May 2014

Ongoing Recovery and Financial Returns

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 8 – 11:50 a.m.
Location:Speaker’s Auditorium
Student Center Building
Georgia State University
44 Courtland Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director,  Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Conrad Ciccotello ,  Associate Professor,  Director of Wealth Management Programs
  • Karsten Jeske,  Vice President & Senior Research Analyst,  Mellon Capital Management
  • Michael D. Alexander,  Research and Analytics Division Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)

Conference Program

8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome H. Fenwick Huss
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
8:35 a.m
Looking Inside Gen-Y Finances in the Turbulent 21st Century Economy

Gen-Y has encountered a volatile economy as they have attempted to achieve financial independence. Based on trends observed from analyzing student financial plans over the past 15 years, Dr. Ciccotello discusses Gen-Y finances. The trends highlight the financial vulnerabilities of emerging U.S. households and paint a growingly complex picture of the family as an intergenerational risk bearing unit.

Conrad Ciccotello
Director of Wealth Management Programs
Robinson College of Business
9:00 a.m.
Financial Markets Update: Where is the Value now?

After the impressive run in 2013 equity markets had a noticeably weaker start in 2014. With fewer low hanging fruits, what are the trends in global asset allocation that still look profitable? I will give my outlook on the different asset classes and new developments in the hedge fund and commodity world.
Karsten Jeske
Vice President & Senior Research Analyst
Mellon Capital Management
9:25 a.m.
Metro Atlanta Demographics, the Long View

Coming out of the recession, what are the long-term trends demographic that will drive business in metro Atlanta? Who are the future residents of metro Atlanta, and what impact will they have? What are the safe bets about the growth that will come as result of these changes?
Michael D. Alexander
Research and Analytics Division Manager
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
9:50 a.m. Q & A
10:05 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and Region Rajeev Dhawan
Director and Professor
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light Lunch & Networking