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2nd Contemporary Issues in Financial Markets and Banking

Online conference

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As an integral part of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Society in the Nottingham Business School, this conference seeks to highlight the latest developments which have the potential to change the finance and banking landscape.

This is our second annual conference, and you can see our previous conference here.

You can also check the latest update on our Linkedin page.

Below is some feedback from the previous conference:

The New Developments and Issues in Contemporary Financial Markets and Banking (IFMB 2023)  The conference is quite unique with respect to connecting experienced researchers to early career academics and doctoral students. I was impressed by the conference's highly competent and professional co-chairs. The impressive program showcases famous keynote speakers well-rooted with highly ranked schools in the UK such as the Nottingham Trent University sharing deep insights not only on their research but also on their precious experience on how to publish in top mainstream journals in finance. The presentations and discussions of the papers covering a wide variety of trending topics featured in the conference program were most interesting and insightful. It was a pleasure for me to discuss a promising paper and present my co-authored paper which won the best award at the IFMB 2023 conference.

Prof. Van Son Lai, Laval University, Canada

Event details

Welcome to IFMB!

The objective of the conference is to address the emerging gaps within the finance and banking scholarship. As an integral part of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Society in the Nottingham Business School, the annual conference seeks to highlight the latest developments which have the potential to change the finance and banking landscape.

We are currently accepting papers, please send your submissions to

About  NTU and Research at NTU

NTU is proud to be recognised as an inspiring University with an outstanding reputation for teaching, research, and community engagement. The Nottingham Business School is proud to have achieved prestigious accreditations, gaining both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

REF 2021 is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in higher education providers. The outcomes are used to inform the allocation of around £2 billion per year of public funding for universities’ research. NTU submitted a total of 39 impact case studies to this round of REF. Our impact case studies were highly rated: 86% of our research impact was rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in terms of quality.

Program organisers:

Thong Dao, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Thao Nguyen, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Jeremy Cheah, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Linzhi Tan, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Sercan Demiralay, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Suliman Alshahmy, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Mehmet Sahiner, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

International scientific committee and collaborators:

Prof. Duc Khuong Nguyen, Ipag Business School, France

Prof. Tapas Mishra, University of Southampton, UK

Prof. Van Son Lai, Laval University, Canada

Prof. Paul McGuinness, University of Sheffield, UK

Prof. Osamah AlKhazali, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Prof. Sabri Elkrghli,  Libyan International Medical University, Libya

Prof. Serkan Cicek, Muğla Sitki Kocman University, Turkey

Prof. Jiguang Huang, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, China

Associate Prof. Sofia Johan, Florida Atlantic University, US

Associate Prof. Hung Do, Massey University, New Zealand

Associate Prof. Tam Nguyen, University of Nottingham, UK

Associate Prof. Shan Wu, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China

Dr. Mamata Parhi, University or Roehampton, UK

Dr. Toan Huynh, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Assistant Prof. Destan Kirimhan, University of Texas El Paso, US

Assistant Prof. Maher Khasawneh, Hashemite University, Jordan

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Dimitri Vayanos, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

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Dimitri Vayanos is Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics, where he also directs the Financial Markets Group and the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Finance Theory Group, a Research Fellow at CEPR and a former Director of its Financial Economics program, a Research Associate at NBER, a former Director and Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies, and a former Director of the American Finance Association. His research, published in leading economics and finance journals, such as Econometrica, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Financial Studies, focuses on financial markets, and especially on what drives market liquidity, why asset prices can differ from assets’ fundamental values, why bubbles and crises can occur, and what are appropriate regulatory and policy responses. He is a co-editor of the book “Beyond Austerity: Reforming the Greek Economy”, a member of the Pissarides Committee, tasked by the Greek government to develop a growth plan for Greece, a co-author of the European Safe Bonds (ESBies) proposal, and a Director of WWF Greece.

Professor Cheng-Few LeeRutgers University, US.

