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Investment and Asset Management, Finance

FT Investment Management Summit: New York

Managing Risk and Generating Return in Complex Market Environments

New York |
Speakers include:
Ashvin Chhabra

Ashvin Chhabra

Euclidean Capital

Michael Kitces

Michael Kitces

XY Planning Network

Keith Banks

Keith Banks

Bank of America


The 6th Annual Investment Management Summit: Managing Risk and Generating Return in Complex Market Environments will bring together leading investors, financial advisors and market experts to discuss the recent developments and evolving trends that are shaping the industry.

Against the backdrop of a strengthening US economy and a slowdown in the pace of growth abroad, this full-day program will provide a comprehensive overview of today’s global economic climate and explore the various factors influencing investment strategy as investors adjust to increased volatility and uncertainty in the markets. An interactive format will bring a unique opportunity to engage directly with senior investment professionals and participate in lively discussions to better inform asset allocation and risk management decisions.

The Summit will also highlight new trends in investment management and implications for the industry as a whole. From new entrants offering automated online investment advice to increased investor appetite for smart beta and liquid alternatives, the traditional asset management industry is facing a multitude of headwinds that are sure to challenge the status quo. Attend to hear senior industry leaders discuss the changing landscape and offer guidance for the road ahead.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/27/2015 08:15:0010/27/2015 16:45:00trueFT Investment Management Summit: New YorkThe 6th Annual Investment Management Summit: Managing Risk and Generating Return in Complex Market Environments will bring together leading investors, financial advisors and market experts to discuss the recent developments and evolving trends that are shaping the industry.Against the backdrop of a strengthening US economy and a slowdown in the pace of growth abroad, this full-day program will provide a comprehensive overview of today’s global economic climate and explore the various factors influencing investment strategy as investors adjust to increased volatility and uncertainty in the markets. An interactive format will bring a unique opportunity to engage directly with senior investment professionals and participate in lively discussions to better inform asset allocation and risk management decisions.The Summit will also highlight new trends in investment management and implications for the industry as a whole. From new entrants offering automated online investment advice to increased investor appetite for smart beta and liquid alternatives, the traditional asset management industry is facing a multitude of headwinds that are sure to challenge the status quo. Attend to hear senior industry leaders discuss the changing landscape and offer guidance for the road ahead.FT-Investment-Management-Summit:-New-York383d43ea7894b47c7606155d2587e6f4MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (26)

Ashvin Chhabra

Ashvin Chhabra

Euclidean Capital

Ashvin B. Chhabra is the author of The Aspirational Investor: Taming the Markets to Achieve Your Life’s Goals. He is widely recognized as one of the founders of goals based wealth management and for his seminal work “Beyond Markowitz” which integrates Modern Portfolio Theory with Behavioral Finance. 

Dr Chhabra is President of Euclidean Capital, responsible for the management of investments for James H. Simons & Marilyn Simons and their associated foundations. He was Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investment Management and Guidance at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management from 2013-2015. He was the Chief Investment Officer at the Institute for Advanced Study from 2007-2013 and Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management Strategies and Analytics for Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client Group from 2001-2007. Prior to that, he was Head of Quantitative Research at JP Morgan Private Bank.

Dr Chhabra is the chair of the Board of Regents for the Financial Analysts Seminar of CFA Institute. He is also member of the international advisory board of EDHEC-Risk Institute, the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation, and the investment committee of the Institute for Advanced Study. Dr Chhabra has lectured at Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia Business School, Baruch College CUNY, and the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Yale University.

Michael Kitces

Michael Kitces

XY Planning Network

Michael Kitces is a Co-Founder of the XY Planning Network, a turnkey financial planning platform designed to help fee-only Gen X and Gen Y advisors deliver financial planning to their Gen X and Gen Y peers. In addition, he is a Partner and the Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, a private wealth management firm located in Columbia, Maryland that oversees approximately $1.4bn of client assets. He is also the former Practitioner Editor of the Journal of Financial Planning.

Mr Kitces also publishes the e-newsletter The Kitces Report, and the popular financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View through his website, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning.

For his work, he has been recognized as financial planning's "Deep Thinker," a "Legacy Builder," an "Influencer," a "Mover & Shaker," part of the “Power 20,” and a "Rising Star in Wealth Management" by industry publications, and in 2010, he was recognized with one of the National Financial Planning Association’s “Heart of Financial Planning” awards for his dedication and work in advancing the profession.

