By Nita Balani
TORONTO: The venue at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Convention Center was a hub of activity and participants had gathered from all over the country to hear and discuss the latest in the world of alternative investments.
In its 11th year, the World Alternative Investment Summit Canada (WAISC) has been consistently bringing in high quality of content and famous speakers to this financial forum for alternative investments.
The headliners for this summit, held from September 18 to 20, were no less spectacular than the previous years, with speakers like Dr. Philippa Malmgren, president and founder of Prinicipalis Asset Management based in London, enlightening the gathering about alternative investments.
Dr. Malmgren, who has also served as advisor to the White House, spoke on Politics, Policy and Geo-politics.
In addition, there was another famous speaker – Ms. Rebecca McCaughrin who is Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund in its Global Markets Division.
Forums and panels discussed various topics such as Canada’s Alternative Investment Roundtable: Trends, Flows and Opportunity, The value of Hedge Fund Industry in Canada, The Canadian Exempt Market Outlook, ETFs – Traditional Indexing and Beyond, Real Assets: Infrastructure, MICs, REITs, Real Estate and Land, Energy Outlook 2012, Canadian and Global Regulatory Hot Topics, Recent Development in Fund Administration and Transparency.
The participants and speakers were well known and respected in their areas of expertise from Canada, USA and beyond – from Cayman Islands and England.
The panels had excellent content for all those who are involved or want to get into the alternative investment market, hedge funds or exempt markets. One of the interesting panels on ETFs had Vikash Jain, VP of Archer ETF Portfolio Management. Vikash is a frequent speaker on BNN Market Call and as well as contributor to the National Post along with ETF Insight’s Managing Editor Yves Rebetez and Pat Chiefalo.
The convention offers a huge opportunity to network with the best of the best and draws class sponsors with unique programming to include a wine tour and lunch or golf tournament and a grand reception as an ice-breaker.
It is a complete day packed with informative and interactive sessions and content is always well chosen and relevant to the times.
The three-day conference ended, Mr Lawrence McDonald – who is author of the well known book A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers – narrating his experiences as a vice- President at Lehman brothers and providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the collapse which led to one of the greatest financial crises of our times.
He spoke about Global Economic Outlook 2012 and Beyond What the European Debt Crisis Means for Global Markets.
Mr. McDonald was extremely resourceful and had painstakingly done research over the years to provide us with great insights into hidden market indicators, the European Central Bank and the Eurozone, US elections 2012, federal reserve policy and the Fiscal Cliff and systemic risk indicators in the world as we know it today.
The conference is one among several important events organized annually by the Radius Financial Education Group. Upcoming conventions and conferences are pertaining to ETFs and Retirement Planning for Advisors.