Monday, May 16, 2011

CFA Institute Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland Review

I thoroughly enjoyed my first CFA Institute Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, a wonderful city rich in history, architecture, whiskey, and beautiful landscapes.  I cannot imagine seeing such a broad range of world-class speakers and financial minds anywhere else in such a short period of time.  I hope to be able to incorporate in future blog posts some of the ideas expressed in the sessions I personally attended (pics and biography all from the CFA Institute Annual Conference site).


Liaquat Ahamed

Liaquat Ahamed is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lords of Finance. During his career, he has worked at … Read More



Stan Beckers

Stan Beckers is managing director of BlackRock Solutions, EMEA. Previously, he held positions as head of the European … Read More



Willem H. Buiter

Willem H. Buiter is chief economist at Citi Investment Research & Analysis. Previously, he was professor of political … Read More



James Grant

James Grant is the founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer and a founding general partner of Nippon Partners, … Read More


Axel Merk

Axel Merk is president and chief investment officer of Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds. He specializes … Read More


Russell Napier, ASIP

Russell Napier, ASIP, is an author and a consultant with CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets and a director of The … Read More



Raghuram G. Rajan

Raghuram G. Rajan is Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at The University of Chicago Booth … Read More



Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is governor and chairman of the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Previously, he … Read More


Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers is an author, financial commentator, and international investor. Previously, he was a professor of finance at the … Read More


Jan Straatman

Jan Straatman is global chief investment officer of ING Investment Management. Previously, he was CEO and chief investment officer of … Read More


Meir Statman

Meir Statman is Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University … Read More

My personal favorites were Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (for those of you who have not heard of him, please take the time to look him up for his remarkable courage and common sense central banking), Russell Napier, ASIP, and Raghuram G. Rajan.

For my real-time Twitter posts from the conference, please see

A reading list might be helpful, so here are the most recent books by some of these speakers on Amazon.

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