Robert Savickas Robert Savickas

Funger Hall, Suite 501R tel.: (202) 994-8936
Department of Finance fax: (202) 994-5014
School of Business savickas@gwu.edu
George Washington University http://savickas.net
2201 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052

Summary:

I have been working in the practice and academia of finance, performing consulting, research, and teaching since 1997. My work is rooted in over 15 years of experience as a practitioner in the financial industry, mostly as an independent consultant to leading financial institutions, focusing on financial risk modeling and managment. Specifically, I have done financial modeling and model validation in interest-rate derivative pricing, index flows, portfolio allocation, mortgage credit risk, home price indexing, etc. My clients include private sector, Government-sponsored agencies, international organizations, and foreign banks. I also did training on intertemporal asset pricing, operational risk management, credit risk management. On the research side, I have published, alone or with co-authors, 14 papers in finance journals, including Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. As for teaching, I have taught at universities over a dozen of different subjects at the Doctoral, Master's and undergraduate levels.

Professional Interests: Asset Pricing; Mortgage Finance; Credit Risk; Derivatives.

Education:

Industry Experience:

  • Founder and owner of Savickas Financial, Inc., a financial research and technical consulting firm;
  • Recent engagements:
    • External Subject Matter Expert (as Model Validator) at Model Risk Management of Fannie Mae, Summer 2017- present,
    • Senior Affiliate External Subject Matter Expert at Analytic Focus, Spring 2017 - present,
    • External Subject Matter Expert (as Model Auditor) at Internal Audit of Freddie Mac, Spring 2016 - Summer 2016,
    • External Subject Matter Expert (as Model Auditor) at Internal Audit of Fannie Mae, Summer 2014 - Fall 2015,
    • External Subject Matter Expert (as Model Validator) at Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, December 2013 - February 2014,
    • External Subject Matter Expert (as Model Auditor) at Internal Audit of Fannie Mae, Fall 2010 - Fall 2011,
    • Principal of Model Validation, leading a team of three Ph.D. financial engineers at Enterprise Risk Management Division of Fannie Mae, Fall 2008 - Fall 2010,
    • Independent Consultant (financial modeling) to two funds, a financial institution, and a law firm, whose contracts are subject to non-disclosure agreements; 09/2006, 12/2006, 11/2007--06/2008;
    • Independent Consultant (financial modeling) to The Development Bank of Kazakhstan, 06/2007-10/2007;
    • Financial Training for a client in the Republic of Korea, 12/2006;
    • Independent Consultant (financial modeling) to Quantitative Strategies, Risk and Analytics Department, The World Bank Group, 06/2005-09/2005;
    • Financial Training at Funding Section, Finance Department, Inter-American Development Bank, 01/2004;
  • Areas of expertise:
    • credit risk modeling;
    • market risk management;
    • interest rate and other derivatives;
    • portfolio allocation and simulations;
    • index fund flow modeling;
    • intertemporal asset pricing.

Professional Leadership Experience:

  • Chairman of the Department of Finance, July 2016 - September 2018; leading one and a half dozen faculty and dealing with the Dean's Office at School of Business, George Washington University,
  • Member of the Research Committee; Fall 2006 - Spring 2016; School of Business, George Washington University,
  • Faculty Fellow in the GWSB Executive Development Program; Fall 2007 - present;
  • Faculty responsible for the Optionmetrics Data, School of Business, George Washington University, Spring 2013 - Spring 2015;
  • Member of the Appointment, Tenure, and Promotions Committee; Fall 2007 - Spring 2015; Dept. of Finance, School of Business, George Washington University.
  • Member of the MSF Management Committee; Fall 2007 - Spring 2015; Dept. of Finance, School of Business, George Washington University.
  • Member of the Faculty Senate Research Committee, George Washington University, Summer 2011 - Spring 2013;
  • Chairman of the Archival Data Subcommittee of the Research Committee at the School of Business, George Washington University; Spring 2008 - Spring 2011;
  • Faculty Director for the Professional Risk Managers' International Association's Institute (PRMIA Institute) program at the George Washington Universiry School of Business; Fall 2007 - Fall 2008;
  • Member of the Research and Instructional Technology Committee; Fall 2007 - Spring 2009; George Washington University.
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Communications Officer of the Washington Area Finance Association; Spring 2002 - Fall 2008;
  • Member of the Doctoral Programs Committee; Fall 2005 - Summer 2007; School of Business, George Washington University,
  • Member of the Qualifying Examination Subcommittee of the Doctoral Programs Committee; Fall 2005 - Fall 2006; School of Business, George Washington University,
  • Mentor at the Graduate Teaching Assistants Program Orientation; August 2005; George Washington University,
  • Member of the Bender Teaching Award Committee; Spring 2005; George Washington University,
  • Member of the Archival Data Subcommittee of the Research Committee; Fall 2004 - Fall 2007; School of Business, George Washington University,
  • Member of the Curriculum and Programs Committee; Fall 2003 - Spring 2005; School of Business, George Washington University,
  • Coordinator of the Finance Seminar Series; Fall 2002, Spring 2003; Dept. of Finance, School of Business, George Washington University.