Keith Banks

Keith Banks

Vice Chairman of Global Wealth and Investment Management, Head of Investment Solutions Group (ISG)
Bank of America

Keith Banks is Vice Chairman at Bank of America and head of the Investment Solutions Group (ISG) which encompasses the company’s Chief Investment Office, Alternative Investments, Capital Markets and the products and platforms supporting Merrill, Bank of America Private Bank (formerly known as U.S. Trust), and Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions. Prior to being named vice chairman in 2017, Banks served as president of U.S. Trust for nine years.

Mr Banks is a board member of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and serves on Bank of America’s Chief Executive Officer’s Management Committee, as well as the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee. Previously, he was a member of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.

During his career at Bank of America, he has also served as president of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division and president and CIO of Columbia Management. He joined Bank of America in 2004, following FleetBoston Financial’s merger with the company. Prior to this, Banks held the roles of CIO and CEO of FleetBoston Financial’s asset management organization.

Prior to joining FleetBoston in 2000, Mr Banks was a managing director and head of U.S. equity for JP Morgan Investment Management. During his 16-years at JP Morgan, he also served as global head of equity research, head of U.S. equity research and as a portfolio manager and equity research analyst for the chemical and textile industries. Banks began his investment career as an equity analyst at Home Insurance in 1981.

Mr Banks earned his bachelor’s degree in economics with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University, and his MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a member of the Rutgers Board of Governors, sits on the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors of Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia Business School Board of Overseers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center.

John  Authers

John Authers

Senior Investment Commentator
Financial Times

John Authers has been the Financial Times’ Senior Investment Commentator, based in New York, since September 2014. He writes The Long View and Smart Money columns, which examine long-term market trends, and also presents the Authers’ Note daily stream of videos. Previously, he was the global editor of Lex, the FT’s flagship daily opinion column, and before that the FT's investment editor, introducing the popular daily Short View video, and taking a leading role in shaping the FT’s coverage of the global financial crisis. Mr Authers joined the FT in 1990 and during his career has also served as its US markets editor, Mexico City bureau chief, US banking correspondent, UK education and local government correspondent, and personal finance correspondent. In 2009, he was named senior journalist of the year by the Wincott Foundation, He also won Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2008 and 2010 for his online video reports, and has twice been named the UK’s investment journalist of the year for national newspapers in the State Street Institutional Press Awards. Mr Authers holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MS from Columbia School of Journalism as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University College, Oxford.

Josh Charney

Josh Charney

Investment Consultant

Josh Charney is an Investment Consultant for Morningstar’s Investment Management group. He is responsible for performing manager selection and due diligence for Morningstar’s clients and sub-advised accounts, specializing in alternative strategies and asset classes. He is a member of the active allocation team and helps determine active asset allocations for client accounts.

Mr Charney was formerly Team Lead of Morningstar’s alternative manager research team. He was a regular contributor to Morningstar’s Alternative Investments Observer, a quarterly newsletter, and headed up Morningstar’s annual alternative investments survey with Barron’s. He also was a member of Morningstar’s Analyst Ratings Committee for alternative strategies, which assigns ratings to alternative mutual fund strategies. His coverage list focused on long/short equity, market-neutral, and multi-alternative funds. He joined Morningstar as a product consultant in 2010.

Mr Charney holds a Bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Economics, Finance, and Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.   

Chris Coviello

Chris Coviello

Director of Practice Management and Consulting
Fidelity Clearing and Custody

Chris Coviello is a Director of Practice Management and Consulting for Fidelity Clearing and Custody, a unit of Fidelity Institutional. The team provides practice management and consulting services to registered investment advisors, including strategic acquirers and professional asset managers, as well as retirement recordkeepers. 

Mr Coviello assumed his current position in 2014 and is responsible for leading the digital advice consulting and thought leadership program, as well as contributing to the digital advice technology product offering. He previously served as a Portfolio Management and Financial Planning Product Manager within Fidelity Institutional Technology.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2011, Mr Coviello performed advisory, operational, and analytical functions as part of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He served over eight years in the US Army, holding various operational and planning positions of increasing responsibility before separating in 2005 as an Infantry Captain.

Mr Coviello received his BSc in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000 and his MSc in Finance from Suffolk University in 2010.

