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Distinguished Speaker Series: Bob Browne, CFA, Northern Trust

Distinguished Speaker Series: Bob Browne, CFA, Northern Trust

“Let my hindsight, be your foresight” Bob Browne, CFA Over 110 members of CFA Society Chicago gathered at the JW Marriott on December 10, 2019, to hear Robert (Bob) Browne, CFA, EVP and CIO of Northern Trust, prognosticate on his firm’s capital market assumptions...
Distinguished Speaker Series: Curt Bailey, Related Midwest

Distinguished Speaker Series: Curt Bailey, Related Midwest

Curt Bailey, president for Related Midwest, was the presenter at CFA Society Chicago’s last Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon on November 20th. Related is one of the nation’s largest property development firms and Bailey’s talk introduced the firm and gave an...
Distinguished Speaker Series: Michael O’Grady, Northern Trust

Distinguished Speaker Series: Michael O’Grady, Northern Trust

On June 13th local investment professionals gathered at the Chicago Club to hear a “fireside chat” with Michael O’Grady, chairman and CEO of Northern Trust. Marie Winters CFA, past chair of the CFA Society Chicago served as host and interviewer. To begin, O’Grady...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Sheila Penrose, Jones Lang LaSalle

On April 9th, CFA Society Chicago’s Distinguished Speaker Series Advisory Group welcomed Sheila Penrose at The Metropolitan. Penrose is Non-Executive Lead Independent Chairman of the Board at Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate services company, and also serves...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Howard Marks, CFA, Oaktree Capital

Howard Marks, CFA, is co-chairman of Oaktree Capital, where he contributes his experience to big-picture decisions relating to investments and corporate direction. He shared his insights on investing and managing the business cycle for the CFA Society Chicago...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Ari Paul, CFA, BlockTower Capital

It was an inauspicious day for a cryptocurrency discussion. With many cryptocurrencies down by over 10% on August 8th, Ari Paul, CFA, CIO of BlockTower Capital, gave CFA charterholders a crash course in blockchain technology and the various cryptocurrencies available...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Kunal Kapoor, CFA, Morningstar

Kunal Kapoor, CFA, chief executive officer of Morningstar, addressed a full house at the University Club on May 16. His address reviewing the current business lines at Morningstar can be summed up in his title–Serving Investors of the Future: Ratings, ESG, and...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Jane Buchan, PAAMCO

The hedge fund industry has been assailed by the media as a costly, underperforming asset class, yet according to PAAMCO CEO Jane Buchan, that rhetoric simply isn’t true. On April 18th, the founder of the Irvine, CA-based hedge fund-of-funds presented to CFA Society...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Rupal Bhansali, Ariel Investments

Rupal Bhansali was the featured guest speaker at CFA Society Chicago’s March Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon held at the Chicago Club. Bhansali is chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Ariel Capital Management’s international and global equity...

Don Wilson, DRW Founder, on Why Cryptocurrencies Will Change

Over 200 professionals joined CFA Society Chicago for the February Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon at the W in Downtown Chicago to hear Don Wilson opine on one of the most popular topics in the financial industry today—the $450 billion cryptocurrency...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Jeremy Grantham, GMO

Few encapsulate the time-honored principles of value investing as Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo (GMO). On January 23, close to 400 attendees gathered at the Standard Club for CFA Society Chicago’s...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Brian Singer, CFA, William Blair

CFA Society Chicago hosted Brain Singer, CFA, on July 19, 2017 at The Standard Club to present on the topic – Riding the Waves: Dynamic Asset Allocation (DAA) and Evolution of Top-Down Investing. Singer is the head of the Dynamic Allocation Strategies team and a...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Joseph Scoby, Magnetar

CFA Society of Chicago hosted Joseph Scoby on Thursday, June 8th at the University Club to discuss how markets may be in the early days of a third disruption. Scoby is the Head of Magnetar’s Quantitative Investments Group which includes Alternative Risk Premia and...