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Professor Cheng-Few Lee is a Distinguished Professor of Finance at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. Professor Lee founded the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting (RQFA) in 1990 and the Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies (RPBFMP) in 1998, and serves as managing editor for both journals. He was also a co-editor of the Financial Review (1985-1991) and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (1987-1989). Professor Lee was ranked the most published finance professor worldwide during the period 1953-2008.

Confirmed workshop speaker (only for PhD students, early career researcher, and postdoctoral staff):

Professor Chris AdcockSheffield University Management School, University of Sheffield, UK.

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Chris Adcock was Professor of Quantitative Finance at SOAS and before that Professor of Financial Econometrics at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are in portfolio selection, asset pricing theory and development of quantitative techniques for portfolio management. Chris is sometime advisor to several international investment managers. He is founding editor of The European Journal of Finance and previously associate editor of several finance journals and Series C and D of the Journals of the Royal Statistical Society. Chris’s current projects are in financial econometrics, asymmetry and portfolio selection. His research has appeared in such leading journals as the European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of International Money and Finance, and Journal of the Operational Research Society.

Confirmed Meet the Editors Session Facilitators:

Professor Michael S. Pagano, Villanova University, US (Co-Editors of The Financial Review)

Professor Michael S. Pagano

Dr. Pagano is The Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance at Villanova University where he has received awards for both teaching excellence and academic scholarship, including the University-wide Outstanding Faculty Research Award.  He currently serves as the Co-Editor of The Financial Review and his research focuses on financial markets, financial institutions, risk management, and sustainable finance / ESG investments.  Prof. Pagano is also involved with various professional organizations such as the Board of Directors at Citadel FCU and the Board of Trustees of the Alpha Architect ETF Trusts.  In addition to financial consulting work he has performed in recent years, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation and has prior experience both in private banking activities at Citibank and in investment valuation analysis at a financial information firm, International Capital Markets Corp., as well as Reuters PLC.  Professor Pagano has also been interviewed by various media sources such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Associated Press, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.

Dr. Tina Tianxia Yang, University of South Florida, US (Co-Editors of The Financial Review)

Tina Yang

Tina Yang is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance of Muma College of Business of the University of South Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Georgia. She has taught at Villanova University, Clemson University, and the University of Georgia. Her research interests span a wide range of corporate finance topics including corporate governance, environmental, social and governance (ESG), innovation, institutional investors, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions. She has published in academic journals including Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Managerial Science, American Business Law Journal, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Banking and Finance. She was the recipient of various awards including Financial Services Exchange Research Award, Oxford-Yale Research Grant, and China National Natural Science Foundation research grant. Tina was the invited expert of the Shanghai M&A Financial Research Institute. She is the co-editor of the Financial Review, the official journal of the Eastern Finance Association, the President of the 2023 Southern Finance Association, and an ECGI Research Member.

Dr Muhammad Ali NasirUniversity of Leeds, UK (Associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Management and Research in International Business and Finance)

Dr Muhammad Ali Nasir

Dr Muhammad Ali Nasir is an associate professor in Economics at the University of Leeds and visiting research fellow at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in Economics and is greatly interested in the areas of Monetary Economics, Macroeconomics, Financial Economics and International Economics and Energy and Environmental Economics. His recent book is entitled “Off the Target: The Stagnating Political Economy of Europe and Post-Pandemic Recovery”. Dr Nasir is also the associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Management and Research in International Business and Finance. He is the guest editor of Energy Economics, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and the Risk Analysis. Currently, he is working on the challenges of macroeconomic policy formulation and issues around financial, economic and environmental stability, particularly in the Post- COVID-19 world.

Journal collaboration:

The Conference Organising Committee will choose selected papers from those presented at the conference to be considered for publication in The Financial Review (FR).

These papers will go through a blind review process. This is a “no-fault” submission option, which means that if the FR decides to review the paper and rejects it, the author(s) can submit the paper to the FR through the normal submission process.

Papers submitted must not be under review at any journals.

The submission fee is USD150. Selected papers by the Conference Organising Committee could potentially receive financial support to defray the submission fee.

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IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (Submission deadline 31/12/2023): The Role of Emergent Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) including Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies in Achieving Business Resilience and Productivity.

