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Downtown Special Event: "The Role of Alternatives in Investor Portfolios"

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Tuesday, January 28
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

LeBow Hall
Drexel University
3220 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

Institutional investors and private wealth managers are struggling to meet historical returns through traditional investments such as equity and fixed income.  As a result, investors have increased their allocations to alternatives. 

The percentage of the allocations in a portfolio to alternatives has nearly tripled over the last 20 years, and continues to be an area that clients are looking to diversify into in search of these return objectives. For example, the state of New Jersey has increased their alternative exposure from nearly zero ten years ago to over 30 percent today. 

Join us on the campus of Drexel University for a lively panel discussions on the use of alternative investments in portfolio construction.

The following panelists will offer their perspectives on the current state of alternative investment strategies:

Jeremy Bach, CFA
Bach Capital Advisors
Jeremy has been working in the financial services field for over twenty years.  After beginning his career at regional CPA firms, Mr. Bach moved to the asset management field.  He joined Miller Anderson (now part of Morgan Stanley Asset Management) where he spearheaded their performance analytic and reporting efforts.   Later he served as Director of Client Service at Financial Software Systems.  In that senior role, he worked closely with traders and risk managers to understand their trading strategies and help them manage their risk.
Most recently, Mr. Bach served as Vice President of Quantitative Sales at Markov Processes International.  In this role Jeremy sold sophisticated software to institutional investors to help them evaluate, select and monitor their investment managers.  In so doing, Jeremy worked very closely with his clients in helping them to both use the software tool and evaluate their managers. Mr. Bach is a frequent speaker at industry conferences speaking on such topics as Hedge Fund Due Diligence, Style Analysis Performance Measurement, and Hedge Fund of Funds. 
Mr. Bach is a graduate of Hofstra University.  He holds the CFA designation and is a CPA.  
Alex Gurvich
Director of Research
PFM Asset Management LLC
Alex has over 20 years of experience in finance, investment research, portfolio management, alternative investments, private equity and venture capital, and strategic consulting.  At PFM, Alex manages the Investment Research, Asset Allocation and Manager Selection teams. He is a member of the Investment Committee and Economic and Capital Markets Outlook Committee.
Prior to PFM, Alex was a director of quantitative research at Commonfund, an asset management firm for endowments and foundations. Before that, Alex was a quantitative equity portfolio manager at The Rockledge Group, a quantitative equity investment management firm that he co-founded. At Rockledge he managed portfolios for institutional and individual investors. There he launched a mutual fund and a long/short exchange traded fund. He has also worked as venture capitalist for GE Capital and as a strategy consultant for Bain and Company in Moscow, London and Stockholm.
Alex has been an adjunct professor and a lecturer at Pace University and Stevens Institute of Technology, teaching graduate and undergraduate finance courses, such as investment management, alternative investments, valuation of the firm, and corporate finance.
Alex earned a B.A. in Physics at the University of Chicago, an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy at INSEAD in France, an M.S. in Financial Engineering from New York University Polytechnic Institute and he is a Ph.D. candidate in Financial Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Sean Heberling, CFA
Marion Street Capital
Sean Heberling, CFA is CEO of Marion Street Capital, a consulting firm offering outsourced CFO services to young, private firms. He is a Director and Vice President at the CFA Society of Philadelphia. He is also a Director at the Global Interdependence Center, an organization headquartered inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and whose mission is to reduce international conflicts and improve worldwide living standards. Sean has held various positions in Finance for such organizations as Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon and Navigant Consulting.  
Sean studied Mathematics at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and he studied Finance and Computer Science at Villanova University, where he now teaches Equity Markets & Valuation to undergraduates. Sean also teaches various topics in Finance to professionals studying for all three levels of the CFA Exam.

The moderator for the event is Dr. George Tsetsekos.  Dr. Tsetsekos is the Francis Professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus at LeBow's College of Business at Drexel University.  He served as dean of the college from 2002 to 2012.  Dr. Tsetsekos' extensive research covers the broad areas of corporate finance, investments, and international finance. He has published his research in many j ournals, including The Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking & Finance, The Journal of Portfolio Management and Journal of International Business Studies. He is the author of books on finance and international capital markets and has served on editorial boards for several academic journals. 
University Students:  Free of charge

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Thank you to Drexel University for hosting the event:



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1/28/2020 5:00 PM

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1/28/2020 7:00 PM

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LeBow Hall
Drexel University
3220 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

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Join us on the campus of Drexel University for a lively panel discussion on the use of alternative investments in portfolio construction.


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