Finance dissertation topic

There can myriad choices for a dissertation topic pertaining to Finance. Some of the prominent ones are as below:

  1. Private equity (Here, once can research on PE investments in some of the major economies and the quantum of returns these investments have generated over a period of time and then compare top economies and back with the reasons behind growth of PE in those economies)

  2. Equity markets (One can take the case of the emerging markets like China, India, Singapore, etc and formulate a hypothesis with regard to the returns that can be generated in these markets and compare them with returns generated)

  3. Subprime crisis and its aftermaths (Changes that the crisis has brought about. These changes can accounting changes, or lending rules becoming stringent)

  4. Financial Leverage (Some of the most popular ways of raising money and their effects. Which methods are the best for what kind of companies, and during what stage of the cycle)

  5. Merchant Banking (The new trends and opportunities in the business and how it has come along).

There are several more topics on Finance, but the most appropriate thing is to take up a topic one is really interested in exploring. Many companies offer help with dissertations. I do not suggest to outsource your paper and submit it as your own, but one can definitely approach such companies and use their research for ideas and then submit their own paper. I personally approached quite a few companies for my dissertation, but found only a few to be legitimate.

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Dec 3, 2010 - 2:11pm
econ, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Are/where you a PhD student?

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:14pm
D M, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Dec 3, 2010 - 5:15pm
Intrigued1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dissertation Topics (Originally Posted: 02/20/2015)

Hi All,

I'm a Masters student at a Business School in London. My course in Mathematical Finance orientated. I've recently been cycling through some of the threads on this site regarding structuring in investment banks. This in conjunction with currently studying a module about structured derivatives has really got me thinking about a career path in this area.

I'm at the stage of picking a topic for my dissertation and I wanted to get opinions from any current structurers or people generally "in the know" about the FO on potential structuring related dissertation topics. I'm looking to do this to mainly give me an edge when applying for jobs in this field. I'm finding it very difficult to think of any as structuring is a very "on the job" area. It's not like QA work, where I can attempt to price double barrier options using VBA/MATLAB in the comfort of my uni library, using a bunch of math literature on implied vol models.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated!

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:17pm
awp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

interesting dissertation topics. Somebody can evaluate? (Originally Posted: 01/08/2010)

Hi ,

I hope this is not too annyoing and if somebody with some experience might help me I would really appreciate it.

Currently I am in the process of finding a dissertation topic. I will be joining a BB in Er this summer and thought that my topic should be finance related (altough i am a business major) as it will help me more in the long run. On the other hand it has to be very interesting as it means reading and writing about it for more than 6 months (European university).

The areas i was thinking for now:

market neutral equity strategies (or long short equity strategies in general) --> might be very interesting for later because I will learn a lot by reading about it. On the other hand what exactly shall be the thesis?

hedge fund portfolio replication -->Basically whether it is possible to steal some alpha by rebuilding HF's portfolio on public data? Became interested some weeks ago after starting to read marketfolly. They created on alphaclone a portfolio with different hedge funds with great success.

Investing with a catalyst --> mr. pink money wrote about it and it sounded great. Also read joel greenblatts book which was very interesting as well. Problem: what thesis?

if somebody else has some ideas or some comment regarding my topics I would really appreciate if not please just ignore.

muchas gracias muchachos

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:18pm
dazedmonk, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No recommendations, but honestly I doubt an undergrad thesis will ever make any difference (unless you got it published somewhere important)..

Just pick what you're most interested in and, i'd recomment, something easy for you to finish in case you hit a major case of seniorities.

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Dec 3, 2010 - 5:19pm
awp, what's your opinion? Comment below:


Yes I am positive that it will make no difference for other people, I never wanted to indicate that.

It is just for my learning. To be honest I was rather lucky to get my job in the summer as I am not really that knowledgable regarding finance. That is also why I was thinking to use this time to brush up on some interesting topics that will help me down th e line. Maybe writing about hedge funds was a little over ambitious and I should rather start with some basic valuation stuff on the other hand I will have to read about it for some months and accounting was always boring :)

My idea was that u guys might jsut have a better understanding as e.g. the concept of market neutral is totally new to me. I know what it is but dont know enough to be certain whether a finance newbie could fill 100 pages about it. (and still have fun)


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Dec 3, 2010 - 5:22pm
hello2u, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Restructuring related masters dissertation (Originally Posted: 01/29/2014)


Although I've been reading the site for a long time, this is my first post here. I'm based in the UK and doing my masters atm. I would like to write my dissertation about distressed company valuation/restructuring and even after reading quite a lot of journal articles on it I haven't found any good research questions, so I was wondering if any of the monkeys on this site have any ideas what to research in that quite narrow and technical field?


