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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!



Review of FinanceThe CFR Working Paper No. 13-06 "Investor Sentiment, Flight-to-Quality, and Corporate Bond Comovement" by Sebastian Bethke, Monika Gehde-Trapp and Alexander Kempf has been accepted for publication in Journal of Banking and Finance.
Review of FinanceThe CFR Working Paper No. 15-08 "Alpha or Beta in the Eye of the Beholder: What Drives Hedge Fund Flows?" by Vikas Agarwal, T. Clifton Green and Honglin Ren has been accepted for publication in Journal of Financial Economics.
Journal-of-Business-ResearchThe CFR Working Paper No. 12-01 "Choosing two business degrees versus choosing one: What does it tell about mutual fund managers' investment behavior?" by Laura Andreu and Alexander Puetz has been accepted for publication in Journal of Business Research.
We congratulate the members of our CFR Research Team, Laura Dahm and Sebastian Bethke, for obtaining their Doctorate. Laura Dahm has written her thesis on “Essays on Mutual Funds' Trading Activity”. Sebastian Bethke has written his thesis on “Essays on the Determinants of Corporate Bond Yield Spreads”.
Review of FinanceThe CFR Working Paper No. 15-16 "Network Centrality and Pension Fund Performance" by David Blake, Alberto G. Rossi, Allan Timmermann, Ian Tonks and Russ Wermers has been accepted for publication in Journal of Financial Economics.

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 Research Seminar

On Thursday, June 22th 2017, Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid (Universität St. Gallen) will give a talk in our CFR Research Seminar. The topic is: "Peer Pressure in Corporate Earnings Management". The event will take place from 4pm to 6.15pm in room 610a of the WiSo-building.
You can find the whole program of the CFR Seminar here.

16th Cologne Colloquium on Financial Markets

The 16th Colloquium on Financial Markets, organised by Prof. Dr. Alexander Kempf took place at Sparkasse KölnBonn in Cologne on April 3rd 2017. Further information about the event can be found here.

CFR Working Paper Series

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Are Generalists Beneficial to Corporate Shareholders? Evidence from Sudden Deaths

André Betzer, Maximilian Ibel, Hye Seung Lee, Peter Limbach, Jesus M. Salas

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