Event Detail

The Prospects for Inflation: Its Impact on the Dollar and Investment Portfolios (Ended)

Date, Time, and Location:
Friday, June 04, 2010 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
12:00 pm
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL  60604   (Driving Directions)

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Joseph R. Mason, Ph.D.
Hermann Moyse, Jr./Louisiana Bankers Association Endowed Professor of Banking - Louisiana State University; Senior Fellow - The Wharton School; Principle - Navigant Economics


  • Paul E. Brodsky, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer - QB Asset Management Company (QBAMCO)
  • Sean Goodrich, CFA, Partner - Aether Investment Partners LLC
  • Robert A. Wiedemer, President and CEO - Foresight Group; Author - America's Bubble Economy and Aftershock

Moderator: Dr. Joseph R. Mason, Ph.D.

Time, Date, and Location:
Friday, June 4, 2010
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL 60604

Program Description:
Please join the CFA Chicago Education Advisory Group as we discuss the future prospects for increased inflation and its impact on the dollar and investment portfolios. The unprecedented monetary policy actions of global central banks have many analysts predicting higher rates of inflation in the coming years, while others are predicting asset deflation with inflation. Please join us as we explore the outlook for inflation and asset deflation, and which assets might perform best during these environments.


Conference & Lunch:
Members - $100
Non-Members - $125
Student-Members - $50*
(payable by cash, check or credit card- NO FUNCTION TICKETS)

Lunch-Only Option:
Members - $60
Non-Members - $75
Student-Members - $30*
(payable by cash, check or credit card - NO FUNCTION TICKETS)
Click here to register for the lunch-only option.

CFA Institute Qualified Activity:
The Education Seminar is eligible for 3 credit hours. The Lunch-Only option is eligible for 1 credit hour.

Business Casual

Chef's Choice (Fruit Plate available upon request)

For Reservations:
Register online below, or by phone: 312-251-1301


11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Registration & Networking
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joseph R. Mason, Ph.D.
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Break
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Panel
Paul E. Brodsky
Sean Goodrich, CFA
Robert A. Wiedemer
Moderator: Dr. Joseph R. Mason, Ph.D.


Luncheon Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Joseph R. Mason, Ph.D.
Hermann Moyse, Jr./Louisiana Bankers Association Endowed Professor of Banking - Louisiana State University; Senior Fellow - The Wharton School; Principle - Navigant Economics

Dr. Mason is the Hermann Moyse/Louisiana Bankers Association Chair of Banking at the Ourso School of Business at Louisiana State University. a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School, and a Principal at Navigant Economics - a subsidiary of Navigant Consulting. Dr. Mason's academic research focuses primarily on financial crises and securitization, investigating liquidity in thinly-traded assets and illiquid market conditions. Current academic research projects analyze default risk, including both immediate and cross-default risk, and default resolution costs in the contexts of asset-backed securities, in systemic and non-systemic environments, as well as the efficacy of bailout and resolution policies through the history of financial markets. His research ahs been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and many other journals and books.


Paul E. Brodsky
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer - QB Asset Management Company (QBAMCO)

Mr. Brodsky co-founded and is the CEO of QB Asset Management Company (QBAMCO). With Lee Quaintance, Mr. Brodsky develops themes and helps oversee the investments of U.S. and Cayman Islands investment funds, as well as separately managed investment accounts. QBAMCO uses a strategic macroeconomic approach to find relative value across asset classes. The firm's investment program tends to diversify asset expressions within concentrated macroeconomic themes. Prior to co-founding QBAMCO and its affiliated investment funds in 2007, Mr. Brodsky founded and served as Portfolio Manager and CEO of Spyglass Capital Trading Company, which he founded in 1996. Spyglass operated as the investment adviser to two mortgage-backed securities funds. Noting impending market imbalances, the great majority of Spyglass Funds' capital was returned to investors by June 2006, prior to the broad credit contraction. Before this, Mr. Brodsky traded on Wall Street for firms including Drexel Burnham Lambert and Kidder Peabody. He also traded equity index options for his own account at the American Stock Exchange and helped start, manage and sell (to Piper Jaffray) an institutional broker/dealer.

Sean Goodrich, CFA
Partner - Aether Investment Partners LLC

Mr. Goodrich is a co-founder of Aether Investment Partners. Immediately prior to forming the Aether Investment Partners, Mr. Goodrich served as the Director of Alternative Investments at Jeffrey Slocum & Associates, Inc. During his tenure at the firm, Mr. Goodrich led the firm's private capital and real assets research activities. In this capacity, he was responsible for designing investment portfolios and sourcing, evaluating, and monitoring private equity, venture capital, special situation, real estate, and natural resource investments recommended to the firm's institutional clients. In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, Mr. Goodrich served on several fund advisory boards, supervised a team of analysts and associates, helped direct Jeffrey Slocum & Associates' hedge fund research activities, and served on the firm's Hedge Fund and Strategic Development Committees. Prior to working there, Mr. Goodrich worked for First Union Securities as a Capital Markets Officer, at Trigon Engineering Consultants as an Engineering Technician, and at Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. as a trader and institutional salesman. Mr. Goodrich is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

Robert A. Wiedemer
President and CEO - Foresight Group; Author - America's Bubble Economy and Aftershock

Mr. Wiedemer is President and CEO of the Foresight Group - a macroeconomic forecasting and risk assessment firm that helps investors and businesses make better decisions through better economic forecasts. Mr. Wiedemer has been the driving force behind the economics team that predicted the current downturn in the economy in 2006 with their landmark book, America's Bubble Economy. As Paul Farrell, Senior Investment Columnist at Dow Jones MarketWatch recently said, "In short, America's Bubble Economy's prediction, though ignored, was accurate." His next book, Aftershock, which was recently published by John Wiley, was chosen by Smart Money magazine as one of the five best investment books of 2009. Both books have been the subject of articles in the major press including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Hedge Fund Journal, Euromoney, Barrons, Reuters, AP and others. Mr. Wiedemer speaks to groups of investors, financial analysts and economists including the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, the World Bank, the CFA Society of San Francisco and the National Press Club. He is a frequent commentator on TV including CNBC's Squawk Box and Fox Business News.

*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
Student rate only available to students approved as a Student-Member of CFA Chicago for 2009-2010. Credit card required to guarantee ALL reservations. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 2nd. There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins.

A Passport Event This is a "Passport Program." Members of any local CFA society may attend at the CFA Chicago member rate. If you are only a member of CFA Institute, you do not qualify for the society member rate.

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