William De Vijlder, chief investment officer of strategy & partners at BNP Paribas and presenter at the upcoming Fourth Annual CFA Institute European Investment Conference, recently made headlines with a group of chief investment officers called the “300 Club.”
The 300 Club warns of a ‘perfect storm’ in the investment industry, noting that investment products have become more complex while focus has shifted away from investor needs. These factors, combined with a lack of capital investment in developed countries, could lead to dire consequences unless the markets’ major investors and regulators start to think differently.
Of the 300 Club’s 10 members, two others besides Mr. De Vijlder have spoken at past CFA Institute events. Dylan Grice of Société Générale discussed Japan’s struggles with a bankrupt government and a shrinking population at the CFA Institute 64th Annual Conference in Edinburgh (webcast available). Alan Brown of Schroders spoke at the Edinburgh conference and also shared “war stories” from the global financial crisis at the 2009 European GIPS Standards Conference (webcast available).
To hear more from Mr. De Vijlder and other thought leaders addressing the most critical financial issues facing Europe and the rest of the world, you can register to attend the Fourth Annual CFA Institute European Investment Conference in Paris.