Gershon Distenfeld

Gershon Distenfeld

Senior Vice President and Director of High Yield

Gershon M. Distenfeld is Senior Vice President and Director of High Yield at AB, responsible for all of AllianceBernstein’s US High Yield, European High Yield, Low Volatility High Yield, Flexible Credit and Leveraged Loans strategies. He also serves on the Global Credit, Canadian and Absolute Return fixed-income portfolio-management teams, and is a senior member of the Credit Research Review Committee. Additionally, Mr Distenfeld co-manages the High Income Fund and two of the firm’s Luxembourg-domiciled funds designed for non-US investors, the Global High Yield and American Income Portfolios.

He has authored a number of published papers and initiated many blog posts, including “High Yield Won’t Bubble Over,” one of the firm’s most-read blogs. Mr Distenfeld joined the firm in 1998 as a Fixed-Income Business Analyst. He served as a high-yield trader from 1999 to 2002 and as a high-yield portfolio manager from 2002 until 2006, when he was named to his current role. He began his career as an Operations Analyst supporting Emerging Markets Debt at Lehman Brothers. He holds a BS in Finance from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University and is a CFA charterholder. 

Jylanne Dunne

Jylanne Dunne

Senior Vice President
Fidelity Clearing and Custody

Jylanne Dunne is Senior Vice President, Practice Management and Consulting for Fidelity Clearing and Custody, a Fidelity Investments company. In this role, she is responsible for oversight and development of all comprehensive practice management programs and consulting to help advisors accelerate growth, streamline operations, and manage risk.

Ms Dunne joined Fidelity Investments as a Senior Vice President responsible for national sales of custody and trading to existing advisors and new entrants to the asset management channel. With over 25 years of financial services experience, she previously was an Executive Vice President of Global Sales for BISYS Fund Services and also held senior management positions in relationship management and sales at First Data (currently BONY Global Fund Services). Ms Dunne has also held positions at The Boston Company, Putnam Investments, and Xtra Corporation and received a BA from Boston College.

Michael Finke

Michael Finke

Professor and Director of the Retirement Planning and Living Center
Texas Tech University

Michael Finke is a Professor and Director of the Retirement Planning and Living Center in the department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University.  The Personal Financial Planning program at Texas Tech is recognized as a leader in education and research supporting the profession of financial planning. Previously, he was the Director of Graduate Studies at Texas Tech and at the University of Missouri.

Dr Finke’s research includes studies of retirement savings and investment behavior, optimal retirement income and annuitization strategies, regulation of financial advice, financial literacy in old age, and most recently, life satisfaction among retirees.  He received the award for the most influential paper published in the Journal of Financial Planning in 2013 and 2014. He also writes monthly articles translating academics topics for practitioners in his role as contributing editor for Research Magazine and is considered one of the leading experts on income strategies and planning issues related to aging. 

Dr Finke completed his Doctorate in Consumer Economics at The Ohio State University in 1998 and in Finance from the University of Missouri in 2011.  

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

Deputy US News Editor
Financial Times

Stephen Foley is Deputy US News Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. He is also author of the FT's Ambitious Wealth column. Mr Foley was previously US Investment Correspondent, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues, and before that, he was a markets correspondent for the FT, covering bond and credit derivatives, market developments, regulatory reform and their impact on the wider economy. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Foley was the Associate Business Editor of The Independent, where he covered the credit crisis and US business issues in New York. Prior to this, he covered the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry for The Independent in London. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Mr Foley holds a degree from Cambridge University, as well as a diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

Troy Gayeski

Troy Gayeski

Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager
SkyBridge Capital

Troy Gayeski is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at SkyBridge Capital. As Senior Portfolio Manager, he has oversight of the firm’s discretionary portfolios (SkyBridge Multi-Advisor Hedge Fund Portfolios – Series G, SkyBridge G II and Legion Strategies) and institutional separate accounts. A regular speaker and commentator, Mr Gayeski appears as a frequent guest on various broadcast networks including Bloomberg News and Fox Business Network.

Mr Gayeski’s responsibilities include Portfolio Management, Manager Sourcing, Research, and Due Diligence across a wide variety of strategies. He oversees the Event Driven and Relative Value Arbitrage Strategies. Prior to this, he performed similar duties in the Hedge Fund Management Group at Citigroup Alternative Investments (CAI), Bank of America and Yankee Advisers. Mr Gayeski received a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT and is a CFA charterholder.

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Twenty-First Securities Corporation

Robert N. Gordon is the President of Twenty-First Securities Corporation, which he founded in 1983. Before founding Twenty-First Securities, Mr Gordon was a partner at Oppenheimer & Company.  Prior to that, he worked at Laidlaw, Adams & Peck, where he became a Regional Manager and Senior Vice President. He has been in the brokerage business since 1976.

