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February 27-March 1, 2008

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About the MFA
Members and friends of the Midwest Finance Association are invited to join us at our 57th Annual Meeting. Papers on any topic related to finance will be considered. You are also invited to volunteer to participate as discussants, session chairs, reviewers and members of the program committee. Marriott RiverCenter is located in the beautiful downtown river walk area of San Antonio, with easy access to fine restaurants, boat rides, museums, shopping and amusement centers. The Marriott RiverCenter is only 8 miles from the San Antonio Airport, which is served by all the major carriers. Our conference hotel is near to the San Antonio Convention Center, The Alamo, the Hispanic Cultural center and numerous other attractions. San Antonio is a dynamic destination city and you will be delighted with the cultural, historical and other attractions.

Program Highlights:
  • Edward Kane, Cleary Professor of Finance at Boston College, will be our Distinguished Scholar and speaker at the general membership luncheon, Friday 29 February, 2008.
  • Harold Black, Smith Professor of Financial Institutions, University of Tennessee, will be our speaker at the program committee membership luncheon on Thursday 28, February 2008.
  • Thaleia Zariphopoulou, V. F. Neuhaus Centennial Professor of Finance, University of Texas, will give a Lecture on Asset Pricing and Mathematical Finance on Thursday 28, February 2008.
  • Frank Holmes, CEO of US Global Investors Funds will make The James A. Gentry Distinguished Financial Executive Presentation on Saturday 1, March 2008.
  • Keith Phillips, Senior Economist and Policy Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will give a lecture on Cross-Border Banking and Acquisitions in Texas, Friday, 29th February 2008.
  • Journal of Fixed Income, Journal of Financial Services Research, Review of Futures Markets, Research in International Business and Finance, and Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship have agreed to do Special Issues of their journals, based on outstanding papers presented at the meeting. Prizes for Best Papers will be awarded in many areas.

    Doctoral students
    We recognize that increasing numbers of doctoral students are making the Midwest Finance Association meeting the place for their first professional academic presentation. Newcomers to our meeting will find that the welcome carpet is richly set and that we are a very engaging group. We will offer you significant program registration, Midwest Finance Association membership and journal subscription discounts and a friendly atmosphere for the rigorous exchange of ideas. More details on offers to, and sessions for, doctoral students and new PhDs will be provided later.

    Paper submission deadline is September 15, 2007. Click here for paper submissions. Papers for the Meeting will be reviewed anonymously by members of the Program Committee and authors will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision no later than November 15, 2007. Both research and practitioners’ papers are welcomed. Research papers will typically involve academic research presentations and work from dissertations. Practitioners’ presentations may take the form of panel sessions, poster sessions or presentations that are focused on applied issues.

    Paper Selection Criteria
    Criteria used to select papers for the program include the design of the research problem, implications of the proposed research, the likelihood that it will be completed by the conference date and its expected contribution. Selected papers will be assigned to one of the following tracks (1) Corporate Finance (2) Fixed-Income (3) Investments (4) Asset Pricing Theory and Risk Measures (5) Market Microstructure (6) Derivatives (7) Banking and Financial Institutions (8) International Finance (9) Financial Planning, Insurance and Education and (10) Special Topics. The track chairs, all well-known scholars, are also the Special Issue Editors of the journals in their tracks. All papers will undergo a blind review process involving at least two reviewers prior to being selected for presentation at the conference.

    Practitioner, Panel and Special Sessions
    The goals of the panel and special sessions are to accelerate the interchange of ideas among academicians, private sector practitioners and public sector representatives. These sessions are intended to provide a forum for the discussion of timely topics. They should also help provide educational opportunities for members as well as to possibly highlight unmet research and funding opportunities. We also actively solicit session proposals dedicated to financial education and teaching issues. If you are interested in organizing a panel or special session please contact either Ike Mathur, Tel: 618-453-1421, email, Sridhar Sundaram, Tel: 616-331-7433, email, or the Program Chair, Lloyd P. Blenman, Tel: 704-687-2823, email before October 15, 2007.

    Membership and Conference Hotel Registration
    We invite you if you are not already a member to join us. Membership information is available here. You are urged to confirm your hotel registration for the Marriott River Center early. A limited number of rooms will be available at the conference rate of $179. We expect that rooms available at the conference rate will be taken up long before the deadline of 6 February, 2008. Click here for conference hotel registration. We have a list of other hotels that will handle overflow conference reservations. More details on this will be provided later.

    Placement Center
    We have in the past offered Placement Center services for the late job-market and will continue to do this at the 2008 Meeting. For all such matters, whether you are a job candidate or a prospective employer, please contact either Larry Prather, Tel: 580-745-2566, email or Glenn Pettengill, Tel: 616-331-7430, email or the Program Chair, Lloyd P. Blenman, Tel: 704-687-2823, email. More details will be provided here soon.

    Other Events
    In addition to the program committee and general membership luncheons noted above, there will be the President’s Reception Sponsored by The Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina-Charlotte on Wednesday February 27, 2008. Other receptions will occur on Thursday February 28, 2008 and on Friday 29 February, 2008. Coffee breaks will be arranged with the exhibitors/book representatives and there will be ample opportunities to visit and network, during the program breaks throughout the day, when no sessions are taking place. Please continue to check the program conference site over the next months for exciting developments and updates on other social events that we are planning for you in lovely San Antonio.

    CONTACT: Lloyd P. Blenman
    First Vice President and 2008 Program Chair
    Midwest Finance Association


    Professor of Finance
    University of North Carolina-Charlotte
    The Belk College of Business
    Department of Finance
    Charlotte, NC 28223-001
    Email Program Chair