Welcome to SIFR
The Institute for Financial Research

The Institute for Financial Research was started in 2001, and has its offices in the center of Stockholm. The aim of SIFR is to conduct and stimulate high quality research in financial economics. In addition, SIFR has the ambition to narrow the gap between academic research and the practice of the financial industry.

Upcoming Activities

2015-03-06 08:00

SNS Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm


SNS/SIFR Finanspanel: What can a central bank do when the policy rate is close to its lower boundary?

The Riksbank has taken the historic decision to lower the repo rate to -0,10 per cent. On March 6, Stefan Ingves will discuss which tools the Riksbank has available when the repo-rate is close to its lower boundary? What measures can a central bank take if monetary policy needs to be more aggressive?

Governor of the Swedish Riksbank, Stefan Ingves, will explain the latest monetary policy decision and what impact it might have on the Swedish economy. He will also give his view on what measures the central bank has available when the policy rate is close to its lower limit and explain how these measures can work in practice.

The Finanspanel is the meeting forum of SNS and the Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) for the financial sector.

Stefan Ingves, Governor of the Riksbank
Pehr Wissén, SIFR

For registration click here.

2015-03-11 15:30

Swedish House of Finance, Drottninggatan 98, Stockholm

ESG-Investments Where are we now & Why should we bother?

To bring up a few perspectives and set the scene for an interesting discussion around sustainable investments, SIFR in cooperation with Auriel Capital Ltd would like to invite you to a seminar on this timely subject.
Modern Sustainable Investment has come a long way from simply providing an exclusion list of “sin” companies. Current best practices blend rigorous data and investment analysis with environmental, social, and governance considerations. However, is ESG integration really just a time and resource consuming pursuit of idealistic objectives with no return benefits, often limiting portfolio opportunities, or is it possible to consistently add investment value through ESG integration?
Andreas Hoepner, Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre of Henley Business School and involved with the UN PRI-project will start off by giving a presentation titled “Dynamic ESG”. Larry Abel from Auriel Capital will talk briefly about his experience from using ESG datasets to build alpha models for public equities in the alternatives space. Following that we will have a panel with senior industry participants discussing some of the issues and their experiences and hopefully an active debate involving the audience.

To registrate send a mail to: elisabeth.kempe@sifr.org
150311 Invitation ESG-seminar


Clarion Sign Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden


Conference on The Financial Safety Net

Are you looking for best practice in managing financial crises?

Join us at FSNC in Stockholm, Sweden,  May 18-20, 2015.

The Financial Safety Net Conference (FSNC) will gather leading academics, policymakers and practitioners for discussions on how to move towards global best practice in resolution planning and crisis management. The event is dedicated to some of the most topical issues in current financial policy debate:

  • How should we handle future financial crises?
  • How will the new and upcoming reforms in the crisis management area work?
  •  What implications will these reforms have for financial markets and the broader economy?


Invitation_second call for papers.

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Program for the conference.

August 24-25 2015

Konferens Spårvagnshallarna Birger Jarlsgatan 57 A, Stockholm


SIFR Conference on Insurance Economics: New Risks, New Regulation, New Approaches

The Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) is pleased to invite interested academics and practitioners to a conference on “Insurance economics: New risks, new regulation, new approaches” on August 24-25, 2015, in Stockholm.
Conference theme
The conference will bring together leading academics with practitioners and policymakers to discuss recent research on the 21st century challenges of insurance.
The first conference day will feature keynote presentations and panels with leading scholars and practitioners. The program includes the following speakers:
• Viral Acharya, Stern School of Business, New York University, “Is the Insurance Sector Systemically Important?”
• Dwight Jaffee, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, “Insurance Risks and Government Interventions.”
• Ralph Koijen, London Business School, “Shadow Insurance.”
• Howard Kunreuther, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, “Insurance and Behavioral Economics.”
The second conference day has a standard academic format with presentations of frontier research papers, discussant comments and general discussion.

FEN Call for papers Insurance conference

For more information, go to the Conference and Seminar sections, or visit the News Archive.