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CFA Chicago Claritas Prep Program (Limited Space) (Ended)

Fundamentals of Investing

Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
1:45 pm
Mesirow Financial, 353 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL  60654   (Driving Directions)

CFA Chicago Claritas Prep Program
CFA Society Chicago has worked with CFA Institute to develop a "live" prep program for the Claritas Investment Certificate. Our "live" classroom experience is taught by local industry professionals and PhDs. The course will deliver the fundamentals of investing and it will help you prepare for the exam.

Date: Sept. 4 - Oct. 23, 2013 (Eight Consecutive Wednesdays)
Time: 1:45pm - 4:30pm
Location: Mesirow Financial, 353 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

CFA Chicago Claritas Prep Program:

  • Taught by local industry professionals and PhDs
  • 8 weekly classes, held on Wednesdays
  • Receive PDFs of the weekly PowerPoint presentations
  • Mock Exam and Q&A sessions

Fundamentals of Investing
CFA Chicago's popular Fundamentals of Investing course (2005-2012) was updated and used as a guide for developing the new CFA Chicago Claritas Prep Program. This new program will still deliver a solid foundation of investment and financial industry information. You do not need to be signed up for the Claritas exam, in order to take the CFA Chicago classes.

Is the Prep Program For You?
Claritas promotes a shared understanding of the industry, builds employee confidence, and raises effectiveness across all professional disciplines in the financial services industry, outside of investment roles; from client services to compliance; from human resources to IT and operations; from sales and marketing to legal and administrative services.

What Businesses Think of Claritas

Sept. 4: Instructor; Chris Vincent, CFA
Chapter 1 - The Investment Industry: A Top-Down View
Chapter 13 - Structure of the Investment Industry
Chapter 19 - Investor Needs and Investment Policy
Chapter 20 - Asset Allocation

Sept. 11: Instructor; Edwin Denson, PH.D.
Chapter 6 - Microeconomics
Chapter 7 - Macroeconomics
Chapter 8 - International Trade and Foreign Exchange

Sept. 18: Instructor; Annie Logue, CFA
Chapter 4 - Financial Statements
Chapter 9 - Equity Securities
Chapter 10 - Debt Securities

Sept. 25: Instructor Andrew Kominik, CFA
Chapter 5 - Quantitative Concepts
Chapter 11 - Derivatives
Chapter 12 - Alternative Investments

Oct. 2: Instructor; Michael Falk, CFA
Chapter 14 - Investment Vehicles and Structures
Chapter 15 - Investment Market Characteristics

Oct. 9: Instructor; Michele Gambera, CFA
Chapter 18 - Performance Evaluation
Chapter 21 - Active and Passive Investment Management

Oct. 16: Instructor; Thomas Coleman, PH.D.
Chapter 2 - Ethics and Investment Professionalism
Chapter 3 - Regulation and Supervision
Chapter 16 - Investment Industry Documentation
Chapter 17 - Risk Management

Oct. 23: Instructor; Chris Vincent, CFA
Review/ Q&A
Mock Exam (Optional)

Early Bird Rate, before Aug. 30 - $325
Regular Rate, after Aug. 30 - $399
Discount Group Pricing - $299 (5 or more individuals from the same organization)
Student Members - $75 (limited seats available)
(payable by cash, check or credit card - NO FUNCTION TICKETS)*

NOTE: CFA Chicago must have a minimum of 20 registrants in order to hold this course. Limited Space.

Attire: Business Casual, No Jeans

For Reservations: Register online below.

Hosted by: Education Advisory Group

1:45pm-2:00pm - Registration & Networking
2:00pm-4:30pm - Course

Thomas S. Coleman, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. Coleman worked in the finance industry for over 20 years with considerable experience in quantitative modeling, trading, and risk management. Among other roles he was head of Quantitative Analysis and Risk Control at Moore Capital Management, LLC, and a director and founding member of Aequilibrium Investments Ltd., a London-based hedge fund manager. Coleman earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and a BA in physics from Harvard.

Edwin Denson Ph.D. is a member of the Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team. Prior to joining William Blair & Company in 2011, he was a member of Singer Partners' investment team with special focus on market strategy. Edwin is the former Head of Asset Allocation, Global Investment Solutions at UBS Global Asset Management with overall responsibility for the asset allocation strategy of multi-asset portfolios. Prior to heading Asset Allocation at UBS Global Asset Management, Edwin was a Senior Asset Allocation Analyst at the firm with responsibility for setting asset allocation strategy for a number of multi-asset portfolios and developing the asset allocation investment process. Edwin's experience prior to joining UBS Global Asset Management in 2001 includes serving as an economist at Putnam Investments, Primark Decision Economics, and Lehman Brothers, as a partner in a commodity trading advisory firm and as a quantitative equity trader for a private trading partnership. Edwin holds an AB in Economics from Cornell University and a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University, with specializations in macroeconomics and econometrics.

