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Dr Rajesh Tharyan

Dr Rajesh Tharyan

Senior Lecturer in Finance


+44 (0) 1392 722544

Xfi Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST, UK

Dr Rajesh Tharyan joined the Xfi - Centre for Finance and Investment at the University of Exeter Business School as a lecturer in 2010. Prior to that he was an Associate Research Fellow at the Xfi (2008-2010).

Dr Tharyan holds a PhD in finance from the University of Exeter Business School and an MSc in International Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA level.

His current research covers empirical asset pricing, directors’ trading, the value premium, mergers and acquisitions and valuation effects of corporate social responsibility.

Nationality: Indian


MBA, MSc (lse), PhD (Exon), FHEA

Research clusters

Research interests

  • Asset Pricing and Cost of Capital
  • Insider/Director’s trading
  • The value premium and Contrarian investing
  • Corporate Governance/Corporate Social responsibility
  • Behavioural Corporate Finance
  • Interlinkages between corporate strategy and corporate finance
  • The AIM market

Research grants

  1. 2008-2010 - £75,000 Leverhulme funded project jointly with Prof. Alan Gregory and Prof Ian Tonks examining insider trading around mergers and acquisitions.
  2. 2012-2017 - £285,00 ESRC funded project “Cost of Capital and Asset Pricing in the UK”, .Jointly with Prof. Alan Gregory, C. Dargenidou, W. Pengguo.

Research projects

Dr Tharyan is working on the creation of fama-french and momentum factors and portfolios for the UK market. This project aims to address the lack of freely downloadable fama-french factors and portfolios for the UK, unlike in the US. Apart from these factors and portfolios, several characteristics-matched benchmark portfolios are available for download. Further details are available in Gregory, Tharyan and Huang (2009).

The modules I am currently teaching provides an overview of the different types of financial instruments, their primary characteristics and their markets. These instruments include equities, bonds, derivatives and alternative financial investments such as mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity, exchange traded funds etc. As such, the modules aim to provide students with a comprehensive overview from the perspective of a fund manager of valuation techniques for equity, bond and derivative instruments; provide a good understanding of various professionally managed funds and their investment strategies with particular attention given to the various hedge fund strategies; give insights into practical aspects of fund management through lectures/seminars by senior fund managers and the ability to  appreciate the considerable empirical research literature on issues relating to various financial instruments, portfolio strategies and in the fund management area. These modules takes existing financial instruments and their organised markets as its starting point and aims to develop not only a scholarly knowledge of contracts but also a critical ability to judge the appropriate use of each instrument type within a portfolio context.



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