Giorgio Valente is Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, College of Business, City University of Hong Kong. He is also currently Professor of Finance at Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK (External Appointment). Previously, he held full-time positions at the University of Warwick, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Essex. He also held visiting research positions at various universities including, among others, the University of Cambridge, Toulouse University and National Taiwan University. His research focuses on issues in international finance and global investments, FX and fixed income market microstructure with particular interest in FX determination and forecasting and the behavior of international interest rates and security prices. He served as co-Editor of Applied Financial Economics and Applied Financial Economics Letters between 2005 and 2007 and he is currently on the Editorial Board of the Pacific Economic Review. Over the years Professor Valente has been visiting and consulting for several institutions including the US Federal Reserve, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Bank for International Settlements. Since 2007 he serves as member of the Council of Advisers for the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. His biography is included in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Asia and his profile has been included in the REPEC list of Top 200 World Young Economists (with less than 10 years from their PhD).