Gianluca De Nard


NYU Stern School of Business

Volatility Institute

44 West 4th Street

10025 NY

United States


Suite 9-66


 +1 (212) 998-0081




University of Zurich

Department of Economics


8032 Zürich






 +41 (0)44 634 56 95







May I Introduce MySelf? 


I am a PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the University of Zurich and New York University with primary interest in Empirical Asset Pricing, Climate Finance and Financial Econometrics. Currently, I am in New York at the NYU Stern School of Business, working together with Nobel laureate Prof. Robert F. Engle and Prof. Bryan Kelly (Yale School of Management). More specifically, I am a member of the NYU Volatility and Risk Institute, where  we publish in real time latest research and international financial market data on volatility, correlations, systemic and climate risk: https://vlab.stern.nyu.edu

My job market paper, co-authored with Robert Engle, Oliver Ledoit and Michael Wolf and 'revised and resubmitted' to the Journal of Banking and Finance, is on Large Dynamic Covariance Matrices and how intraday data can be used to improve estimation performance for applications in Portfolio and Risk Management.

Note that I have already published a single-author paper in the Journal of Financial Econometrics on generalized shrinkage estimators of the covariance matrix for (large-dimensional) multi-asset class portfolios. Additionally, Icollaboration with Michael Wolf and Olivier Ledoit we published a paper about approximate factor models in conjunction with robust multivariate GARCH models for better asset and risk management  solutions, also forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Econometrics.

Furthermore, I have various brand new and promising working papers on (i) a new test for cross-sectional anomalies; (ii) a new machine learning method for stock return prediction (with Simon Hediger and Markus Leippold); (iii) a double-shrinkage estimator for taming the factor zoo; and (iv) improved inference methods for the CAPM and multi-factor models (with Michael Wolf), all with applications in Finance.

At NYU I am currently working on new machine learning methods for climate finance applications and empirical asset pricing. For example, I have two ongoing projects together with Robert F. Engle and Bryan Kelly on how to hedge climate risk, by building a climate change index based on textual analysis of news papers and derive a suitable mimicking or hedging portfolio. In Zurich I am working on big data and shrinkage methods to improve asset pricing models. For example, I work on two promising working papers, together with Simon Hediger and Markus Leippold, that try to use clusters or subsamples of large data sets to predict asset returns and higher moments. Finally, I was invited to work on the international Finance Crowd Analysis Project

For more information about research, teaching and consulting please take a closer look at my webpage or use the contact form.