Prof. William Goetzmann Wins CFA Institute’s Vertin Award for Outstanding Research

Prof. William Goetzmann
William Goetzmann

William N. Goetzmann, the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management Studies and director of the International Center for Finance, has won the 2018 James R. Vertin Award for outstanding research from the CFA Institute Research Foundation.

The award recognizes “individuals who have produced a body of research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals.” It was presented to Goetzmann on July 9 in Beijing by L. J. Jia, the CFA Institute’s country head in China.

“Professor Goetzmann is a true Renaissance man whose interests range from the ancient and medieval roots of finance to the design of data graphics,” said Larry Siegel of the CFA Institute Research Foundation. “The field of finance has been enriched by his detailed study of financial history and talented ability to bring many different fields of knowledge to bear on his research and writing. We thank and congratulate him for his significant contributions to the investment management industry.”

A former filmmaker and onetime director of the Museum of Western Art, Goetzmann has a wide range of research interests, including alternative investing, factor investing, behavioral finance, and the art market. His books include Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, The Origins of Value: The Financial Innovations that Created Modern Capital Markets, The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720, and Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible.