Education

  • PhD Finance, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech
  • MBA Finance, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University

Selected Publications

  • Popescu, M., Xu, Z. (2018). Mutual Fund Herding and Reputational Concerns. Journal of Economics and Finance, 42(3), 550-565.
  • Popescu, M., Xu, Z. (2018). Leading the Herd: Evidence from Mutual Funds’ Buy and Sell Decisions. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 50(4), 1131-1146.
  • Popescu, M., Xu, Z. (2017). Market States and Mutual Fund Risk Shifting. Managerial Finance, 43(7), 828-838.
  • Popescu, M., Xu, Z. (2014). Does Reputation Contribute to Institutional Herding? Journal of Financial Research, 37(3), 295-321.
  • Kumar, R., Popescu, M. (2014) The Implied Intra-Day Probability of Informed Trading. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 42(2), 357-371.
  • Popescu, M., Xu, Z. (2011). Co-Managers, Information and the Secondary Market Liquidity of Initial Public Offerings. Financial Management, 40(1), 199-218.

Teaching and Research Interests

Professor Popescu’s teaching interests include financial data analytics, investments, international finance and valuation. He is currently teaching Financial Data Analytics with Python, a required course in the D’Amore-McKim’s Fintech Concentration, and International Financial Management.

Professor Popescu’s research interests include institutional investors, mutual funds, asymmetric information, and initial public offerings. His current research examines institutional investors’ trading behavior, particularly mutual funds’ propensity to herd, the motivation behind it, and its impact on fund performance.

Services to the Profession

Professor Popescu is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Finance Association (AFA), the Financial Management Association (FMA). He has also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, and Managerial Finance.