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Finding Returns in an Uncertain Market II
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Finding Returns in an Uncertain Market II

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Alliance Bernstein
1345 Sixth Avenue
New York, New York  10105
United States
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Where can investors find compelling opportunities in today’s environment? The combination of an aging bull market, rising interest rates and the threat of trade tariffs have left many investors uncertain as to where to invest for higher returns without taking excessive risk.

Join us as we revisit this hugely popular 2017 event -- with new panelists and new topics. Coming from a variety of backgrounds with expertise across asset classes, the panel will share their insights and strategies on the best investment opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Panelists include:

Eric Winograd, Chief Economist, Alliance Bernstein

Tobias Levkovich, Chief U.S. Equity Strategist, Citi

Eric Jayaweera (CBS '96), Senior Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets, EMSO Asset Management

Barry Knapp, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities Macro & Public Policy Strategy

• (Moderator) Nathaniel Baker, NYC financial writer and former editor at Bloomberg News and The Deal

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Location: Alliance Bernstein- 1345 Sixth Avenue (bet. W. 54-55th Sts.), NYC
Tickets: $35 Members; $45 Non-members

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Eric Winograd joined Alliance Bernstein in 2017 as a Senior Vice President and Senior Economist responsible for the economic and interest-rate analysis of the US. From 2010 to 2016, he was the senior economist at MKP Capital Management, a US-based diversified alter natives manager, where he produced thematic research to describe, illuminate and forecast the market environment for the firm’s investment team. From 2008 to 2010, Winograd was the senior macro strategist at HSBC North America, responsible for generating macroeconomic views for their Private Bank Investment Group of the Americas and applying them to asset allocation, portfolio construction and tactical trade decisions. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the World Bank. Winograd holds a BA (cum laude) in Asian studies from Dartmouth College and an MA in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. 

Tobias M. Levkovich is the Chief U.S. Equity Strategist for Citi Investment Research and is a member of Citi’s Investment Strategy Committee.  In this role he is responsible for assessing the direction of the market, setting the firm’s investment sector allocations, and compiling its Recommended List, a list of specific investments that he expects to appreciate in value. Tobias assumed his current role in 2001. He was accorded slots for portfolio strategy repeatedly during the 2002-2014 period.  Institutional Investor All-America Research Team (II) poll and, was ranked third team in 2004 and 2007.   SmartMoney magazine has also recognized Tobias as one of its “Power 30 Thinkers”, its “Best Market Seer” and its “30 Smartest People in Investing”. Prior to assuming his current role, Tobias spent 13 years analyzing the engineering, construction, and machinery industries and was recognized consistently for his accurate investment recommendations and analysis by Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters. Tobias began his career as an assistant vice president in the research department of L.F. Rothschild & Co.  He holds a bachelor’s in commerce from Concordia University in Montreal and attended Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.

Eric Jayaweera is a senior portfolio manager at Emso Asset Management, a $6+ bln asset management firm with offices in London and New York, specializing in Emerging Markets fixed income, rates and currencies. Eric joined Emso in early 2013. Eric has been active in the EM fixed income markets for over 20 years, living and working in New York, Moscow, and London. Prior to Emso, he ran EM global credit trading for UBS, and before that ran EM credit trading for the Ceemea region for Goldman Sachs. Eric received his MBA from Columbia Business School in 1996, with Deans honors and Beta Gamma Sigma. He also holds a BA in economics from the University of California. Eric has an active interest in educational programs including serving on the national foundation board of Theta Chi Fraternity.

Barry Knapp is a macroeconomic and public policy strategist. Barry’s experience includes Guggenheim Securities where he was a Senior Managing Director and the head of Macro and Public Policy Strategy. Prior to that, Barry was with BlackRock where he was a Managing Director of Fixed Income Investment Management. Before joining BlackRock, he was a Managing Director and Chief U.S. Equity Portfolio Strategist at Barclays Capital. Barry joined Barclays when they acquired Lehman Brothers where he was a Managing Director, focused on Principal Strategies and Macro Trading after a decade+ in Equity Derivatives. His areas of focus have included macroeconomic strategy, thematic research across asset classes, asset allocation & portfolio strategy, structuring, macro trading and risk management. Barry’s weekly notes were the most widely read at both Guggenheim and Barclays, while at Barclays Barry made ~60 financial television appearances annually on CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN in Canada and Fox Business. He was quoted frequently in the Wall Street Journal, FT and NY Times. Barry earned his M.B.A. from Fordham University and his B.A. in economics from the University of Rhode Island.

(Moderator) Nathaniel Baker is a New York-based financial writer. His experience includes a seven-year stint at Bloomberg News where he started and managed the Hedge Funds Brief, and made regular appearances on Bloomberg Radio and Television. While at Bloomberg he also spent two years in Hong Kong managing a team covering Asia hedge funds, investing, and economics. Prior to Bloomberg he was the senior editor of middle market coverage at The Deal, now, and covered hedge funds and regulation for Institutional Investor Newsletters. He is currently contributing to Pension & Investments and Seeking Alpha, among other publications.

A special thank you to the investment management firm of Alliance Bernstein for hosting this event and to Tom Miele, CBSACNY Board member, and Sophie Karp, Lilia Noack and Viktoria Prigarina for coordinating the panel.

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