Nobel Prize Speaker Robert C. Merton

Robert C. Merton

Distinguished Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School. Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1997

Recipient of the 1997 Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Speaker Robert C. Merton’s research concentrates on finance theory, including optimal portfolio selection, retirement finance, financial innovation, and improving the ways macro-financial systemic risk is handled. Organizations book Robert C. Merton to tap into the expertise of a Nobel Prize-winning economist and world-renowned finance professor, and gain valuable insights on the latest trends and developments in finance theory and practice.

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    Robert C. Merton biography

    Economics speaker Robert C. Merton is a renowned finance professor and economist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. He’s also a Professor at MIT and at Harvard University. From the late 1980s to 2010, he also taught at Harvard Business School. In 1970, Merton graduated from MIT and went on to work at MIT’s Sloan School of Management until 1988.

    Aside from MIT, he also studied both at Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology. At present, he works at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he created a retirement-funding solution system called Target Retirement Solution.

    Merton received the 1997 Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He obtained the prize thanks to his innovative ways of calculating the value of derivatives. Merton has done important contributions to finance theory, including work on lifecycle and retirement finance, optimal portfolio selection, capital asset pricing, and the pricing of derivative securities. He has also been recognized for his efforts in translating finance science into practice and has received numerous awards for his work, including the Financial Engineer of the Year Award and the CME Group Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award. 

    Speaker Robert C. Merton was also part of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Finance Association, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He wrote several books on finance and put finance science into practice. Merton obtained various honors and awards, including the WFE Award for Excellence. The CFA Institute also awarded him with the Nicholas Molodovsky Award. In 2014, Robert was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    In his talks, he also discusses the design and reform of retirement systems, with the objectives of creating a robust and sustainable system, taking into account changing demographics and rates of return, and reducing dependency on the government and large corporations for guaranteed retirement benefits.

    Robert C. Merton Speaking Videos

    Robert C. Merton - The future of finance
    Robert C. Merton - In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio

    Robert C. Merton Keynote Topics

    Robert C. Merton's talk 'Emergence of Financial Engineering from Financial Science' discusses the evolution of financial engineering as a discipline, from its roots in financial science to its current role in modern finance. Merton discusses the key concepts and theories that form the foundation of financial engineering, including the use of mathematical models and computational techniques to analyze and solve complex financial problems. He also discusses the impact of financial engineering on the development of financial instruments and markets, and the role of financial engineers in the creation and management of these products. Additionally, Merton discusses the challenges and opportunities facing financial engineering as a field, and the importance of continuing to advance the discipline in order to meet the evolving needs of the financial industry.

    In this talk, renowned Nobel Laureate economist Robert C. Merton discusses the financial planning and management strategies required to ensure a secure and financially stable retirement. Merton presents the key concepts and theories of lifecycle finance, including the importance of saving and investing for the long-term and the role of risk and return in planning for retirement. He also discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by changing demographics and economic conditions, and the importance of considering these factors in the retirement planning process. Additionally, Merton discusses the role of financial intermediaries and the various options available to individuals seeking guidance and support in managing their retirement finances.

    In this talk, the Nobel Laureate in Economics Robert C. Merton discusses the principles and techniques of selecting an optimal investment portfolio. Merton presents the key concepts and theories of portfolio optimization, including the concept of diversification and the use of statistical tools such as modern portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model. He also discusses the role of risk and return in portfolio selection, and the importance of considering both expected and unpredictable factors in the decision-making process. Additionally, Merton discusses the challenges and considerations involved in implementing an optimal portfolio strategy, including the need for ongoing monitoring and rebalancing to maintain the desired level of risk and return.

    This talk discusses the challenges and strategies involved in identifying and mitigating macrofinancial risks in the financial system. Merton presents the key concepts and theories of macrofinancial risk management, including the use of statistical tools and computational techniques to analyze and understand the interconnections between different sectors and markets. He also discusses the role of financial intermediaries and regulatory authorities in managing macrofinancial risks, and the importance of developing effective risk management frameworks and policies to protect against systemic failures and instability. Additionally, Merton discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies and innovations in the financial industry, and the importance of considering their potential impact on macrofinancial risk management.

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