Dr. Robert Atra

Chair, Professor of Finance

Stock valuation models, investment strategies and international finance

1984 B.A., The College of the Ozarks
1986 M.S., Northern Illinois University
1990 Graduate of C.F.P. Program, College for
1997 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
2002 CFA, CFA Institute

Financial Management Association‘s Practitioner Demand Driven Research Initiative (PDDARI), supported by the CFA Society of Chicago.


“Benefits of choosing the HIFO method for tracking shares when liquidating portfolio assets.” -Journal of Financial Planning, January 2014.
“Can Taxes Save Dollar Cost Averaging” – Journal of Financial Planning, June 2012.

“Case Study on Information Security” – Grand Prairie Bancshares (with Dr. Abdullah).

“Can Taxes Save Dollar-Cost Averaging?” by Robert J. Atra, Ph.D., CFA, and Thomas L. Mann, Ph.D., CFP® in the June 2011 edition of the Journal of Financial Planning.

“Linking Discounted Cash Flow Valuation with Stable Paretian Portfolio Construction.” co-authored with with Rawley Thomas and Dandan Yang of LifeCycle Returns. The research paper was submitted to the Financial Management Association for their annual conference in October 2010.

“Fundamentals of Automated Discounted Cash Flow Valuation” with Rawley Thomas at Financial Management Association Conference, Dallas, TX.

Quoted in article in Bankrate.com, concerning the concept of “dollar cost averaging”, a process where small periodic investments are made and how effective it can be.


Atra, R., and Yuntaek Pae, (2015). Volatility and HIFO Accounting. Under peer review by Journal of Financial Planning.

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