CFS News and Events

News and Events

SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2020
7th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

NEW DATES: The Conference on Financial Market Regulation (CFMR 2020) has been rescheduled to September 17 - 18, 2020.

The SEC, CFS at Lehigh University, CFP at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute are pleased to jointly host the 7th Annual CFMR. The goal of the conference is to bring together participants from academia, industry, government, and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

The conference will take place in the afternoon on Thursday, September 17 and all day on Friday, September 18 at the SEC in Washington, DC.

PROGRAM: conftool.org/cfmr2020/sessions.php

ONLINE REGISTRATION: conftool.org/cfmr2020/

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Kathleen Weiss Hanley (Lehigh University), Amy Edwards (SEC), Vlad Ivanov (SEC), Russ Wermers (University of Maryland), and Jim Allen (CFA Institute).

MAY 7, 2020
MOUNTAIN TALK: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT DURING MARKET TURMOIL

A short webinar that discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has many people concerned about the current and future states of their financial investments. Seth Finkel ’80, managing director, Neuberger Berman, and current Lehigh CFS board member, talks about some of the biggest concerns facing individuals and their wealth management, how he is approaching this challenge with his clients, and what you might want to consider in your own financial planning.

Finkel has been rated among the top financial advisors by various financial media. In 2020, he was ranked 22nd in the country on the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list and 6th in New York State on the Barron’s 2020 Top 1,200 Financial Advisors State by State list. Additionally, in 2019 Seth was ranked #7 in America on Barron's Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors.

Watch the recording.

APRIL 27, 2020
KITCHEN TABLE TALK: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND IGNORE THE MARKET

Lehigh Business' Vistex Institute for Executive Learning & Research developed a series of short talks to help business and individuals cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Prof. Kathleen Weiss Hanley, Bolton-Perella Chair in Finance and CFS Director, gives you a sense of why markets are so volatile during this unprecedented coronavirus health crisis.

Watch the video.

2019

NOVEMBER 18, 2019
ESG INVESTING PANEL
AT REFINITIV

Lehigh’s CFS hosted its annual New York City conference in November at Refinitiv. The expert panel discussed Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing and shared their insights and knowledge on topics such as ESG’s rapid growth, ESG data analysis and scoring, sustainable funds’ performance over ordinary ones, arbitrage opportunities for non-ESG investors, and the future of ESG funds.

Keynote Henry McVey, Head of Global Macro & Asset Allocation & CIO at KKR, shared his macro insights with the engaged audience.

CFS Board member John Melvin ‘91, Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer at HIMCO, moderated the discussion among panelists:

  • Ingrid Dyott, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman
  • Laura Kunkemueller, ESG Officer at Mellon
  • Noelle-Claire LeCann, Managing Principal at AlphaSource Advisors 
  • Henry Shilling, Director of Research at Sustainable Research and Analysis 

Please enjoy a photo gallery of the November 18 event. 

The conference was brought to you by the CFS in cooperation with the CFS Advisory BoardKKRLehigh Wall Street Council, and Refinitiv.

OCTOBER 18, 2019
4th ANNUAL FINANCE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT LEBOW SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT DREXEL UNIVERSITY

The Fourth Annual "Philly Five" Regional Finance Conference was held at the LeBow School of Business at Drexel University. The annual research symposium was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University, University of Delaware, and Villanova University. It was a day of networking and research discussion that featured five completed research papers presented seminar style and a few presentations of "early ideas" with preliminary findings.

JULY 13 - 15, 2019
ANNUAL FINANCIAL ECONOMISTS ROUNTABLE MEETING
IN BOULDER, COLORADO

The Financial Economist Roundtable (FER) is a group of senior financial economists who have made significant contributions to the finance literature and seek to apply their knowledge to current policy debates. FER focuses on microeconomic issues in investments, corporate finance, as well as financial institutions and markets, both in the U.S. and internationally. It aims to create a forum for intellectual interaction that promotes in-depth analyses of current policy issues in order to raise the level of public and private policy debate and improve the quality of policy decisions.

Read FER's 2019 Statement on "Evidence-Based Regulation and the Limits of Pilot Studies."

