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CoBank Professor of Commodities and Editor of Global Commodity Issues, University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Marcelle Arak, an expert on financial markets, is the editor of Global Commodity Issues (Editor's Choice) -- an eJournal sponsored by the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, where she is also Research Director.
A former Wall Street derivatives trader and Federal Reserve economist, in recent years she has been a Professor of Risk Management and Finance at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Arak also serves as an advisor to money managers here, and to Finance Ministries and Central Banks abroad.

Before joining the University, Dr. Arak headed Citibank' s Structured Interest Rates Options and Guarantees Department Her group was one of Wall Street's major providers of over-the-counter interest rate options, interest rate locks, and “swaptions”.

Prior to building that new business for Citibank, Dr Arak headed the Capital Markets Analysis Department, the group of bond quants that provided advice to institutional customers of Citibank as well as for the Bank’s own risk managemen.

Still earlier, she was Vice President and Head of the US economic and financial research group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Dr. Arak earned her Ph.D in Economics. at MIT and her BA at the University of Rochester. She has published extensively on financial market issues, including derivatives such as options, futures, and interest rate swaps.


  • –present
    Professor of Finance, University of Colorado Denver