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Md Nurul Alam

Md Nurul Alam

B.B.A. RU; M.Com Sydney
PhD Candidate

Research Centre
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Nurul holds Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in Finance from The University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He also has a Master of Commerce (M.Com) degree with a double major in Finance and Accounting, from The University of Sydney. Prior to commencing as higher degree research student, he worked at The University of Sydney Business School on several high profile ARC projects, including data population and complex data analysis as well as tutoring in Accounting discipline. Nurul is also working as accounting trainer in one of the oldest CRICOS providers (BBC) in Australia.

His current research is being undertaken with Prof. Stewart Jones and Prof. David Johnstone in the field of Credit Risk Analysis. His research interests also include financial accounting and reporting (theory, practice and regulations), financial analysis, corporate finance, behavioural finance, valuation analysis, and market anomalies.

Thesis working title

The accurate prediction of financial distress: An empirical analysis of the effect of credit default swaps and short sales on credit risk

Nurul’s research project is effectively trying to build a comprehensive financial distress prediction model by using two market based variables, namely CDS and Short Sale. Credit risk assessment has become a controversial issue, inter alia, rapid growth in derivative markets as well as recent scandal of collapsing profound firms. Better bankruptcy prediction models are sought from investors, regulators, and other market participants. Nurul’s research aims to enhance current theory and knowledge, and contribute to minimizing credit risk, for companies and regulators. The research will also benefit general investors by building a knowledge that will provide the resources to make better informed investment decisions.

Supervisors: Stewart Jones, David Johnstone