Signature Lecture and Symposium

The 2020 Marleau Signature Lecture will be delivered by renowned economist and distinguished university professor Andrew W. Lo.

Financial Market Dynamics and Systemic Risk in a Post-COVID World

Can the actions of central banks limit the economic impact of COVID-19? Are financial markets predicting a global recession? Volatility spikes continue to plague financial markets during this pandemic, and things may get worse before they get better—but they WILL get better. Until then, it is going to be a very challenging set of market conditions for investors and regulators over the next few months, so we need be prepared. 
In this talk, Prof. Lo will use the framework of the Adaptive Markets Hypothesis to address the changing global economy since the outbreak of the coronavirus, its impact on global financial markets, and what stakeholders need to watch for in the coming months and years.

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST (6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. UTC)
Location: online in Zoom
Registration: Attendance is free. Register to obtain a Zoom link.

Read the Q&A with Prof. Lo in the Gazette

Watch his interview on the FSS' YouTube Channel

About the Speaker

Andrew W. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the director of MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering, a principal investigator at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

Prof. Lo’s current research focuses on systemic risk in the financial system; evolutionary approaches to investor behavior, bounded rationality, and financial regulation; and applying financial engineering to develop new funding models for biomedical innovation. He has published extensively in finance and economics journals (see, and has authored several books, including Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought, The Econometrics of Financial Markets, A Non-Random Walk Down Wall Street, Hedge Funds: An Analytic Perspective, and The Evolution of Technical Analysis. Prof. Lo’s has received multiple prestigious awards, including Batterymarch, Guggenheim, and Sloan Fellowships; the Paul A. Samuelson Award; the Eugene Fama Prize; the IAFE-SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year; the Global Association of Risk Professionals Risk Manager of the Year; one of TIME’s “100 most influential people in the world”; and awards for teaching excellence from both Wharton and MIT.  He received a B.A. in economics from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

About the Symposium

The University of Ottawa Symposium on Economic Policy is a one-day event bringing together prominent scholars, business leaders economists to generate thought-provoking conversations about current issues related to fiscal and monetary policy.


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