Tim Riley

Associate Professor

University of Arkansas

Sam M. Walton College of Business

Department of Finance

Fayetteville, AR 72701


Tim Riley completed his Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Kentucky in 2014. After graduation, he spent two years as a financial economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where he worked on mutual fund liquidity regulation. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Finance at the University of Arkansas. His research is focused on mutual funds, hedge funds, and other managed portfolios and has been published in journals including Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Critical Finance Review, and Financial Analysts Journal. Tim’s work has been featured by national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Morningstar. For undergraduate students, he teaches both a general course on investments—focusing on stock and bond markets—and an advanced investments course—focusing on derivatives. For graduate students, he leads a doctoral seminar covering empirical asset pricing and the investment management industry. Tim is an active CFA® charterholder.

Full Curriculum Vitae                                                                             Links to Published Research

Media Coverage

Fees on Mutual Funds and ETFs Tumble Toward Zero The Wall Street Journal

Looking for a Risk-free Way to Boost Your Investment Returns CBS News

3 Academics Take Active Managers’ Side Morningstar

'Conventional Wisdom' on Active All Wrong: Academics Ignites

Restoring Balance, and Accuracy, With a New Narrative on Active Management Ignites

Is Now the Time for Active Investing to Make a Comeback? The Wall Street Journal

Martijn Cremers: In Active Management, It's Not the '90s Anymore ThinkAdvisor

Academic Survey Says Active Management Creates Value for Investors After All Wealth Management

Shareholder Value Could Be Worse Bloomberg

Active Managers Don't Get Enough Credit, Study Says FA Online

Research links: Convex vs. Concave Returns Abnormal Returns

Perfect Memories and Rewarding Incompetence Bloomberg

Active vs. Passive Redux: How Far Should Managers Go? Morningstar Magazine

Thursday links: Being a Good Listener Abnormal Returns

Swedroe: How To Use Benchmarks ETF.com

Benchmark Bandits! How Some Funds Game Active Share Citywire

Misuse of Benchmarks Is Rife and Shouldn't Be Tolerated The Evidence-Based Investor

Epic Spotlight: Tim Riley Walton Today

Episode 8 - Tim Riley on the Value of Active Management ...For Advisors

One Sign That Outperforming Active Managers Will Continue to Outperform Institutional Investor

Active Share, Past Outperformance Can Predict Returns Financial Standard

Can Active Managers Beat the Market? Walton Insights

‘Lumpen Mass of IFAs’ Aren’t Wrong to Choose Active Money Marketing

Go Anywhere Funds Lack That Get Up and Go: Vanguard BoardIQ

Reddit-Fueled Stock Inflation Provided Quick Profits Before End of Meteoric Rise The Arkansas Traveler

Student Startup MORE Technologies Closes Acquisition Deal With Sphero University of Arkansas News

Active Share As a Predictor of Future Performance The Evidence-Based Investor

A Way to Select Outperforming Mutual Funds Advisor Perspectives

AMC Has Some Clever APEs Bloomberg

The Complex Materiality of ESG Ratings Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

Hold the Ratings: ESG Funds Outperform If They Use More Data Ignites


Investment Adviser Association

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Active Management: A Review of the Past 20 Years of Academic Literature on Actively Managed Mutual Funds

SSRN or Financial Analysts Journal

Natixis Investment Managers

Researching the Value of Active Management


Data & Code

Cremers, Martijn, Jon Fulkerson, and Timothy Riley. 2022. Benchmark Discrepancies and Mutual Fund Performance Evaluation. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 57 (2), 543-571.

Benchmark Mismatch (March 1979 through September 2023)

***Active share data and code is available on Martijn Cremer's website***

Riley, Timothy. 2021. Can mutual fund stars still pick stocks?: A replication and extension of Kosowski, Timmermann, Wermers, and White (2006). Critical Finance Review 10 (2), 251-261.

Sample Data & Sample Code

Jordan, Bradford, and Timothy Riley. 2015. Volatility and mutual fund manager skill. Journal of Financial Economics 118 (2), 289-298.

LVH Factor (January 1927 through December 2023)