Since 1991, Mr Gordon has served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Graduate School of Business, teaching one course on “Arbitrage” theories and another titled "Taxes and Investing." He has been involved with The Wharton School’s Securities Industry Institute since 1979, starting as a student, becoming a lecturer in 1983, and serving as Chairman in 1994 and 1995.  Mr Gordon has had many roles at the Securities Industry Association, having served as an SIA Director, as Treasurer, as Chairman of the Tax Policy Committee and Chairman of the New York District.  He is a member of the Wall Street Tax Association and the New York State CPA Society.  He is on the Committee of Management of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, as well as on the Board of and Chair of the Collections Committee of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Mr Gordon writes a monthly column for onwallstreet; is the author (with Jan Rosen) of Wall Street Secrets for Tax Efficient Investing and author or coauthor of chapters in Tax Planning for the Affluent, Market Shock and Harold Evensky’s The Investment Think Tank.  He has published many articles on tax, arbitrage and hedging strategies. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of Derivatives Report, The Journal of Taxationand Investments and The Journal of Wealth Management


Paul Irving

Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

Paul H. Irving is Chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. He is also the author of The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose

Mr Irving previously served as the Institute’s President, as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, as Chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a law and consulting firm, and as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he received the Board of Governors Award for outstanding contributions to society and the law. 

Mr Irving serves on the boards of East West Bancorp, Inc and the American Society on Aging, as Vice Chairman of, and as a Member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Davis School, the Advisory Board of the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, the Advisory Council of the Global Coalition on Aging, and Partners for Livable Communities’ National Advisory Board on Aging. In 2014, he was honored with the Janet L. Witkin Award by Affordable Living for the Aging. 

Dodd Kittsley

Dodd Kittsley

Head of ETF Strategy
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Dodd Kittsley is the Head of ETF Strategy for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (Deutsche AWM). Mr Kittsley joined Deutsche AWM in 2014 with 18 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Global Head of ETF Research and Head of ETF Due Diligence at BlackRock. Previously, he was a Director for ETF Strategy and Thought Leadership at both Barclays Global Investors (acquired by BlackRock) and State Street Global Advisors. Before that, he worked in ETF and Closed End Fund Research at Morgan Stanley. Mr Kittsley has a BA in Psychology from Hamilton College, a Master's degree in Sports Psychology from University of Houston and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis

Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer
Samson Capital Advisors

Jonathan E. Lewis is Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer of Samson Capital Advisors LLC. He is a Founder, Portfolio Manager and member of the Management Committee. He also chairs the Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr Lewis was the Chief Fixed Income Strategist at OFFIT Investment Group (formerly OFFITBANK), where he oversaw taxable and tax-exempt fixed income investing for $8bn in private and institutional client assets. He served as Managing Director of Fixed Income for Evergreen Private Asset Management, which managed $18bn in private client assets and was a member of their Customized Fixed Income Management Team, overseeing more than $100bn. From 1988 to 1999, he was a Portfolio Manager and Vice President with Skandia Asset Management, later as Head of Fixed Income and a member of the Global Fixed Income Investment Policy Committee for the firm’s insurance portfolios. From 1986 to 1988, he was a money market trader at Dean Witter Reynolds.

He is the author of Spy Capitalism: Itek and the CIA and the co-author of CIA Deputy Director Richard Bissell’s memoirs - Reflections of a Cold Warrior. Mr Lewis holds an MA from New York University and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kevin Markett

Kevin Markett

Director of Client Service and Wealth Advisor
Geller Family Office Services

Kevin Markett serves as a Director of Client Service and Wealth Advisor at Geller Family Office Services. He brings over 15 years of experience advising high net worth clients and institutions in all areas of asset and wealth management, including wealth preservation, wealth transfer and philanthropic planning. Mr Markett uses his significant expertise to work closely with clients to help build, monitor, and achieve their financial objectives by developing tailored financial plans. He teams with other advisors and service providers to ensure seamless implementations of their plans. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Geller & Company, he worked at Russell Investments where he advised institutional clients on investment strategy and implementation. He also provided financial planning services to high net worth individuals at Citigroup Private Bank. Mr Markett received a BA in Economics from Connecticut College and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Marist College. He is a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner and holds a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Series 3 license. 

