About Jackson Pfeiffer


I was born in raised in Malibu, CA. From a young age, I enjoyed mathematics and playing baseball.



I am currently a Financial Economics PhD student at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests involve the application of Bayesian econometric methods on stochastic time series models, including volatility prediction, beta prediction, and market microstructure identification. My investing interests include algorithmic high-frequency volatility arbitrage and various other empirical methods.

In 2013, I graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors of Science in Financial Economics. I also earned Certificates in Markets and Management Studies, and Arts of the Moving Image. I graduated Magna Cum Laude, with High Distinction in Economics, and was elected to Duke's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. While there, I was involved with several clubs, was a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and was a member of Varsity Crew.

Before college, I attended Viewpoint School. Senior year, I was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and an AP Scholar with Honor. I was also in several honor societies, including the Cum Laude Society, the Mu Aplpha Theta National Math Honor Society, the Latin Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. On the Football team, I was Captain, Defensive MVP, 1st Team All County, and 1st Team All League.

Work Experience

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
Graduate Teaching Assistant
July 2014 - August 2014
Helped instruct introductory finance course in the Tepper School of Business MBA program, Finance I. Responsibilities included holding office hours and recitation sessions, grading problem sets and exams, and assisting with the creation and distribution of course materials.
Graduate Research Assistant
June 2014 - August 2014
Assisted with computational methods to value municipal bond defeasances.

Duke University
Economics Dept. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
August 2010 - May 2013
Held weekly sessions to assist instructing Econ 101, Economic Principles, and Econ 208, Introduction to Econometrics.
Mathematics Dept. Grader
September 2009 - December 2011
Graded weekly assignments for two introductory Calculus courses, Math 111 and Math 112.

Capital One Financial
Business Analyst Intern
Summer, 2012
Worked on the fraud defense team, using heuristics to create a defense rule with a first-year NPV of $2.5MM.

Summit Entertainment
Business Affairs Intern
Summer, 2010
After compiling a database of deal-term summaries to aid future negotiations, I tested and created financial models for television production and the distribution of films online.


Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Gold Award, Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Volunteer Work

Since graduating from college, I have been acting as my fraternity chapter's alumni advisor.


  • Computers
  • Stereos
  • Aquariums
  • Cigars
  • Whiskey
  • Coffee
  • Golf
  • Squash
  • Rowing