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Professor Jin Zhang


Jin ZhangProfessor in Finance and Head of Department
B.S (Tsinghua), M.S (Tsinghua), PhD (California Institute of Technology)

Tel +64 3 479 8575
Office OBS 5.16
Email jin.zhang@otago.ac.nz

Professor Jin Zhang has been appointed to the position of Professor of Finance at the University of Otago. Jin was previously Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Finance, the University of Hong Kong (HKU).  Jin has been doing research in the area of Quantitative Finance, which is an interdisciplinary area between Finance and Applied Mathematics. The research in this area usually requires advanced mathematical skills, such as partial differential equations, stochastic calculus and applied probability, which have been widely used in Engineering and Applied Sciences. The research outputs often have direct applications in the financial industry.

Jin Zhang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1996. After spending one-year as an associate at Morgan Stanley in New York, he went to Hong Kong to teach Financial Engineering at City University Hong Kong from 1997 to 2001, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2001 to 2004, and then HKU from 2004 to 2012.  He has served as the Director of Master of Finance program and Associate Director, Center for Financial Innovation and Risk Management (CFIRM) at University of Hong Kong from 2009.

Teaching

  • Convenor FINC306
  • Convenor FINC405

Research interests

Derivatives and Quantitative Finance

Personal homepage

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Publications

Zhang, J., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Risk-neutral moments and return predictability: International evidence. Journal of Forecasting. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/for.2926

Ford, J. M., Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Option traders are concerned about climate risks: ESG ratings and short-term sentiment. Journal of Behavioral & Experimental Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jbef.2022.100687

Yoon, J., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). VIX option‐implied volatility slope and VIX futures returns. Journal of Futures Markets. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/fut.22317

Aschakulporn, P., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Bakshi, Kapadia, and Madan (2003) risk‐neutral moment estimators: An affine jump‐diffusion approach. Journal of Futures Markets, 42(3), 365-388. doi: 10.1002/fut.22280

Lin, W., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Pricing VXX options by modeling VIX directly. Journal of Futures Markets. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/fut.22313

Aschakulporn, P., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Bakshi, Kapadia, and Madan (2003) risk‐neutral moment estimators: An affine jump‐diffusion approach. Journal of Futures Markets, 42(3), 365-388. doi: 10.1002/fut.22280

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Ford, J. M., Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Option traders are concerned about climate risks: ESG ratings and short-term sentiment. Journal of Behavioral & Experimental Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jbef.2022.100687

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Li, J., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). The price of COVID-19-induced uncertainty in the options market. Economics Letters, 211, 110265. doi: 10.1016/j.econlet.2021.110265

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Lin, W., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Pricing VXX options by modeling VIX directly. Journal of Futures Markets. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/fut.22313

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Lin, W., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). The valid regions of Gram–Charlier densities with high-order cumulants. Journal of Computational & Applied Mathematics, 407, 113945. doi: 10.1016/j.cam.2021.113945

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Yoon, J., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). VIX option‐implied volatility slope and VIX futures returns. Journal of Futures Markets. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/fut.22317

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Zhang, J., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2022). Risk-neutral moments and return predictability: International evidence. Journal of Forecasting. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/for.2926

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Aschakulporn, P., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). New Zealand whole milk powder options. Accounting & Finance, 61, 2201-2246. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12660

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Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). Tracking performance of VIX futures ETPs. Journal of Empirical Finance, 61, 103-117. doi: 10.1016/j.jempfin.2021.01.002

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Guo, W., Gehricke, S. A., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). The implied volatility smirk in SPY options. Applied Economics, 53(23), 2671-2692. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2020.1866159

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Jia, X., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). The implied volatility smirk of commodity options. Journal of Futures Markets, 41, 72-104. doi: 10.1002/fut.22161

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Kirk-Reeve, S., Gehricke, S. A., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). National air pollution and the cross-section of stock returns in China. Journal of Behavioral & Experimental Finance, 32, 100572. doi: 10.1016/j.jbef.2021.100572

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Li, J., Ruan, X., Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). The COVID-19 risk in the Chinese option market. International Review of Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/irfi.12365

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). Ambiguity on uncertainty and the equity premium. Finance Research Letters, 38, 101429. doi: 10.1016/j.frl.2020.101429

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). The economics of the financial market for volatility trading. Journal of Financial Markets, 52, 100556. doi: 10.1016/j.finmar.2020.100556

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). Time-varying uncertainty and variance risk premium. Journal of Macroeconomics, 69, 103347. doi: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2021.103347

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Ryan, N., Ruan, X., Zhang, J. E., & Zhang, J. A. (2021). Choosing factors for the Vietnamese stock market. Journal of Risk & Financial Management, 14, 96. doi: 10.3390/jrfm14030096

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Stuart, C. J. A., Gehricke, S. A., Zhang, J. E., & Ruan, X. (2021). Implied volatility smirk in the Australian dollar market. Accounting & Finance, 61, 4573-4599. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12741

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Tan, X., Wang, C., Lin, W., Zhang, J. E., Li, S., Zhao, X., & Zhang, Z. (2021). The term structure of the VXX option smirk: Pricing VXX option with a two-factor model and asymmetry jumps. Journal of Futures Markets, 41, 439-457. doi: 10.1002/fut.22182

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Yoon, J., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). The skewness risk in the energy market. Journal of Risk & Financial Management, 14, 620. doi: 10.3390/jrfm14120620

