Edward Szado is Associate Professor of Finance, Providence College. He is also the Director of Research at the Institute for Global Asset and Risk Management and received his Ph.D. in Finance from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught Risk Management at the Boston University School of Management, Derivatives at Clark University and a range of finance courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a former options trader and his experience includes product development in the areas of volatility based investments and structured investment products. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and has consulted for the Options Industry Council, Cboe, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.