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A Special Section of 5 papers from the conference will be eligible for publication in the International Journal of Finance and Economics. The refereeing process of the 5 papers will be done in conjunction with the conference organisers.

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Registrations and paper submissions:

  • Interested participants should register for the conference using the following form and then proceed with the process below:
  • After registration, you should receive an email providing access to the conference Sharepoint site. Once logged in, participants can submit their papers to be reviewed by the scientific committee.
  • If the paper is accepted after review, participants will be informed of the outcome via email. The paper will be allocated a presentation slot (via Microsoft Teams) in the relevant session depending on the topic on the day of presentation. More details on the presentation will follow nearer the presentation dates.
  • Participants will then proceed to make a payment of £30 for doctoral students or £50 for regular submission before they can attend or present at the conference. This payment will also grant access to all conference materials (e.g., submitted papers and recorded presentations) for one month after the conference.
  • The conference is also open to anyone who wishes to access the presentations and papers but does not wish to submit any paper.
  • The submission could be a fully developed manuscript or an extended abstract. We do not impose any style requirements.
  • During the conference proceedings, we will also announce the Best Paper Award.
  • Papers that are shortlisted and selected by the conference organisers, an invitation will be sent out to the author(s) to submit their respective papers to the Special Issues linked to the conference (that is, The Financial Review, IEEE TEMS and International Journal of Finance and Economics). We will inform you via an email regarding the next steps including how you can claim the submission processing fees. All three Special Issues are ranked ABS3 on the current CABS quality journal list.

Important dates:

Deadline for paper submissions: 30 November 2023

Deadline for payment: 03 January 2024

Conference dates: 17 to 18 January 2024

Conference objectives:

  1. To provide a network platform to bring early career researchers together to form links with experienced academics.
  2. To establish supportive hubs to allow researchers to discuss the widespread effects of financial crises arising from Covid-19 and the role of sustainable sources of financing to confront current and future economic crises.
  3. To create a scholarly network to examine the challenges of dynamic decision making in a business environment fit for the future.
  4. To discuss the newer puzzles in finance and banking in a supportive and inclusive environment.


The scientific and organizing committee welcome submissions in all areas of banking and finance presentation at the conference. Early submission is highly encouraged, and the decision is made as soon as the review is completed. The main topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Financial resilience and Covid-19; Green and sustainable finance; Decentralised finance and disruptive financial technology; Empirical asset pricing, liquidity and behavioural finance; Financial risk management and inclusion; Alternative finance and investment; Financial and banking stability; Financial (dis)integration and Brexit; Artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning applications in finance; Corporate finance and sustainable energy financing; Crisis investment and portfolio management; Corporate governance and scandals; International financial management and investment; Market microstructures; Household finance; Real estate and property markets; Metaverse and Blockchain technologies in finance.

PhD Workshops with Parallel Sessions:

Will run concurrently with the parallel tracks.

For queries, please send an email to


Q: Is the conference online or onsite?

A: IFMB2024 is a totally online conference

Q: I am a Ph.D. student. Can I submit my work to the IFMB 2024 conference?

A: We welcome works from researchers, practitioners, academics and Ph.D. candidates

Q: What is an extended abstract?

A: An extended abstract is an approximately 500 words summary of the paper which includes brief literature reviews, methodology, and results.

Q: How do I submit and track my paper in SharePoint?

A: There is a section on the home page for you to submit/upload your paper for review. Please start there and follow the on-screen information.

Q: Can I appeal the outcome of my paper review?

A: All decisions from the review process are final.

Q: Can I present more than one paper at the conference?

A: No, you can’t present more than one paper at the conference

Q: What is my Paper ID?

A: There is a section on the Sharepoint home page for you to track your submission. After your paper is uploaded, it should appear there with a Paper ID.

Q: Why can’t I access the conference materials?

A: The conference materials include all submitted papers and recorded presentations. Access will be available upon payment of the registration fee.

Q: In the case of cancellation, can I get a refund?

A: 50% of the conference fee will be refunded for withdrawal requests made prior to 11 January 2024. No refunds are available on or after that date.

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