Academic Experience:

Subjects Taught:
  • Ph.D. courses:
    • Seminar in Continuous-Time Finance and Asset Pricing (FINA 8321); Fall 2017, Fall 2015; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Seminar in Investments/Asset Pricing (FINA 8321, formerly: Fina 321); Fall 2012, Fall 2010, Spring 2008; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Seminar in Continuous-Time Finance (FINA 8323, formerly: Fina 323); Fall 2011, Fall 2009, Fall 2007, Fall 2005, Fall 2003; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Mathematical Tools for Business Research (FINA 6290, formerly: Fina 290); Summer 2011, Summer 2010, Summer 2009, Summer 2008, Summer 2007, Summer 2005; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Finance Research Methodology (FINA 9130); Summer 2000; Terry College of Business, University of Georgia,
  • MSF (Master of Science in Finance) courses:
    • Advanced Financial Modeling and Econometrics (FINA 6282, formerly: Fina 282); Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017, Spring 2017, Summer 2016, Spring 2016, Summer 2015, Spring 2015, Summer 2014, Summer 2013, Summer 2012, Summer 2011, Summer 2010, Summer 2009; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Financial Theory (FINA 6278); Spring 2017, Fall 2016; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • MSF Summer Math Workshop; Summer 2018, Summer 2017, Summer 2016, Summer 2015, Summer 2014, Summer 2013, Summer 2012, Summer 2011, Summer 2010, Summer 2009, Summer 2008, Summer 2007; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Investments, Portfolio Management (FINA 6275, formerly: Fina 275); Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Winter 2012 (China MSF in Suzhou), Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005, Spring 2004; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Interest-Rate Derivatives and Fixed Income Securities (FINA 279); Spring 2003, Spring 2002; School of Business, George Washington University,
  • MBA courses:
    • Financial Modeling (FINC 604); Fall 2009; McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University,
    • Investments, Portfolio Management (FINA 6223, formerly: Fina 223); Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Summer 2009, Summer 2008, Fall 2005, Spring 2001, Fall 2000; School of Business, George Washington University,
  • Undergraduate courses:
    • Advanced Financial Management Case-Study Course (FINA 4001, formerly: Fina 124); Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2004, Fall 2003; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Investments, Portfolio Management (FINA 123); Summer 2008; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Financial Management (BADM 115); Fall 2008 (in Paris), Fall 2007 (in Paris), Fall 2002, Fall 2001, Fall 2000; School of Business, George Washington University,
    • Mathematical and Computer Modeling in Finance (FINA 4200); Summer 2000; Terry College of Business, University of Georgia,
    • Financial Management (FIN 330); Fall 1997 - Spring 2000; Terry College of Business, University of Georgia.
  • Professional courses (taught primarily via consulting relationships):
    • Operational Risk Modeling,
    • Foundations of Risk Finance,
    • Analytic Foundations of Risk Measurment,
    • Investments,
    • Asset Pricing,
    • Fixed Income and Interest Rate Derivatives Modeling.
Publications: Books:
  • Robert Savickas, ``Portfolio Management: Modeling, Simulation, Allocation,'' 2006, University Readers, a textbook for Fina 6275 course at GWU.
Research Grants:
  • Investment Management Consultants Association's research grant for research in asset pricing, in collaboration with Arun Muralidhar, 3/2015.

  • ``Preemptive Strategies for the Assessment and Management of Financial System Risk Levels in Latin American Countries,'' 2001, In collaboration with the Financial Markets Research Institute, Center for Latin American Issues, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, and four other faculty members and funded by the George Washington University Globalization Center.

