Laura Starks, SFS President

Laura Starks

We are extremely grateful to Laura Starks, who completed her role as SFS President on June 30. Since 1997, Laura has served in five different roles across the SFS and our journals. Her guidance and commitment have been invaluable. Prior to serving as President, Laura was SFS Vice President, SFS Council Chair, an editor of RFS, and an associate editor of RFS. We thank her for her dedication.

Camelia Kuhnen Joining the RCFS Team

Camelia Kuhnen

We are pleased to announce that Camelia Kuhnen is joining RCFS as an editor. Camelia is a professor of finance and Sarah Graham Kenan distinguished scholar at UNC Kenan-Flagler and a faculty research associate at NBER. She is an expert in household finance, neuroeconomics, and corporate finance. She is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and Management Science. Camelia previously served as president of the Society for Neuroeconomics and as an associate editor of RCFS. Her first day will be October 15, 2020.

Statement of the SFS Council

The Society of Financial Studies Council believes that we cannot remain silent about the continued acts of racism that exist in our society. We acknowledge the numerous voices of the peaceful protesters and are determined to not let this moment pass without contributing to a changed society. In particular, the future of a robust financial system lies on the path of justice and equity. We are actively investigating ways to participate.

Stefano Giglio Joining the RFS Team

We are pleased to announce that Stefano Giglio will be joining RFS as an editor. Stefano is a professor of finance at the Yale School of Management, an NBER Research Associate, and a CEPR Research Affiliate, and previously served as an associate editor of RFS. His first day will be July 1.

Introducing the Prior Review Process

The Review of Corporate Finance Studies is introducing a Prior Review Process. The goal of such review process is to help the editors arrive at a quick and informed decision on a paper based on feedback received by the authors from previous submissions. A paper is eligible for this optional review process if it was previously submitted to a few select journals. Starting on June 1, 2020, when you submit a paper, you can choose to submit it under the Prior Review Process. If you choose this option, you will be asked to upload the reviews from previous submissions of your paper to other journals. All material and correspondence sent to RCFS will be treated as private and confidential. If you are interested in this option, please see Prior Review Policy for more details.

Winners of the Cavalcade Best Paper Awards

The winners of the SFS Cavalcade North America 2020 Best Paper Awards were announced at the virtual Awards Reception on May 26. We are pleased to share the winners:

Best Paper in Corporate Finance
“Financial Technology Adoption”
Sean Higgins
Prize: $1000

Best Paper in Asset Pricing
“Forest through the Trees: Building Cross-Sections of Stock Returns”
Svetlana Bryzgalova, Markus Pelger, and Jason Zhu
Prize: $1000

The Arthur Warga Award for Best Paper in Fixed Income
“The Passthrough of Treasury Supply to Bank Deposit Funding”
Wenhao Li, Yiming Ma, and Yang Zhao
Prize: $750 (2% of the endowment)

Congratulations to all our award winners!