Solving Investment Challenges
Swan CIO Summit Series
Another Swan CIO Summit is successfully in the books. The third annual conference, hosted at Chicago’s Gray Hotel on May 15th, was our biggest yet. The 2018 CIO Summit brought together experienced, high-level financial professionals from consulting, wealth management, foundations, endowments, and institutional money management background to discuss the major issues impacting all investors.
- Renowned speakers Meb Faber and John Mauldin each hosted sessions discussing their outlooks for the capital markets and the challenges facing investors. Key take-away: buckle up.
- Focusing upon 2018’s markets, Swan’s Chris Hausman provided insight into the return of volatility after a very docile 2017.
- Morningstar’s Tayfun Icten and Joe Cusick of the Options Industry Council joined Swan’s Micah Wakefield and Chris Hausman to explore the rapidly-growing category of options-based strategies. With so many new entrants offering a wide variety of strategies and a few well-publicized “blow-ups” earlier in the year it is absolutely essential to “Know What You Own.”
- J. Gibson “Gib” Watson, III, industry consultant, hosted two panels reflecting first upon the challenges facing endowments, foundations and pensions with Sam Gallo, CIO of the University of Maryland Foundation and Johnathan Fisher, CIO of Eqis Capital Management. Then Gib gathered insights from the wealth management industry from Bill Harding, CIO of Jackson National Asset Management, Zoe Brunson, SVP at AssetMark, and Paul Courtney, Co-Founder of SpringTide Partners.
- Randy Swan and Rob Swan talked about the history of Swan Global Investments, and how the Defined Risk Strategy could potentially address some of the myriad problems raised throughout the day.
- Finally, Marc Odo led an idea-sharing session on the different roles the Defined Risk Strategy may serve in an existing portfolio. Marc was then joined by Micah Wakefield and Chris Hausman to brainstorm how Swan’s expertise in options could be used to create customized, bespoke investment solutions for unique situations.
Mother nature made life difficult for many of our attendees, as Chicago’s notorious spring thunderstorms caused many flight delays. Still, nearly everyone who RSVP’d was able to power through, and for that we are quite grateful. We’d also like to express our thanks to our many partners who helped make the event a success.
Many of the ideas shared and themes explored will be taken on the road as part of our traveling “10th Box” series. Financial advisors should contact their regional sales director to see if you’ll have the chance to meet Randy Swan or Rob Swan in your city.
Alternatively, we hope to see you next year at Swan’s fourth annual CIO Summit.
About the Author: David Lovell, Director of Marketing, is responsible for Swan’s marketing and engagement initiatives. This includes development and execution of marketing programs for Swan’s websites, content, communications, events, and media. David began his career in the financial industry at Mass Mutual, where he held life, health and disabilities insurance licenses. David currently holds a Series 65 license.
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