Ron Mastrogiovanni

Ron Mastrogiovanni

President and CEO
HealthView Services

Ron Mastrogiovanni is the President and CEO of HealthView Services and has more than 25 years of experience in management consulting, financial services and health care software design.  He is responsible for developing the HealthView platform, a solution-based planning system that integrates health care cost projections, Medicare means testing, long-term care expenses and Social Security optimization into the retirement planning process. Prior to HealthView, he was the co-founder of FundQuest, one of the first fee-based asset management companies that provided financial institutions - including banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms – with wealth management solutions.  

Mr Mastrogiovanni has emerged as a widely respected thought leader in the area of health care costs projections and has co-authored several white papers on such topics as the “Annual Health Care Cost Data Report” and the “Impact of Medicare Means Testing on Future Retirees.”

Mr Mastrogiovanni currently serves as a state Health Policy Commissioner for the state of Massachusetts and on the board of directors of the Retirement Income Industry Association. He received a BS from Boston State College and an MBA from Babson College.

Clarke Moody

Clarke Moody

Partner and Portfolio Specialist
Harding Loevner

Clarke Moody is a Partner of the $40bn Global, International, Emerging and Frontier Markets equity manager Harding Loevner LP. In his role as Portfolio Specialist, he represents all of the firm’s equity strategies to clients and prospects around the world. He has over 30 years of industry experience, having worked on corporate finance transactions with clients in the Health Care, Industrial, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications industries for global institutions such as Chase Manhattan Bank, Barclays de Zoette Wedd, and ABN Amro.

Mr Moody joined Harding Loevner in 1996 and has served in a variety of roles in both the investment and business development sides of the firm, including Analyst, Client Portfolio Manager, and Director of Institutional Marketing. In his current position, he works with the firm’s portfolio managers and analysts to develop effective communications regarding portfolio structure, risk and performance analytics, and investment insights and outlook to internal and external audiences.

Mr Moody attended the University of London and graduated from Colby College in 1978 with a BA in English Literature. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation.

Abigail Noble

Abigail Noble

The ImPact

Abigail Noble is CEO of The ImPact, a non-profit social enterprise committed to helping families (through their family offices, businesses and foundations) make more impact investments, more effectively. Prior, she was Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum where she co-authored 6 leading reports on impact investing. Previously, she was Head of Africa and Latin America for The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She received her MPA/ID from Harvard and BA from Tufts, was a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rebecca Patterson

Rebecca Patterson

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
Bessemer Trust

Rebecca Patterson is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for the Bessemer Trust Companies. In that capacity, she has overall responsibility for investments, including asset allocation, strategic portfolio direction, and research. She is chair of the Investment Policy and Strategy Committee and a member of the Management Committee.

Prior to joining Bessemer, Ms Patterson was Chief Markets Strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, where she headed the global client advisory group and was a member of the private bank’s investment committee. Ms Patterson joined JP Morgan as an investment bank research analyst and later became the Global Head of Foreign Exchange and Commodities for the private bank, working in the US, Europe, and Asia. Prior to her career at JP Morgan, Ms Patterson was a journalist who covered politics, economics, and financial markets for Dow Jones and the Associated Press in the US and Europe.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the New York Federal Reserve’s Foreign Exchange Committee, the Economic Club of New York, the University of Florida Investment Corporation’s Advisory Board, and the Committee of 200. A regular CNBC contributor, she was named one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by American Banker in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and Private Asset Management recognized her efforts in the industry as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth” in 2015.

Ms Patterson earned a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida, an MA in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from New York University.

Greg Peters

Greg Peters

Managing Director
PGIM Fixed Income

Greg Peters is a Managing Director of PGIM Fixed Income.  He is also senior portfolio manager for Core, Long Government/Credit, Core Plus, Absolute Return, and other multi-sector Fixed Income strategies. Prior to joining Prudential Fixed Income, Mr Peters was the Chief Global Cross Asset Strategist at Morgan Stanley and responsible for the firm's  macro research and asset allocation strategy.  In addition, he was Morgan Stanley's Global Director of Fixed Income & Economic Research and served on the Firm Risk, Investment, Asset Allocation, Global Credit, and Global Fixed Income Operating Committees. Earlier, Mr Peters worked at Salomon Smith Barney and the Department of U.S. Treasury. He has been recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for his efforts in macro, fixed income, high yield and investment grade strategies. And was also recently recognized as Business Insider's Top Analysts and Top Analyst's to Watch by CEO World. Mr Peters holds a BA in Finance from The College of New Jersey and an MBA from Fordham University. He is also a member of the Fixed Income Analyst Society and the Bond Market Association.