Michael Falk, CFA, is a partner with the Focus Consulting Group, the founder of MSF Asset Consulting and a partner and the chief strategist on a global macro hedge fund. He was a former CIO in charge of manager due diligence and asset allocation for a multi-billion dollar advisory. His background includes extensive asset allocation research and portfolio development expertise along with a multi-faceted understanding of behavioral finance and retirement issues. Aside from his consulting and strategist work, Falk is part of the CFA Institute's Approved Speaker List, a contributing member of the PDDARI group within the Financial Management Association (FMA), the Vice Chair of the Plan Sponsor Council of America's Investment Committee, and teaches as an adjunct professor at DePaul University in their Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Certificate Program as well as on behalf of the CFA Society of Chicago and is frequently quoted in the financial press. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S in Finance. He also holds the Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) designation.

Michele Gambera, CFA, is Executive Director and Head of Quantitative Analysis for UBS Global Investment Solutions. In this role, he leads the team developing and maintaining quantitative models for the portfolio management teams in the Asset Allocation & Currency areas of Global Investment Solutions. In addition, he manages a European-based mutual fund. Gambera joined UBS Global Asset Management in 2010 from Ibbotson Associates, Morningstar's asset allocation consultancy, where he had been Senior Research Consultant and Chief Economist since 2006. During his nine years with Morningstar, he was also a Senior Quantitative Analyst and Chief Economist. Prior to joining Morningstar, he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for two years as an Economist in the Supervision and Regulation division. In addition to his extensive economic and quantitative analysis experience, Gambera has a strong academic background and has held various teaching roles, most recently on the Masters of Quantitative Finance program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is often quoted by the press including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Gambera holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Trento in Italy, a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and he is also a CFA Charterholder.

Andrew D. Kominik, CFA joined William Blair & Company in 2003. After serving as a marketing analyst and portfolio construction analyst, Kominik moved into his current role, quantitative portfolio analyst, in 2007. He primarily supports equity management teams in the use of internal and external quantitative models to evaluate portfolio risk and performance. Kominik also develops and programs multifactor quantitative models that are used by the fundamental equity analysts and portfolio managers. He also holds a CFA charter. Education: B.A., History, Brandeis University, magna cum laude; M.B.A., with concentrations in Econometrics & Statistics and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ann Logue, CFA, is a freelance writer, consulting analyst, and instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Hedge Funds for Dummies (Wiley, 2006), and has also written for Barron's, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan and Compliance Week, among other publications. Her current career follows 12 years' of experience as an investment analyst. Logue holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Christopher Vincent, CFA, is the manager of the William Blair Income Fund and co-manager of the William Blair Bond Fund. He joined William Blair, a private investment bank and asset management company, in June 2002. He leads the fixed-income team, which oversees approximately $2.4 billion dollars, in sectors including money markets instruments, municipal bonds, structured securities, investment-grade credit, and high-yield bonds. The firm's fixed-income platform delivers products in the retail, institutional and private wealth channels. From 1988 through 2002, Vincent managed core and core-plus fixed-income portfolios for institutional clients at Kemper Financial Services (and its successor firms) in Chicago. He began his investment career in 1983 as a pension plan sponsor at Ralston Purina, a Fortune 100 company headquartered in St. Louis. Vincent earned his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Missouri in 1978. He completed his MBA at Saint Louis University in 1984 and was awarded the CFA charter in 1990. He appeared as a guest on CNBC's "Kudlow & Cramer" and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune. He most recently appeared on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" to comment on the downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt. Vincent is a member of the CFA Institute. His work for the CFA Society Chicago includes being the Secretary/Treasurer for the Board of Directors, serving on the nominating committee, performing university outreach, and teaching the fixed-income portion of the fundamentals of investing class. He served as co-chair of Chicago's host committee for the CFA Institute 2012 annual conference.

*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
Credit card required to guarantee ALL reservations. Day-of-event registrations accepted on-site only if applicable and space available. There is a $25 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, Aug. 23 - there will be no refunds after Aug. 23.

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