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  Issue 20 | Archive August 2014

New Faces @ RMI


Prof. Thomas Langer, a professor of Finance at the University of Muenster, Germany visited RMI from 3 to 9 July. Prof. Langer studied mathematics and computer sciences at the University of Kiel and received his PhD (1998) as well as his habilitation (2004) in business administration from the University of Mannheim. His current research is mostly in the field of experimental and behavioural finance with a strong emphasis on decision making in the context of retirement provisions. Other current research projects deal with prediction markets and business credit information sharing. He was a visiting scholar at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (2000/2001) and at California Institute of Technology (2008/2009) and is a co-author of the textbook “Rational Decision Making”.

Prof. Li Haitao is the Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for the MBA Program at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Previously, he was the Jack D. Sparks Whirlpool Corporation Research Professor in the Finance Department of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also served on the faculty of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Prof. Li serves on the editorial boards of Management Science (the Department of Finance) and the International Review of Finance. Prof. Li holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Yale University. He visited RMI from 10 to 16 July.


Xiao Jiajun joined RMI as a Research Analyst on 23 June. He received his Master of Science degree majoring in Quantitative Finance from NUS in 2014. He graduated from South China University of Technology in 2012, with a Bachelor degree majoring in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Jiajun is originally from Guangdong, China. He enjoys football, movies and Formula 1 racing.

Desmond Ang has joined RMI as a Specialist Associate since 30 June. He provides IT support to end-users in troubleshooting and resolving of desktop PC, servers, and network issues. His hobbies include listening to music, cooking, watching the National Geographic Channel and surfing the internet.

Wang Jianan joined on 1 July as a Research Analyst at RMI. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the NUS Department of Statistics. Prior to joining RMI as a full time Research Analyst, Jianan has worked in RMI as a research intern (Validation) for one year. Jianan is originally from Jilin, China. She likes swimming and jogging. She also enjoys watching movies and travelling.

Wang Zhifeng joined RMI as a Research Analyst on 1 July. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the NUS Department of Mathematics with a major in Quantitative Finance. Before joining RMI as a full time Research Analyst, Zhifeng has worked as an intern (Production) for one year. Zhifeng is from Jiangxi, China. He likes swimming, badminton and jogging. He also enjoys photography and books on history.

Hsiao Kuo-Wei Justin joined as a Research Analyst on 29 July. He obtained his Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance from National ChengChi University in Taiwan. His research interests include financial risk management and market risk. His master thesis is an empirical test on the Value-at-Risk estimation of a life insurance company. In his leisure time, he enjoys watching movies, reading novels, and photography.

On the same day, Wang Yu also joined as a Research Analyst. He has been a PhD candidate majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NUS since 2010. His research area is mainly focused in algorithms and protocols design for cooperative wireless networks. He is also a part-time student of the MFE Program at RMI. His current research interest is to employ computer-based techniques in financial markets.

Dr. Wang Wei-Ting Christine joined RMI as a Research Fellow on 4 August. Christine received her PhD degree in Finance from National Taiwan University. Before that, she worked in a securities company at a proprietary trading department which develops portfolio investment trading strategies and analyses derivatives risk. Her doctoral thesis focuses on portfolio optimization and market efficiency and her research interests are in asset pricing, risk theory and financial mathematics. During her free time, Christine enjoys sports, movies and outdoor activities.

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