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2010 Forecast Ballot
(deadline to enter contest March 15th)
2010 Economic and Investments Forecast Dinner
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Omni Los Angeles Hotel
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Donald Straszheim, Ph.D.
Senior Managing Director & Head of China Research
Komal Sri-Kumar, Ph.D.
Trust Company of the West
Chief Global Strategist
Thomas Higgins, Ph.D.
Payden & Rygel Investment Counsel
Research Affiliates, LLC
Chairman and Founder
Dr. Sri-Kumar is Chairman of the Comprehensive Asset Allocation portfolio, and Chief Global Strategist of Trust Company of the West. He has been associated with the Allocation strategy since its inception in 1991, and has been Chairman since 1997. This strategy allocates assets across a broad array of global asset classes including U.S. and foreign equities and fixed income, private equity, energy and real estate. Over the past 17 years, the Allocation strategy has provided an average annual excess return of about 2 percentage points on an asset-weighted basis, after fees and expenses.
As Chief Global Strategist, Dr. Sri-Kumar has the responsibility for advising portfolio managers, and has been key to raising assets for a number of TCW strategies from Sovereign Wealth Funds, international agencies, corporate and public pension funds, and retail investors. Among other strategies, he was instrumental in raising funds for, and helping guide investments in, two Emerging Market Real Estate funds (managed by Hines Interest) that have provided attractive returns to global investors.
Dr. Sri-Kumar has addressed CEOs, pension fund managers and retail fund managers in conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. His articles and interviews have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Financial Times. He frequently explains his views on the global outlook and their investment implications on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and the Fox Business Network.
Prior to joining TCW in 1990, Dr. Sri-Kumar was Senior Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert and Executive Vice President of DBL Americas, responsible for country risk analysis. He holds an M.A. degree from the Delhi School of Economics, and M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. His doctoral dissertation at Columbia was supervised by Professor Robert Mundell, Nobel Laureate in Economics (1999).
Tom Higgins is the Chief Economist at Payden & Rygel Investment Counsel. The firm is manages $50 billion in assets and is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London, Frankfurt and Beijing. Tom is responsible for developing views on the U.S. and global economy. Before joining Payden, Tom was employed at The Conference Board where he served as the International Economist. At the Board, he produced reports on the global outlook as well as maintaining the exchange rate models for the U.S. economic forecast. Higgins began his career at a subsidiary of the Economist Magazine known as The Journal of Commerce. Tom has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, and Fox Business News.
Donald Straszheim is Senior Managing Director and Head of China Research for ISI Group, an independent economics and financial markets research firm. Don is a well-known, long-time macro economist on Wall Street. He is widely quoted in the major business media and regularly appears on all of the major financial networks. Since the mid-1980s he has traveled to China extensively and has written and spoken widely on China’s economy, financial markets, business, policy and society. He is a regular media commentator on China.
From 1985 to 1997, Don served as global Chief Economist at Merrill Lynch in New York where he was voted to Institutional Investor’s All-Star team for 10 consecutive years. As the firm’s chief economic spokesman, he traveled worldwide, serving institutional equities and fixed income, investment banking and private wealth management. From 1997 to 2001 Don was President of the non-profit Milken Institute in LA. He revamped the Institute’s research program and helped Michael Milken create the now world-renowned annual Milken Institute Global Conference. Since 2002 he also has operated his own China-focused economic consultancy, Straszheim Global Advisors.
Robert Arnott, over his 30-year career, has endeavored to bridge two disparate worlds; the theoretical academy and the practical marketplace. His success in doing so has resulted in a reputation as one of the world’s most provocative and respected financial analysts. Several unconventional portfolio strategies now in wide application figure among Rob Arnott’s pioneering innovations: tactical asset allocation, global tactical asset allocation, tax-advantaged equity management, and the Fundamental Index® approach to indexation, among others.
An intrepid entrepreneur, Rob started up and managed two important asset management firms before founding Research Affiliates. In 2002, he established Research Affiliates as a research intensive asset management firm that focuses on innovative products that add value for the global investment community. Innovations are constantly pursued, as the firm explores novel approaches to active asset allocation, optimal portfolio construction, and innovative indexation. Research Affiliates distributes investment products globally in partnership with leading financial institutions wherever possible.
A widely published financial thinker, Rob has been a frequent contributor to leading financial journals and books. He has published more than 100 refereed journal articles in the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Harvard Business Review, to name a few. He served as editor in chief at the Financial Analysts Journal from 2002 through 2006, and on their Advisory Council for several years after he stepped down as editor in chief. In recognition of his achievements as a financial writer, Rob has received five Graham and Dodd Scrolls, awarded annually by the CFA Institute for best articles of the year. He has received two Bernstein-Fabozzi/Jacobs-Levy awards from the Journal of Portfolio Management and Institutional Investor magazine. Rob lectures frequently, has served as a visiting professor at UCLA, and has served on the product advisory board of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and two other exchanges.
Rob is the former chairman of First Quadrant, LP, where he developed quantitative asset management products. He also served as global equity strategist at Salomon Brothers (now part of Citigroup), the president of TSA Capital Management (now part of Analytic), and as a vice president at The Boston Company (now PanAgora).
Rob Arnott graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1977 in economics, applied mathematics and computer science. He is the author of The Fundamental Index® - A Better Way to Invest (Wiley 2008).