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Plenary Talks


Sheridan Titman - University of Texas at Austin, USA

Talk Title:

“The Predictability of Characteristic-Sorted Portfolio Returns”



Short Bio:

Sheridan Dean Titman is a professor of finance at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the McAllister Centennial Chair in Financial Services at the McCombs School of Business. Professor Titman holds a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

In 1985, professor Titman won the most prestigious award in finance; The Batterymarch Fellowship.

His paper "Evidence on the Characteristics of the Cross-Sectional Variation in Stock Returns" won the coveted Smith Breeden Prize for best publication in the #1 ranked Journal of Finance with co-author Kent Daniel in 1997. Sheridan was the president of the American Finance Association in 2012.

Titman’s most known research is on momentum investing in existing market trends. Robert Shiller who won the Nobel Prize for research in market returns called the 1993 Narasimhan Jegadeesh and Sheridan Titman Journal of Finance publication, Returns to Buying Winners and Selling Losers: Implications for Stock Market Efficiency "a bombshell." Without this evidence, it would have been difficult for Shiller to formulate the theoretical arguments to countermand efficiency theorist assertions that arbitrage eventually quells persistent positive alpha - and particularly so for such a simple approach as momentum.

Professor Sheridan Titman was one of the shoulders of giants that Shiller stood upon when he accepted the Nobel Prize in economics with Eugene Fama in 2013.

In addition, Dr. Titman was the chair of the department of finance of UCLA from 1992 to 1994. Sheridan is also one of the founding professors of the School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - one the most academically active business schools in Asia. He served as the John J. Collins, S.J. Chair in Finance at Boston College From 1994 to 1997. In 1988 to 89, Titman worked in Washington D.C. as the special assistant to the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy.

Titman’s academic publications include articles on asset pricing, corporate finance, and real estate. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies. Sheridan has co-authored three influential finance textbooks, Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy, Valuation: The Art and Science of Corporate Investment Decisions, and Financial Management: Principles and Applications.

Professor Titman was called in as the President of the American Finance Association when University of Chicago professor Raghuram Rajan stepped down to accept his position as head of the central bank of India in 2012. That year he also served as the President of the Western Finance Association. Dr. Titman has served as Director of the Asia Pacific Finance Association and the Financial Management Association.

The Multi-Finance Society and the University of Puerto Rico are deeply honored to welcome this world renowned financial thought leader as keynote speaker for our January meeting at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Come join us for this enlightening discussion with professor Sheridan Titman entitled "The Predictability of Characteristic-Sorted Portfolio Returns."


Briance Mascarenhas - Rutgers University, USA

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Short Bio:

Dr. Mascarenhas holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Professor and Head of the Management, Strategy & International Business Area at Rutgers University-Camden. Briance has held faculty appointments at top business schools such as New York University, Rice University, and the University of California, Berkeley. His is among the top ten researchers in international strategic management and in international business worldwide. His regularly publishes in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, California Management Review, and the Journal of Business Venturing. His focus today is on entrepreneurship, international business, and strategy.

Professor Mascarenhas has obtained numerous teaching and research grants. He utilizes microfinance to help students and community youth test new ventures. Briance has received the School of Business, Provost, Lindback Lifetime Teaching Excellence and Rutgers University Scholar-Teacher Awards.

His professional activities & honors include the School of Business and Provost Teaching Excellence Awards; Editorial Review Board- Journal of International Management; Thunderbird International Business Review.

Dr. Briance Mascarenhas is ranked by as one of the 10 most prolific international strategy researchers in the world per the journal International Business and Strategy. He is first out of the 23 Professor II’s across Rutgers University’s three business schools in "lifetime publication of single-authored articles in premier business journals."