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The CFR conducts independent, cutting-edge research of practical relevance in the area of finance. We offer talented students and graduates the opportunity to participate in our research, so that, given adequate abilities and interests, their way into international research may become easier. As a competence centre for finance, the CFR is finding resonance in academia and practitioners. We invite you to be part of the process!



jofThe CFR Working Paper No. 11-08 "On the Use of Options by Mutual Funds: Do They Know What They Are Doing?" by Gjergji Cici and Luis-Felipe Palacios has been accepted for publication in the “Journal of Banking and Finance”.
jofThe CFR Working Paper No. 10-15 "The Valuation of Hedge Funds’ Equity Positions" by Gjergji Cici, Alexander Kempf and Alexander Pütz has been accepted for publication in the “Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis”.
jofThe CFR Working Paper No. 13-07 "Market Transparency and the Marking Precision of Bond Mutual Fund Managers" by Gjergji Cici, Scott Gibson, Yalin Gunduz and John J. Merrick, Jr. has been accepted for publication in the “Journal of Portfolio Management”.
rofmThe CFR Working Paper No. 11-07 "Window dressing in mutual funds" by Vikas Agarwal, Gerald D. Gay and Leng Ling has been accepted for publication in the “Review of Financial Studies”.
rofmThe CFR Working Paper No. 13-04 "Mandatory Portfolio Disclosure, Stock Liquidity, and Mutual Fund Performance" by Vikas Agarwal, Kevin Mullally, Yuehua Tang, and Baozhong Yangzur has been accepted for publication in the “Journal of Finance”.
At the 13th Colloquium on Financial Markets, Günter Strobl (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management) was awarded with the Best Paper Award 2014 for his work “Transparency and Talent Allocation in Money Management” (co-authored with Simon Gervais). The award carries a cash prize of € 2.000. Congratulations on this great accomplishment.

German Factors and Test Assets

The Fama-French factors, the Carhart factor and test assets for the German equity market are now available for download. The factors and test assets have been calculated as part of a joint project of the CFR and the chairs of Prof. Alexander Kempf and Prof. Erik Theissen. We hope that this will be a useful and valuable resource to the research community. You can find the data sets here.

CFR Internal Seminar

On Thursday, October 16th 2014, Christoph Sorhage (Centre for Financial Research (CFR) and University of Cologne) will give a talk in our Internal Seminar. The topic is: "Outsourcing of Mutual Funds’ Non-core Competencies and the Impact on Operational Outcomes: Evidence from Funds’ Shareholder Services". The event will take place from 4pm to 6pm in room 610a of the WiSo-building.
You can find the whole program of the CFR Seminar here.

14th Cologne Colloquium on Financial Markets

On Monday, April 20th 2015, the 14th Cologne Colloquium on Financial Markets will take place. The Conference will address current questions concerning asset management and is aimed at academics and practitioners.The Cologne Colloquium on Financial Markets will last the whole day and will be held at Kreissparkasse Köln in Cologne.

BVI-CFR Event 2014

The BVI-CFR Event, organised by the CFR and the BVI, takes place in Frankfurt on December 1st 2014. In the course of the seminar, CFR researchers present their findings from research projects. Participants of this seminar are executive board members and managers of member companies of the BVI. The event will be held in German.

CFR Working Paper Series

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Under one roof: A study of simultaneously managed hedge funds and funds of hedge funds

Vikas Agarwal, Yan Lu, Sugata Ray

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