Peter Schiff, Farouki Majeed and Dick Charlton to Headline the 2012 Pension Bridge Annual Speaker Faculty

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The highly regarded Keynote Speakers will present at The Pension Bridge Annual to discuss key industry topics that will impact Asset Allocation, Pension Risks and Market Direction.

This year's Keynote Speakers have quickly gained attention in the pension fund community. Among the keynote topics covered will be the macroeconomic view of the economy, how to approach investing in the post financial crisis environment and Risk Parity as an asset allocation model.

The Pension Bridge Annual Conference will be an educational gathering of the most highly regarded leaders from the Institutional Investment Community. The conference will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco on April 10th and 11th, 2012.

Peter Schiff, President and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, will be discussing the current and future economic conditions which can play a role in helping pension plans decide on strategic asset allocation. His outlook on the stock market and economy will be closely followed due to his accuracy. Schiff correctly called the bear market before it began and positioned his clients accordingly. His precise and timely forecasts have included the collapse of the housing market, the mortgage meltdown, the credit crunch and the increasing price of gold relative to the U.S. Dollar. Schiff is often quoted in the print media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Time and Fortune. He has regular guest appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

Farouki Majeed, Senior Investment Officer of Asset Allocation and Risk Management at CalPERS will discuss the challenges and opportunities of investing in this post financial crisis landscape, while taking risk factors into consideration. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, (CalPERS), the nation’s largest public pension fund, now has $235.5 Billion in assets, (as of February 17th, 2012). In his role there since 2007, Majeed led two asset allocation reviews resulting in Board adoption of new strategic asset allocation targets as well as the establishment of a new inflation-linked assets program. Additionally, he has led efforts to enhance the risk measurement and reporting process. Mr. Majeed came to CalPERS from the Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund of the United Arab Emirates, where he served as the inaugural Chief Investment Officer. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Investments for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Chief Investment Officer for the Orange County Employees Retirement System and Investment Officer for the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund.

Dick Charlton, Chairman and CEO of NEPC, will be participating as the Keynote Speaker on the second day of conference sessions. He will be discussing Risk Parity as an asset allocation model and how it fits into the big picture in regards to the markets. NEPC currently services 300 retainer client relationships with assets in excess of $655 billion. NEPC has earned industry wide acclaim for its superior client ratings in national independent surveys. The firm’s collective client base has outperformed national averages in 22 of the last 25 years. Prior to forming the firm in 1986, Charlton initiated Michigan Bell’s Pension Oversight District, as well as time spent with AT&T and Merrill Lynch.

The Pension Bridge has continued to attract attention with its highly esteemed Keynote Speakers and overall impressive speaker line-up for its educational conferences. By limiting the investment manager firms and marketers, The Pension Bridge has successfully become an industry leader for influential decision makers of pension assets.

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