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Department of Finance and Banking

Prof. Dr. Martin Ruckes


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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Department of Finance and Banking (Prof. Ruckes)

Kaiserstr. 12

76131 Karlsruhe, Germany


Office address:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Department of Finance and Banking (Prof. Ruckes)

Building 09.21, 2nd floor

Bluecherstr. 17

76185 Karlsruhe, Germany


Phone: +49 721 608 43427

E-mail: corpfinPvb5∂fbv kit edu


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Research paper "Corporate Diversification and Capital Structure" received Larry Lang Corporate Finance Best Paper Award 2019



Fritz-Thyssen research grant for project "Monetary Policy Communication, Cognitive Abilities, and Expectations"



3rd "Summer Lecture In Finance" at the chair of Finance and Banking 



New Paper: Goergen, Limbach, Scholz-Daneshgari (2019) - Firms’ Rationales for CEO Duality: Evidence from a Mandatory Disclosure Regulation



New Paper: D'Acunto, Hoang, Paloviita, Weber (2019) - Cognitive Abilities and Inflation Expectations



Department honored with multiple teaching awards



Welcome! Mr. Silbereis and Mr. Stengel to join our team



Research projekt "Corporate Diversification and Capital Structure" financially supported by FIRM



New Working Paper: D'Acunto, Hoang, Paloviita, Weber (2018) - Human Frictions



Research Fellow wanted



German Central Bank to benefit the research project "Human Frictions"



New Paper: D'Acunto, Hoang, Weber (2018) - Unconventional Fiscal Policy



Department teaching activities again honored



Congratulations to Mr. Scholz-Daneshgari for his dissertation



New Working Paper: Hoang, Gatzer, Ruckes (2017) - The Economics of Capital Allocation in Firms: Evidence from Internal Capital Markets



New Working Paper: Hoang et al. (2017) - Country Risk – Cost of Equity Measurement: Methodologies and Implications


Career service and jobwall

Job offerings at the Department of Finance and Banking as well as exclusive job offerings from special business partners can be found via our career service and jobwall.

Website Campus B

The offical website of the Campus Bluecherstr. (Building 09.21) can be reached via the following link: http://campus-b.wiwi.kit.edu/index.php

Welcome at the Department of Finance and Banking


News und Hinweise

2019 Research sabbatical

Prof. Ruckes will be on a research sabbatical during the SoSe 2019. Course offerings, office hours and other service by Prof. Ruckes and the Department for Finance and Banking will be restricted. For details see below.

Master-Seminar winter term 19/20

The "Seminar in Finance" (Bachelor, Prof. Ruckes) at the Department of Finance and Banking in the upcoming winter term 19/20 will be on "Behavioral and Household Finance".

Registration is now possible via the Wiwi portal (https://portal.wiwi.kit.edu). A list of topics and the time schedule is provided as well.

Course offerings summer term 2019

The course offerings during the summer term 2019 are to be found here.

Bachelor und Master theses

Current topics of Bachelor and Master thesis offerings at the Department of Finance and Banking can be found on our German website. Please click here for detailed information: "Bachelor- & Master theses". Please note that the website can only be accessed within the KIT network and might therefore require to login via the VPN-Client if you are located outside the KIT network.


Current news

(20.08.2019) Exam results are aviallabe via the WiWi-Portal for the following lectures: Corporate Financial Policy, Corporate Risk Management, Financial Analysis, Financial Accounting for Global Firms.
(01.08.2019) Until mid of October 2019, office hours of Prof. Ruckes are only upon consultation with the secretary. Please contact Mrs. Kolberg for an appointment.
(04.03.2019) Exam results are available via the WiWi-portal: Corporate Finance I, Financial Management, Financial Analysis, und Financial Accounting for Global Firms.

The research sabbatical of Prof. Ruckes during the summer semester 2019 will have the following effects on the course offerings, office hours and other services provides by Prof. Ruckes and the Deparment for Finance and Banking:

  • The course "Corporate Financial Policy" will not be offered. A regular written exam will still be offered at the end of the summer term 2019.
  • The course "Corporate Risk Management" will be held as a block course. Effective the summer term 2019, the course will consist of an equivalent of weekly lectures and biweekly discussion sessions (2+1 SWS). Students will now earn 4.5 ECTS for the course. A time schedule and detailed information will be provided soon.
  • Personalized recommendation letters will not be issued.
  • Standardized recommendation letters will still be issued, but please expect significant prolonged processing times. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a timely issuance of the recommendation letters. We ask all students to submit their recommendation letter requests as soon as possible.

Effective January 2019, access to building 09.21, Bluecherstraße 17 has been restricted and is only possible using a KIT-Card.

Prior registration for students and other KIT employees may be required via the Wiwi-Portal to get access to building 09.21.

(09.05.2017) Please note: Office hours of the entire team at the Department of Finance and Banking are now held every mondays. Please see the personal website of the respective team member for detailed information.