Welcome From the Director

Robert E. Whaley, Director

Thank you for taking the time to visit the FMRC website. The Center’s principal objective is to stimulate research and increase contact among financial markets scholars from around the globe. A variety of programs here at Vanderbilt University have been established with that objective in mind. These programs include arrangements for visiting researchers, conferences, and financial support in the summer or at other times for clearly defined research projects.

FMRC Officers
  • Robert E. Whaley
  • Hans R. Stoll
    Founding Director
  • J.Dewey Daane
    Senior Advisor
  • Christoph Schenzler 
    Research Associate
  • Gina Repas

FMRC in the News

  • New York Times, September 5, 2015
  • Sunday Review: Robert Whaley
  • Robert Whaley is a professor of finance at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and the developer of the two major so-called fear indices — the VIX and VXN on the Chicago Board Options Exchange — that are used to make bets on market volatility. READING Right now it’s…

  • NPR, All Things Considered, August 31, 2015
  • A Close Look at the Volatility Index
  • As the stock market has swung wildly this week, investors have gotten intimately acquainted with volatility. Robert Whaley, a professor at Vanderbilt, explains the VIX, his gauge of market volatility. Interview with Audie Cornish