The 8th Annual Central States Institutional Forum is an educational initiative designed through close coordination with the region’s leading institutional investors to build peer communities that merge global best practices with local expertise. The forum is designed to bring together fund leadership teams, investment officers, board members, trustees, and their consultants representing the Central States institutional investment community.
The forum's agenda is developed through extensive local travel and feedback from the institutional investor community representing institutional asset owners across public and corporate pension plans, endowments, foundations, insurance portfolios, healthcare plans, and investment consultants.
We’re committed to the health and safety of all of our attendees. At each of our events the following COVID-19 related protocols will be in place to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all guests:
*Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second dose in two-dose vaccine or two weeks after the first dose in a one dose vaccine.
TJ Carlson Chief Investment Officer Missouri State Employees' Retirement System
Ian Toner Chief Investment Officer Verus Investments
Geoff Strotman Senior Vice President, Research Segal Marco Advisors
Jack Dwyer President Sunpointe Investments
Zachary Rasure Senior Analyst of Investments Ascension Investment Management
J. Tyler Blickhan Associate Director of Investments Ascension Investment Management
Mark Cannon Chief Financial Officer The LCMS Foundation
Jingwan Chen Associate Director Ascension Investment Management
Peter Birk Senior Analyst of Investments Ascension Investment Management
Matt Pitzer Senior Portfolio Manager Shelter Insurance Companies
Charles Mansfield Senior Director, Client Portfolio Manager MissionSquare Retirement
Don Lennard Senior Consultant DeMarche Associates
Tim Howald Investment Manager Columbia Insurance Group
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MACRO OUTLOOK & STRATEGIC ASSET ALLOCATION
A low-growth, high-volatility environment gives more power to an argument for diversification among wide arrays of asset classes. The panelists will discuss how they are thinking (and what they are doing) regarding their strategic asset allocation and portfolio positioning.
Environmental, Social, and Governmental discussions continue to evolve rapidly, the panel explores how investors are assessing ESG’s longer-term strategies within their portfolios.
GLOBAL EQUITY MARKET LANDSCAPE
As other asset classes provide lower returns, but less volatile conditions, the greatest challenge is to find the best and safest ideas to invest.
EMERGING MARKETS - PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENTS
Emerging market countries remain drivers of global growth and are expected to deliver higher relative returns.
BUILDING AN ALL-SEASON REAL ASSETS PORTFOLIO
In the face of volatile equity markets and inadequate bond yields, the investment management industry is seeing a spike in investor interest towards real assets.
Expected returns in public markets have driven investors to continue to increase their allocations to private markets, especially private equity and real assets.
Many commentators have concluded that the factor crowding phenomena could be eroding the returns associated with traditional long-term rewarded factors.
THE EVOLUTION OF THE ASSET-BACKED SECURITIES MARKET
Panelists will focus on the evolution of the ABS market and the emergence of new offerings over the past several years in response to the changing market environment since the 2008 Financial Crisis.
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER ROUNDTABLE
Chief Investment Officers will focus on the key investment and management issues facing their funds.
INVESTORS: Complimentary Registration for all qualified investors. Email [email protected] for more information on obtaining a complimentary ticket.
|Sponsorship is only available upon invitation and Markets Group reserves the right to refuse sponsorship from any organization or individual deemed by Markets Group to be incompatible with the event. Markets Group forum sessions are closed to all media/press and video/audio recording is explicitly prohibited within the venue.|