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“When ideas come up, you must act,” says Carroll School Professor of Finance Ronnie Sadka

A profile on Prof. Ronnie Sadka, his ongoing research and his love for the Carroll School

Sadka teaching an MBA finance class.
Professor Sadka talking with students in the Carroll MBA investments class.

August 18, 2011

Few professions allow people to act upon ideas as they come up. But Professor of Finance Ronnie Sadka, who teaches the Investments course at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, feels he can accomplish a lot through his teaching.

Sadka, who is now on his third year teaching at the Carroll School, enjoys the unique atmosphere and its sense of community. He also enjoys teaching bright, well-rounded students with a strong financial background and working with faculty from diverse professional backgrounds. "I always find someone with an answer to my research questions at Boston College," he says.

Sadka's Investments class is a core course and requirement for those pursuing finance. He describes his MBA students as "motivated and inspiring individuals." Through his teachings, his students gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of finance, both the theoretical and the practical applications, he says. The students learn how to collect data and apply it to real-life investment decisions.

His MBA students also learn from Sadka's industry experience — he has worked extensively at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Lehman Brothers and remains a member of the economic advisory board of NASDAQ OMX.

Sadka also publishes several research papers a year and presents his work across the globe. His interests include, liquidity in financial markets (he created his own liquidity index), high-frequency trading, quantitative investments and hedge funds. His most recent research points to a moral-hazard problem in the way share restrictions are applied in the hedge-fund industry, which may have significant regulatory implications.

Sadka adores his research, and appreciates an active research environment.  "When ideas come up, you can't stop it. You must act. The collaborative environment at Boston College really allows this," he says. "I feel truly blessed."