Jason Fink


Professor, Finance; Wells Fargo Faculty Fellow
Year Started at JMU: 2001
Contact Info

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, Economics, 2002
  • M.A. University of Virginia, Economics, 2000
  • B.S. Florida State University, Economics, 1994
Professional Interests
  • Dr. Fink’s research interests include risk derivatives pricing, energy pricing issues, risk management, and in particular, volatility modeling as it relates to these topics.
  • Professor Fink teaches in the quantitative finance program, and the courses he teaches include Introduction to Derivatives, Securities Pricing, and the Seminar in Financial Engineering.  He is the faculty adviser to the quantitative finance program.
Personal Interests
  • Soccer
  • Spearfishing
  • Whatever sport his kids happen to be playing
  • Avid Bayern Munich fan
Professional Background

Prior to coming to JMU, Professor Fink worked as a part-time associate (econometrician) with Fannie Mae in 2000 and 2001 while he completed his PhD.  Further, he worked as a consultant to Fannie Mae from 2006 – 2009, conducting training sessions on interest rate risk management and the Fannie Mae corporate structure.  From January 2008 until March 2009, Dr. Fink was a principal at Madison Quantitative Advisers, which oversaw the alternative investment fund Blue Ridge Summit, LLC.  Professor Fink has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in finance and economics journals, and is registered as an Investment Adviser Representative in the state of Virginia, with Madison Financial Research, LLC.

Current Courses Taught
  • MBA 610 - Quantitative Methods for Management
  • FIN 380 - Introduction to Elemental and Derivative Securities
  • FIN 405 - Securities Pricing
  • FIN 480 – Seminar in Financial Engineering
Positions Held
  • 2001-present, Professor, James Madison University
Awards and Recognitions
  • Wells Fargo Faculty Fellow, 2015 - present
  • Madison Scholar, JMU College of Business, 2014
  • Virginia Eminent Scholar: 2010 – 2015
  • Distinguished Teacher, JMU College of Business, 2012
  • Finalist, JMU College of Business Distinguished Teacher Award, 2010
  • Best Practitioner Publication Award, JMU college of Business, 2014
  • Best Academic Publication Award, JMU College of Business: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • Best Educational Publication Award, JMU College of Business: 2008
  • Board of Directors, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg/Rockingham 
  • Member of Investment Advisory Committee for The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg/Rockingham
  • Member of the Finance Council of Blessed Sacrament Church, advising the pastor on financial matter relating to the parish
Key Publications

Jason Fink and Kristin E. Fink, (2018), “Diversity and the Starting Salaries of Undergraduate Business School Students,” Journal of Education for Business, Volume 94, 290-296.

Jason Fink and Kristin E. Fink, (2018), "Vector Autoregression-Informed Monte Carlo Simulation," Advances in Financial Education, accepted.

Jason Fink and Kristin Fink, (2016), “A Dynamic Yield Curve-Based Approach to Retiree Portfolio Allocation," Journal of Financial Planning, 29 (9): 50–57.

Jason Fink and Kristin Fink, (2014), “Do Seasonal Tropical Storm Forecasts Affect Crack Spread Prices?”, Journal of Futures Markets 34, 420 - 433.

Jason Fink, Hui Sono and Kristin Fink, (2013), “Stress-Testing Portfolio-Specific Risk”, Journal of Investment Management 11, 40 - 57

Jason Fink and Kristin Fink, (2013), “Hurricane Forecast Revisions and Petroleum Refiner Equity Returns,” Energy Economics 38, 1 – 11.

Jason Fink, Hui Sono and Kristin Fink, (2012), “Expected Idiosyncratic Volatility Measures and Expected Return," Financial Management 41), 519 – 767.

Jason Fink, Gustavo Grullon, James Weston and Kristin Fink, (2010), “What Drove the Increase in Idiosyncratic Volatility During the Internet Boom?”, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 45, 1253 – 1278.

Jason Fink, Allison Russell and Kristin Fink, (2010), “Tropical Storm Forecasts: When and How Do They Affect Refined Petroleum Markets?”, Energy Economics 32, 1283 – 1290.


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