McKinsey and Company, more than a $212 trillion dollar industry globally. 

“This conference presents the hard data and research on important questions around institutional and individual behaviours that impact on market performance,” Prof Kalev says. 

“Still feeling the effects of the Global Financial Crisis, we are entering a new period where big players such as China are influencing world markets for commodities, property and trade. 

“Our role as researchers is to rigorously unpack these influences and see how different factors effect market stability and volatility across all aspects of the market.” 

He says the Conference will feature presentations from global research leaders such as Professor Terrence Hendershott, the Cheryl and Christian Valentine Chair at the Haas School of Business University of California, Berkley, who has a particular research focus on the role of information technology and high-frequency trading on financial markets.

Other keynotes include Professor of Finance and Head of Finance at the University of Auckland Business School, Henk Berkman who will deliver a feature presentation on forensic finance. 

The Conference will also feature an industry panel roundtable looking at Computerised trading: market efficiency and market fairness in the new market structure and 18 papers exploring new thoughts on behavioural finance and market microstructure. 

More information about the conference is available online. 

Media contact: Michèle Nardelli office +61 883020966 mob 0418823673 email michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au




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