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Ben Branch

author Image Ben Branch is a professor of finance at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is an expert in bankruptcy investing, bankruptcy management, and valuing distressed assets.

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Company: Isenberg School of Management—UMass Amherst

Area of Expertise: Investments, bankruptcies, strategic planning, futures markets, corporate finance, industrial organization

Web Page: https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/finance/Faculty/Profiles/Ben_Branch/

Books: Bankruptcy Investing” with Hugh Ray,If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich,” “Last Rights: Liquidating a Company” with Hugh Ray and Robin Russell

Email: branchb@isenberg.umass.edu


Dr. Ben Branch is a professor of finance and an expert in bankruptcy investing, bankruptcy management, and valuing distressed assets. He has managed the estates for several large bankruptcies, including the bankruptcies of banks and other corporations, and has been a director on several corporate boards. Branch is an author of several books on bankruptcy management and investing, and is widely published in professional journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Antitrust Bulletin, The Harvard Business Review, The Sloan Management Review, Journal of Business and Economics, Financial Management, Global Finance Journal, and Journal of Alternative Investments. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Turnaround Management Association.  Branch is a member, former president and former trustee of the Eastern Finance Association, and is a member of the Financial Management Association.

Articles by this Author

  1. Trading Strategies »

    How to Harvest Losses While Maintaining the Position

    Tax swaps and options can be used to maintain exposure to an investment sold at a loss in order to realize the loss for tax purposes.

    November 2016 | Journal

  2. Trading Strategies »

    Managing a Portfolio of Covered Calls

    As a covered call nears expiration, the option writer can let his stock be called, allow the option to expire worthless or chose to close his position.

    July 2014 | Journal

  3. Trading Strategies »

    Assembling a Covered Call Portfolio on Dividend-Paying Stocks

    Dividend-paying stocks are attractive option writing candidates since the goal of a covered call portfolio is to generate income.

    June 2014 | Journal

  4. Portfolio Strategies »

    A Do-It-Yourself Approach to Target Date Retirement Investing

    Target date mutual funds have become increasingly popular as one-stop shopping, automatic-pilot retirement vehicles. However, using index funds, it doesn't take a lot of difficult work to adopt the do-it-yourself approach to target date investing if you want to save on fees and possible expenses. The effort can potentially provide you with a greater retirement nest egg and retirement income.

    September 2008 | Journal