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Policy & Market Implications of the 2016 Election 

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​Join us for this special half-day event in which you will hear about the outlook for the presidential and congressional races, the market implications of various election outcomes, and possible regulatory changes in the next administration.  The election could have important implications for your investments and the way you do business. 




12:00pm – 2:00pm

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

2016 Election Outlook

Charlie Cook, Editor & Publisher, Cook Political Report

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Election Impact On The Markets:

Investment Winners And Losers

Moderator: Loren Duggan, Director of Legislative Analysis and Product, Bloomberg Government

Andy Laperriere, CFA, Partner at Cornerstone Macro

Charles Gabriel, President of Capital Alpha

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Coffee Break

3:00pm – 3:45pm

How The Election Could Affect The Way You Do Business:  Possible Regulatory Changes Ahead

Moderator: Jim Allen, CFA, Head, Capital Markets Policy – Americas, CFA Institute

Andy Blocker, Head of Policy and Advocacy, SIFMA

Tom Carpenter, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Wexler & Walker

David Tittsworth, Counsel, Ropes & Gray

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Closing Thoughts

Trent Lott, Former Senate Majority Leader, Senior Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs

4:30pm - 6:30pmCocktail Reception
Speaker Bios
Jim Allen, CFA
Head, Capital Markets Policy - Americas, CFA Institute
Jim Allen is head of the Capital Markets Policy Group in the Americas at CFA Institute where he is responsible for developing and promoting capital markets positions and policies within the region. He also leads the organization’s capital markets outreach with policymakers and regulators in Washington D.C.
Before joining CFA Institute, Allen spent most of his time on the analysis and valuation of financial institutions and small companies. worked as an independent researcher on projects looking at the global payments and settlement sector and small business banking, and as a freelance journalist. From 1996 to 2000 he managed four publications at SNL Financial, and prior to that covered derivatives and asset-backed securities for the American Banker. He began his career with First Southwest Co., a Texas-based investment bank, where he was a vice president in corporate finance engaged in bank analysis, valuation of privately held companies, and analysis of industrial development bonds.

Allen holds an MA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the CFA charter in 1987. He currently serves as finance chair at Charlottesville Catholic School.
Andy Blocker
Head of Policy and Advocacy, SIFMA
Blocker is the Executive Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy for SIFMA. In this capacity, Blocker leads a team who engage with lawmakers and regulators on international, federal and state issues impacting the financial services industry.
Prior to joining SIFMA, Blocker was Managing Director, Federal Affairs Manager in the U.S. Office of Public Policy at UBS. Blocker represented UBS on a wide range of issues with a primary focus on banking, securities, and other financial services issues on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. In particular, he was the lead lobbyist on financial services issues for UBS during both the legislative debate and the regulatory implementation of Dodd-Frank. In addition, Andy served as a trusted resource to inform both individual and institutional clients on political and policy actions in Washington and how they could impact their strategic investment decisions.
Prior to his role at UBS, Blocker was Vice President of Government Relations at the New York Stock Exchange (now NYSE Euronext), where he was responsible for developing and coordinating lobbying strategy regarding market structure (including Reg NMS), corporate governance, international market collaboration, and tax issues. Prior to joining the Exchange, Andy represented American Airlines in over twenty international route negotiations between the U.S. and foreign governments, and worked to secure liability relief as part of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act post September 11th.
During his tenure in the public sector, he worked as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX), and Senior Budget Analyst for the Senate Budget Committee. He also worked for the Clinton White House, where as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, he provided policy-making and strategic advice to the President, and contributed to the passage of the 1997 Bipartisan Balanced Budget Agreement.
Blocker holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Tom Carpenter
Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Wexler & Walker

Often describing himself as a "Washington wilderness guide," Tom Carpenter leverages both an extensive career in and around Capitol Hill and a knack for political and policy analysis to help Wexler | Walker clients navigate the often treacherous Congressional landscape. Carpenter co-leads both the firm's Financial Services and Technology Disrupter practice areas and is also relied upon for close ties to Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate. 

With primary focus on the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees, Carpenter has advocated for clients in the areas of Dodd-Frank, Investor Protections, GSE reform, Equity and Bond Market Structures, Housing Tax Credits, Financial Regulatory Disclosure modernization and a host of other financial policy issues.

Prior to joining Wexler | Walker, Carpenter spent several years as a Legislative Assistant to Former Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO). He has also served in various political roles; having served as a campaign field director in Pennsylvania for the Bush-Cheney campaign, a Delegate for the Newt Gingrich Campaign in Washington D.C. and as a host of various political events for Congressional candidates.

As a native Southerner, Carpenter grew up in South Carolina and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee where he received a degree in Communications. He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with his wife and three children.

