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The Institute for Business and Finance Research was established in 2005 to foster quality business and finance research. We sponsor two academic conferences per year and publish eight academic journals. We work hard to provide a true bilingual platform for researchers from multiple cultures to exchange their ideas and research.


Terrance and Mercedes Jalbert co-founded The Institute for Business and Finance Research in 2005.

Terrance Jalbert serves as Editor in Chief for the Institute’s journals. He is also Professor of Finance at the University of Hawaii Hilo. He earned his Ph.D. in Finance from Texas Tech University, MBA from North Dakota State University and Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State University. He has published more than 75 journal articles. His research appears in journals including International Journal of Finance, Financial Services Review, Advances in Taxation, Journal of Accounting Education, Tax Notes and American Business Review. His background includes serving as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Mercedes Jalbert serves as Managing Editor and Conference Coordinator. She earned her MBA from Texas Tech University and Bachelor’s degree from Universidad Latina in Costa Rica. She has published more than 25 journal articles. Her research appears in journals including Latin American Business Review and Journal of Emerging Markets. Her background includes working as Treasurer for Roche Pharmaceutical, Latin American and Caribbean Headquarters and founding several small businesses.

Our Mission

The Institute for Business and Finance Research (IBFR) seeks to promote the study of business, finance, and related issues. The Institute also seeks to make accessible this wealth of information to the global higher-education and business communities. The Institute does this by sponsoring The Global Conference on Business and Finance and eight peer reviewed journals. We work under the principle of providing positive support toward getting your work published.

Our Commitment

We all know that college professors must balance their teaching, research, and service obligations. Finding the right forum to share and obtain feedback on our research, new teaching techniques, and innovative administrative processes can be challenging at times.

The Institute for Business and Finance Research was created to facilitate your work by providing an environment conducive to knowledge and experience sharing. We encourage the academic community to come and share their work at our conferences and Journals. We welcome articles which are of interest to scholars and practitioners in all the fields of business, finance, economics, accounting, management, marketing, MIS, business law, business education and related fields.