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  • Leadership/Industry Experience
    Michael McDonald is a professional financial economist with a PhD in finance and significant experience on Wall Street and in various corporate finance roles. He has held executive roles in several start-up companies, served as a subject matter expert in the finance industry for training firms, and is an assistant professor of finance at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He has taught classes in finance and general business, including a software business simulation course.

    Prior to joining TRI, Michael acted as a business consultant for two different companies, provided training and content authoring services as a subject matter expert in finance, accounting, and economics for firms like IBM and EMC. Michael also acted as a business forecasting consultant using data analytics. 

    Michael’s core knowledge is focused on financial markets and investment decision-making. As a corporate trainer, he specializes in big data, business intelligence, financial forecasting, operational effectiveness, and WACC. He is adept at bringing dry material to life and explaining sophisticated topics in corporate finance and business intelligence in a way that is understandable to finance and non-finance professionals alike.

    Michael’s work has appeared in the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Business and Behavioral Studies, Journal of Fixed Income, Studies in Economics and Finance, and the Pacific Basin Journal of Finance. He has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Marketwatch, Bloomberg, Reuters and other news organizations.

    Past Positions
    Business Coach, Marketplace CorporationSenior Editor, Seeking Alpha
    Municipal bond trader, Wachovia Securities
    Quantitative analyst, AQR
    Partner, MBM Construction LLC

    Guest speaker at Securities and Exchange Commission (2018, 2017, 2016)
    Guest speaker at New York Stock Exchange internal conference on IPOs (2012)
    Guest speaker at New York Federal Reserve (2017)
    Academy of Economics and Finance-Best Research Study Award (2014)
    American Society for Business & Behavioral Science-Best Research Study Award (2016)
    Radio and TV guest appearances (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)

    Professional Memberships
    Eastern Finance Association, Northern Finance Association, Financial Management Association, American Finance Association, Academy of Economics and Finance, American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences

    PhD, Finance, University of Tennessee
    MA, Economics, Clemson University
    BS in Industrial Engineering, Clemson University
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