Until now, no master of finance degree program existed in the state of Kentucky. That is changing this week as the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics officially launches its new professional Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree.

Leonce Bargeron’s paper, “What is the shareholder wealth impact of target CEO retention in private equity deals?” (with Frederik Schlingemann, René Stulz, and Chad Zutter) has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Corporate Finance.

Susan Jordan’s article "Bond ETF Arbitrage Strategies and Daily Cash Flow" (co-authored with Jon Fulkerson and Denver Travis, both UK Ph.D. Alums) was published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Journal of Fixed Income.

Leonce Bargeron’s paper, “Financing Investment Spikes in the Years Surrounding World War I” (with David Denis and Kenneth Lehn) has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Financial Economics.

The finance faculty hosted the second annual PNC Finance Conference at Gatton College April 28-29, 2017. Twelve papers were presented, selected from 320 submissions. Participants came from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Lisbon, Stockholm, and Vancouver. Lauren Cohen, the L.E. Simmons Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School, gave the keynote address. More information is available at http://www.uky.edu/financeconference/.

Kenny Domilise, a senior analyst at Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS), visited FIN 485 on April 24 and will speak to the Finance Society on April 25. TRS-KY is part of the state pension system, with approximately $18 billion in assets. Kenny’s responsibilities at TRS-KY include portfolio management and credit analysis. He was a Co-founder and Director of Research of Water Tower Investments, LLC.

t's clear that UK football wide receiver Charles Walker is guided by an unbridled work ethic. After beginning his college career as a walk-on, the Louisville native earned a scholarship last fall. 

"I felt like I had the chip on my shoulder to come in and work a little bit harder than the next person," Walker said. 

But that work ethic doesn’t end on the football field. Walker is currently working towards a double major in finance and marketing in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, earning multiple spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll along the way.

Nate Morris will speak to FIN 300 (Corporation Finance) students on Thursday, April 20. Morris is the Founder of Morris Industries and Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Rubicon Global, the worldwide leader in cloud-based, sustainable waste and recycling services. Under his leadership, Rubicon has expanded to all 50 states and across 16 countries on 4 continents, and was recently named the Next Billion-Dollar Startup by Forbes Magazine.

Professor Hankins presented her paper, "Understanding Precautionary Cash," co-authored with Mike Faulkender and Mitchell Petersen, at Louisiana State University on Friday, March 31.

Cam Adams, an equity research analyst at Community Trust and Investment Company, Lexington, will visit the Finance Society on April 11 (Tuesday). Cam graduated from UK in May 2015 with dual degree in finance and economics. Shortly after graduation, he joined Community Trust and Investment Company’s Wealth and Trust Management team as an Equity Analyst. Cam's primary responsibility is researching and recommending individual equity securities to invest in. Cam’s tertiary responsibilities include, trade execution, account compliance, client meetings, and developing marketing materials.