Vault Series: Melissa Brown, CFA, Axioma

Managing risk, specifically equity market risk, was the topic of CFA Society Chicago’s new Vault Series on January 11. The series brings noted investment experts to Chicago on a bi-monthly basis to share their thoughts and insights on the investment scene. The name...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Jeffrey W. Ubben, ValueAct Capital

Come so far…now the slog CFA Society Chicago’s Distinguished Speaker Series hosted Jeffrey W. Ubben at the University Club. Mr. Ubben is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at ValueAct Capital. Prior to founding ValueAct, Mr. Ubben was a...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Charlie Dreifus, CFA, The Royce Funds

“The proliferation of non-Gaap (financial measures) has added to the proliferation of growth,” said Charlie Dreifus, CFA. Dreifus is a managing director and portfolio manager with The Royce Funds which focuses on providing small-cap, value mutual funds.  Dreifus is...

CFA Society Chicago Company Presentation: AstraZeneca

The prospect of curing or even “containing” cancer has proven to be an elusive goal. One company that has recently joined the battle against this disease is AstraZeneca, a UK based Biopharmaceutical Company. On June 6th, CFA Society Chicago hosted a presentation by...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Tom Ricketts, CFA

After his family acquired the Cubs in 2009, Tom Ricketts, CFA, found the storied franchise in disarray. Despite not winning a World Series championship in over a hundred years, the team continued to pack fans into historic Wrigley Field. But with the 3rd highest...

Distinguished Speaker Series: John V. Miller, CFA

A State of Political Brinkmanship: Illinois at the crossroads, again. How can a state with a large, diverse economic base have a credit risk premium in junk bond territory? It’s easy, when political brinkmanship and years of fiscal mismanagement create an...

Distinguished Speakers Series: John Rogers, Jr.

On February 10th CFA Chicago’s Distinguished Speaker Series advisory group hosted John Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments, the largest minority run investment firm in the US. A question and answer format was used, with Kerry...

Distinguished Speakers Series: Kyle Bass

China has been in the news lately, and for all the wrong reasons. “A hard landing [in China] is practically unavoidable,” legendary hedge fund investor George Soros told Bloomberg while attending the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. “I’m not expecting it,...

Distinguished Speakers Series: Jason DeSena Trennert

Jason DeSena Trennert provided his thoughts, observations, and market predictions for 2016 to a sold out audience at the Standard Club on January 13th. Trennert first addressed the drop in the market that coincided with the start of the year. He noted that...

Distinguished Speakers Series: Dan Fuss, CFA

Dan Fuss, CFA and former member of the CFA Society Chicago, spoke to a packed house at the University Club of Chicago on December 3. Fuss has over five decades of investment experience and joined Loomis, Sayles & Company in 1976. He’s Vice Chairman of the...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Kurt Summers

On October 1, 2015, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers took time out of his busy schedule to present the latest on city finances to a packed room in Hotel Allegro.  Summers became Chicago’s Treasurer less than a year ago. In this role, he acts as Chicago’s investor,...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Dmitry Balyasny

Dmitry Balyasny, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, provided an outline of his firm, Balyasny Asset Management (BAM), as well as thoughts on how a well-functioning hedge fund should be structured at a luncheon presentation hosted by CFA Society Chicago on...

Distinguished Speaker Series : James Bullard

James Bullard, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, spoke to a packed room at the Standard Club on Jan. 16 about Federal Open Market Committee macroeconomic forecasts. His presentation was also transmitted via a live webcast. The first problem...

Distinguished Speakers Series: Barry Sternlicht

Barry Sternlicht was the featured guest at the Distinguished Speakers Series held on Nov. 21 at the Standard Club.  Sternlicht is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm he formed in 1991 focusing on global real...

Distinguished Speaker Series: Jeremy Siegel

Are stocks overvalued?  Not according to Chicago native Jeremy Siegel.  The Wharton professor and author often described as a “perma-bull” took a sanguine view towards the equity markets in his CFA Chicago presentation, saying that while stocks are the most volatile...