Students Attend IMN Conference

Posted: Thursday, February 7th 2013 at 3:43 PM

December 2012, three students from The W.A. Franke College of Business represented NAU at the Information Management Network (IMN)'s Global Indexing & ETFs: The Preeminent Investment Management Conference in Scottsdale. Michael Bauder, Daniel Patton, and Adam Gibert, accompanied by Matt Haertzen, lecturer of finance, spent three days networking and attending various sessions.

The conference began Sunday, December 2 with a networking event and kicked off Monday morning with the main presentations. Attendees went to sessions where panelists spoke about different issues affecting the investment industry with a primary focus on passive investment management.

“Some of the best speeches that I heard were about the relative performance of different kinds of weighting that index funds use, a wonderful speech about the unfunded liabilities of many public pension plans, and a very informative talk about investing in China from a man that runs an Asian index from Hong Kong,” said Patton.

Professor Haertzen spoke on one of the panels on Tuesday about investing in real assets during a low interest rate environment.

The students got the chance to network and interact with investment professionals from around the world and engage in discussions relevant to their career interests.

“The conference was one of the best chances that I have had to jump into the middle of the investing world,” Patton said. “While many events that I have attended have been focused on college students, this conference was for professionals by professionals so the topics were all about the current issues in the industry. It was nice to have the chance to contrast the ‘real world’ information that was given with my experiences here at NAU.”

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