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Lecturer in Finance, University College Cork

Fergal has been a lecturer in finance and economics since 2009. He began lecturing in UCC and went on to work in Lancashire Business school (2011-13), York Business School (2013-2015) and the York Management School (2015-2018). He rejoined the Economics Department in UCC in 2018. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Trinity College Dublin which was funded by the London Bullion Market Association.

His research focuses on the financial economics of precious metals, particularly the London Market. He is currently developing missing data sets of metals prices in order to show how this market functioned before the closure of the gold window in 1968 and how precious metals fitted into a portfolio before the 70's. He is also researching issues surrounding the liquidity of the London Precious metals market.

He is the programme director for the MSc. Finance (Banking and Risk Management) and his teaching focus on financial economics and capital markets.

Prior to becoming a lecturer, Fergal worked as a research fellow in University College Cork on a number of business projects and a project with Department of Trade Enterprise and Investment, Northern Ireland researching Productivity and Innovation in Small Open Economies.

Externally he is an external examiner for finance at the University of Northampton (UK). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Global Commodities Applied Research Digest (GCARD) in J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado, Denver Business School, and an Associate Editor at 2 peer-reviewed ABS ranked journals: "International Review of Financial Analysis" and "Research in International Business and Finance".

He acts as an expert academic advisor to the London Bullion Market Association and the NASDAQ on London Precious Metals market liquidity in relation to Bassel Financial Regulations, and to the World Gold Council on gold price forecasting.


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer in Finance, Cork University Business School
  • 2010–present
    Senior Lecturer in Finance, York Business School
  • 2015–2018
    Senior Lecturer in Finance , University of York


  • 2015 
    Trinity College Dublin, PHD
  • 2008 
    University College Cork, MSc. Financial Economics


  • 2018
    ‘Is gold a Sometime Safe Haven or an Always Hedge for Equity Investors? A Markov-Switching CAPM Approach for US and UK Stock Indices’, , International Review of Financial Analysis,
  • 2017
    The Financial Economics of White Precious Metals - A Survey’, International Review of Financial Analysis
  • 2016
    Mind The Gap: Psychological Barriers in Gold and Silver Prices’, , Finance Research Letters
  • 2016
    Do Gold Prices Cause Production Costs? International Evidence from Country and Company Data, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Gold Fixings Data Project
    Funding Source:
    The Rothschild Archive
  • 2011
    LBMA Bursary
    PhD Reseacher
    Funding Source:
    London Bullion Market Association

Research Areas

  • Financial Economics (140207)
  • Economics (14)
  • Metals And Alloy Materials (091207)