The 2nd Annual Michigan 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 Michigan 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.
Rich Robben Investment Consultant AndCo Consulting
Andy Kiehl Senior Consultant AndCo Consulting
Don Sheridan Director and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Segal Marco Advisors
Paul Van Gilder Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan
Mike Sebastian Global Chief Investment Officer Aon
Waymond Harris Vice President Investments Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Alex Ambroz Director of Risk Cleveland Clinic Investment Office
Neal Graziano Director of Investments W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Austin Way Portfolio Manager Van Andel Institute
Max Giolitti Chief Risk Officer Verus
Anthony Novara Research Director DiMeo Schneider & Associates, L.L.C.
Dan Walsh Trustee & Chair, Investment Committee Cleveland Foundation
Ian Toner Chief Investment Officer Verus Investments
Irv Lowenberg City Treasurer City of Southfield
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Managed Futures: The End of Trend?
Interest in Managed Futures grew steadily during the years following the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. However, managed futures strategies that leverage a trend-following approach have struggled over the past few years to deliver returns.
Investing in Renewable Energy
The topic of infrastructure, in particular green infrastructure, has steadily been gaining traction on the regulatory front as well as within the institutional investment community.
Opportunities in Alternative and Structured Credit
As investors search for new and differentiated alternative strategies that align with their portfolio objectives, many have explored specialized segments of the credit markets to capture yield.
Identifying and Addressing Risks Within Your Portfolio
Investors maintain a sharp focus on the risks within their portfolios - whether it be at the asset class, multi-asset or total plan level, or around things like liquidity and/or unallocated capital.
Diversify the Diversifier: Building an All-Season Real Assets Portfolio
In the face of volatile equity markets and inadequate bond yields, the investment management industry is seeing investor interest in real assets spike.
Gold as a Strategic Tool to Address the Challenges Investors Face
Investment demand for gold has grown 18% per year, on average, since 2001. Today, in an environment of increasing market volatility and geopolitical risks, gold is more relevant than ever for institutional investors seeking returns, low correlations, liquidity, and diversification opportunities.
Evolution of Emerging Market Debt
Before the novel coronavirus could spread to the developing world, the historic March 15 3,000-point loss on the Dow Jones Industrial Average had started a domino effect in Argentina, Brazil, India and South Africa, initiating a financial crisis in each nation to compound the impending humanitarian disaster.
Fixed Income - Opportunity in Multi-Sector Credit Strategies
For a global asset class totaling more than $100 trillion, fixed income is a capital market instrument often neglected. The historic stock surge of 2010-2019 overshadowed solid but unspectacular bond performance.
Understanding the Chinese Markets
The opening of the China A-shares market to foreign investors is expected to transform global markets and how investors look at Emerging Markets allocations. While the market is large -it is roughly equivalent in size to the European equity market- and offers access to high growth “new economy” sectors, risks still remain, especially for those not familiar with investing in China.
Loss and liquidation are the new hedge fund normal in 2020, with even Bridgewater and Renaissance falling victim to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
A Conversation with the Region’s Leading Chief Investment Officers
Being the chief investment officer of a pension has never been a cake-walk. But the stress and complex risk profile of the CIO role have both turned monumental in the wake of COVID-19.
INVESTORS: Complimentary Registration for all qualified investors. Email [email protected] for more information on obtaining a complimentary ticket.
MANAGERS & SERVICE PROVIDERS: Rates below reflect the current price for all asset managers and service providers.
|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.|