Working Papers and Projects (download: http://papers.ssrn.com/author=202597):

Papers from the last century:
  • ``1995 WMEC/WQEC/WSEC-TV member survey,'' with Paul Thistlethwaite, February 1996.
  • ``Real estate in the former Soviet Union: changing environment, new approaches,'' Midwest Review of Finance and Insurance, vol. 10, Spring 1996, pp. 231-239.
  • ``Commercial banks taxation: a study of the direct and indirect taxation of commercial banks,'' with Robert Kunkel and Rick Voss, Midwest Review of Finance and Insurance, vol. 10, Spring 1996, pp. 179-188.
  • ``GATT (WTO) and former USSR. Example of Latvia,'' with Larry Wall, Midwest Review of International Business Research, vol. 10, Spring 1996, pp.109-118.
  • ``Annual report on the early prevention of school failure project, 1994-1995,'' with Paul Thistlethwaite and Marie Bell, October 1995.
  • ``Analysis of alumni information for the home economics department; Spring 1994 survey,'' with Paul Thistlethwaite and Felix Brautigam, May 1995.
  • ``Analysis of the flu clinics for the McDonough District Hospital; fall 1994,'' with Paul Thistlethwaite, April 1995.
  • ``Transporta loģistika Latvijā: teorija un pielietošana.'' (``Transportation logistics in Latvia: theory and application.''), proposal of a guide for a logistics course at Riga Technical University, May 1994.
Conference Presentations:
  • ``A Theory and Evidence on Technology, Value Premium, and Volatility,'' 2016, coauthored with Wachindra Bandara, copresented at the October 2013 Financial Management Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois;
  • ``Return Decomposition: A Bayesian State-Space Model Approach,'' 2015, coauthored with Yuan-Szu Chang, copresented at the October 2013 Financial Management Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois;
  • ``Market Sentiment and Dividend Policy: Cross Sectional Evidence,'' 2013, coauthored with Bo Zhao, presented at the March 2013 Midwest Finance Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois;
  • ``Cross-Sectional Estimation Biases in Risk Premia and Zero-Beta Excess Returns'', 2013, coauthored with Jianhua Yuan, presented at the January 2013 Quantitative Economics Conference in Sanya, China;
  • ``Distribution Effect and Idiosyncratic Volatility Discount'' 2012, coauthored with Bo Zhao, presented at the July 2012 China International Conference in Finance meeting in Chongqing, China;
  • ``Uncovering the Relation between Aggregate Stock Illiquidity and Expected Excess Market Returns,'' 2010, coauthored with Hui Guo, Sandra Mortal, and Bob Wood, presented at the October 2010 Financial Management Association meeting in New York City, New York;
  • ``The Value Premium And Firm Volatility in Merton's ICAPM,'' presented at the
    • October 2007 Financial Management Association meeting in Orlando, Florida;
    • September 2007 Northern Finance Association meeting in Toronto, Canada;
    • September 2007 Conference in Honor of Stephen D. Smith at the Atlanta Fed, Atlanta, Georgia;
    • July 2007 Asian Finance Association meeting in Hong Kong, China;
    • May 2007 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia;
  • ``The Relation between Time-Series and Cross-Sectional Effects of Idiosyncratic Variance on Stock Returns in G7 Countries,'' coauthored with Hui Guo, presented at the
    • October 2007 Financial Management Association meeting in Orlando, Florida;
    • July 2007 China International Conference in Finance meeting in Chengdu, China;
  • ``Understanding Stock Return Predictability,'' coauthored with Hui Guo, presented at the
    • June 2007 Financial Management Association European Conference meeting in Barcelona, Spain;
    • October 2007 Financial Management Association meeting in Orlando, Florida;
  • ``Foreign Exchange Rates Don't Follow a Random Walk,'' coauthored with Hui Guo, presented at the October 2006 CRSP Forum at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois;
  • ``Is Value Premium a Proxy for Time-Varying Investment Opportunities: Some Time Series Evidence,'' 2005, coauthored with Hui Guo, Zijun Wang, and Jian Yang, presented at the October 2006 Financial Management Association meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah;
  • ``Modeling Credit-Risky Bonds with Correlated-factor Models,'' coauthored with Leonard Tchuindjo, presented at the April 2006 Eastern Finance Association meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
  • ``Aggregate Idiosyncratic Volatility in G7 Countries,'' coauthored with Hui Guo, presented at the:
    • June 2006 European Financial Management Association meeting in Stockholm, Sweden;
    • June 2006 INFINITI Conference on International Financial Integration by The Institute for International Integration Studies Dublin, Dublin, Ireland;
    • October 2005 Financial Management Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois;
    • November 2005 Southern Finance Association meeting in Key West, Florida;
  • ``Idiosyncratic volatility, stock market volatility, and expected stock returns,'' coauthored with Hui Guo, presented at the:
    • January 2005 American Finance Association meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
    • October 2004 Financial Management Association meeting in New Orleans, Florida;
  • ``The effect of ex-ante price on momentum profits,'' coauthored with Zhan Onayev, presented at the:
    • October 2003 Financial Management Association meeting in Denver, Colorado;
    • April 2003 Eastern Finance Association meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Florida;
    • November 2002 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.;
  • ``The chance of ruin, the momentum, and stochastic dominance of risk-based strategies,'' presented at the November 2002 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.;
  • ``Abnormal returns,'' presented at the April 2002 Eastern Finance Association meeting in Baltimore.
  • ``A simple option pricing formula,'' presented at the April 2002 Eastern Finance Association meeting in Baltimore, Maryland;
  • ``On inferring the direction of option trades,'' presented at the November 2001 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the Securities Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.;
  • ``On the statistical significance of event effects on unsystematic volatility,'' coauthored with Jimmy Hilliard, presented at the:
    • October 2000 Financial Management Association meeting in Seattle, Washington;
    • March 2000 Southwestern Finance Association meeting in San Antonio, Texas;
  • ``On stochastic volatility and more powerful parametric tests of event effects on unsystematic returns,'' coauthored with Jimmy Hilliard, presented at the October 2000 Financial Management Association meeting in Seattle, Washington;
  • ``Real estate in the former Soviet Union: changing environment, new approaches,'' presented at the Spring 1996 conference of Midwest Academy of Finance and Insurance in Chicago, Illinois;
  • ``GATT (WTO) and former USSR. Example of Latvia,'' with L. Wall, presented at the Spring 1996 conference of Midwest Academy of International Business in Chicago, Illinois;

