Lecturer in Finance, York St John University

Fergal O’Connor is a lecturer in Finance and the current London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Bursary award holder for the study of the precious metals market.

His research focuses on issues around the economics and finance of the precious metals market including: asset price bubbles, price discovery and behavioral puzzles. He is a regular contributor to The Alchemist, a quarterly precious metals market journal and is undertaking a PhD under Prof. Brian Lucey in Trinity College, Dublin.

Before joining York St. Johns he worked in a number of consultancy roles including researching Productivity and Innovation in Small Open Economies for the Northern Ireland Department of Trade Enterprise and Investment and for SME’s in Ireland. After this he lectured in Financial Economics in University College Cork, Ireland, and in the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.


  • 2010–present
    Mr, Lecturer


    Trinity College Dublin, PhD.
  • 2008 
    University College Cork, MSc. Financial Economics
  • 2007 
    University College Cork, BSc. Finance


  • 2014
    Do Bubbles Occur in Gold Prices? Evidence from Gold Lease Rates and Markov Switching Models, Borsa Istanbul Review
  • 2013
    New York or London : Where and when does the gold price originate? , Applied Economics Letters
  • 2013
    Innovation capacities in advanced economies: Relative performance of small open economies, Research in International Business and Finance

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    LBMA Bursary
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