MAY 9-10, 2019
6th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

On Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10, 2019, the SEC, CFS at Lehigh University, CFP at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute jointly hosted the Sixth Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation (CFMR 2019) at the SEC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The CFMR brought together participants from academia, industry, government, and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

The presenters and discussants tackled thought-provoking topics including product differentiation as a predictor of fraud, short selling and adverse selection, tweets to motivate investors, order routing to high frequency traders and ATSs, effects of a shock to angel finance, corporate disclosure, post-crisis liquidity regulation, risk retention rules, fiduciary duty and financial advice, and alternative pricing rules.

The CFMR lunch keynote address was given by Commissioner Hester Peirce. In addition, there was a SEC panel on economic analysis in enforcement cases.

To view presented papers, check out the Sixth CFMR eJournal, which is available to all SSRN subscribers at no charge. 

MARCH 27, 2019
CFS SPRING SPEAKER 
AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY'S RAUCH BUSINESS CENTER

Talk given by Daniel Pietrzak '97, Member/Co-Head of Private Credit, KKR

"The Evolution of Private Equity"

  • The continued evolution of private equity and major trends shaping the future of the industry
  • KKR's history and how its private equity roots have created the foundation for new businesses
  • How KKR is accelerating growth within the Credit space and what are the significant opportunities

This event was co-sponsored by the Finance Club and the Investment Management Club.

2018

DECEMBER 4, 2018
BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES PANEL
AT REFINITIV

Lehigh’s CFS hosted its third annual New York City conference in December at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters). The panel discussion focused on one of the biggest trends in the Fintech space – Blockchain Technologies. The expert panel provided thoughtful comments and an insider’s view into the exciting, fast-paced sector of finance and technology.

CFS Board member Julian Sluyters '82, Advisor at GECKO Governance, moderated the discussion among panelists:

  • Dan DiSano, CEO, AxisPoint
  • Eileen Lowry, global program director, IBM Blockchain Garage
  • Mike Orcutt, associate editor, MIT Technology Review
  • Kevin Worth '91, CEO, CoinDesk

The conference was brought to you by the CFS in cooperation with the CFS Advisory BoardLehigh Wall Street Council, and Refinitiv.

OCTOBER 26, 2018
3rd ANNUAL FINANCE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY'S FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

The Third Annual "Philly Five" Regional Finance Conference was held at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. The annual research symposium was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University, University of Delaware and Villanova University. The conference featured five completed research papers presented seminar style and a few presentations of "early ideas" with preliminary findings.

JULY 14 - 16, 2018
ANNUAL FINANCIAL ECONOMISTS ROUNTABLE MEETING
IN TORONTO, CANADA

The Financial Economist Roundtable (FER) is a group of senior financial economists who have made significant contributions to the finance literature and seek to apply their knowledge to current policy debates. FER focuses on microeconomic issues in investments, corporate finance, as well as financial institutions and markets, both in the U.S. and internationally. It aims to create a forum for intellectual interaction that promotes in-depth analyses of current policy issues in order to raise the level of public and private policy debate and improve the quality of policy decisions.

Read FER's 2018 Statement on "Crypto Assets Require Better Regulation."

MAY 10-11, 2018
5th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

On Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11, 2018, the SEC, CFS at Lehigh University, CFP at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute jointly hosted the Fifth Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation (CFMR 2018) at the SEC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The CFMR brought together participants from academia, industry, government, and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

The presenters and discussants tackled interesting and insightful topics including crowdfunding, hedge fund liquidity management, ETFs, fragmented markets, SEC's comment letter process, investment advisor misconduct, and portfolio pumping, to name a few.

The CFMR lunch keynote address was given by Commissioner Robert Jackson. In addition, there was a SEC panel moderated by Commissioner Michael Piwowar who discussed areas of academic research that could contribute to fulfilling the SEC's mission.

To view presented papers, check out the Fifth CFMR eJournal, which is available to all SSRN subscribers at no charge.

