2020 Chief Investment Officer Summit

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Tuesday October 13, 2020

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    Opening Remarks and Lessons Learned—Liquidity, Leverage, Alpha vs. Beta
    During COVID-19’s dips and surges, liquidity and agility created golden opportunities. LPs faced an increase in capital calls. We’re still learning the effects of coronavirus-related shutdowns on the health of outstanding funding, and allocators learned hard lessons regarding alpha vs beta. COVID-19 is changing the world forever, and with U.S. elections looming, it’s due to get even more interesting.
    Panelists:
    Brandon Gill, Senior Portfolio Manager, Capital Markets Group, External Public Investments and Credit, OPTrust
    James H. Grossman, Jr., CPA, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Public School Employees’ Retirement System
    Clint Coghill, CEO, Backstop Solutions Group

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    Refreshment Break

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    Keynote:  sponsored by iShares

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    Lunch

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    Value in Extremis
    Today’s definition of Value and whether the long-held central tenet, Book Value, is outdated.
    The polarization of valuations to levels not seen since the dotcom era.
    The detachment of the growth premium from earnings reality.
    Moderator: David Holmgren, Chief Investment Officer, Hartford HealthCare
    Panelists: 
    Barry Glavin, Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, State Street Global Advisors

    Sponsor by State Street Global Advisors

Wednesday October 14, 2020

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    Opening Remarks and ESG DebateShareholder Activism vs. Divestment
    Shareholder activism can influence a corporation’s behavior by voicing concerns as partial owners. Divestment can hedge a portfolio with a goal to avoid risks of the future and to effectively enhance a mission. What’s more effective? Audience members will be polled at the beginning and end of this active debate.
    ModeratorChristine Giordano, Managing Editor, Chief Investment Officer
    Panelists:
    Mark Fawcett, Chief Investment Officer, Nest Corp.
    Chris Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, CalSTRS

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    Refreshment Break

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    Don’t Bet on a V-shape—Looking to Alternatives for Opportunities
    Are there investment opportunities across the hedge fund landscape as we emerge from the Covid-19 shutdown. How are institutional investors thinking about diversifying exposures? Should we still consider tail hedges or other risk mitigating strategies?Moderator: Walter Kress, Chief Investment Officer, E&Y 
    Speaker
    Darren WolfGlobal Head of Investments, Alternative Investment Strategies, Aberdeen Standard Investments

    Sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments

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    Lunch

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    Headhunters Speak
    Following a dramatic year, insiders say there may be a 10% turnover in CIO posts by January. What is driving hiring, firing, and retiring? This panel, featuring some of the top CIO recruiters in the industry, will share the top traits headhunters are seeking in public and private plans, foundations, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices and discuss what CIOs need to know in order to stay ahead of the curve. With Q&A from the audience.
    Panelists:
    Renee Neri, Head of Asset Management, Americas, Heidrick & Struggles
    David Barrett, Founder, David Barrett Partners
    Deb Brown, Managing Director, Asset and Wealth Management Recruiting Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates

Thursday October 15, 2020

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    Bull vs. Bear—Why Have Emerging Markets Underperformed in the Past 10 Years? 
    The MSCI EM index rose about 18% in 2019 and was off about 5% by mid-July 2020, behind the S&P 500. Yet investors might revisit the asset class upon seeing strength in developing world equities. What is presenting a buying opportunity? What does the future hold for this high-growth category? Should portfolios be re-assessed for US vs. China allocations?ModeratorChris Tauber, Partner, Mercer Investment Consulting
    Panelists:
    David Holmgren, Chief investment officer, Hartford HealthCare

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    Refreshment Break

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    Global Market Views: Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities
    Our investment experts share thoughtful and timely global economic macro, and secular event research, highlighting the path forward for economies and markets alike. Their views will provide actionable insights and perspectives on portfolio positioning for institutional investors as we head into 2021.
    ModeratorChristine Giordano, Managing Editor, Chief Investment Officer 
    Speaker
    Todd JablonskiChief Investment Officer, Principal Global Asset Allocation
    Seema Shah, Chief Strategist , Principal Global Investors

    Sponsored by Principal Global Investors

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    Lunch

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    Models for Strategic Investment Partnerships, Including Co-investments
    Are these alliances worth the money? How transparent are the fees? Seldom do LPs have a say in selecting or structuring a deal. Is that a problem? What are best practices for vetting strategic investments and co-investments? How does one test new partnerships in 2020? This panel will feature success stories on mutually beneficial relationships with top investors and allocators.
    Panelists:
    Robin Diamonte, Corporate vice president and chief investment officer, UTC

Friday October 16, 2020

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    Opening Remarks

    Restructuring a Fund
    What are key elements to creating a successful restructuring? One investor got rid of as much beta as he could after the financial crisis. Another is taking his corporate fund knowledge and applying it to an endowment. And one is turning his fund on its head and thinking outside of the box. Where does a CIO start? This discussion will also include topics involving building an investment office.
    Moderator: Cliff Moore, Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer – Defined Benefits, Michelin, North America
    Panelists:
    Brian Pellegrino, CIO, Georgia Tech Foundation
    Douglas J. Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Exelon Corporation

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    Refreshment Break

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    Fireside Chat:

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    Lunch

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    The Intersection of Finance and Health Care
    What’s the science and trajectory of cures for our pandemic? Until that is known, finance is reacting to the patient, and the Federal Reserve is propping up the economy, which is not a long-term solution. Gene therapy, biosimilars, the emergence of new technology, and hundreds of thousands of researchers are reliant on venture capitalists, who are now seeing an unpredictable future and are treading more carefully.
    Moderator: Nolan Bean, Head of Institutional Investments, FEG Investment Advisors

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