Swiss Finance Institute

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Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) is the national center for fundamental research, doctoral training, knowledge exchange, and continuing education in the fields of banking and finance. SFI’s mission is to grow knowledge capital for the Swiss financial marketplace. Created in 2006 as a public–private partnership, SFI is a common initiative of the Swiss finance industry, six leading Swiss universities, and the Swiss Confederation.


Under the auspices of the Swiss Bankers Association, the Institute was formed in 2005 as a foundation domiciled in Zurich with seed capital of 75 million Swiss francs. SFI began its activities at the beginning of 2006 to keep the Swiss banking and finance industry at the top of its field. SFI is the only national center uniting, under one roof, world-class researchers in six partner universities from across Switzerland. The institute's faculty comprises more than 50 top professors from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich, the Universities of Geneva, the University of Lausanne, the University of Lugano, and the University of Zurich.

The foundation is mandated and supported by the Swiss banking industry, the Swiss stock exchange SIX Swiss Exchange, the Swiss Confederation, and its partner universities. Correspondingly, its Foundation Board consists of personalities from business and academia. In addition to top managers from the most important Swiss banks, members of the Board include Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich, Boas Erez, Rector of the University of Lugano, and Yves Flückiger, President of the University of Geneva. The Chairman of the SFI Foundation Board is Romeo Cerutti, General Counsel at Credit Suisse and Lukas Gähwiler, Chairman UBS Switzland, and Romeo Lacher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIX Group AG, act as Vice-Chairmen.

Until he took office as member of the governing body of the Swiss National Bank at the beginning of 2010, the Institute was headed by Jean-Pierre Danthine. For nine years prior to this, he directed the «International Center FAME for Financial Asset Management and Engineering».[1] Between February 2011 and October 2016 the Institute was under the direction of Prof. Claudio Loderer. As of November 2016 Swiss Finance Institute is headed by Prof. François Degeorge.


Fundamental research by SFI professors plants the seeds for new financial ideas and provides fertile ground for innovation. Since 2006, the more than 50 SFI professors have published more than 100 articles on banking and finance in top-level academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. They can also be found in the database of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) in New York.[2][3] Furthermore, the SFI professors have shared their research results and epxertise with all sectors of the finance industry, through university classes (Bachelor, Master's, and PhD programs), public events and conferences, workshops, and continuing education programs. SFI also runs one of the largest PhD programs in finance with about 100 students enrolled.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Portrait of Jean-Pierre Danthine on the website of Swiss National Bank
  2. ^ Research Paper Serie in the database Social Science Research Network, New York
  3. ^ Swiss Finance Institute: Complete List of Research Papers "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-07.

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