Invited Presentations and Seminars:

Honors and Awards:
  • Summer Research Grant, School of Business, George Washington University, Summer 2012 and 2013,
  • Dean's Scholar Research Award, School of Business, George Washington University, 6/2010-5/2012,
  • GWU Service Excellence Award Nomination, George Washington University, 11/2010,
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2011-present, (but I still can't figure out how I ended up being listed in this embarrassing publication),
  • Peter B. Vaill Faculty Member of the Year Award, the Doctoral Program of the School of Business, George Washington University, 5/2010,
  • Outstanding Master of Science in Finance Faculty Award, the MSF Program of the School of Business, George Washington University, 5/2009,
  • Peter B. Vaill Faculty Member of the Year Award, the Doctoral Program of the School of Business, George Washington University, 5/2008,
  • Peter B. Vaill Faculty Member of the Year Award, the Doctoral Program of the School of Business, George Washington University, 5/2007,
  • George Washington University Research Facilitating Fund Award, Summer/2006,
  • Outstanding Academic Paper in Derivatives, received for ``Modeling Credit-Risky Bonds with Correlated-factor Models,'' (coauthored with Leonard Tchuindjo) Eastern Finance Association, 4/2006,
  • J. Wendell and Louise Crain Research Fellowship, School of Business, George Washington University, Summer/2006,
  • Morton Bender Teaching Award, George Washington University, 5/2004,
  • Undergraduate Teaching Award, School of Business, George Washington University, 5/2004,
  • Outstanding Academic Paper in Derivatives/Microstructure, received for ``A Simple Option Pricing Formula,'' Eastern Finance Association, 4/2002,
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 4/1999,
  • Edward T. Comer Fellowship, University of Georgia, 9/1996-5/1999,
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Fulbright Committee and Western Illinois University, 8/1993-6/1994,
  • RTU Senate 1st Scholarship, Riga Technical University, 9/1991-1/1994,
  • 1st Award in Descriptive Geometry, Riga Technical University, 12/1989,
  • 2nd Award in Chemistry, Riga Technical University, 11/1989,
  • 2nd Award in Mech. Eng. Conferences, Riga Technical University, 3/1990 & 3/1991,
  • Graduation with Silver Medal, High school, 5/1989.
Graduate Students Supervised:
  • Lead Advisor for Amin Mohammad Hosseini, a Doctoral Student at the Finance Department, Fall 2015 - present,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Jingqiang "Benson" Liu, Ph.D., Finance, Spring 2014 - Spring 2016, went to work at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Dissertation Advocate for Song Song, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2011 - Spring 2016, went to work at Credit Suisse,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Raphael Kuznetsovski, Ph.D., Finance, Spring 2012 - Fall 2013, went to work at Wachovia,
  • Advisory Committee Member for Xiangming Fang, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2010 - Spring 2015, went to work at the IMF,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Wachindra Bandara, Ph.D. Finance, Spring 2009 - Fall 2013, went to work at Mellon Capital Management,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Woon-Kyung Song, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2007 - Spring 2014, went to work at Korea Aerospace University,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Morris Mitler, Ph.D., Finance, Spring 2008 - Spring 2014, went to work at PCAOB,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Taemin Cha, Ph.D., Finance, Spring 2008 - Fall 2013, went to work at Fannie Mae,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Bo Zhao, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2007 - Fall 2012, went to work at Fannie Mae,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Yuan-Szu Chang, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2006 - Summer 2012, went to work at Fannie Mae,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Jason Thomas, Ph.D., Finance, Spring 2008 - Summer 2012, went to work at Carlyle Group,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Jianhua Yuan, Ph.D., Finance, Spring 2007 - Spring 2012, went to work at Fannie Mae,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Karlygash Dairabayeva, Ph.D., International Business, Fall 2010 - Summer 2012, went to work at The World Bank,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Anoma Kulathunga, Ph.D., International Business, Fall 2010 - Spring 2012, went to work at The World Bank,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Jae Hyun Han, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2006 - Spring 2011, went to work at a University in Seoul, Korea,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Sergei Antoshin, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2006 - Spring 2010, went to work at the IMF,
