Centre for Investment Research (CIR)


The Centre for Investment Research (CIR) produces independent specialised investment research.  The Principal researchers combine strong track records in academic research and publishing with industry experience gained at HSBS, UBS, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and FTI Finance. The team are experts in quantitative investment research and have extensive international and national academic links working with research groups at CASS Business School, University of Miami, University of Amsterdam, Deakin University (Australia), University College Dublin, Dublin City University and Queens University Belfast.

Led by Professor Mark Hutchinson and Professor Niall O’Sullivan, the CIR works closely with industry in practice oriented research addressing the research needs of institutional investment managers. CIR research has been funded by all of the major funding agencies, including the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the international alternative investments industry.


The following are the area of research currently being carried at the centre: 

  • Hedge fund and mutual fund risk and performance measurement.
  • The risk and return attribution of dynamic trading strategies.
  • The effect of the global financial crisis on investment fund risk and performance.
  • Asset price dynamics and liquidity risk.
  • Global liquidity risk contagion.  

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