Christoph Hinkelmann

Color portrait of Christoph Hinkelmann

Clinical Associate Professor of Finance

Department Finance
Office Address 318 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-0446
Email Address

Download Photo

Before joining the Smeal College of Business, Professor Hinkelmann served on the faculty at Wake Forest University, Auburn University, and Texas A&M University. He also spent five years as a vice president and portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors Capital and Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management working with the firms' quantitative equity strategies. Prior to his graduate study, Professor Hinkelmann served in the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.


Ph D, Business Administration (Finance / Accounting), University of Rochester, 2002

BA, Economics, Mathematics, University of Virginia, 1991

Courses Taught

FIN 406 – Sec Anly &Prt Mgmt (3)
Advanced valuation theory; fundamentals of security analysis; portfolio construction and management.

FIN 395A Nittany Lion Fund - Associate Fund Manager Practicum (3 per semester/maximum of 6) While the Lead Fund Manager is accountable for all work done by a given sector, an Associate Manager often does much of the behind the scenes work. Specific assignments include: putting together the weekly reports for investors, creating reports that are sent out to the Nittany Lion Fund (NLF), and providing assistance with pitches. In general, an Associate Manager is supposed to be well informed about the sector's current holdings and with that, an Associate should be able to provide support for the Lead Manager during a stock pitch or class discussion. Although Associate Fund Managers are the workhorses of the fund, often performing some of the more tedious tasks, the position offers the opportunity to learn from the Lead Managers as well as make an impression by delivering quality work. While Lead Managers are responsible for and have the final say in stock pitches and sector strategies, it is highly encouraged that the Associates provide their Lead Managers with pitch ideas as well as inform them of their opinions about current market trends. Ultimately, the Associate Manager position is more detail and task oriented than the Lead Fund Manager position. However, there is always room to provide high quality insight into the market by asking thought provoking questions during pitches and staying current on market news. Students use financial software, such as Bloomberg Professional, Reuters Station, TradeStation, and FactSet, and must have working knowledge of various forms of financial modeling. The Penn State Investment Association (PSIA), which co-exists with the Nittany Lion Fund, LLC (NLF) assists the NLF in ensuring students are appropriately trained in these skills. The PSIA is open to students of all majors and experience levels and is the starting point for students interested in participating in the NLF.

FIN 495A – NLF Lead Mgt Prac (3)
FIN 495A Nittany Lion Fund -- Lead Fund Manager Practicum (3 per semester/maximum of 6) A Lead Fund Manager is accountable for sector performance as well as sector output. This means that while the Lead Fund Manager has to be an effective delegator of work to his or her Associate(s), the manager must also have great attention to detail when reviewing all aspects of pitches, weekly reports, and earnings reports. A Lead Fund Manager focuses more on knowing the big trends in his or her overall sector and in each subsector. The Lead is the strategist for the sector. He or she has the responsibility of choosing what stocks to pitch in class and at PSIA meetings. This means that the Leads must constantly reevaluate not only their current portfolio, but the sector as a whole, in order to find where to best allocate their respective funds. Another major responsibility that a Lead Fund Manager has is to lead a group of anywhere from 10-50 PSIA members. While there are weekly educations for the PSIA analysts, it is one of the most important responsibilities of a Lead Fund Manager to provide support for the PSIA analysts to help them with their PSIA certification assignments. In addition to helping the analysts understand their weekly assignments, the Lead Fund Managers are also responsible for holding weekly sector meetings to give sector-specific educations to a smaller group of PSIA analysts. The goal for any Lead should be to get as many PSIA analysts as involved and interested as possible in PSIA. The interest generated should draw PSIA analysts to apply for entrance into the Nittany Lion Fund. PSIA is the feeder system for the NLF and making sure there are intelligent and motivated applicants each semester ensures that the investment group will continue to have a strong class going forward. Consequently, once the Lead Manager has developed analysts' interest in applying for the NLF, it is an unwritten responsibility of the Lead to help the applicants to become as best prepared as possible for the interviews (Associates are encouraged to help new applicants as well). In total, the role that the Lead plays is not just that of a figurehead, the Lead must be well informed of current events and trends within their sector, and they must be able to speak eloquently of their investment strategy when speaking in class, at PSIA meetings, or to investors at the yearly investment meeting.

FIN 495B – NLF Exec Brd Prac (3)
FIN 495B - Nittany Lion Fund - Executive Board Practicum (3 per semester/maximum of 6) The Executive Board practicum affords students with intense practical experience in oversight and performance of the Nittany Lion Fund (NLF). Executive Board members and Directors are accountable for all aspects of the NLF. An Associate Fund Manager is responsible for all work that is presented to his or her Lead Fund Manager and in turn, a Lead Fund Manager is responsible for all work that is submitted for the Nittany Lion Fund (NLF) to view. While those are certainly tremendous responsibilities, an Executive Board Member is ultimately responsible for any and every document that leaves the Nittany Lion Fund, most of which are delivered to investors. It is the responsibility of the Executive Board to make sure that both the weekly news, and quarterly performance releases are flawless. Additionally, although the Lead Fund Managers are responsible for their individual sector's performance, the Executive Board is held responsible for the overall performance of the Nittany Lion Fund. This means that the Executive Board must do a number of things to keep performance awareness and accountability at high levels. Students in these executive positions are expected to ask excellent questions during stock pitches and be, in a sense, a devil's advocate for each pitch, making sure that there was proper due diligence and thought put into the strategy of the pitch. With regard to being accountable to investors, the Executive Board is responsible for conducting weekly conference calls with the NLF's investment committee as well as leading the yearly investor meeting. As for the PSIA, the Executive Board is responsible for booking locations for meetings, handling the funds for all club transactions, and developing and implementing the education for the analysts to become PSIA certified. Education is a very large part of the Nittany Lion Fund. An Executive Board Member is expected to utilize their past experience to provide helpful influence to other members of the Nittany Lion Fund as well as the large group of PSIA members. While the members of the Executive Board all have different responsibilities, in aggregate the group is responsible for the performance of Nittany Lion Fund as a whole, as well as being individual figureheads and spokesmen for the NLF.

FIN 496 – Independent Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Selected Publications

Stern L., Swidler S., Hinkelmann C., "Deposit rate sensitivity of credit union shares." Journal of Economics and Finance, vol. 33, 2009, pp. 259-272
Bertus M., Godbey J., Hinkelmann C., "Noise, hedging, and equity prices: A new approach." International Review of Financial Analysis, vol. 17, 2008, pp. 886-902
Hinkelmann C., Swidler S., "Trading house price risk with existing futures contracts." Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, vol. 36, no. 1, 2008
Hinkelmann C., Swidler S., "Deposit share growth in a changing interest rate environment." Filene Research Institute, 2007
Bertus M., Hinkelmann C., Gropper D., "Distance education and student performance in finance classes." Journal of Financial Education, vol. 32, no. 3, 2006, pp. 25-36
Hinkelmann C., Swidler S., "Hedging macroeconomic risk with existing futures contracts." Risk Letters, vol. 1, no. 3, 2005
Hinkelmann C., Swidler S., "State government hedging with financial derivatives." State and Local Government Review, vol. 37, no. 2, 2005, pp. 127-141
Hinkelmann C., Swidler S., "Using futures contracts to hedge macroeconomic risk in the public sector." Derivatives Use, Trading, & Regulation, vol. 10, no. 1, 2004, pp. 54-69


Journal of Undergraduate Research in Finance, Associate Editor, (, May 2012 - Present