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Yue, T., Gehricke, S., Zhang, J. E., & Pan, Z. (2021). The implied volatility smirk in the Chinese equity options market. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2021.101624

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Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). Modeling VXX under jump diffusion with stochastic long‐term mean. Journal of Futures Markets, 40(10), 1508-1534. doi: 10.1002/fut.22145

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Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). The implied volatility smirk in the VXX options market. Applied Economics, 52(8), 769-788. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2019.1646402

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Huang, J., Guo, W., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). Do stocks outperform bank deposits in China? Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 64, 101464. doi: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2020.101464

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). Asset pricing in a pure exchange economy with heterogeneous investors. Mathematics & Financial Economics, 14, 605-634. doi: 10.1007/s11579-020-00266-x

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Yue, T., Zhang, J. E., & Tan, E. K. M. (2020). The Chinese equity index options market. Emerging Markets Review, 45, 100742. doi: 10.1016/j.ememar.2020.100742

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Zhang, J. E., Chang, E. C., & Zhao, H. (2020). Market excess returns, variance and the third cumulant. International Review of Finance, 20(3), 605-637. doi: 10.1111/irfi.12234

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Zhang, W., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). GARCH option pricing models and the variance risk premium. Journal of Risk & Financial Management, 13(3), 51. doi: 10.3390/jrfm13030051

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Zhen, F., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). Dissecting skewness under affine jump-diffusions. Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics, 24(4), 20180086. doi: 10.1515/snde-2018-0086

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Zhen, F., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). Left-tail risk in China. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 63, 101391. doi: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2020.101391

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Li, J., Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2019). How do US options traders “smirk” on China? Evidence from FXI options. Journal of Futures Markets, 39, 1450-1470. doi: 10.1002/fut.22005

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Lin, W., Li, S., Chern, S., & Zhang, J. E. (2019). Pricing VIX derivatives with free stochastic volatility model. Review of Derivatives Research, 22, 41-75. doi: 10.1007/s11147-018-9145-y

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Luo, X., Zhang, J. E., & Zhang, W. (2019). Instantaneous squared VIX and VIX derivatives. Journal of Futures Markets, 39, 1193-1213. doi: 10.1002/fut.22037

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2019). Moment spreads in the energy market. Energy Economics, 81, 598-609. doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.04.025

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Gehricke, S. A., & Zhang, J. E. (2018). Modeling VXX. Journal of Futures Markets, 38(8), 958-976. doi: 10.1002/fut.21913

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2018). Equilibrium variance risk premium in a cost-free production economy. Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control, 96, 42-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jedc.2018.08.011

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2018). Risk-neutral moments in the crude oil market. Energy Economics, 72, 583-600. doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.04.026

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Luo, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2017). Expected stock returns and forward variance. Journal of Financial Markets, 34, 95-117. doi: 10.1016/j.finmar.2016.06.001

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Zhang, J. E., Zhen, F., Sun, X., & Zhao, H. (2017). The skewness implied in the Heston Model and its application. Journal of Futures Markets, 37(3), 211-237. doi: 10.1002/fut.21801

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Chen, Y., Shu, J., & Zhang, J. E. (2016). Investor sentiment, variance risk premium and delta-hedged gains. Applied Economics, 48(31), 2952-2964. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2015.1133894

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Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2016). Investor attention and market microstructure. Economics Letters, 149, 125-130. doi: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.10.032

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Ruan, X., Zhu, W., Huang, J., & Zhang, J. E. (2016). Equilibrium asset pricing under the Lévy process with stochastic volatility and moment risk premiums. Economic Modelling, 54, 326-338. doi: 10.1016/j.econmod.2015.12.030

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Chang, E. C., Luo, X., Shi, L., & Zhang, J. E. (2013). Is warrant really a derivative? Evidence from the Chinese warrant market. Journal of Financial Markets, 16(1), 165-193. doi: 10.1016/j.finmar.2012.04.003

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Hao, J., & Zhang, J. E. (2013). GARCH option pricing models, the CBOE VIX, and variance risk premium. Journal of Financial Econometrics, 11(3), 556-580. doi: 10.1093/jjfinec/nbs026

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Zhang, J. E., Huang, S., & Li, T. (2013). The intersection between European put price and its payoff function. International Journal of Theoretical & Applied Finance, 16(4), 1350055. doi: 10.1142/S0219024913500222

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Zhao, H., Zhang, J. E., & Chang, E. C. (2013). The relation between physical and risk-neutral cumulants. International Review of Finance, 13(3), 345-381. doi: 10.1111/irfi.12013

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Cheng, J., & Zhang, J. E. (2012). Analytical pricing of American options. Review of Derivatives Research, 15(2), 157-192. doi: 10.1007/s11147-011-9073-6

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Cheng, J., Ibraimi, M., Leippold, M., & Zhang, J. E. (2012). A remark on Lin and Chang's paper 'Consistent modeling of S&P 500 and VIX derivatives'. Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control, 36(5), 708-715. doi: 10.1016/j.jedc.2012.01.002

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Luo, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2012). The Term Structure of VIX. Journal of Futures Markets, 32(12), 1092-1123. doi: 10.1002/fut.21572

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Luo, X., Han, H., & Zhang, J. E. (2012). Forecasting the term structure of Chinese Treasury yields. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 20(5), 639-659. doi: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2012.02.002

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