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Dr Fergal O'Connor

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Biography

Fergal has been a lecturer in finance and economics since 2009. He began lecturing in UCC and went on to work in Lancashire Business school (2011-13), York Business School (2013-2015) and the York Management School (2015-2018). He rejoined the Economics Department in UCC in 2018. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Trinity College Dublin which was funded by the London Bullion Market Association.

His research focuses on the financial economics of precious metals, particularly the London Market. He is currently developing missing data sets of metals prices in order to show how this market functioned before the closure of the gold window in 1968 and how precious metals fitted into a portfolio before the 70's. He is also researching issues surrounding the liquidity of the London Precious metals market. 

He is the programme director for the MSc. Finance (Banking and Risk Management) and his teaching focus on financial economics and capital markets.

Prior to becoming a lecturer, Fergal worked as a research fellow in University College Cork on a number of business projects and a project with Department of Trade Enterprise and Investment, Northern Ireland researching Productivity and Innovation in Small Open Economies.

Externally he is an external examiner for finance at the University of Northampton (UK). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Global Commodities Applied Research Digest (GCARD) in J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado, Denver Business School, and an Associate Editor at 2 peer-reviewed ABS ranked journals: "International Review of Financial Analysis" and "Research in International Business and Finance".

He acts as an expert academic advisor to the London Bullion Market Association and the NASDAQ on London Precious Metals market liquidity in relation to Bassel Financial Regulations, and to the World Gold Council on gold price forecasting.

Grants and Honours

  • 04/06/2018 - Summer Research-Intern Grant, University of York
  • 04/06/2018 - Summer Research-Intern Grant, University of York
  • 04/09/2017 - Co-Supervisor of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) PhD Bursary Holder, London Bullion Market Association
  • 04/09/2017 - Co-Supervisor of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) PhD Bursary Holder, London Bullion Market Association
  • 02/01/2017 - Gold Fixing Data Collection Project, The Rothschild Archive
  • 02/01/2017 - Gold Fixing Data Collection Project, The Rothschild Archive
  • 04/01/2016 - Students as Researcher Scheme, York St. John University
  • 04/01/2016 - Students as Researcher Scheme, York St. John University
  • 05/09/2011 - PhD Bursary Holder, LBMA, London Bullion Market Association
  • 05/09/2011 - PhD Bursary Holder, LBMA, London Bullion Market Association
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Other Activities

  • 01/09/2021 - External Examiner for Finance, University of Northampton
  • 02/06/2021 - Fungibility in Commodities Markets: The Impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic on the London and New York G
  • 21/01/2021 - Exploring the LBMA Trade Data’, London Bullion Market Association
  • 05/10/2020 - Gold - Dr. Fergal O'Connor (UCC)
  • 25/06/2020 - Gold's Place in a Portfolio post-COVID-19, London Bullion Market Association
  • 22/04/2020 - How has gold fared as a safe haven in the pandemic?, London Bullion Market Association
  • 01/09/2019 - Modelling Gold Prices through a Supply and Demand Framework, The World Gold Council
  • 10/07/2019 - THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF IRELAND CONFERENCE 2019
  • 03/06/2019 - Gold Valuation Framework, The World Gold Council
  • 02/07/2018 - Associate Editor
  • 01/06/2018 - What happened in the gold market before 1968?, London Bullion Market Association
  • 01/12/2017 - Associate Editor
  • 02/01/2017 - Associate Editor
  • 01/03/2016 - The Future of Money, Institute of Technology Tralee
  • 01/11/2015 - The economic impact of the UK Snooker Championship on York’s Economy, BBC
  • 01/06/2014 - Fixing the Fix - the arguments around reform of our century-old way of valuing gold, BBC
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Research Domains

  • Financial Economics of Precious Metals Markets
  • Financial Econometrics  
  • Behavioral Finance  
  • Alternative Investments  
  • Economic History
  • Finance  
  • Investment appraisal  
  • Valuation  
  • Share Price Behaviour  
  • Comodities
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Thesis

  • 2020 - Gold and The CApital asset pricing Model, University of York (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2022 - Liquidity of the London Gold Market, Trinity Business School, TCD (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2019 - The Physical Gold Market, Trinity Business School, TCD (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
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Publications

