10th Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets Conference

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BFCM The Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets (BFCM) Conference is a recognised boutique conference that brings together international and Australian scholars and practitioners to present state-of-the-art research in the fields of Behavioural Finance, Experimental Finance, Empirical Finance, Capital Markets, Market Microstructure and Investment.

Wednesday 11 November 2020 08:50 am until Wednesday 11 November 2020 04:05 pm (Add to calendar)
Professor Petko Kalev
+61 (03) 9479 6285; p.kalev@latrobe.edu.au; www.latrobe.edu.au/BFCM
Type of Event:
Conference; Public

The Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets (BFCM) conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to present state-of-the-art research in the fields of Behavioural Finance, Experimental Finance and Capital Markets/Market Microstructure.

BFCM is a unique conference in that it merges academic research with the applied work of the finance industry.

The conference continuously looks to identify new emerging fields of applied research, to enhance the collaboration among researchers as well as the cooperation between academia and finance industry.

“The research we do should not only have academic value but also practical application that impacts the finance industry and hence our society. This conference makes that happen".

Professor Petko Kalev (Founder of BFCM Conference and Conference Chair)

Conference proceedings and registration information

Tortured Data

Investors should remember that the interpreter of the data speaks, not the data itself, and be vigilant to this fact. Many incentives exist to strategically manipulate data to uncover a convenient “truth.”

1991 Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase famously made the statement: “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” The strategic selection and manipulation of data can lead to many different versions of “truth.” Investors need to be especially vigilant in this era of big data, large number of predictors, and plethora of methods. Professor Harvey provides examples and details problems including: exclusion of data that does not fit the narrative, delegation of research to those that have an incentive to make results look “good”, the Garden of Forking Paths, the tendency to try different methods until the researcher finds the one that “works”, and outright manipulation of the data.

Chair: Prof Petko Kalev (La Trobe University)

Professor Campbell R. Harvey
Duke University and Research Affiliates


Industry forum:
Post-Pandemic Market Dynamics

Session Chair: Prof Nadia Massoud (Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne)

Panel members:

Dan diBartolomeo (Northfield Information Services)

Kate Howitt (Fidelity International)

Panel member & Chair:
Dr Kingsley Jones (Jevons Global)


Industry session one:
Current Research in Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets

Chair: Prof Susan Thorp (The University of Sydney)

Panel members:

Simon Russell (Founder and Director of Behavioural Finance Australia)

Jason Scally (Quantitative Strategist, Electronic Execution, Macquarie Group)


Industry Doctoral Students:
Capital Market Fairness and Market Efficiency

Chair: Dr Elvira Sojli (UNSW)

Panel members:

Shaun Lim (La Trobe University and RoZetta Institute)

Alex Lee
(La Trobe University and RoZetta Institute)


Industry session two:
Sustainability Should Be the Default

Chair: Prof Jerry Parwada (UNSW)

Closing Address
Conference Convener Prof Petko Kalev (La Trobe University) will close the conference. Registration is included in Industry Session 2.


Pablo Berrutti (Founder of Altiorem and Senior Investment Specialist, Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors)


Participating in our Online Conference from anywhere around the world is easier than ever before. This virtual conference will be hosted via Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before, please download Zoom. Please register in Eventbrite by following the links for each session, check your email for registration confirmation and Zoom details and go online at the date. Try all the links beforehand to avoid technical difficulties and get in touch if you have any issues.

Sponsors and Co-supporters

La Trobe University Business School

RoZetta Institute (formerly Capital Markets CRC)

Amery Partners

Research Affiliates

The University of Queensland Business School and

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