Economic Sociologist, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Resides In

Tel Aviv, Israel


The University of Wisconsin-Madison, The New School for Social Research (NSSR), Cornell University


Investing, Trading, Behavioral Finance

Company Info

Adam Hayes


  • 15+ years of professional experience as a derivatives trader and five years in private wealth management
  • Writer and editor at Investopedia since 2014
  • Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Instructor for the University of Nicosia's MSc program in digital currencies.
  • CFA charterholder, FINRA Series 7 & 63, and Life & Health Insurance Licenses
  • PhD in economic sociology, MA in economics


Adam Hayes's expertise lies in the social studies of economic behavior, finance, and technology. He writes about the influence of social forces on economic choice and fintech's impact on society, including innovations such as Bitcoin & blockchains, robo-advisors, and insurtech. Adam has also written on topics such as behavioral finance, personal investing, financial risk, and derivatives. His past expertise includes more than a decade of professional work on Wall Street as a derivatives trader and private wealth manager. Prior to academia, Adam worked on Wall Street for 15 years as a derivatives trader and broker, with a brief stint in private wealth management and insurance.


Adam received his bachelor's from Cornell University, a Master's in Economics from The New School for Social Research, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adam is also a CFA charterholder.

Quote from Adam Hayes

"Too many people are scared of 'finance' for whatever reason. Finance needs to be de-mystified so that this fear is turned into the ability to recognize and take advantage of economic opportunities through investment, saving, and smart spending."