2017

DECEMBER 5, 2017
CHALLENGES FACING ASSET MANAGEMENT PANEL
AT THOMSON REUTERS

Lehigh’s CFS hosted its second annual New York City conference in December that brought together a panel of experts to explore the robust topic of “Challenges Facing Asset Management.” The panel discussed various areas in asset management such active vs. passive investing, ETFs, the increasing role of technology, and MiFID II.

Bob Doll ’76, chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management, moderated the discussion among panelists:

  • Charles Kantor, managing director and senior portfolio manager, Neuberger Berman
  • Dorothy Lariviere, director, BlackRock
  • Pedro Matos, academic director, Mayo Center, The University of Virginia
  • Niraj Patel '21P, CIO, Lending Platforms, IBM
  • Rebecca Patterson, managing director and CIO, Bessemer Trust
  • Christof Stahel, assistant director, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, Securities and Exchange Commission

The conference was co-sponsored by Thomson Reuters, Lehigh Wall Street Council, and the Center for Financial Services Advisory Board.

OCTOBER 27, 2017
2nd ANNUAL FINANCE REGIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY'S BARTLEY HALL

The Second Annual "Philly Five" Regional Finance Conference was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University, University of Delaware and Villanova University. The conference featured five completed research papers presented seminar style and three mini presentations of "early ideas" with preliminary findings.

MAY 4-5, 2017
4th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The SEC, CFS at Lehigh University, CFP at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute jointly hosted the Fourth Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation (CFMR 2017). The conference brought together participants from academia, industry and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission. 

To view presented papers, check out the Fourth CFMR eJournal, which is available to all SSRN subscribers at no charge.

MARCH 21, 2017
VISITING LECTURER
AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY'S BAKER HALL IN ZOELLNER ARTS CENTER

Talk given by Brad Katsuyama, IEX CEO

While working as an equities trader at the Royal Bank of Canada, Brad Katsuyama noticed that when he tried to buy stocks for his clients, the offers vanished from his computer screen before he could complete the transaction, as if someone was watching him, and the stock prices went up.

In his quest to find out why, Katsuyama, the subject of Michael Lewis’ best seller "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," discovered that high-frequency traders using computer algorithms can take advantage of their speed and proximity to stock exchanges to front run his trades. His concern that the market was ripping off investors compelled him to quit his high-paying job and start his own stock exchange, IEX. Despite strong opposition from incumbent exchanges, IEX won approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission in June 2016.

This event was co-hosted by the CFS, Lehigh’s Visiting Lecturers Committee, and the Zoellner Arts Center.

Read more about this event.

FEBRUARY 16, 2017
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF FINANCIAL SERVICES PANEL
AT THOMSON REUTERS

Lehigh’s CFS hosted its first conference in New York in February that brought together financial experts to explore the timely topic of “Unintended Consequences of Financial Services Reform.” The conference was co-sponsored by Thomson Reuters, The Lehigh Wall Street Council, and the Center for Financial Services Advisory Board.

Seth Finkel ’80, managing director of Neuberger Berman Wealth Management and a member of the CFS Advisory Board, moderated the discussion among panelists:

  • Mark Flannery, Bank of America Eminent Scholar Chair in Finance, University of Florida
  • Hester Peirce, senior research fellow, Mercatus Center of George Mason University
  • Jay Baris, partner Morrison & Foerster
  • Mark Winer, senior advisor to The Oakleaf Group

2016

NOVEMBER 18, 2016
1st ANNUAL REGIONAL FINANCE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
AT DREXEL UNIVERSITY’S LEBOW COLLEGE

The research symposium was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Lehigh University, Temple University and the University of Delaware. The conference featured four completed research papers presented seminar style and six mini presentations of “early ideas” with preliminary findings. It was a day of networking and research discussion.

MAY 12 – 13, 2016
3rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATION
AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The SEC, CFS at Lehigh University, CFP at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and CFA Institute jointly hosted the Third Annual Conference on Financial Market Regulation (CFMR 2016). The goal of the conference was to bring together participants from academia, industry and the SEC for an exchange of views on topics of relevance to the Commission.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT ONE OF OUR UPCOMING EVENTS!