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Sergey Chernenko

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Sergey Chernenko is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, he received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining Ohio State, he worked at Daimler-Chrysler in Stuttgart, Germany and at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. Dr. Chernenko’s research investigates how financial innovation and increasing sophistication and specialization of capital markets and financial intermediaries have been affecting the ability of nonfinancial firms to raise capital to finance their investment projects. His research has been published in the top journals including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of International Economics. He won the 2012 Young Research Prize awarded by the Review of Financial Studies. In addition to teaching corporate finance in the undergraduate and MBA programs at the Fisher College of Business, Dr. Chernenko coached the winning team in the 2011 Duff & Phelps YOUniversity Challenge, a nationwide case competition.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling, and cooking.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Finance
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Mutual Funds
  • Credit Ratings
  • Securitization

Education

  • PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University
FIN 4210 - Corporate Finance I

Analysis of more advanced capital budgeting problems through understanding the theories and applications of capital structure and payout policy.

FIN 4212 - Corporate Finance II

Theories and applications in corporate control, leasing, corporate governance and real options.

FIN 7210 - Corporate Financial Management I

Advanced valuation skills and theories and applications in capital structure and security issuance.

Publications
  • The Rise and Fall of Securitization
    with Sam Hanson and Adi Sunderam
    Abstract: The rise and fall of nontraditional securitizations—collateralized debt obligations and mortgage-backed securities backed by nonprime loans—played a central role in financial crisis. Little is known, however, about the factors that drove the pre-crisis surge in investor demand for these products. Examining insurance companies' and mutual funds' holdings of fixed income securities, we find evidence suggesting that both agency problems and neglected risks played an important role in driving investor demand for nontraditional securitizations prior to crisis. We also use our holdings data to shed light on the factors that drove the dramatic collapse of securitization markets beginning in mid-2007. Contrary to conventional crisis narratives, we find little evidence of widespread fire sales. Instead, our evidence is more consistent with the idea that a self-amplifying buyers' strike drove the dramatic collapse of securitization markets.
  • Arbitrage Capital and Real Investment
    with Adi Sunderam
    Abstract: We study the relationship between the supply of arbitrage capital and real investment. The investment of firms that depend on convertible debt for financing responds positively to flows into convertible arbitrage hedge funds. An extra $1 of fund flows increases capital expenditures of convertible dependent firms by $0.49. At the same time, convertible arbitrage strategy returns are uncorrelated with the stock returns of convertible dependent firms. Moreover, fund flows respond positively to lagged strategy returns but not to lagged returns of dependent firms, suggesting that the supply of capital is not driven by changes in firm investment opportunities. We also examine an isolated market dislocation that occurred in 2005 when funds suffered large withdrawals. Though the macroeconomic outlook was positive and stable, dependent firms sharply cut their investment in response to the withdrawal of capital, with the overall reduction in capital expenditures amounting to 55% of outflows. Our results suggest that firm investment responds to shocks to the supply of arbitrage capital.
  • The High-Frequency Effects of U.S. Macroeconomic Data Releases on Prices and Trading Activity in the Global Interdealer Foreign Exchange Market
    with Alain P. Chaboud, Edward Howorka, Raj S. Krishnasami Iyer, David Liu, and Jonathan H. Wright
    , International Finance Discussion Paper 823
  • The Information Content of Forward and Futures Prices: Market Expectations and the Price of Risk
    with Krista B. Schwartz and Jonathan H. Wright
    , International Finance Discussion Paper 808