Steven Perfect

Associate Professor
Steven Perfect
509 RBA
Academic Specialty

Ph.D., Finance, University of Texas at Austin
MBA, Finance, University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Physics, Oklahoma State University

Areas of Expertise

Portfolio Management

Dr. Steven Perfect is an associate professor in the Department of Finance at Florida State University’s College of Business. He currently teaches derivatives, investments and portfolio management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has published a number of articles in refereed academic journals, including Financial Management, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Derivatives and Journal of Empirical Finance. Perfect serves on the board of directors of Nodal Exchange, LLC and Nodal Clear, LLC. 

Perfect earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Oklahoma State University and his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 30 years of experience in the field of finance.

Selected Published Research

"Currency and Interest Rate Derivative Usage in U.S. Firms." Co-authored with Shawn D. Howton, Financial Management, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Winter 1998), pp. 111-121.

"Managerial Compensation and Firm Derivative Usage: An Empirical Analysis." Co-authored with Shawn D. Howton, Journal of Derivatives, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 1998), pp. 53-64.

"The Impact of Client Derivative Losses on Bank Derivatives Dealers: Evidence from the Capital Markets." Co-authored with Jeffrey A. Clark, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 28, No. 3 (August 1996), pp. 527-545

"The Role of Alternative Methodology on the Relation Between Portfolio Size and Diversification." Co-authored with Kristine L. Beck and Pamela P. Peterson, The Financial Review, Vol. 31, No. 2 (May 1996), pp. 381-406.

"The Effects of Rebalancing on Size and Book-to-Market Ratio Portfolio Returns." Co-authored with Patrick Denis, Karl N. Snow and Kenneth W. Wiles, Financial Analysts Journal, (May/June 1995), pp. 47-57.

"Self-Tender Offers: The Effects of Free Cash Flow, Cash Flow Signaling, and the Measurement of Tobin's q." Co-authored with David Peterson and Pamela Peterson, Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 19 (1995), pp. 1005-1023.

"Alternative Constructions of Tobin's q: An Empirical Comparison." Co-authored with Kenneth W. Wiles, Journal of Empirical Finance, Vol. 1, No. 3/4 (1994), pp. 313-341.

Interesting Facts

Dr. Perfect was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He and his wife Felecia have resided in either Florida or Texas since 1984. Dr. Perfect enjoys trading, football, reading, home brewing and technology. 

Honors and Awards
  • Guardian of the Flame Faculty Award for the College of Business (2016) 
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (2009) 
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (1998) 
  • University Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (1995)