  • Outside Dissertation Examiner for Richard Munclinger, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2007 - Spring 2010, went to work at the IMF,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Pam Queen, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2005 - Spring 2010, went to work at Morgan State University,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Jonas de Oliveira Campino, Ph.D., International Business, Fall 2007 - Spring 2010, went to work at the IMF,
  • Advisory Committee Member for Yujin Jeong, Ph.D., International Business, Spring 2006 - Fall 2009,
  • Dissertation Advocate for Yongjae Kwon, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2006 - Spring 2009, went to work at a University in Seoul, Korea,
  • Dissertation Co-Advocate, for Leigh Ann Coates, Ph.D., Fall 2005 - Spring 2009, went to work at Fannie Mae,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Hui He, Ph.D., International Business, Fall 2007 - Fall 2008, went to work at James Madison University,
  • Thesis Advisor for Yujiro Kunitomo, MSF, Finance, Spring 2007 - Summer 2008,
  • Outside Dissertation Examiner for Naomi Boyd, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2006 - Spring 2008, went to work at West Virginia University,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Chintal Desai, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2005 - Spring 2008, went to work at University of Texas in Pan American,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Ying Zhang, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2005 - Spring 2007, went to work at Fannie Mae,
  • Outside Dissertation Examiner for Jianli Chen, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2005 - Spring 2007, went to work at Fannie Mae,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Leandro Feliciano Alves, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2004 - Spring 2006, went to work at IADB,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Marcos Rietti Souto, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2003 - Fall 2005, went to work at Central Bank of Brazil,
  • Dissertation Co-Advocate for Leonard Tchuindjo, Ph.D., Systems Engineering (concentration in Financial Engineering), Fall 2003 - Fall 2005, went to work at the US Treasury,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Zhan Onayev, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2004 - Fall 2005, went to work at State Street,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Elias Semaan, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2004 - Summer 2005, went to work at James Madison University,
  • Thesis Advisor for Bernard Murira, MSF, Finance, Spring 2003 - Fall 2004, wen to work at the World Bank,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Turki Al-Zomaia, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2002 - Summer 2004, went to work at King Saud University,
  • Inside Member of the Dissertation Committee for Kathy Szu-Yin Hung, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2002 - Fall 2003, went to work at California State University at East Bay,
  • Outside Dissertation Examiner for Ihab Kira, Ph.D., Finance, Fall 2002 -Spring 2003.
Other Scholarly Activities:
  • Member of the Scientific Editorial Board at Business, Management, and Education,
  • Ad-hoc referee at:
    • Journal of Finance,
    • Review of Financial Studies,
    • Management Science,
    • Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis,
    • Journal of Financial Markets,
    • Journal of Empirical Finance,
    • Journal of Banking and Finance,
    • Journal of Corporate Finance,
    • Review of Economics and Statistics,
    • Journal of Futures Markets,
    • Quantitative Finance,
    • Journal of Macroeconomics,
    • Review of Financial Economics,
    • Journal of Financial Research,
    • Journal of Business,
    • The Financial Review.
  • Reviewer of book prospecti and chapters for:
    • Pearson Education,
    • Elsevier,
    • Academic Press (A Division of Elsevier Science),
    • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Visiting Scholar at:
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 03/2007,
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 07/2006,
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 07/2005,
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 08/2004,
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 09/2003.
  • Member of:
    • American Finance Association,
    • Financial Management Association,
    • Society for Financial Studies,
    • Midwest Finance Association.
  • Member of the Program Committee for
    • August 2007 European Finance Association conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia;
