Eric Robbins, M.B.A.

Eric Robbins
Associate Director of Corporate Outreach and Research, Black School of Business
Administrative Program Chair, MBA Program
Assistant Teaching Professor, Finance
Office Phone
Office Location
215 Burke
ERIE PA 16563

Eric Robbins has spent his entire career working with the stock market and managing the invested assets and the retirement income needs of retirees. Immediately following his undergraduate degree from Asbury University in Kentucky in 1998, he began working full-time at a family-owned wealth management firm. While working full-time, Eric pursued an MBA and graduated in 2005. He then began studies to become a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder, which he successfully completed in 2009.
In the spring semester 2010, Eric began teaching Corporate Finance part-time at Penn State Behrend while still working full-time in wealth management. He decided to follow his passion for educating others by accepting a full-time teaching position for the fall semester of 2013. He now teaches Investments and Retirement Planning both residentially at Penn State Behrend and online through Penn State World Campus. Most recently, Eric earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Certification. He also continues to consult with the family-owned wealth management firm’s clients on a periodic basis.
Eric leads a campus outreach for Boy Scouts and a spring student trip to visit companies and Penn State Alum in various cities around the country. In 2015, he also became the Administrative Chair of the MBA department.
When Eric is not engaged with his students or working to improve lesson content and projects, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids both at home and while traveling.

Research Interests

Personal Finance Investments Behavioral Finance


Investments Explained: 3rd Edition - January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1, 2022

The Retirement Planning Landscape: 3rd Edition - January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1, 2021

Foundations of Financial Economics (Topic 5) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Introduction to Structuring (Topic 23) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Private Credit and Distressed Credit (Topic 22) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Investments Explained: Second Edition - January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1, 2020

Alpha, Beta, and Hypothesis Testing (Topic 8) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Equity Hedge Funds (Topic 18) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Event-Driven Hedge Funds (Topic 16) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Funds of Hedge Funds (Topic 18) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Macro and Managed Futures Funds (Topic 15) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Measures of Risk and Performance (Topic 7) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Relative Value Funds (Topic 17) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

Structure of the Hedge Fund Industry (Topic 14) - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2020

The Low Cost Revolution - November, 2019

What with the SECURE Act make more secure? - July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2019

Understanding the Role of Share Buybacks - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2019

Fintech (Topic 79) - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2019

The Retirement Planning Landscape: 2nd Edition - January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1, 2019

Brexit in Laymen's Terms - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2019

Financial Market Trading Simulations: Are They Effective?, Journal of Financial Education - December, 2018
Collaborator: Timothy Krause, Co-Author

Reasons for increased market volatility - October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2018

No scholarship for retirement - July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2018

Investments Explained: From Mutual Funds to Equity Valuation - July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 17, 2018

REITs in a rising interest rate environment - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2018

Dow 30,000 - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2018

Big Data: New Tricks for Econometrics - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2018

Counterparty Risk Intermediation - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2018

Cautious Optimism - December 30, 2017

The New Conflict of Interest Rule - September 30, 2017

The Retirement Planning Landscape - July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 7, 2017

Social Advisors - June 30, 2017

Intergenerational Wealth Transfer - March 31, 2017

Alpha and the Low Risk Anomaly - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2017

Bitcoin: Economics, Technology, and Governance - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2017

Central Banks and Negative Rates - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2017

Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2017

Negative Interest Rates and their Impact - December 1, 2016

Family Offices - October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2016

Pension Fund Portfolio Management - October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2016

Sovereign Wealth Funds - October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2016

Low Volatility Investing - September 1, 2016

Are Stocks Currently Overvalued? - June, 2016

Essentials of Retirement Planning: A Holistic Review of Personal Retirement Planning Issues and Employer-Sponsored Plans, 3rd Edition - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2016

Robo Advisors: Friend or Foe? - March, 2016

Stress Testing Convergence - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2016

Credit Transfer Markets - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2016

Fundamental Review of the Trading Book - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2016

The Next Innovation: NextShares - December 1, 2015

Gendernomics: Let's Learn from Each Other - September 1, 2015

Essentials of Retirement Planning: A Holistic Review of Personal Retirement Planning Issues and Employer-Sponsored Plans, 2nd Edition - June 1, 2015

Smart Beta: Is it as smart as it sounds? - March 1, 2015

Modeling Cycles: MA, AR, and ARMA Models - January (1st Quarter/Winter) 15, 2015

Essentials of Retirement Planning: A Holistic Review of Personal Retirement Planning Issues and Employer-Sponsored Plans - August, 2014

Back Door Roth IRA Contributions

Could Master Limited Partnerships Help Solve Retirees' Income Needs?

Institutional Wealth Management - January (1st Quarter/Winter) 15, 2013


MBA, Gannon University

BA, Accounting, Asbury University