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Lecturer in Finance, University College Cork

Fergal has been a lecturer in finance and economics since 2009, lecturing in UCC and the York Management School. 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, and he is currently developing missing data sets of metals prices in order to show how this market function before the closure of the gold window in 1968.

Externally he is external examiner for finance at Durham University (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 the International Review of Financial Analysis.

He regularly acts as an expert advisor to gold market institutions, such as the London Bullion Market Association and The World Gold Council.


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

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