Meeting the Global Challenge of Funding Retirement

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90 min, audio webcast, recorded on 10 January 2013

Robert C. Merton is the Resident Scientist at Dimensional Fund Advisors and is the School of Management Distinguished Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Previously, he served as University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and as George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration and the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard Business School. Professor Merton co-founded Long-Term Capital Management. He is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his research developing a new method to determine the value of derivatives. Professor Merton is a past president of the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is the author of Continuous-Time Finance and a co-author of Cases in Financial Engineering: Applied Studies of Financial Innovation; The Global Financial System: A Functional Perspective; Finance; and Financial Economics. Professor Merton has also received the Nicholas Molodovsky Award from CFA Institute. He holds a BS in engineering mathematics from Columbia University, an MS in applied mathematics from the California Institute of Technology, and a PhD in economics from MIT.

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A Case Study of Financial Engineering in the Design and Implementation of a "Next-Generation" Solution

Increasingly, it is recognized that defined benefit plans are not sustainable, and traditional defined contribution schemes are not properly designed to meet core retirement goals of most individuals. Nobel Laureate Robert C. Merton conducted a live webinar for CFA Institute members and other industry professionals, in which he discussed his research work on applying financial engineering to the design and implementation of a rigorous “next-generation” solution to the global challenge of retirement finance. 

This is an archived version of a presentation given on 10 January 2013.



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