Rusty  Yerkes
Thomas J Adams Sr./AutoTec Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Associate Professor of Finance, Medical Properties Trust Fellow
Brock School of Business
Department of Economics Finance and Quantitative Analysis
389 E Cooney Hall

Degrees and Certifications

  • University of Alabama, Ph.D., Finance
  • Auburn University at Montgomery, M.B.A., Finance
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S., Economics & Operations Research


  • Financial Markets & Institutions; Investments; Portfolio Management; Financial Planning; Corporate Financial Analysis; Financial Risk; Management/Derivatives; Treasury Management; Banking


  • Yerkes, R.T. with D.B. Blank and M.J. Highfield, “Risk in Loan Pools of GNMA-Guaranteed Securities: Evidence from Bank and Non-Bank MBS Issuers.” Journal of Housing Research, 31(2), 2022.
  • Yerkes, R.T. , “Advisors Guide to the Organization of a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)”. In Student-Managed Investment Funds: Organization, Policy and Portfolio Management, 2nd Edition, Brian Bruce, Academic Press. 2020.
  • Yerkes, R.T., with Eli Sherrill. "Municipal Disclosure Timeliness and the Cost of Debt." The Financial Review 53 (1), February 2018, pp. 51-86.
  • Yerkes, R.T. “The Art and Science of Student Managed Investment Portfolios.” The Journal of Trading 13 (1), Winter 2017.
  • Yerkes, R.T., with D. Sonius and K. Westhues. "VC Contract Design: Development State, Bargaining Power and the Classification of Early-Cycle Companies." The Journal of Private Equity 20 (4), Fall 2017, 36-46.
  • Yerkes, R.T., with Lauren Bates and Sara Helms McCarty. “How Do Municipal Bonds Behave without Tax-Exemption?” The Journal of Investing, 25 (4), Winter 2016, 1-13.
  • Yerkes, R.T., with David Sonius and Uwe Kehrel. “The Effect of Call Options on Exit Strategies in Private Equity Shareholder Agreements.” The Journal of Private Equity, 19 (1), Winter 2015, 41-52.
  • Yerkes, R.T. "Regulatory Trading Restrictions, Overvaluation and Insider Selling."  The Journal of Trading, 7 (3), Summer 2012, 85-102. 

Professional Certifications

  • Financial Risk Manager (FRM) 2015
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) 2005
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) 2003