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Investment Under Negative Interest Rate
3 June 2016

by Professor Jialin Yu, HKUST

Today, nominal interest rates are negative for some currencies: EUR, JPY, CHF. This is uncharted territory. Most, if not all, of the portfolio theory is based on nominal rate above zero. There is virtually no historical data in which nominal rates are negative across a number of major currencies. What are the implications of negative rate for today's investment climate?

In this talk, Professor Jialin Yu has:
  • explored and quantify the effect of negative rates on investment and consumption
  • highlighted "danger zone" where past expereience under positive rate does not hold
  • discussed whether the negative rates will accomplish the intended policy goals

About the Speaker

Professor Jialin Yu is Associate Professor of Finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before joining HKUST, he was an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He has been a visiting associate professor at Princeton University. He holds Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University, and bachelor degree in Economics from Fudan University.

Professor Yu's research focuses on investments, behavioral finance, and Asian financial markets. His research articles have been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, among others. His research was cited in the scientific background of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. He has received grants and awards from Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Government of the Hong Kong SAR, Sun Yefang Economic Science Foundation, among others. He has received recognition of excellent teaching and honor in MBA teaching from HKUST.