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University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC)

The Annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC)

Date: 28 October 2022
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm Eastern Time (US)
Location: UVA Darden School of Business

"Rising Rates, Inflation and Geopolitical Stress"

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The Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management at the UVA Darden School of Business invites you to save the date for the 15th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC). This year, UVIC will explore investing in a world of rising interest rates and inflation during a time when global economies are slowing. We will focus attention on expectations for investors by providing an array of diverse, well-reasoned ideas and views on tackling this challenging investment environment. Program speakers will detail approaches and ideas for how investors might position themselves for success investing over the coming years.
 

Keynote Session

Jan van Eck, Chief Executive Officer, VanEck
"Designing Emerging Investment Strategies"

Moderated by Robert F. Bruner
University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus, UVA Darden

 

Additional sessions include:


Elizabeth BurtonElizabeth Burton, Managing Director, Client Solutions and Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Topic: "Positioning Portfolios for the Future: An Asset Owner CIO Perspective"

Moderated by Larry Kochard, Chief Investment Officer, Makena Capital Management

Elizabeth Burton is a managing director and client investment strategist in Goldman Sachs Asset Management's Client Solutions and Capital Markets group. In this role, she advises institutional clients on their investment strategy and portfolio objectives. She was previously the CIO of the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii (HIERS). In this role, she oversaw $19 billion in pension fund assets. Ms. Burton is on the Board of Directors of the Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA), and prior to joining HIERS, she served as Managing Director of the Quantitative Strategies Group at the Maryland State Retirement Agency. In this role, Ms. Burton was responsible for the $4.5B Absolute Return Portfolio and for risk management oversight of the $55B Plan.

 

Jan van EckJan van Eck, Chief Executive Officer, VanEck

Topic: "Designing Emerging Investment Strategies"

Moderated by Robert F. Bruner, University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus, UVA Darden

Founded in 1955, VanEck is a global investment manager and one of the world’s largest ETFs sponsors, offering over 100 ETFs globally. The firm has operations in Europe, Australia, and an office in China, and manages over $70 billion. The firm was an early advocate of gold investing, commodities, emerging markets, and digital assets. In 2017, VanEck made the corporate decision to dive into the cryptocurrency space and began development of global funds alongside VanEck’s index subsidiary, which developed indexes within the crypto space. Jan holds a J.D. from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a major in economics. He is on the advisory board of USC’s Marshall Business School and is a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg Television and a variety of other international media, including podcasts. He was a 2013 Finalist for Institutional Investor's Fund Leader of the Year and a 2020 Finalist for ETF.com’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Michael HowellMichael Howell, CEO, CrossBorder Capital

Topic: "The Dynamic Impact of Global Liquidity on Markets"

Moderated by Nick Sargen, Senior Economic Advisor, Fort Washington Investment Advisors

Michael Howell is the CEO of CrossBorder Capital, a research and investment company that he founded in 1996. Previously he was Head of Research for Baring Securities and Research Director of Salomon Brothers Inc., the US investment bank. The liquidity methodology he pioneered monitors cross-border flows and Central Bank behavior across some 80 countries worldwide.

 


Eswar PrasadEswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy and Professor of Economics, Cornell University

Topic: "The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution Is Transforming Currencies and Finance"

Moderated by Pedro Matos, John G. Macfarlane Family Chair, Professor of Business Administration, and Academic Director of Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management

Eswar Prasad is the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was previously chief of the Financial Studies Division in the IMF’s Research Department and, before that, was the head of the IMF’s China Division.


Past Events

Previous Conferences

  • UVIC 2021

    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:

    1. What investing categories are poised to benefit from economic reflation?
    2. What risk remain on the horizon for investors?
    3. How the global pandemic has changed investing.
    4. How might blockchain and decentralized finance disrupt financial intermediation? 

     

  • UVIC 2020

    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.

  • UVIC 2019

    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.

  • UVIC 2018

    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.

  • UVIC 2017

    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 [email protected] 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.

  • UVIC 2016

    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.   
  • UVIC 2015

    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.

  • UVIC 2014

    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?