Keynote Speakers Ash Williams and Kyle Bass to Lead Off The 2018 Pension Bridge Annual

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Influential Industry leaders will gather to decipher which current investment trends will have both a positive and adverse impact on future returns including topics that that are crucial to risk allocation and fiscal sustainability.

Many of the most influential plan sponsor investors from the institutional investment industry will be providing their valued insights at The Pension Bridge Annual Conference in San Francisco. The industry’s only controlled attendance structured event will be held on April 10th and 11th at Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco. The exclusive conference will attract over 225 pension plans, corporate funds, foundations, endowments and consultants, while capping the investment manager firms in attendance.

Ash Williams, the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) will kick off the 2018 Pension Bridge Annual. Mr. Williams is responsible for managing approximately $195 billion in assets including those of the Florida Retirement System, the fifth largest public pension fund in the U.S. Widely viewed as one of the most influential industry figures, he will be discussing various industry issues as he’s interviewed by SBA’s general consultant, Kristen Doyle of Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting.

Kyle Bass, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Hayman Capital Management, a Dallas-based hedge fund focused on global event driven opportunities, will follow Ash Williams. Mr. Bass made a name for himself in 2008 when he predicted and effectively bet against the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis. Most recently in October 2017, Mr. Bass was one of the few to warn of danger during an uber-bullish equity environment. He pointed out a correction will begin when a 4% or 5% drop in equities snowballs into a 10% to 15% decline at the drop of a hat. This “air-pocket” as he called it played out last month with a 12% plunge in the S&P which was the fastest correction off a record high ever recorded. Bass explained, “the shift from active to passive means that risk is in the hands of people who don’t know how to take risk. This is like portfolio insurance on steroids, the way algorithmic trading is now running the market place.” Mr. Bass will be discussing his views on the economic future of China and Japan among several other macroeconomic topics that will have far reaching effects that will reverberate around the world.

Among the panels of note will be the CIO Roundtable. An impressive gathering of chief investment officers are set to discuss various risks, allocations and macro-based approaches for the current low return, high valuation environment. Russell Read of Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Mansco Perry of Minnesota State Board of Investment (with a dual role as Executive Director), Scott Evans of New York City Office of the Comptroller Bureau of Asset Management and Craig Husting from Public School & Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS), round out the remarkable group with combined assets totaling well over $350 billion under management. Moderator Andrew Junkin, President of Wilshire Consulting, will steer the CIOs by controlling the discussion content and questions.

The Executive Director/CEO Roundtable, always a popular panel at The Pension Bridge Annual, will bring in industry leaders from the governance side. Paul Matson of Arizona State Retirement System, Dean Kenderdine of Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, Don Drum of Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho and Brian Guthrie from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas will garner considerable attention. Panel moderator Richard Stensrud from the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio will be leading the discussion of the esteemed group to cover various topics that will provide an industry health status check-up.

New panel topics at The Pension Bridge Annual in 2018 will be Artificial Intelligence in Asset Management, Women and Their Increasing Role in Investment Management and Cybersecurity which will be led by Assistant Special Agent In Charge at the FBI, M. K. Palmore.

The Pension Bridge offers educational conferences of the highest quality to the institutional investment community. The Pension Bridge provides an impressive and influential speaker faculty in a controlled attendance setting. The company strives to serve the industry by providing influential insights and concepts at their events while building beneficial relationships between pension plans, consultants and investment managers.

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