Tony Wirjanto

Professor, Finance

Tony Wirjanto

Office: Hagey Hall 383D

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35210


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Education and certifications

PhD (Queen's University)

Brief biography

My research interests focus primarily on developing statistical methodology for applications in finance and finance-related areas. My current work explores  the use of finite mixtures of distributions and ultra-high frequency data for volatility forecasting, portfolio choice and financial risk management. I am also a full professor at the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science of the Faculty of Mathematics; visit my web page with the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. In addition, I am also cross-appointed as a full professor to the Cheriton School of Computer Science of the Faculty of Mathematics.


    Selected publications

    • Men, Z. and T. S. Wirjanto (2017). A New Variant of Estimation Approach to Asymmetric Stochastic Volatility Model. To appear in Quantitative Finance and Economics.
    • Andrews, D., J. Oberoi, T. S. Wirjanto and C. M. Zhou (2017). Demography and Inflation: An International Study. To appear in North American Actuarial Journal.
    • Wirjanto, T. S. and A. Zhu, (2017). Implied Volatility Surfaces During the Period of Global Financial Crisis. To appear in International Journal of Financial Engineering.
    • Hofert, M., A. Memartoluie, D. Saunders and T. S. Wirjanto (2017). Improved Algorithms for Computing Worst Value-at-Risk: Numerical Challenges and the Adaptive Rearrangement Algorithm. To appear in Statistics & Risk Modeling.
    • Memartoluie, A., D. Saunders and T. S. Wirjanto (2017). Wrong-way Risk Bounds in Counterparty Credit Risk Management, Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions, Vol. 10, No. 2, 150-163.


    • University Research Chair, 2009-2016.
    • Senior Fellow (in Financial Econometrics), Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), Rimini, Italy, since 2008 (
    • Senior Guest Professor (in Finance), Department of Finance, School of Economics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, since 2005 (a life-time award).


    Recent research grants:

    • UW International Research Partnership Grants (IRPG): 2017. $20,000+ matched amount by ECUST $20,000.00, Volatility Models and Financial Risk Analysis: an Empirical Study on Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Markets.”
    • 2017: Society of Actuaries” 2017,  USD $30,000.00, “Managing Climate and Carbon Risk in Investment Portfolios.”
    • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): 2015, $140,000.00, "Return Correlations during Episodes of Systemic Crises in Financial Markets."
    • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): 2015, $200,000.00, with Doug Andrews - Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science - "Population, Aging, Implications for Asset Values, and Impacts for Pension Plans: An International Study."
    • The Society of Actuaries: 2013, $50,000.00, with Douglas Andrews  - Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science, "Investigating the link between population aging and deflation."
    • The Society of Actuaries: 2013-2017, $495,000.00, with Carole Bernard, Mary Hardy, Chengguo Weng, Adam Kolkiewicz, Johnny Li, David Saunders, and Ken Seng Tan - Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science, and Phelim Boyle - School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, "Integrated risk management: with applications to insurance companies and other financial institutions."
    • Global Risk Institute in Financial Services: 2012, $92,000.00, with Sati Bandyopadhyay, Ranjini Jha, Duane Kennedy, and Ken Vetzal (PI), Low for Long.
    • Robert Harding Humanities and Social Sciences Endowment Award: 2012, $5,500.00, with Jee-Hae Lim and Theo Stratopoulos, "Reciprocity between information technology innovative firms and senior executives: a source of competitive advantage."
    • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): 2011, $64,690.00, as a PI with Alan G. Huang, "Examining the effects of increased volatility uncertainty of firms."
    • SSHRC: 2011, $87,062.00, as a CI with H. P. Tan and P. O'Brien, "Determinants of financial analyst following and its value indications.

    Editorial boards

    • Member of Editorial Board, Austin Statistics, since 2014.
    • Associate Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Mathematical Finance, since 2012.
    • Editorial Board, Mathematical Finance Letters, since 2013.
    • Editorial Board, Econometrics, since 2012.
    • Associate Editor, International Journal of Finance and Accounting Studies (IJFAS), since 2013.
    • Associate Editor, Empirical Economics, 2006-2013.

    Professional services

    • Associate Director of Waterloo Research Institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative finance (WatRISQ), since 2009.
    • Director of Master in Quantitative Finance (MQF), Faculty of Mathematics, 2014-2016. 


    Charting a course down an unknown road

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