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Yosef Bonaparte | Assistant Professor of Finance

Director of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities


Yosef Bonaparte graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. His dissertation is titled "Essays in Dynamic Household Finance with Heterogeneous Agents." His main research interest is in Portfolio choice and Asset Pricing. In particular, he examines how political climate and political affiliation influence portfolio choice and the stock market in general. One of his Asset Pricing papers is forthcoming at top Economics and Finance journal, Journal of Monetary Economics, and one behavioral finance article is forthcoming at Journal of Financial Economics. His work also was cited in the top media outlets in the world, Wall street Journal, The New York times, ABC, CNBC and MarketWatch; and recently at Channel 2 top Israeli cable program. Currently, he examines how sexual orientation influences portfolio choice, and finds that gay men exhibit a different portfolio choice decision. Furthermore, one of his working papers show that female, African American and other disadvantaged groups perceive greater financial risk than the actual risk. In addition, his work utilizes dynamic programing models to estimate key macroeconomics parameters, such as the risk aversion and the discount factor.

Selected Publications:

Media Citation
  • MarketWatch, The hidden way Trump and Clinton may sabotage your investments (September, 28th, 2016)
  • Wall Street Journal, The hidden way our politics skews our investing choices (August, 7th, 2016)
  • MarketWatch, ‘Trump rally’ in stocks shows how political bias leads investors astray (July, 18th, 2016)
  • ABC 7NEWS, Chinese stocks drop again after record plunge (August, 24th, 2015)
  • Channel 2: Israel, Top 1% and economic growth- forthcoming (November, 2014)
  • New York Times, When a Portfolio Is Red or Blue (January 31, 2010)
  • CNBC Financial News, How to Invest Like a Rich Man? (March 15, 2007)

Working Papers and Work in Progress
Working Papers
Work in Progress
  • Political News and Volatility of Stock Prices (with Sheridan Titman)
  • U.S. Presidents and the Stock Market: The Good, the Bad, and the Useless.
Professional Activities and Scholarships
  • Keynote speaker at the CQA 2018
  • Keynote speaker at the 2016 Investment Officer's Roundtable (November 10th, 2016)
  • Raised $250,000 for the Portfolio Management Group
  • Keynote speaker at the 2016 RIMS educational forum (September 22nd, 2016)
  • Member of the 2016 FMA Program Committee
  • Founder of the NYC career trek, April 4th – 7th , 2016
  • Winner of a 2015 Petri Grant, July 2015
  • Founder of student Investment Group at University of Colorado at Denver, 2014 – present


Teaching Experience

  • Ph.D. ClassesAsset Pricing and Macroeconomics II
  • MBA and M.A. ClassesBehavioral Finance, Foundation of CommoditiesInvestment Management Analysis
  • Undergraduate Classes: Investment Management, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Capital Management, Financial Economics, Econometrics, Intermediate Macro, Intro Macro, Intro Micro, Managerial Statistics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • Financial Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Oil and energy commodity

Download Professor Bonaparte's Vita (PDF)


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