Brian Pollak

Brian Pollak

Partner and Portfolio Manager
Evercore Wealth Management

Brian Pollak is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Evercore Wealth Management with over 11 years of experience managing investments for individuals and institutions. He is responsible for managing taxable bond investments at the firm and also leads Evercore’s Manager Selection Committee, which is responsible for the selection, due diligence and on-going monitoring of all third party investment managers.

Prior to joining Evercore, Mr Pollak was a Portfolio Manager for AIG Investments where he co-managed corporate bond portfolios totaling over $60bn, primarily for AIG’s general account portfolios. Prior to this role, he served as a Corporate Bond Analyst focused on basic industries, including paper/forest products, chemicals, and packaging companies. Prior to attending business school, he worked for the Milken Family Foundation.

Mr Pollak received his BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and his MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 2003. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Managing Director and Chief Credit Officer, Asia Pacific
Moody's Investors Services

Michael Taylor is a Managing Director for Moody’s Investors Service. He is also Moody’s Chief Credit Officer for the Asia Pacific region. Dr Taylor leads regional research, particularly research with a crosssectoral and macro credit focus. He also coordinates regional analytical initiatives and represents Credit Policy, meeting regularly with regulators and investors.

He joined Moody’s after a distinguished career in several leading central banks and international financial institutions, including roles at the Bank of England, the IMF — where as Resident Representative, he was closely involved in the resolution of the Indonesian financial crisis in the late 1990s — and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority as Head of Banking Policy. He was also the Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Dr Taylor has also had a distinguished academic career, including as Reader in Financial Regulation at Reading University. He has published widely on financial stability and financial regulation and given seminars and lectures at the Said Business School at Oxford University, at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, and The University of Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Doctorate from Oxford University. He also holds a Master’s in International Business Law from the University of London.

Alexa von Tobel

Alexa von Tobel

Founder and CEO

Alexa von Tobel is the Founder and CEO of and the New York Times-Bestselling Author of Financially Fearless. She brings her passion for innovative product design to the financial planning space as she works to revolutionize how Americans interact with their money. Ms von Tobel raised nearly $75m in financing for LearnVest, which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in May 2015 in one of the biggest fintech acquisitions of the decade.

She has appeared on the cover of Forbes and has been featured as an expert in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fast Company, Businessweek, InStyle, Rachael Ray, and more. She is an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship for the White House, has been included in the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 list, selected as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women and included in their 40 Under 40 list, named as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, listed on Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30, noted as one of "18 Women Changing the World" by Marie Claire, and given a "Genius Award" from Elle. She is a columnist for Money Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Cosmopolitan and hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM called Financially Fearless with Alexa von Tobel.

She received an AB in Psychology at Harvard College and attended Harvard Business School before launching LearnVest.

Robin Wigglesworth

Robin Wigglesworth

Global Finance Correspondent
Financial Times

Robin Wigglesworth is the FT’s global finance correspondent, covering investing, markets, finance and economic issues around the world. He was previously the US markets editor, capital markets correspondent, and Gulf correspondent. Before joining the FT in 2008, Mr Wigglesworth covered the Nordic economies, politics, bond and currencies for Bloomberg News. He has an MA in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics, a BA in Journalism and Contemporary History from City University, and studied Economics at the Oslo School of Management. 

Deborah Winshel

Deborah Winshel

Managing Director and Global Head of Impact Investing

Deborah Winshel is a Managing Director and serves as Global Head of Impact Investing at BlackRock. She is responsible for leading and unifying the firm's impact efforts, including the current $225bn in assets under management tied to social and environmental strategies. Additionally, she oversees BlackRock's Global Corporate Philanthropy initiatives, continuing the firm's mission of "Building Better Financial Futures" and leveraging BlackRock's $100m Charitable Fund, employee skills and expertise to create social impact on a global scale.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Ms Winshel was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Robin Hood Foundation, where she was responsible for the development of the strategy and infrastructure to ensure the organization's long-term sustainability and growth. She was previously the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, she spent more than a dozen years working in New York and London for JP Morgan's Investment Bank, culminating as a Managing Director advising key corporate clients on a variety of financial, capital markets and strategic issues.

In 2013, she was selected by Crain's New York Business as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in New York" and was honored with the Harvard Business School Women's Association of Greater New York's 2014 "Women Who Inspire Us" award. She is a founding board member of Immigrant Justice Corps and a member of the Economic Club of New York. Ms Winshel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. 


