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Robert I. Webb is a professor of Finance at the University of Virginia. He is a Paul Tudor Jones II Research Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce of the University of Virginia. Professor Webb specializes in the study of speculative markets, with particular emphasis on how differences in market structure—or the way financial markets are organized—affect the behavior of financial market prices. He is also interested in how traders make decisions and how “noise” (i.e., noninformational factors) affects financial markets. His current research interests include the impact of high-frequency trading on financial market prices, latency, and behavioral finance.  Additionally, he is the editor of the Journal of Futures Markets, published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is also the author of Macroeconomic Information and Financial Trading, Trading Catalysts: How Events Move Markets and Create Trading Opportunities and “Shock Markets: Trading Lessons for Volatile Times”.

Previously he was a consultant to the World Bank and he traded on the floor at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He also served as a Senior Financial Economist at both the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Webb received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and obtained his doctorate from the University of Chicago.


Professor Jacob Thomas is the Williams Brothers Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Yale School of Management. He focuses on the relation between accounting information and stock prices. Insights recently developed in this area that suggest fundamental links between accounting numbers and value form the basis of much of his recent teaching and research. He was actively involved in developing the core curriculum and has written cases and other teaching material for the courses he teaches on equity valuation and financial management. Differences between stock prices and fundamental value provide the basis for his examination of various stock trading strategies. Before joining the faculty at the Yale School of Management, he was the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and Finance at Columbia Business School.


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Raghavendra Rau is the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also a past president of the European Finance Association, and a past editor of Financial Management. He is a founder and director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) and a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

He is an Associate Editor at several journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Finance. His research has frequently been covered by the popular press including the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist, among others. His research, published in journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies, has won several awards including the EFA Barclays Global Investor Award, the Chinese Finance Association Best Paper in Corporate Finance and the Financial Management Association “Best of the Best” Award. He won the Ig Nobel Prize in Management in 2015, a prize awarded for research that makes people laugh, and then think.

Apart from Haas and the University of Cambridge, Rau has taught at a number of universities around the world, including the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences PO), Paris Dauphine, Purdue University, and UCLA. He was a Club 7 member (for teaching excellence) at Berkeley Haas in 2009, 2010, and 2018. He has also won the Dean’s Outstanding MBA core course teaching award 2005 and 2007 and the 2001 School of Management Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at Purdue University. In 2008-2009, Rau was Principal at Barclays Global Investors, then the largest asset manager in the world, in San Francisco.