12th Financial Risks International Forum : Call for papers

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The Financial Risks International Forum on “Low interest rate environment: search for yield, risk management and transitions” is an International Research Forum for academics and professionals organized by the Louis Bachelier “Finance and Sustainable Growth” Laboratory.

We invite academics, professionals and regulators to submit research papers for this event, which will take place in Paris on 18 & 19 March 2019.

Submit your paper here

Paper submissionComplete papers in PDF format should be submitted electronically by 10 december 2018. The results of the selection procedure will be announced by mid-January 2019.

Expenses: The Institut Louis Bachelier may cover part of travel and accommodation expenses for the authors of the papers selected (upon request and subject to the decision of the Scientific Committee, and for speakers only).


• Yield curve modelling in a zero or negative yield environment.
• Term structure of risks, lift-off probabilities, short vs. long-run risks.
• Monetary policy effectiveness, stress tests, financial stability.
• Search for yield in portfolio construction: alternatives and illiquid
assets, smart beta, active vs. passive, systematic portfolios and indices, leverage.
• Design of fixed income and money market funds.
• Impact of low interest rates on banks’ and insurance companies’
balance sheets, risk-taking behaviour.
• Asset liability management for pension funds and insurance
• Financial innovations and the emergence of new players (Fintechs
such as digital lenders, private bond, student loans placement
platforms, etc.).

Interest rates in the major developed countries are at historically low levels, and risk premia of traditional asset classes have fallen significantly. In this environment, banks, insurance companies and institutional investors face the challenge of generating sufficient returns to meet their commitments. They are tempted therefore to turn to alternative asset classes or riskier investment strategies.

The reduction of yields leads to competitive pressure on costs and the emergence of new, less regulated players. This situation, exceptional by historical standards, raises important questions with regard to interest rate modelling, the effectiveness of monetary policy, the creation of appropriate stress tests, risk-taking behaviour by financial institutions, and the impact of low rates on price trajectories and financial stability.

The aim of the 12th Financial Risks International Forum is to highlight the methodological and regulatory challenges confronting financial players in a low interest rate environment and the transition to a ‘new normal’.