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James A Overdahl

US Securities & Exchange Commission

Washington, DC, USA


James A. Overdahl is Chief Economist of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, D.C. He came to the CFTC from the Risk Analysis Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C., where, as a specialist in financial derivatives, he served as an inhouse consultant on issues involving derivatives trading and asset management. Previously, he served as a staff economist at the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and taught courses in economics and finance at the University of Texas at Dallas, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, and George Washington University.

Dr. Overdahl received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in 1980, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University in 1984. He has written extensively on market structure, energy trading, and investments, and is co-author, with Robert Kolb, of a popular textbook on financial derivatives.

James A Overdahl is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters A Primer on Derivative Contracts and Their Regulation; and Appendices 19A-19F - Financial Product Fundamentals: Law, Business, Compliance (2nd Edition), Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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