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.
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.
Edward Kane, Cleary Professor of Finance at Boston College, will be our
Distinguished Scholar and speaker at the general membership luncheon, Friday 29
Harold Black, Smith Professor of Financial Institutions, University of Tennessee, will
be our speaker at the program committee membership luncheon on Thursday 28,
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.
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.
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.
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