Investing Amid Geopolitical and Economic Volatility, and the Rise of Artificial Intelligence
The Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management at the UVA Darden School of Business held the 16th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) on 3 November 2023 at The Forum Hotel. UVIC explored investing in a world of slowing economic growth, geopolitical stress, and a rapid rise in artificial intelligence applications. Speakers focused attention on how these issues may converge to shape the future of the global economy and markets; and, detailed approaches and ideas for how investors might position themselves for success over the coming years.
- Keynote Speaker, Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discussed the policy impacts on investing with Bill Antholis, Director and CEO, UVA Miller Center
- "The Disruptive Future of Artificial Intelligence," Daniel Rock, Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions and Ghiath Shabsigh, Assistant Director of Monetary and Capital Markets, International Monetary Fund, moderated by Professor Anton Korinek, UVA Darden
- "The Future of Private Equity," Greg Turk, Director of Investments at Teachers Retirement System of Illinois and Karen Horn Welch, CFA and Managing Director of Investments at Spider Management, moderated by Professor Elena Loutskina, UVA Darden
- "An Asset Owner's Perspective on Managing Through Structural Change," Kristina Koutrakos, Director of Portfolio Strategy at the Virginia Retirement System, moderated by Larry Kochard, Co-Chief Investment Officer at Makena Capital Management
The Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management at the UVA Darden School of Business hosted the 15th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) on 28 October 2022. The conference explored investing in a world of rising interest rates and inflation during a time when global economies are slowing. We focused attention on expectations for investors by providing an array of diverse, well-reasoned ideas and views on tackling this challenging investment environment. Program speakers detailed approaches and ideas for how investors might position themselves for success investing over the coming years.
Read a synopsis of the 2022 conference in the Darden Report.
Topic: "Positioning Portfolios for the Future: An Asset Owner CIO Perspective"
Moderated by Robert F. Bruner, University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus, UVA Darden
Moderated by Pedro Matos, John G. Macfarlane Family Chair, Professor of Business Administration, and Academic Director of Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management
The 14th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place virtually via Zoom on on 28-29 October 2021 and focused attention on investing following a Global Pandemic. An array of diverse, well-reasoned ideas and views were provided on this vitally important, yet challenging, topic. Program speakers detailed approaches to address the following questions:
- What investing categories are poised to benefit from economic reflation?
- What risk remain on the horizon for investors?
- How the global pandemic has changed investing.
- How might blockchain and decentralized finance disrupt financial intermediation?
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The 13th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place virtually via Zoom on 31 October 2020. The summit focused attention on the role of ESG investing. An array of diverse, well-reasoned ideas and views were provided on this vitally important, yet challenging, topic.
The investment world is rapidly moving towards one in which individual and institutional investors alike seek to blend environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into traditional investment evaluations. How can we invest in a more responsible way, and in doing so, make a real, positive impact on society?
Program speakers detailed approaches and ideas for how investors might position themselves to invest across several ESG parameters, including conservation and protection of the environment, relationships with employees, suppliers, clients, and communities, and standards for company leadership, risk controls, and stakeholder rights.
The 12th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place at UVA’s Darden School of Business, 7–8 November 2019. The summit of industry experts and academics shared insights and predictions on the future of "alpha" – an investment strategy's ability to beat the market. The conference was hosted by Darden's Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management.
The 11th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place at UVA’s Darden School of Business, 8–9 November 2018. UVIC served as a cornerstone of the UVA-wide programming dedicated to reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis. This year’s speakers and program looked to both the past and the future, and focused on what we have learned since the crisis unfolded and what we need to know moving forward. The conference was hosted by Darden's Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management and the UVA McIntire School of Commerce Center for Investors and Financial Markets.
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The 10th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference explored the current economic and political landscape, discussed the history of economic booms and market collapses, identified opportunities in a changing active-passive setting and explored alternative asset classes such as real estate and hedge funds.
The conference built on a record-setting year in 2016 by hosting the full Darden@Virginia Investing Challenge and also hosted a leading women in investing breakfast with Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees Chair, Elizabeth Weymouth (MBA ‘94) and President and CEO of Investure, Alice Handy.
A single question dominated the ninth annual University of Virginia Investing Conference: Now what?
After an unprecedented U.S. presidential election produced Donald Trump as president-elect, conference speakers and audience members alike wanted to know what’s next for the U.S. economy, global markets and equity investments.
2016 Highlights included a Darden @Virginia Investing Challenge that welcomed a record 18 schools and the first-ever Darden Capital Management (and Darden school) Facebook Live streaming interviews, and interviews with speakers conducted by students. For those who missed the conference, some recap appeared across different channels:
- Broad conference overview, featuring video interviews with Steve Rattner and Jerome Booth available here
- A WSJ podcast featuring an interview with the winning team at the Darden @ Virginia Investing Challenge
- An in-depth ‘Ideas to Action’ Piece recaps some of the broader global geopolitical panel takeaways
- Facebook Live interviews with Darden Capital Management students now on the school’s FB page
- The Role of the Active Investor Ideas to Action piece.
The 8th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focused on investing in a low-return world. Financial analysts, portfolio managers, economists, academics, students, private investors and industry executives joined together to hear from knowledgeable speakers and panelists with diverse insights and backgrounds.
The 7th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focused on the ideas needed to invest successfully in the innovation economy. As disruptive innovation shakes up industries at an accelerating pace, investors must excel at identifying true innovation and understanding its investment implications.
At UVIC, Darden's top-ranked faculty convened global thought leaders and hundreds of professional asset managers and discussed the following questions:
- What factors will drive future growth?
- What do the answers imply for the classic tasks of investors: asset selection, portfolio allocation and risk management?
- Which new products will truly revolutionize an industry?
- What's ahead in digital health care, cybersecurity, energy, technology and monetary policy?