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Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

Deputy US News Editor
Financial Times

Stephen Foley is Deputy US News Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. He is also author of the FT's Ambitious Wealth column. Mr Foley was previously US Investment Correspondent, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues, and before that, he was a markets correspondent for the FT, covering bond and credit derivatives, market developments, regulatory reform and their impact on the wider economy. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Foley was the Associate Business Editor of The Independent, where he covered the credit crisis and US business issues in New York. Prior to this, he covered the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry for The Independent in London. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Mr Foley holds a degree from Cambridge University, as well as a diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

Why Attend?

  • Hear senior investment professionals and market experts engage in lively debate about the key factors influencing investment performance.
  • Leave the event with a solid understanding of the global economic climate as it relates to risk management and rebalancing in the portfolio.
  • Learn about new strategies in asset management, estate and retirement planning that are currently in high demand.
  • Gain a competitive edge by staying current on recent developments in the investment management industry and implications for advisors.
  • Meet high-level executives from the investment and asset management communities.
  • Earn valuable continuing education credits toward the CIMA®, CIMC®, CPWA® and CFP® certifications.

Agenda - 27th Oct

  • 8:15am
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Stephen Foley, US Investment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Panel Discussion: Growing Divergence in the Global Economic Landscape

    As global growth slows and markets adjust to the US Federal Reserve’s efforts to gradually raise rates, the investment industry is bracing for increased volatility in equities and growing divergence in economic performance. Dramatic shifts in exchange rates, monetary policies abroad and geopolitical tensions are also top of mind for investors and their advisors looking to anticipate future market disruptions. This panel of economic and market experts will assess the various factors impacting the global economy today and offer guidance for how to position portfolios to be resilient. 

    Keith Banks, President, US Trust
    Troy Gayeski, Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager, SkyBridge Capital
    Rebecca Patterson, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Bessemer Trust
    Michael Taylor, Managing Director and Chief Credit Officer, Asia Pacific, Moody's Investors Service

    Moderated by: Stephen Foley, US Investment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Panel Discussion: Adapting Fixed Income Strategy to Accommodate New Market Conditions

    Over the past several years, investors in search of yield have embraced less traditional fixed income strategies such as unconstrained bond funds, emerging market debt and high-yield mutual funds or ETFs. Many view this year as a transition year for fixed income, however, and capital flows into these strategies have begun to slow, or in some cases reverse. In anticipation of the coming Federal Reserve rate hikes, investors are now adapting their fixed income strategy to account for increased volatility, a flatter yield curve, and changing risk/reward ratios. Fixed income experts will discuss the changes they are currently making and seeing in portfolios in light of these new market conditions.

    Gershon Distenfeld, Senior Vice President and Director of High Yield, AB
    Jonathan Lewis, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer, Samson Capital Advisors
    Gregory Peters, Managing Director, Prudential Fixed Income and Portfolio Manager, Prudential Total Return Bond Fund

    Moderated by: Robin Wigglesworth, US Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
    Networking Break
  • 11:10am
    Panel Discussion: Assessing Liquid Alternatives

    Alternative investment strategies have traditionally been associated with high management fees and illiquidity. Liquid alternatives proclaim to offer similar exposure, but with daily liquidity and lower fees. However, investors and financial advisors face challenges determining how to incorporate these strategies and products into a client’s portfolio and how to compare the various offerings in the market. Critics also warn that the liquidity promised leaves room for bottlenecks and significant downside if markets fall or everyone decides to exit the strategy at the same time. This panel of seasoned investors and experts will discuss both the opportunities and challenges presented by liquid alts.

    Josh Charney, Investment Consultant, Morningstar
    Robert Gordon, President, Twenty-First Securities
    Brian Pollak, Partner and Portfolio Manager, Evercore Wealth Management 

    Moderated by: John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Keynote Interview: Ambitious Wealth -- Millennials and The Future of Financial Advice

    Michael Kitces, Co-Founder, XY Planning Network
    Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO, LearnVest

    Interviewed by: Stephen Foley, US Investment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:35pm

    Brief address by Jylanne Dunne, Senior Vice President of Practice Management and Consulting, Fidelity Clearing and Custody

