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Research Seminar Series

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START DATE 08 February 2017

Oasis Theatre

END DATE 08 February 2017

We are pleased to invite you to our weekly Research Seminar Series on Wednesday February 8th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 190 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:

Short term Investment Opportunities in Emerging Markets

Rajesh Mohnot

Middlesex University Dubai


Stock market returns have constantly been attractive, especially in developed countries, and this is one of the reasons everyone likes to invest in this market. If historical facts and figures are reviewed, it is evident that stock market returns have been double digits in many decades since 1900. Stock markets in developed countries, especially the US, returned around 10% in 1900s, 15% in 1920s, 19% in 1950s, 18% in 1980s and 1990s, and 16% in 2010-13. More importantly, these stock market returns have historically outperformed corporate bonds and treasury bills returns. It has always been a field of inquiry for individual and institutional investors to observe the past behavior of stock prices in order to determine their probable future course of movement. While technical stock analysts use graphs to predict the future movement of stock prices, fundamentalists more often consider the economic, industry, and company-specific factors to rationally predict the future movements of stock prices. Both have succeeded in the past in indicating future value of stocks, but not always. This research is a work-in-progress study which aims to investigate whether short-term opportunities exist in emerging markets. Risk-return profile will be examined using the Sharpe model in order to find which time horizons provide better returns. The research also attempts to find out if time varying characteristics across different time horizons can be predicted, and if investors can explore short-term opportunities around them.


Dr. Rajesh Mohnot is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Middlesex University Dubai. He earned his Ph.D. and his Master’s degree from JNV University, India. Since the beginning of his career, Rajesh has been actively involved in research and training, and has delivered training programmes to bankers and corporate executives in the area of financial planning and analysis. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Rajesh worked in Singapore and Malaysia. He is a member of the American Academy of Financial Management. His research interests include volatility in financial markets, predicting stock market returns, market efficiency, FDI and growth, and value creation in banks.

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