The Finance and Business Economics (F&BE) Area is well-known for its research on topics in portfolio theory and management, energy economics, corporate finance, derivatives, capital markets and telecommunications, among other things. Faculty members’ research has appeared in leading journals such as the Journal of Finance, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Review of Financial Studies, among others.

Area members are also well-known for their award-winning teaching and contributions to pedagogical research. Offerings in finance are very extensive at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with courses ranging from financial modelling to pension plan management to Islamic finance. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels the Area’s offering also support and prepare students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. The area also encourages financial literacy across the university by making courses available to all undergraduate students on topics such as personal finance, financial management of health care organizations and entrepreneurial finance.

The area has been awarded a number of scholarly distinctions in recent years, including four academic chairs and two named professorships:

  • BMO Financial Group Chair in Capital Markets – Financial Literary and the Individual Investor
  • CIBC Chair in Financial Markets
  • Mackenzie Investments Chair in Evidence-Based Investment Management
  • Michael Lee Chin Family Chair in Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Michael Lee Chin Family Industry Professorship in Strategic Business Valuation
  • TSX Visiting Professorship

The Director of the Michael Lee Chin Institute for Strategic Business Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Studies Review are also resident in the Finance and Business Economics Area.

Alumni Profile

Shivalika Handa

Graduated 2009
Research Associate Software & Wireless, RBC Capital Markets
Finance and Business Economics
Shivalika Handa has been a Research Associate with the Software and Wireless team at RBC Capital Markets since May 2010. Prior to joining the research team, she was in the Global Markets Rotation Program at RBC, where she gained experience in Debt Capital Markets, adding to prior experience in equity sales & trading and research.Shivalika has a strong interest ...
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