Dec 3, 2010 - 5:23pm
ThadCastle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi Hello2u, stumbled upon your post and was wondering what topic you came up with? Sometime in thecoming year I will be looking into this as well. Thanks

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:24pm
dissertation, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dissertation Idea Help (Originally Posted: 01/14/2007)

Hi everyone,

I am a student studying my MBA and MSc and I am just finishing up my MSc studies with a dissertation. I am looking at many different ideas but I thought I would post this message and see what everyone here thinks. My dissertation is to look at an area of PE that does not have much research... for instance a new area of PE that is just emerging (for instance PE in emerging countries). Just curious if anyone has any ideas? Anything and everything would help as I am just in my brainstorming stage.

Thanks in advance for your time and thoughts.

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:26pm
PoorLittleRichGirl, what's your opinion? Comment below:

MSc Dissertation: Advice Needed (Originally Posted: 09/03/2013)

Hi everyone, I have just started my masters program on economics and finance and I would like to ask what are now the most hot topics on corporate finance or asset pricing that will be relevant for masters thesis? I mean what do real i-bankers can be really interested in if I have a chance to talk about it on the interview?


Dec 3, 2010 - 5:27pm
Matrick, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have never been asked about my dissertation topic in ibd interviews, only in PE interviews.

Best bet is to go and talk to a prof about what they are currently researching or if they know of any interesting topics. Isn't it a bit early to think about this if you just started the program?

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Dec 3, 2010 - 5:28pm
FellowMonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dissertation - interesting topics to suggest? (Originally Posted: 11/10/2014)

Hello everybody,

Was thinking you "monkeys" might be of help with some suggestions here.

I am planing to do a final year dissertation on the topic "Banks distress and bankruptcy". Haven't decided yet on the focus of the paper and was thinking you might have some suggestions of interesting topics that can be covered.

Would really like to focus on something different than the usual mainstream topics (i.e. "predicting banks crisis" or "determinants of banks distress" etc - rather over-consumed and too broad/boring). Probably you guys might have some cool and interesting ideas that can be covered and bring a bit of spice to the topic.

So far, I am thinking of two topics (titles are just spontaneous, not final):

(1) "Could you spot bad bank management before the chaos?" - basically trying to asses the quality of banks' management for cases that have eventually gone into distress and see wether one can come with enough traits of bad management practice and also how much can this be implied in the numbers (especially before the bank runs into problems - intending to focus on the case of Banco Espirito Santo, Lehman Brothers and others)

(2) "Too much is never enough? - is risk appetite still a major contributor to banks distress and bankruptcy?" - basically assessing the change in risk appetite of banks post the financial crisis and testing wether the issue still persists as a major flaw into the way banks operate

Thanks a lot and would really appreciate any if your suggestions!!

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:29pm
6xLeverage, what's your opinion? Comment below:


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Dec 3, 2010 - 5:32pm
DickFuld, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bad bank management? How about 'pay to play'? I feel like we were being punished for not paying our 'fair share' for the LTCM bailout. But, we had nothing to do with that. Not to mention we were nipping at the heels of Goldmsn Sachs and not opening the Fed window soon enough was a convenient way for Paulson to tank us, while he and all of the federal agencies did NOTHING to quell unfounded rumors about our viability. No financial firm can survive a crisis of confidence....that is the definition of how to start a death spiral. You probably can't write a financial based thesis based upon a conspiracy. Fuggin academics won't get it since they've never played in the real world and don't know how things really work.

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:30pm
ArcherVice, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Discuss the ineffectiveness of regulators due to not understanding finance and make suggestions of where/how they can mitigate risk through regulation. The current view towards leveraged loans comes to mind. And/or how to properly evaluate risk.

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Dec 3, 2010 - 5:31pm
J-Man, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  1. How different asset mixes (risk, tier capital ratios, etc.) would have effected the solvency of different financial institutions during the crisis''

  2. Could also look at asset mixes of now defunct institutions and see how they compared with institutions that have outperformed the sector after the crisis (Wells Fargo, etc. come to mind)....If those fall into the category that you are not interested in...

  3. Look at the executive compensation plans and compare now defunct institutions versus institutions that weathered the storm and/or have outperformed since the crisis

Dec 3, 2010 - 5:33pm
thebrofessor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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