Thursday February 19, 2009

RISE IX: Something for Everyone

Though UD's RISE Forum is the largest student investment forum in the world, students aren't the only ones who can benefit from it.

Though UD's RISE Forum is the largest student investment forum in the world, students aren't the only ones who can benefit from it, said the faculty member who co-founded it.

UD employees stand to gain just as much from the March 26-28 events, said David Sauer, director of the Davis Center for Portfolio Management and an associate professor of finance.

"Everyone is impacted by the volatile markets we're experiencing," Sauer said. "While no one has answers to all of the problems in the economy right now, our keynote speakers will be able to provide insights as to the causes and potential developments on the horizon. It's applicable to anyone who has retirement investments or money in the various markets. Everyone is touched by the current markets."

All benefits-eligible employees who work more than 1,000 hours a year are eligible for continuing education funds to cover the fees, said Sauer, RISE's managing director and program co-chair.

RISE, short for Redefining Investment Strategy Education, brings national and international leaders in business, economics, finance and government to UD to discuss markets, the economy, corporate governance, and global investment issues and opportunities. The forum also offers a Federal Reserve perspective this year from Richard W. Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The keynote presentations are from 8 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the University of Dayton Arena. Breakout sessions are in various campus locations March 27-28.

Robert "Dr. Bob" Froehlich '75, chairman of the investor strategy committee of Deutsche Asset Management and a UD trustee, recruits RISE's keynote speakers, which this year include Andreas H?fert, chief global economist with UBS; Edward M. Kerschner, chief investment strategist with Citigroup/Smith Barney; Steve Liesman, senior economics reporter with CNBC; Robert D. McTeer Jr., a distinguished fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis; John P. Surma, chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel; and Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of the National Association of Realtors.

For an application for continuing education funds, send a request via e-mail. For more information about RISE IX, see the event's Web site.