CFALA 17th Annual Economic and Investments Forecast Dinner

Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2607
Jane Wells - Special Correspondent, CNBC

Michelle Girard - Managing Director and Chief U.S. Economist, NatWest Markets
James Bianco, CMT - President, Bianco Research
Julian Emanuel - Managing Director, Chief Equity & Derivatives Strategist, BTIG
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Cocktail Hour
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Panel Discussion
Dress: Business Casual
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MEMBERS ONLY - Presentations and Event Recording


Jane Wells | Jane Wells is an award-winning broadcast journalist with over 30 years experience in the news media. She’s covered everything from earthquakes to riots, from the O.J. Simpson trial to Mother Teresa’s funeral, from the massacre at Columbine to the 2008 financial collapse. She has questioned CEOs about poor business decisions, driven a bulldozer on live television, posed as a prostitute for a story on AIDS, appeared in the “Seinfeld” finale, and even got a hangover—on purpose—to test out the best cures.

Wells has won a Peabody and DuPont award for her part in KTTV’s live coverage of the Rodney King trial, along with several local news Emmys. In 2000, she transitioned from a career in general news to covering business and the markets for CNBC.

These days Jane remains a CNBC Special Correspondent, where she works on breaking news and special on-air stories. She is also the reporter for’s “Strange Success” franchise, and she regularly fills in at KFIAM640, the highest rated talk radio station in the west. In her free time, she produces story-telling promotional videos for non-profits like the Salvation Army. Back To Top ^^


Michelle Girard | Michelle Girard Michelle Girard is the Chief US Economist and a Managing Director for NatWest Markets (NWM). Overseeing the US Economics team, Michelle evaluates and identifies trends across all sectors of the US economy, utilizing econometric models to predict key economic indicators. She is responsible for developing forecasts for growth, inflation and interest rates, and monitoring Federal Reserve and Treasury actions. While coordinating and collaborating with economists and strategists in London and Singapore, Michelle provides synergistic analysis for NWM's global customer base and keeps the firm's sales and trading desks up-to-date on market moving developments. Michelle is a regular speaker and commentator on the US economic outlook on various print, radio, and television news media including CNBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV & Radio, and Yahoo! Finance.

Prior to joining NWM, Michelle held roles as Co-Head of the Fixed Income Strategy & Research Group at Prudential Securities, Chief Economist at Sanwa Securities (USA) and Economist with Bear Stearns. Michelle began her professional career as a Research Assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC.

As a member of the US Management Committee, Michelle works with other senior leaders to set and implement business strategy in the region. She is also an Executive Sponsor for the NWM Women’s Network and has taken an active role in helping to create and strengthen the talent development offerings for women across the organization. Back To Top ^^

James Bianco, CMT | Jim Bianco is President and Macro Strategist at Bianco Research, L.L.C. Since 1990 Jim’s commentaries have offered a unique perspective on the global economy and financial markets. Unencumbered by the biases of traditional Wall Street research, Jim has built a decades long reputation for objective, incisive commentary that challenges consensus thinking. In nearly 20 years at Bianco Research, Jim’s wide ranging commentaries have addressed monetary policy, the intersection of markets and politics, the role of government in the economy, fund flows and positioning in financial markets.

Jim appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business, and is often featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Grants Interest Rate Observer, and MarketWatch. Prior to joining Arbor and Bianco Research, Jim was a Market Strategist in equity and fixed income research at UBS Securities and Equity Technical Analyst at First Boston and Shearson Lehman Brothers. He is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a member of the Market Technicians Association (MTA). Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Marquette University (1984) and an MBA from Fordham University (1989). Back To Top ^^

Julian Emanuel | Julian Emanuel is a Managing Director and Chief Equity and Derivatives Strategist at BTIG. He provides top-down analysis of broad market trends, sectors, valuation and volatility with a focus on U.S. equity markets and U.S.-listed derivatives. Prior to BTIG, Mr. Emanuel was Head of U.S. Equity and Derivatives Strategy at UBS. Previously, he accumulated over two decades of experience as a Portfolio Manager, Risk Manager and Proprietary Trader with Tiedemann Investment Group, Goldman Sachs, Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, and Credit Suisse Asset Management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Emanuel was also Head of North American Equity Derivatives Sales at Tullett Prebon. He began his career as a floor options trader with Timber Hill Inc. Mr. Emanuel earned a BBA from Emory University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Back To Top ^^


Early Registration Fees (until January 7th, 2019)
$39 (Member) | $50 (Student) | $100 (Non-Member)

Registration Fees
$50 (Member) | $55 (Student) | $120 (Non-Member)

Online registration has ended. Walk-ins will be accepted at the door.

Table Reservation Option
Reserve Your Table of 10 (seat reservations not an option for individual registration) - $2000 (Availability: 6)

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship Registration

Parking Information
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Discounted Parking Rate: $24 Valet Parking

Additional Options:
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Pershing Square Garage: Rates vary

Central Library Parking: Rates vary

Joe's Auto Parks: $12 

Pacific Center Parking: $15

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Payment Information
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If you prefer to pay by check please email and request to pay by check. Your registration will be completed automatically and you will receive an email confirmation.


Mail check to:
CFA Society of Los Angeles, 520 S. Grand Ave, Suite 655, Los Angeles CA 90071.

*Credit card payments will only be accepted through the secure online registration, and not by phone or email.

Table reservations are non-refundable. Other cancellations must be received in writing by 9:00 am the day prior to the event to receive a refund. No phone cancellations are accepted. Please fax to the CFALA office at (213) 613-1233 or e-mail Member “no-shows” will be billed the difference between the member fee and the non-member fee for the event which is posted on the CFALA website.
Tyler Furek, CFA
As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, the CFA Society of Los Angeles has determined that this program qualifies for 1.5 credit hours. If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE Diary.
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Thanks to our Diamond Direct Sponsor:
  • NWQ Investment Management Company
Thanks to our Gold Sponsors:
  • Capital Group
  • Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • DWS Group
  • John Hancock
  • MarketAxess
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Natixis
  • OFI Global: An OppenheimerFunds Company
  • Parametric
  • PowerShares ETF
  • T. Rowe Price
  • Wells Fargo Securities
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  • BMO Capital Markets
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