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James D. Keys

James D. Keys

College of Business
Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, RB 208B
Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-3268


  • Master of Science, Finance
    Florida International University, Miami, Florida
  • Master, Business Administration
    Florida International University, Miami, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Finance
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Personal Finance
  • Working Capital Management
  • Mortgage Mathematics

Professional Activities

Mr. Keys has reviewed several books including Foundations of Finance (first edition) and Fundamentals of Corporate Finance. He recently co-authored a paper with Gary A. Anderson titled “Building Human Capital Through Education” which was published in the Journal of Legal Economics. In 2005 and 2006, he helped adapt all end-of-chapter problems to ThomsonNOW for three Thomson/Southwestern titles (Fundamentals of Financial Management, Intermediate Financial Management, and Financial Management: Theory and Practice). ThomsonNOW is an integrated online suite of services and resources that enhance student learning.

He is the recipient of the Excellence in Advising Award (in 1992 and 1998), the Excellence in Teaching Award (2002), and the Teaching Incentive Award (1994) from Florida International University. The FIU Student Chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA) awarded him the “Professor of the Year” in 2003-2004 and Spring 2006, “Most Supportive Professor” in 2005, “Best Overall Professor” in 2005-2006, and “Honorary Award” in Fall 2006. Before joining FIU, Mr. Keys worked as an operations analyst for Barnett Bank and in air freight accounting for Eastern Airlines.

Mr. Keys earned the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation in the spring of 2002. This certification is widely regarded by treasury managers as one of the leading credentials in the field, reflecting a high standard of professionalism. Mr. Keys also earned Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in November of 2000 and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 2004. The ChFC program provides the training that enables financial planners and others in the financial services industry to provide comprehensive financial planning to their clients.

Courses Taught

  • Finance Internship
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Markets and Analysis
  • Intermediate Finance
  • Introduction to Business Finance
  • Personal Financial Management
  • Personal Investment Management

Refereed Journal Articles

Anderson, G. A., Barber, J. R., Keys, J. D., & Prakash, A. J. (2010). A simple rule for conflict resolution for mutually exclusive projects. International Journal of Finance, 22(3).

Anderson, G. A., & Keys, J. D. (2007). Building human capital through education. Journal of Legal Economics, 14(1).

Biz News

New study takes a fresh look at the value of education.

August 1, 2007

In business and academic circles, few would dispute that education offers added value to individuals and to the communities where they live and work.

But how do you put a price on that value?

Numerous published studies address how—and how much—education contributes to income. Indeed, vast theoretical and empirical research at both the micro and macro levels zeroes in on the notion of investment in education to build human capital.

Now, two colleagues in the College of Business’s Department of Finance have taken a fresh look at this equation in an article titled “Building Human Capital through Education,” published recently.

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