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Quadrant Behavioural Finance Conference boasts impressive lineup of speakers

April 2, 2019 — 

In partnership with nationally recognized wealth management firms, the Asper School of Business is pleased to present the 2nd Quadrant Behavioural Finance Conference on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

“Behavioural finance applies psychology and sociology to finance with the goal of studying how and why investors, firms and markets in reality behave differently from what rational models would predict,” says Chi Liao, conference organizer and assistant professor at the Asper School of Business.

In 2015, Asper alumni Michael Susser [BComm(Hons)/83, CPA, CMA, CIM, TEP, FICB], President and CEO of Quadrant Private Wealth, and Murray Palay [BComm(Hons)/78, L.LB, TEP], Executive Chairman and Portfolio Manager of Quadrant Private Wealth, chose to give back to their school in a big way by committing to a series of academic conferences.

“Quadrant Private Wealth believes in the value of this conference and its contribution to the further development of the science of behavioural finance. The more that the academic community and investment community at large can understand about the human aspect of decisions around money and investing the more we can do to assist clients in meeting their goals,” says Susser.

The conference brings together leading international academics and practitioners in the investment field to examine and discuss cutting edge academic research in behavioural finance. One of these academics is Slava Mikhed, Senior Research Fellow at the Consumer Finance Institute of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Mikhed’s research looks at identity theft and how data breaches effect consumer credit and payment behaviour. In the paper being discussed at the conference, Mikhed found that effects of fraud on credit files are typically negative, small and transitory. Perhaps surprisingly, after these effects fade, identity theft victims experience persistent, positive changes in credit characteristics, including improved risk scores.

The conference also provides an enhanced learning experience for students enrolled in the finance program at the Asper School of Business and research opportunities for professors as well as exposure to new trends in investment finance to practitioners.

“This conference is an exceptional opportunity for our faculty members and students to be immersed in the emerging field of Behavioural Finance through their exposure to presentations by renowned researchers we invited,” says Gady Jacoby, Dean of the Asper School of Business and CPA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership. “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Quadrant Private Wealth for their generosity in sponsoring the conference.”

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Winnipeg Free Press: “Finance conference draws blue-chip experts”

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