Rebel A. Cole

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Rebel A. Cole

Lynn Eminent Scholar Chaired

Professor of Finance

Florida Atlantic University

Office Phone:
(561) 297-4969
Fax Number:
(561) 297-2956



Kaye Hall 140
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

Prof. Cole training Sudanese government officials on stress testing during a March 2016 workshop in Khartoum (left) and training staff of the Central Bank of Ghana on implementation of Basel II during a June 2015 workshop in Accra (right).

Prof. Cole testifying on Jan. 25, 2016 before the Illinois Senate Committee on Financial Services about the decline in bank lending to small businesses. My written testimony can be found here and video at youtube can be found here.


Short Bio:

Dr. Rebel A. Cole hold the Lynn Eminent Scholar Chaired Professorship of Finance and has been a full professor of finance in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL USA since August 2016. He teaches graduate-level courses in corporate finance and financial institutions. Prior to coming to FAU, Dr. Cole was a Professor of Finance at DePaul University in Chicago, IL USA, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. During his career, he has taught finance to students in six different countries (Australia, Bahrain, People's Republic of China, New Zealand, Switzerland and the U.S.).

Dr. Cole has published peer-reviewed articles in top academic journals that include the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Banking &Finance, the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics and Real Estate Economics. His primary areas of research are corporate governance, financial institutions, entrepreneurial finance and real estate. Most of his manuscripts are available for free download from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), where he is ranked in the top 0.2% of more than 500,000 researchers worldwide. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Cole's research has been cited more than 10,000 times. According to Scopus and Web of Science, Dr. Cole's research has been cited more than 2,500 times.

Dr. Cole is also an active commentator in the media. During his career, he has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the American Banker, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, CNN Money, Forbes, the Huffington Post, NPR's All Things Considered, Voice of America News, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and Yahoo Finance. He has appeared in television interviews on CNN, First Business News, Fox Business News, the PBS Nightly Business Report and The Today Show, as well as several local Chicago and south Florida news shows.

Dr. Cole received his PhD in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988. For the next ten years, he worked as a staff economist at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (now the Office of Thrift Supervision), where he worked on the 1980s S&L crisis; at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he worked on the 1990s banking crisis; and at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC, where he oversaw the design, development and implementation of the System for Estimating Examination Ratings (SEER)--the Fed's primary system for offsite monitoring of banks and bank holding companies--and served as co-principal investigator for the Survey of Small Business Finances.

Since leaving the Board of Governors in 1997, Dr.Cole has served as a special advisor to the Asian Development Bank, th Carribbean Technical Assistance Center, the International Monetary Fund, the Middle East Technical Assistance Center, and the World Bank, providing technical assistance and training to Central Banks in developing countries that include Antigua, the Bahamas, Belize, Cape Verde, China, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Dr. Cole has participated in more than 80 international missions to these countries to assist in the development of stress tests, financial stability reports, and off-site monitoring systems for commercial banks and other financial institutions. During August 2008 and May 2009, Dr. Cole was a visiting scholar at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, DC.

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Rebel A. Cole, Lynn Eminent Scholar Professor of Finance
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA 33481-0991.
(Office) 561-297-4969 (Fax) 561-297-2956(Mobile) 312-933-0584 (Skype) rebelcole