Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Top Finance Professors & Professionals Attend the Inaugural "Texas Finance Festival"

Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Top Finance Professors & Professionals Attend the Inaugural "Texas Finance Festival"

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In the heart of the Texas "hill country" where rivers are limestone clear and the cowboys and longhorns still roam," the town of Kerrville was the site of the first annual Texas Finance Festival.

Nearly fifty professors from academia's top finance programs participated in this inaugural event sponsored by the Association of Financial Economists and Enron Corporation.

Participants represented such universities as Stanford, Chicago, Dartmouth, Columbia, Northwestern, Cambridge, Tulane, Cornell, Rice, Texas, UCLA, Yale, SMU, Maryland, Texas A&M, Virginia, Houston, TCU, Baylor, and Michigan. Practicing finance professionals included people from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Securities & Exchange Commission.

The first annual program covered, among others, the following topics: Dividend changes as a sign of firm maturity

Resources, real options, and corporate strategy

Debt, information acquisition, and the take-over threat

Corporate equity ownership and product-market relationships

Do shareholders gain from private placements?

The advent of Rule 144A: the experience of corporate borrowers

Do professional traders exhibit loss realization aversion?

Optimal corporate governance structures

Corporate governance and the diversification discount

Consumption-based modeling of long-horizon returns

Modeling electricity prices

The spark spread: an equilibrium model of cross-commodity price relationships

A highlight of the conference was a program led by Enron's director of research Vince Kaminski. …

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