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Retail Investing: Finding True Alpha

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010 in Conference Summaries

In his presentation at the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit, Jack Sharry began with a quick review of changes in investor sentiments over the past thirty years. We’re at a point now where the baby boomers are looking towards an uncertain retirement, he stated.  After the market upheavals of the past few years, the […]

UMH Taking Over Wealth Management

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010 in Conference Summaries

The next generation of wealth management products will be centered around Unified Managed Households (UMH).  This is a prediction made by Cheryl Nash at the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit.  A UMH provides financial organizations with wider and deeper relationships with investors, she explained.  The goal is a more holistic approach to wealth management. Cheryl, […]

Break Away from the Status Quo, Gardner Urges

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010 in Conference Summaries

“Doing more with less” is how R. Buckminster Fuller, in his 1973 book Earth, Inc., proposed that the human race improve its overall standard of living by improving efficiency in order to survive. In his opening remarks at Financial Research Associate’s 8th Annual Managed Account Summit, Keynote Speaker David H. Gardner warned that the managed […]

How Citigroup is Trying to Leverage Social Networking

Posted by on Nov 5, 2010 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. The speaker was Chandresh Iyer, Managing Director and Head of Global Custody & Investment Services, Citigroup. Chandresh began by stating that Citigroup is looking at social networking as a means of delivering advice, since you’re more likely to do something […]

Financial Crisis Failures and 
Improving Risk Management

Financial Crisis Failures and 
Improving Risk Management

Posted by on May 16, 2009 in Conference Summaries

This is a summary of a session from the FRA’s Performance & Risk Measurement Symposium that was held in Boston on April 23-24, 2009. Speaking in this session was James E. Hollis, CFA, Managing Director of Cutter Associates. Jim provided a well-researched overview of the recent financial crisis as well as some tangential, but interesting […]

Going Beyond the Fundamentals of Benchmarks and Getting it Right!

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Conference Summaries

This is a summary of a session from the FRA’s Performance & Risk Measurement Symposium that was held in Boston on April 23-24, 2009. Speaking in this session was Ronald J Surz, President & CEO of PPCA, Inc. Ron is a pension consulting veteran, having started with A.G. Becker in the 1970’s.  He earned an […]

Proposed Changes to GIPS Standards

Posted by on Apr 28, 2009 in Conference Summaries

Last Thursday and Friday, I attended the Financial Research Association’s Symposium on Performance and Risk Measurement in Boston.  There were a lot of informative sessions and I took almost ten pages of notes, so I should have enough material for a bunch of posts. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to travel on Wednesday evening, so by […]