Charlie Cook
Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal
"There are political junkies, and then there's Charlie Cook - the man who knows more about everything political than anyone else." The Washingtonian
When Charlie Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be "in the know" sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington's most trusted - and most accurate - voice on all things political, whether it's the outcome of a Congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election.
As the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and National Journal Daily, and he also pens a regular column for the Washington Quarterly. Once deemed "the Picasso of election analysis" by the Wall Street Journal and represented exclusively by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Cook produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be truly informed."
A Political Oracle. The plaudits for Charlie Cook are the best kind of broken record - an endless loop of praise. The New York Times has called Cook "one of the best political handicappers in the nation" and noted that the Cook Political Report is "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative." Bob Schieffer of CBS News calls it "the bible of the political community," and David Broder of the Washington Post said Cook is "perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races." In its feature "The Top 50 Journalists in Washington," the Washingtonian called him a "master observer" and "the man who knows more about politics than anyone else," and in 2010 Cook was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics."
Cook's expertise has been featured on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs, as well as Good Morning America, TODAY, Nightline, Meet the Press, and This Week. He has also been an election night analyst for CNN, CBS, and NBC News and for every presidential election since 1994. He founded the Cook Political Report in 1984, and became a twice-weekly columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill's premier newspaper, before joining the National Journal Group in 1998.
Charlie Cook also served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard during the spring semester of 2013.
Keeping America Informed. Cook is a hugely popular speaker. With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, his speeches focus on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook forecasts the fortunes of each party in a balanced, non-partisan manner and furnishes audiences with the concrete information they need regarding today's political and legislative environments.   
Loren Duggan
Director of Legislative Analysis and Product, Bloomberg Government 
Expert on:
• US Legislation
• Budget Analysis
• Congressional Procedure
Loren Duggan is Bloomberg Government’s Director of Legislative Analysis and contributes to BGOV’s Congress Tracker, which he helped develop. He was editor of Congressional Quarterly’s House Action Reports, providing summaries and analysis of legislation. He also contributed to CQ’s legislative tracking services and product development during his decade there. Duggan holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology from American University.
Charles Gabriel
President, Capital Alpha
Charles Gabriel is a thirty-two year veteran of political forecasting for institutional investors and President of Capital Alpha. In addition to election risk and overall policy-related investment strategy, he specializes in trends and developments impacting the mortgage, specialty finance, and education sectors. From 1995-2007, Gabriel worked for Prudential Financial, ultimately serving as senior vice president and head of Prudential Equity Group (PEG) Washington Research. He joined Prudential in February 1995, twelve years after entering the field as a partner in The Washington Forum, a division of the former Drexel Burnham Lambert. He was cited on the Institutional Investor All- American Team every year between 1994 and 2006, and has been a frequent guest on business-related television shows.
Andy Laperriere, CFA
Partner, Cornerstone Macro

Andy Laperriere is head of US Policy Research for Cornerstone Macro in Washington, DC, where he analyzes the market implications of policy and political developments. Andy analyzes how tax, budget, trade, health care, banking, housing, energy and other policy changes could impact the economy and financial markets. He also tracks geopolitical developments, elections and political trends.

Prior to helping found Cornerstone Macro, Laperriere was a Senior Managing Director at ISI Group and the head of ISI’s Policy Research team. Before joining ISI, he spent eight years on Capitol Hill working for former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. Laperriere has been an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst for the past 16 years, and his policy team has been ranked #1 for each of the past 12 years.

He graduated from Villanova University in 1990, earned a Masters in Economics from George Mason University in 1997, and is a CFA charterholder. Along with his wife Brandi, he helped found an inner-city Christian school that provides opportunity to children in one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods.

Trent Lott
Former Senate Majority Leader, Senior Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs

Trent Lott served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate representing the state of Mississippi for thirty-five years. During his sixteen years in the House he served on the Rules Committee and as Republican whip for eight years. As a senator, he was majority whip and majority leader. He is currently Senior Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs, where he co-chairs the public policy practice. He is the author of Herding Cats and the co-author of Crisis Point: Why We Must - and How We Can - Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.

David Tittsworth
Counsel, Ropes & Gray

David Tittsworth serves as Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Ropes & Gray, LLP.  He handles a variety of matters for the law firm’s asset management clients, including advice related to regulatory, legislative, and public policy issues.    

Tittsworth received his B.A. degree from the University of Kansas (1975) and his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law (1978).  He served a significant portion of his professional career in the public sector, where he held positions in all three branches of government.  He began his legal career as a research attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals in 1978.  Thereafter, he held various positions in state government, including his appointment as Chief Counsel of the Department of Transportation in 1983, where he supervised a staff of attorneys and advised the Department on legal and administrative issues.  In 1985, he joined the bond counsel firm of Gilmore & Bell in Kansas City, where he advised state and municipal officials on various financing issues.  Upon moving to Washington, D.C. in 1987, Tittsworth first served as Associate Staff on the House Budget Committee.  He accepted a position as Senior Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Trade, and Hazardous Materials in 1989.  In 1991, he left Capitol Hill to become General Counsel and a partner with a government relations firm, where he represented the Investment Adviser Association (IAA) and other clients.  In 1992, he returned to Capitol Hill to serve as Counsel and Minority Counsel of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

In October 1996, Tittsworth accepted a position as Executive Director and Executive Vice President (subsequently re-designated CEO and President) of the IAA, a not-for-profit organization that exclusively represents the interests of federally registered investment adviser firms.  For more than 18 years, Tittsworth managed all of the Association’s activities, including its involvement in a wide variety of advocacy, compliance, educational, and business issues that affect the investment advisory profession.


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Economics; Portfolio Management; Standards, Ethics, and Regulations

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4/20/2016 12:00 PM

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4/20/2016 6:30 PM


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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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