    • August 2006 European Finance Association conference in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Program Co-Director (with Arthur J. Wilson) for
    • April 2008 Washington Area Finance Association conference in Washington, D.C.
    • March 2006 Washington Area Finance Association conference in Washington, D.C.
    • April 2002 Washington Area Finance Association conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Chairman of 3/15/2013 10:15 session ``Dividend Policy'' at the March 2013 Midwest Finance Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Chairman of session VII ``Corporate Governance and Management Compensation'' at the May 2007 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Chairman of session V ``Asset Pricing Models and Firm Value'' at the May 2007 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Chairman of session A2 ``Asset Pricing'' at the March 2006 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
  • Chairman of session B2 ``Derivative Instruments'' at the March 2006 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
  • Chairman of session IV ``Measuring and Analyzing Risk in Finance'' at the April 2005 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Chairman of session 186 ``The Nature of Risk'' at the October 2000 Financial Management Association meeting in Seattle, Washington.
  • Discussant of:
    • ``Learning Banks' Exposure to Systematic Risk: Evidence from the Financial Crisis of 2008'' by Ariel Marcelo Viale (Florida Atlantic University) and Jeff Madura (Florida Atlantic University), at the October 2013 Financial Management Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
    • ``CEO Interviews on CNBC'' by Young Han Kim (Nanyang Business School) and Felix Meschke, (University of Kansas), at the July 2012 China International Conference in Finance meeting in Chongqing, China.
    • ``CEO Interviews on CNBC'' by Young Han Kim (Nanyang Business School) and Felix Meschke, (University of Kansas), at the July 2012 China International Conference in Finance meeting in Chongqing, China.
    • ``Are Capital Controls Effective in the Foreign Exchange Market?'' by Roald J. Versteeg, Stefan T.M. Straetmans, and Christian C.P Wolff (Maastricht University) at the July 2007 Asian Finance Association meeting in Hong Kong, China.
    • ``Black's simple discounting rule: A simple implementation'' by Lukas Roth (Pennsylvania State University) at the May 2007 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.,
    • ``Dynamic Hedging of Complex Option Positions With Transaction Costs'' by Valeri I. Zakamouline (Agder University College) at the June 2006 European Financial Management Association meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.
    • ``Inflation Risk and International Asset Returns'' by Mathijs A. van Dijk (Ohio State University) and Gerard A. Moerman (AEGON Asset Management and RSM Erasmus University) at the March 2006 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
    • ``Exotic Options'' by Ilya Gikhman at the March 2006 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
    • ``Relative Efficiency of Return- and Range-Based Volatility Estimators'' by Celso Brunetti (John Hopkins University) and Peter Lindholdt (Bank of England and University of Aarhus) at the April 2005 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
    • ``Bayesian Analysis of Stochastic Betas'' by Gergana Jostova (George Washington University) and Alexander Philipov (Boston College) at the November 2002 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
    • ``Capacity Constrained Learning and Asset Price Comovement'' by Lin Peng (Duke University) and Wei Xiong (Princeton University) at the April 2002 Washington Area Finance Association meeting at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
    • ``An alternative approach to American currency option valuation'' by Seungmook Choi and Michael D. Marcozzi (Unversity of Nevada - Las Vegas) at the October 2000 Financial Management Association meeting in Seattle, Washington.
    • ``The fear and exuberance from implied volatility of S&P 100 index options'' by Cheekiat Low (Yale University) at the October 2000 Financial Management Association meeting in Seattle, Washington.
Language: Fluent, both written and spoken, in English, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Russian. Familiar with main grammar and basic vocabulary in standard Chinese as well as Old Prussian (the original Baltic Prussian), French, Spanish, and Latin.

Computer:
  • Common every-day office and Internet applications,
  • Operating systems: Linux, Unix, MS Windows, MS DOS,
  • Analysis software: R, SAS, Matlab, Ox,
  • Program/script in: Python, C++, Perl, Fortran, Visual Fortran, Visual Basic, JavaScript, LATEX, HTML.

Mass Media:

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