Robert Faff
Robert Faff

Professor in Finance
Director of Research

University of Queensland
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PhD Monash University 1994
MEc Australian National University 1986
BEc(Hons) Australian National University 1984
Fellow CPA Australia

  • Alternative Investments
    Examining the issues of performance, birth and demise of hedge funds and CTAs
  • Asset Pricing
    Examining the relationship or risk and return in financial markets
  • Commodity Prices and Stock Markets
    Examining the linkage between commodity prices (e.g. gold and oil) and stock market returns
  • Credit Ratings
    Examining the linkage between credit ratings and stock market reaction
  • Finance and sustainability
    Examining the linkage between corporate social performance and corporate financial performance
  • Financial Risk Tolerance
    Examining the linkage between financial risk tolerance, gender, demographic characteristics and financial crisis
  • Fund Performance
    Examining issues related to the performance of managed funds
  • Risk Management
    Examining the linkage between corporate use of derivatives, hedging and firm characteristics
  • Sentiment and Stock Markets
    Examining the linkage between sentiment and stock market reaction
  • Trading Strategies
    Examining the performance of pairs trading

Professor Robert Faff is currently Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School and a Visiting Professor at the University of Economic Studies, Bucharest. Professor Faff has a distinguished track record and international reputation in empirical finance research including: securing 13 prestigious Australian Research Council grants, in total exceeding $4million; more than 300 refereed journal publications across 75 different titles; career citations exceeding 9,600; and a h-index of 50 (Google Scholar). He has held Research Director positions spanning nearly 2-decades: RMIT (1996-2002); Monash (2002-2010); UQ Business School (since 2011). His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers; research training of PhD students and engagement in Eastern Europe. Building on a 35-year academic career, his latest passion is “Pitching Research”, now gaining great traction domestically and worldwide as exemplified by: (a) > 9,000 SSRN downloads; (b) > 160 pitching talks/events; (c) at 34 Australian universities; and (d) spanning 36 different countries. In addition, Robert is Editor-in-Chief of Pacific-Basin Finance Journal and was the former Editor of Accounting and Finance (2002-2011).

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