The Gatton College of Business and Economics is proud to announce the results from the first University of Kentucky stock pitch competition. Funding partners, the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and Truist, the competition was open to all students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or master’s-level programs at the University of Kentucky. The faculty advisors of the Finance Society, the Economics Society, and the Wildcat Investment Club (Wendy Liu, Darshak Patel, and Will Gerken) jointly organized the competition.

On Monday April 9th, the Herald-Leader is running a story based on Will Gerken's recent HBR article (co-authored with Steve Dimmock), "How One Bad Employee Can Corrupt a Whole Team". The full-length podcast will be available on and features will air on on WEKU at 7:45 a.m., 1:34 p.m. and 5:45 p.m also on Monday April 9th.

Kristine Hankins will be presenting ‘Do Firms Hedge During Distress?’ at the Stockholm School of Economics on May 17. The paper is co-authored with Heitor Almeida (Illinois, NBER) and Ryan Williams (Arizona).

Kristine Hankins will be presenting "Do Firms Hedge During Distress?" at the University of Nebraska on April 12.  The paper is co-authored with Heitor Almeida (Illinois, NBER) and Ryan Williams (Arizona).

Will Gerken was interviewed for NPR's Marketplace on March 15, 2018 for a piece entitled "How one shady employee can poison the workplace."  The podcast version is available online at 

Ram Pakath’s paper, “Business Social Media Analytics: Characterization and Conceptual Framework,” jointly authored with Clyde W. Holsapple and Shih-Hui-Hsiao, has been accepted for publication at Decision Support Systems.

Gatton College of Business and Economics senior finance majors Tyler May, Joseph Back and Joy Gilfillan brought home the grand prize at this year’s national stock pitch competition hosted recently by the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. The competition brings students together with leaders from the investment community to showcase their skills in equity research and fundamental analysis, and to pitch stocks and get industry pros to evaluate them and give feedback on their work.

Will Gerken's article, co-authored with Steve Dimmock, entitled "How One Bad Employee Can Corrupt a Whole Team" was just published in the Harvard Business Review.

Joy Gilfillan, Joseph Back, and Tyler May, finance seniors from the Gatton College participated and won this years national stock pitch competition, hosted by the Terry Business College within the University of Georgia. The previous students participated within the Fall 2017, Finance 485 pitch competition, moving on to represent the class within the national competition which accepted submissions from over 40 private and public universities throughout the US.

Dr. Mark Liu, Associate Professor of Finance, has been invited as a guest editor of the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal’s special issue on Asian Risk Management.