  • 1:35pm
    Roundtable Discussions
    • Ambitious Wealth: What Is Impact Investing and What Can Advisors Learn from the Richest Families?
      Stephen Foley, US Investment Correspondent, Financial Times in discussion with Abigail Noble, CEO, and Deborah Winshel, Global Head of Impact Investing, BlackRock
    • Evolving Your Firm for the Future: How To Think About Digital Advice
      Chris Coviello, Director of Practice Management and Consulting, Fidelity Clearing and Custody
      Jylanne Dunne, Senior Vice President of Practice Management and Consulting, Fidelity Clearing and Custody
    • Managing Through Volatility in International Equity Markets
      Clarke Moody, Portfolio Specialist, Harding Loevner
    • New Developments and Innovations Within ETFs: Smart Beta and Beyond
      Dodd Kittsley, Head of ETF Strategy, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
  • 2:35pm
    Networking Break
  • 2:50pm
    Keynote Address: The Upside of Aging - A Look at Longevity and Its Implications

    Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology 

  • 3:20pm
    Panel Discussion: Retirement and Estate Planning in a Low Return Environment

    Taken together, increasing life expectancy, the rising cost of long-term care, and lower return expectations are challenging conventional assumptions about retirement and estate planning. Advisors are now rethinking safe-withdrawal rates and seeking new strategies for helping clients ensure future income obligations when current equity valuations are high and bond rates are low. Financial advisory, investment and tax experts come together to discuss effective portfolio strategies for preparing for the future.    

    Michael Finke, Professor of Retirement Planning and Living, Texas Tech University
    Kevin Markett, Director of Client Service and Wealth Advisor, Geller Family Office Services
    Ron Mastrogiovanni, President and CEO, HealthView Services

    Moderated by: Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology

  • 4:10pm
    The Aspirational Investor: Taming the Markets To Achieve Your Life's Goals

    Ashvin Chhabra, Author, The Aspirational Investor and President, Euclidean Capital

  • 4:45pm
    Closing Remarks

Who Attends?

This event is open to financial advisors and market experts to discuss the strategies and products that are being utilized in an interactive format with high levels of peer exchange. 

Past attending companies include:

American Economic Planning Group • American Financial & Tax Strategies• American Financial Group• Ameriprise Financial • BBVA Compass• Bank of America Merrill Lynch • Bernstein Global Wealth Management • Brewster Financial Planning • Cambridge Investment Research •Carter Bain • CapTrust • Chase Investment Services • Chatham Wealth Management • Citi Private Bank • Commonwealth Financial Network • Conrad Capital Management• Constellation Wealth Advisors •Creative Financial Resources• Credit Suisse • Delaware Investments• Deutsche Bank • Edward Jones• Evercore Wealth Management • Fieldpoint Private Bank & Trust Financial Network • GroupFirst Empire Asset Management • Gateway Advisory • Haynes Financial • Highline Wealth Management • HighTower Advisors • Horizon Kinetics• Housen Financial Group, Inc. • HSBC Global Asset Management • HPM Partners • JPMorgan Funds • JSA Financial Group • Keats Connelly • Lasure Capital Management • Ledford Financial • Lemme Investment Group • Lord Abbett • LPL Financial • M Financial Wealth Management • Marshall Financial Group • Martone Capital Management • Massey Quick • Medallion Wealth Advisors • MetLife Financial Group of NY • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney • Neuberger Berman • Palladiem LLC • Paragon Capital Management • PNC Wealth Management • PlanStrong Investment Management • Raymond James Financial Services • RBC Wealth Management • Richard Brothers Financial Advisors • Ridgewood Investments • Rockefeller & Company • Roka Wealth Strategists • Safran Wealth Advisors • Sage Hill • Sapient Private Wealth Management • Smith Affiliated Capital • TD Bank Financial Group • UBS • U.S. Bank • Vanguard Group • Vantage Investment Partners, LLC • Walnut Street Securities • Wells Fargo Advisors • Wescott Financial Advisory Group



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Launched in 2013, Financial Advisor IQ is “all about the client” and delivers powerful news content artfully shaped to help financial advisors build their practices. FA-IQ delivers critical industry and practice management news like no other publication in the field by focusing on what other successful advisors are doing.

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With USD 1.27 trillion of assets under management (as of June 30, 2015), Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management¹ is one of the world's leading investment organizations. A dynamic blend of cultures and diverse talents delivers first-hand intelligence, insight and a breadth of perspective. Our global access, depth of expertise and client focus put us in a unique position to help you meet your investment objectives regardless of strategy – active, exchange-traded products, and alternatives.

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We offer a family of global and international portfolios, each managed according to the same quality growth investment philosophy and research-intensive stock selection process, and carefully diversified in an attempt to reduce risk:

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