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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 3.33
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

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

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

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

Guo, W., Gehricke, S. A., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2021). The implied volatility smirk in SPY options. Applied Economics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2020.1866159

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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2020.1866159

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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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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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12741

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Aschakulporn, P., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). New Zealand whole milk powder options. Accounting & Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12660

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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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2020.101464

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Jia, X., Ruan, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2020). The implied volatility smirk of commodity options. Journal of Futures Markets. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/fut.22161

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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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Tan, X., Wang, C., Lin, W., Zhang, J. E., Li, S., Zhao, X., & Zhang, Z. (2020). The term structure of the VXX option smirk: Pricing VXX option with a two-factor model and asymmetry jumps. Journal of Futures Markets. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/fut.22182

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Yue, T., Zhang, J. E., & Tan, E. K. M. (2020). The Chinese equity index options market. Emerging Markets Review. Advance online publication. 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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Shu, J., & Zhang, J. E. (2012). Causality in the VIX futures market. Journal of Futures Markets, 32(1), 24-46. doi: 10.1002/fut.20506

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Zhang, J. E., & Li, Y. (2012). New analytical option pricing models with Weyl–Titchmarsh theory. Quantitative Finance, 12(7), 1003-1010. doi: 10.1080/14697688.2010.503659

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Zhang, J. E., Zhao, H., & Chang, E. C. (2012). Equilibrium asset and option pricing under jump diffusion. Mathematical Finance, 22(3), 538-568. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9965.2010.00468.x

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Dai, M., Li, P., & Zhang, J. E. (2010). A lattice algorithm for pricing moving average barrier options. Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control, 34(3), 542-554. doi: 10.1016/j.jedc.2009.10.008

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Luo, X., & Zhang, J. E. (2010). The dynamics of long forward rate term structures. Journal of Futures Markets, 30(10), 957-982. doi: 10.1002/fut.20447

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Zhang, J. E., & Huang, Y. (2010). The CBOE S&P 500 three-month variance futures. Journal of Futures Markets, 30(1), 48-70. doi: 10.1002/fut.20400

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Zhang, J. E., & Li, T. (2010). Pricing and hedging American options analytically: A perturbation method. Mathematical Finance, 20(1), 59-87. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9965.2009.00389.x

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Zhang, J. E., Shu, J., & Brenner, M. (2010). The new market for volatility trading. Journal of Futures Markets, 30(9), 809-833. doi: 10.1002/fut.20448

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Zhang, J. E., & Xiang, Y. (2008). The implied volatility smirk. Quantitative Finance, 8(3), 263-284. doi: 10.1080/14697680601173444

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Zhu, Y., & Zhang, J. E. (2007). Variance term structure and VIX futures pricing. International Journal of Theoretical & Applied Finance, 10(1), 111-127.

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Brenner, M., Ou, E. Y., & Zhang, J. E. (2006). Hedging volatility risk. Journal of Banking & Finance, 30(3), 811-821. doi: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2005.07.015

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Shu, J., & Zhang, J. E. (2006). Testing range estimators of historical volatility. Journal of Futures Markets, 26(3), 297-313. doi: 10.1002/fut.20197

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