The Fifth Eubank Conference on Real World Markets: A Focus on Energy

The Eubank Conference on Real World Markets provides a venue for scholars, business leaders and the public to discuss issues related to financial markets. This year, speakers explored the shifting economics and geopolitics of the energy landscape, the changing North American energy portfolio resulting from advances in hydraulic fracturing, and regional and global dynamics associated with investment in energy markets.

"The Fifth Eubank Conference on Real World Markets: A Focus on Energy" was jointly sponsored by Rice University’s Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES) and the Center for Energy Studies (CES) at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Featured speakers included Kenneth B. Medlock III, senior director of the CES; Peter Hartley, Rice University professor of economics and faculty scholar at the Baker Institute; Chris Lafakis, senior economist at Moody’s Energy Analytics; Jeff Tooth, chief advisor G.T.R.C. Korea National Oil Company; Keith Phillips, senior economist and research officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Robert W. Gilmer, director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business; and Brian Domitrovic, chairman of the Department of History at Sam Houston State University and weekly contributor to under the byline “Past & Present.” 

As part of the Eubank Conference, CoFES also sponsored two short courses available to participants. The first course featured lectures by award-winning professors Edward E. Williams and John A. Dobelman, based on their recently published book “Investing for Profit: A Data-Based Approach.” The second course introduced quantitative finance through the statistical language R.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 — Baker Hall, Rice University

8:30 am    

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am    

Morning Session: "Political Landscape and Changing Market Dynamics"



1:00 pm    

Afternoon Sessions:

"Market Dynamics and Investing in Large Capital Projects"

"Federal, State and Local Economic Outlook"

5:30 pm      Reception and Banquet with Keynote Lecture by Brian Domitrovic


Friday, March 27, 2015 — Duncan Hall, Rice University

8:30 am    

Short Course 1: "Investing for Profit"
By Edward E. Williams and John A. Dobelman
Room 3076, Duncan Hall 
Limit 15 students; book purchase required ($100) 

Short Course 2: "Introduction to Quantitative Financial Analytics Using R"
By Yeshaya Adler and Matthew Dehley
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall


Conference Concludes





Thu, Mar. 26 - Fri, Mar. 27, 2015
8:30 a.m. - noon
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005
United States