Bill McDonald

Professor Emeritus of Finance


Bill McDonald joined the Notre Dame faculty after receiving his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1979. He worked in a vice president position at the Schwab Center for Investment Research in San Francisco during the Internet boom/bust. At Schwab, he developed online financial planning software, including a patented portfolio optimization package. He has consulted for major investment banks, brokerages, and stock exchanges, and has served as an expert witness.

Professor McDonald’s research is predominantly in capital markets and he has more than 50 publications spanning leading journals in finance, accounting, management science, and economics.  His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The New Yorker, Barron’s, Quartz, and other popular press outlets.  The textual analysis technology he developed along with Tim Loughran for their 2011 Journal of Finance paper is used by Google, Fidelity, Citadel, Dow Jones, S&P Global, and WRDS. This same paper was #23 in the “Top 50 Cited Articles of All Time” reported by JF. Their paper on textual analysis published in the Journal of Accounting Research was ranked #2 for all papers published in that journal based on the 2018 impact factor.

Teaching in the area of investments, McDonald received a Kaneb Teaching Award in both 1999 and 2003, and the Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2015. The Applied Investment Management course he taught for over a decade manages more than $25 million of Notre Dame’s endowment.  More recently he designed and taught a course entitled Python for Finance and a course on Crypto Assets. He retired in 2022 and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona while continuing to do research and consulting.