Zvi Bodie

Norman and Adele Barron Professor of Management, Finance

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Ph D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Economics, 1975.
MA, Hebrew University, Economics, 1970.
BA, Brooklyn College, Philosophy, 1965.

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Zvi Bodie is the Norman and Adele Barron Professor of Management at Boston University. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served on the finance faculty at the Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Professor Bodie has published widely on pension finance and investment strategy in leading… Read more

Zvi Bodie is the Norman and Adele Barron Professor of Management at Boston University. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served on the finance faculty at the Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Professor Bodie has published widely on pension finance and investment strategy in leading professional journals. His books include The Future of Life Cycle Saving and Investing and Foundations of Pension Finance. His textbook, Investments, coauthored by Alex Kane and Alan Marcus is the market leader and is used in the certification programs of the CFA Institute and the Society of Actuaries. His textbook Financial Economics is coauthored by Nobel Prize winning economist, Robert C. Merton. His latest book is Risk Less and Prosper: Your Guide to Safer Investing. In 2007 the Retirement Income Industry Association gave him their Lifetime Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award.

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    • Why MyRA Won’t Save Our Failing Retirement System

      February 23, 2014

      The Fiscal Times By Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences By Zvi Bodie, School of Management President Obama’s proposed addition to our retirement account saving system – the myRA – provides an occasion to evaluate this specific policy and to reconsider our nation’s entire retirement saving system… View full article

    • It’s Only Money: myRA is a pass, not an assist

      February 8, 2014

      The Oregonian Zvi Bodie, School of Management In basketball, there’s an undervalued statistic called the assist. A player earns one by passing to a teammate who’s well-enough positioned to make a quick basket. myRA, President Obama’s new retirement savings initiative, isn’t an assist. It’s not even a lob into the paint… Expert quote: “Clearly the […]

    • The mathematician’s defense of Bitcoin: It’s just another option

      October 9, 2013

      PBS “The Rundown” Zvi Bodie, School of Management Our Making Sen$e broadcast on the rise of Bitcoin didn’t have time to explore every angle… View full article

    • Zvi Bodie is the 401(k) Elephant in the Room

      August 20, 2013

      Business Week Zvi Bodie, School of Management You put in $1,000; they put in $1,000. At age 74, said $2,000 is $58,914.05 at 7% per annum… View full article

    • The conventional wisdom is wrong

      August 5, 2013

      On the Money Radio Zvi Bodie, School of Management Listen to audio

    • Hedge against inflation

      July 31, 2013

      Fox Business “The Willis Report” Zvi Bodie, School of Management View video

    • Inflation Fears? Think I Bonds

      July 3, 2013

      Financial Advisor Magazine Zvi Bodie, School of Management In May, noted Boston University economist Zvi Bodie wrote a piece on the PBS NewsHour’s Web site that extolled the virtues of I Bonds, a relatively obscure savings bond issued by the U.S. Treasury… View full article

    • Turmoil exposes true risk for $9B county fund

      June 30, 2013

      San Diego Union Tribune Zvi Bodie, School of Management Maybe I’m an incurable optimist, but I see a silver lining in the recently stormy financial markets — the jolt might just wake up elected officials to the actual risks they are taking with public money in San Diego County’s pension fund… Expert quote: “This is […]

    • Why You Need an Emergency Fund, and Where’s the Safest Place to Invest It

      June 27, 2013

      PBS “The Business Desk” By Zvi Bodie, School of Management I-Bonds are still the safest investment for your emergency fund… View full article

    • Missing the Target

      June 17, 2013

      Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Zvi Bodie, School of Management Target-date funds have become one of the most important ways that Americans save for retirement. But for many investors, the funds are still wide of the mark… Expert quote: “The whole idea of target-date funds is that there’s some sort of smooth glide path.  “In […]

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