Journal article

Year Publication
2013 DOYLE, E., O'CONNOR, F. (2013). Innovation capacities in advanced economies: Relative performance of small open economies. Research in International Business and Finance. Details
2018 HE, Z., O'CONNOR, F., THIJSSEN, J. (2018). Is gold a Sometime Safe Haven or an Always Hedge for equity investors? A Markov-Switching CAPM approach for US and UK stock indices. International Journal of Financial Studies. Details
2016 LUCEY, M. E., O'CONNOR, F. A. (2016). Mind the gap: Psychological barriers in gold and silver prices. Finance Research Letters. Details
2015 O'CONNOR, F., LUCEY, B. M., BAUR, D. G. (2015). Do gold prices cause production costs? International evidence from country and company data. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. Details
2015 O'CONNOR, F. A., LUCEY, B. M., BATTEN, J. A., BAUR, D. G. (2015). The financial economics of gold — A survey. International Journal of Financial Studies. Details
2014 O'CONNOR, F. (2014). Rationality in precious metals forward markets: Evidence of behavioural deviations in the gold markets. Journal of Multinational Financial Management. Details
2014 LUCEY, B. M., LARKIN, C., O'CONNOR, F. (2014). Gold markets around the world – who spills over what, to whom, when?. Applied Economics Letters. Details
2013 LUCEY, B. M., O'CONNOR, F. A. (2013). Do bubbles occur in the gold price? An investigation of gold lease rates and Markov Switching models. Details
2013 LUCEY, B. M., LARKIN, C., O'CONNOR, F. A. (2013). London or New York: where and when does the gold price originate?. Applied Economics Letters. Details
2017 VIGNE, S., LUCEY, B., O'CONNOR, F., YAROVAYA, L. (2017). The financial economics of white precious metals — A survey. International Review of Financial Analysis. Details
2020 CORBET, S., O'CONNOR, F. (2020). Where was the global price of silver established? Evidence from London and New York (1878–1953). Finance Research Letters. Details

Book chapter

Year Publication
2015 O'CONNOR, F., LUCEY, B. M. (2015). World Metal Markets. World Scientific Publishing Co.. Details

Data set

Year Publication
2019 O'CONNOR, F. (2019). Daily London Gold Price Data – 1919-1968. Rothschild Archive.
2020 O'CONNOR, F. (2020). Monthly Silver Price (New York and London) and Dollar Sterling Exchange rate (1878-1953). Mendeley Data. Details

Magazine article

Year Publication
2019 O'CONNOR, F. (2019). What Happened in the London Gold Market during the Gold Standard: 1925 - 1931. London Bullion Market Association.
2018 O'CONNOR, F. (2018). The Formerly Missing Gold Price Data: 1919-1925. London Bullion Market Association.
2013 O'CONNOR, F. (2013). The Behaviour of the Spot and Forward Market.
2019 BLAGG, M., O'CONNOR, F. (2019). After the War is Over, The London Gold Market Reopens: 1954 – 1968. The Alchemist.
2019 O'CONNOR, F. (2019). Gold Investing/Hoarding in the Free 1930’s London Market (1931-39). The Alchemist.

Newsletter article

Year Publication
2016 O'CONNOR, F. (2016). India’s golden quest to tackle ‘black money’ and the lessons from a century ago.
2016 O'CONNOR, F. (2016). Gold Mining Costs don’t provide a floor for gold prices..
2014 O'CONNOR, F., TANKARD, W., LUCEY, B. (2014). Do extraction costs drive gold prices?. The Alchemist.
2013 O'CONNOR, F., LUCEY, B. (2013). Bubbles in Gold?. The Alchemist.
2012 O'CONNOR, F., LUCEY, B. (2012). Gold’s negative relationship to the US dollar. The Alchemist.
2012 LUCEY, B., LARKIN, C., O'CONNOR, F. (2012). London or New York: Where does the gold price come from?. The Alchemist.
2011 O'CONNOR, F., LUCEY, B. (2011). The real price of gold. The Alchemist.

Online resource

Year Publication
2014 O'CONNOR, F. (2014). Fixing the Fix - the arguments around reform of our century-old way of valuing gold..

Report

Year Publication
2017 O'CONNOR, F. (2017). Is Inflation Hedging a reason to save in Gold?. The Global Commodities Applied Research Digest.
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