Worshipful Company of Actuaries sponsored lecture - Herd-like Behaviour and the Psychology of Market Bubbles - Colm Fitzgerald

3:00pm - 5:00pm / Wednesday 9th March 2016 / Venue: Lecture theatre 2 Life Sciences Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Research
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  • Suitable for: This annual lecture has been devised for students of actuarial mathematics and mathematics with finance and is also open to those working in the financial and actuarial sectors. Please note that after the lecture will be light refreshment reception where students will be able to mingle with the representatives from the Worshipful Company of Actuaries, lecturers and professionals from the insurance companies. For those who wish to claim CPD credit, a register of attendance will be taken.
  • Admission: Free
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Colm Fitzgerald will discuss methodologies that can be used to assess and manage various forms of risks related to group psychology, e.g. herd-like behaviour, financial market bubbles, etc. He will use the concept of the narrative, draw the distinction between a narrative and an analysis and will use this approach to define what he refers to as 'narrative risk'. He will look back at historical bubbles to point out what we can learn and what we cannot learn from them. He will also discuss probable current bubbles.

Colm is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He lectures in actuarial science in University College Dublin and is a member of the Education Board and the Board of Examiners of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries. Previously, he spent most of his career working as a trader, finishing up as Head of Quantitative Trading in Bank of Ireland Global Markets. His research interests include the psychology of risk, trading models, the application of actuarial techniques in wider fields, applying classical thought and forestry.

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