Francis Longstaff

Distinguished Professor of Finance, Allstate Chair in Insurance and Finance, Area Chair

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Francis A. Longstaff is a certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst. He was head of fixed income derivative research at Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York and also worked in the research department of the Chicago Board of Trade and for Deloitte and Touche as a management consultant. Several of his recent term structure papers have focused on the expectations hypothesis. His research in the area of derivatives has focused on the valuation of American options by simulation and on the valuation of interest rate derivatives in string models of the term structure. Many of his valuation models have been used widely on Wall Street and throughout the global financial markets.

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6 Articles

Front view of the US Treasury building Research Brief / Investing

Treasury Securities Are Actually Cheap Sometimes

They don’t trade at an absolute equal to intrinsic value, despite their image as the world’s investment bedrock

An angled photo of brick building storefronts Research Brief / Entrepreneurship

Borrowings Suggest Small Company Owners Face Higher Risk

Analysis uses business credit card loans to gauge market perception

Elderly couple looking through paperwork and receipts Research Brief / Banking

Did Bank Capital Rules Make Credit Card Borrowing More Expensive?

Though defaults are low, rates on credit card loan-backed notes are high

Illustration of bond certificates as a boat in the ocean filled with water Research Brief / Bond Market

A ‘Safer’ Treasury Bond

The government’s floating rate notes feature an added measure of security: higher interest earnings in times of rising rates

Illustration of a man and woman pushing grocery carts with equations and clouds as a background Research Brief / Home Mortgages

Mortgage Prepayments: Factors beyond Interest Rate Movements

A model estimates the impact of economic variables on the pricing of prepayment risk

A group of people on separate phone lines Research Brief / Markets

Financial Constraints on Intermediaries Cause Asset Mispricing

Real-world bond data reveals how the capital positions and liquidity of middlemen affect prices of securities they broker