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Clemens Kownatzki, PhD

Practitioner Faculty in Finance; Academic Director, MS in Applied Finance

GSBM Instruction

Phone: 310.506.4100

Email: clemens.kownatzki@pepperdine.edu

Campus: Malibu

Clemens Kownatzki Practitioner Faculty in Finance

Dr. Clemens Kownatzki has been an executive in the financial services industry for well over two decades. His experience ranges from management positions in brokerage and treasury operations to advising corporate as well as retail clients with a focus on managing their risk effectively. He has also been an active investor in options and derivatives markets. Having lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S., his investments range from equity to international capital and currency markets. 

In 2010, he joined Pepperdine University as an adjunct professor of finance teaching financial risk management and derivatives to graduate students. Dr. Kownatzki’s primary research interest focuses on the important question of how risk and market volatility affects investment returns. 

As a passionate musician of many years, Dr. Kownatzki has a keen interest in supporting the arts and serving his community. He is on the board of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Corporation, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages students to embrace musical theatre for their personal growth. He also authored the book Money Music 101: Essential Finance Skills for Musicians, Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs. His book was the foundation for a personal finance class at LA College of Music. 

Dr. Kownatzki earned his PhD in Economics and Management from Claremont Graduate University. He also holds an MBA degree from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University. He currently lives in Sierra Madre (near Pasadena) with his wife and two children. 

Published Intellectual Contributions


Kownatzki, C. E. (2011). Money Music 101 (1st ed., pp. 200). 


Trincal, E. (2015). HSBC's two-year digital dual directional notes linked to Brazilian real offer good value play (November 2015 ed., pp. 6). New York, NY: Prospect News.

Trincal, E. (2015). JP Morgan's leveraged notes linked to iShares EM offer conviction play with sizeable buffer (November 2015 ed., pp. 1-2). New York, NY: Prospect News.

Trincal, E. (2015). JP Morgan's optimization notes tied to Technology Select fund offer 'fair' terms, advisor says (September 2015 ed., pp. 2). New York, NY: Prospect News.

Kownatzki, C. (2015). Examination of implied volatility as a proxy for financial risk. Ann Arbor: ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Trincal, E. (2015). JP Morgan's capped return enhanced notes linked to pound vs, euro introduce new currency pair (July 2015 ed., pp. 1+4). New York, NY: Prospect News.

Trincal, E. (2015). Morgan Stanley's $5 million notes tied to BRIC currency basket have eye-catching 18x leverage (July 2015 ed., pp. 1+3). New York, NY: Prospect News.

Rutledge, J. (2015). Economics as Energy Framework: Complexity, Turbulence, Financial Crises, and Protectionism (April 2015 ed., vol. Volume 25, pp. Pages 10–18). Review of Financial Economics.