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Keith Brown holds the positions of University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Fayez Sarofim Fellow at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he specializes in teaching Investments, Portfolio Management and Security Analysis, Capital Markets, and Derivatives courses at the BBA and MBA levels. He is also a member of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. For eleven years, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The MBA Investment Fund LLC, a private complex of equity and fixed-income portfolios managed by graduate students at the University of Texas and also was the Director of the Department of Finance’s Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance.
Before joining The University of Texas a professor, Brown taught at San Diego State University and Purdue University.
Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts: CFA., Financial Analysis 1988
Purdue University: Ph.D., Financial Economics 1981
Purdue University: M.Sc., Economics 1978
San Diego State University: B.A., Economics 1977
Media Appearances (4)
Financial Management Association Recognizes Brown For Best Paper
McCombs TODAY online
Keith Brown, professor of finance at McCombs, won the best paper of the conference award for investments during the 2011 Financial Management Association European Conference. The conference was held in June, in Porto, Portugal.
Three Confident Voices: Conversations with the 2008-09 Hall of Fame Inductees
McCombs TODAY online
In a conversation with Keith Brown, the University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Fayez Sarofim Fellow in Finance, Huffines discussed his views on banking in these troubled economic times, his passion for the University of Texas and his strong belief in the importance of public service.
Investment Style, Consistency Matter for Mutual Fund Performance
Texas Enterprise | Big Ideas in Business online
Brown and his research team found that while a mutual fund’s investment style (small cap vs. large cap and value vs. growth continuum) influences the returns it generates, little is known about how a manager’s execution of the style decision affects portfolio performance.
Five Faculty from McCombs School Honored in Inaugural UT System Teaching Awards
McCombs TODAY online
Seventy-three faculty members from The University of Texas System academic institutions have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards and will be sharing $2 million in awards. The awards, which range from $15,000 to $30,000 depending on level of experience, are believed to be among the highest in the country for rewarding outstanding undergraduate faculty performance and innovation.
This study analyzes the allocation question through a focus on the downside risks created by the joint uncertainty over investment returns and life expectancy. Using a new analytical approach, we show that focusing on the severity of retirement funding shortfalls (downside risk), rather than just the probability of ruin, increases the sustainability of a retirement portfolio. We conclude that the higher equity allocations commonly employed in practice significantly underestimate the risks that these higher-volatility portfolios pose to the sustainability of retirees’ savings and incomes.
Using a numerical analysis of a representative term sheet, the authors discuss the process of financial contracting for early‐stage companies, providing examples of how negotiations can go wrong and showing exactly when and where the agreed‐upon conditions start to turn toxic for some of the stakeholders.
Our goal in this study is to examine the development
and economic consequences of the recent capital market
movement toward the growing use of Private IPO (PIPO) financing.
In this paper, we investigate whether managers select the appropriate
combination of active and passive allocations in their portfolios. Noting that this issue is ultimately a risk management question, we adapt a simple framework for establishing what constitutes the optimal level of active and passive risk exposures.
We use university endowment funds to study the relationship between asset allocation decisions and performance in multiple asset class portfolios. Contrary to both theory and prevailing beliefs, asset allocation is not related to portfolio returns in the cross-section but does indirectly influence performance.
The debate over the value of active portfolio management has often centered on whether the average active manager is capable of producing returns that exceed expectations. We argue that a more useful way to frame this issue is to focus on identifying those managers who are the most likely to generate superior risk-adjusted returns (i.e., alpha) in the
This paper studies the determinants of the success of these industry consolidations using a unique sample of firms that were created at the time of their initial public offering: rollup-up IPOs.