Monday March 24, 2008

Financial Forecasting

The University of Dayton will bring together finance students and Wall Street stars at RISE VIII, the world's largest student investment forum to focus on the global financial outlook and to make history.

Emergency bailouts, investment bank failure, a housing market in crisis, six interest rate cuts in six months, recession – what does it all mean?

Some of the best minds and brightest stars in the investment world will offer clues about the world's rapidly changing economic landscape at the University of Dayton's RISE VIII Global Student Investment Forum from 8:15 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the University of Dayton Arena.

In addition, for the first time in NASDAQ's history, it will hold a remote closing bell ceremony on a university campus. More than 250 students – along with the UD pep band – will help ring the closing bell in ceremonies from 3:40 to 4 p.m. in the University of Dayton Arena.

Sandra Pianalto, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a member of the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee, will give a speech titled "Perspective on the Economy" from noon to 12:45 p.m. during the luncheon address.

Other speakers at the event, sponsored by UD and the United Nations Global Compact, include a former commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the chairman and CEO of the United States Steel Corp. and the editor-at-large of Bloomberg News. Christopher Gardner, author and inspiration for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, will deliver the dinner address.

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ECONOMY – 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

David Rosenberg, chief North American Economist, Merrill Lynch

Frank M. Hatheway, CFA, chief economist, NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

Thomas R. Keene, CFA, editor-at-large, Bloomberg News 

Finn E. Kydland, 2004 Nobel laureate in economics, University of California, Santa Barbara

MARKETS – 10:30 a.m. to noon  

Charles Payne, CEO and principal analyst, Wall Street Strategies, Inc.

Tobin Smith, founder and chief investment strategist, ChangeWave Research

Patrick Dorsey, CFA, director of stock analysis, Morningstar, Inc.

Harry S. Dent, Jr., founder and president, HS Dent Foundation

Ronald H. Muhlenkamp, CFA, founder, president and portfolio manager, Muhlenkamp and Company, Inc


Sandra Pianalto, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


John P. Surma, chairman and chief executive officer, United States Steel Corporation

Jeffrey J. Diermeier, CFA, president and CEO, CFA Institute

Jessica M. Bibliowicz, chairman and CEO, National Financial Partners

Roel C. Campos, former commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, currently partner-in-charge, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP


A lively pep band, confetti cannons and approximately 250 college students will lend a collegiate flavor to the live telecast and help NASDAQ make history. The closing bell ceremony also will feature keynote speaker Christopher Gardner, the once-homeless investment guru whose autobiography was the inspiration for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.

PUBLIC POLICY – 3:40 to 4 p.m.

Georg Kell, executive head, United Nations Global Compact

Daniel Clifton, director, Strategas Research Partners

Boyan Christov Ivantchev, economic advisor, Republic of Bulgaria

LEADERSHIP – 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.          

Christopher Gardner, owner and CEO, Christopher Gardner International Holdings; author of The Pursuit of Happyness

Bloomberg Television, Dow Jones and Reuters are among the national media confirmed for this event.

For more information, contact Cilla Shindell, executive director of news and communications, at 937-229-3257 or

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