Prospects of Real Estate and Alternative Investments for 2014 and Beyond
"Prospects of Real Estate and Alternative Investments for 2014 and Beyond" presented by the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Center for International Financial Services and Markets and The Institute of Real Estate examined the trends and issues of investing in real estate and alternative investments. Uncertainty, market volatility and business approaches were examined and provided faculty and students perspectives from some of the most accomplished members in the industry.
Conference co-directors Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht and Dr. Andrew Spieler, Professors of Finance at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business coordinated a team of experts including keynote speakers Randy Anderson, Griffin Capital's Chief Economist, Editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management and former Eminent Scholar/Chair at the University of Central Florida and Matthew Moran, Vice President of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
In addition, panel discussions were held throughout the day. The first panel moderated by Dr. Spieler and Dr. Robert Campbell, Professor of Finance, Frank G. Zarb School of Business discussed Real Estate: Investments, REITs, Managing Risk & Taxes featuring Stewart Zimmerman, Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, MFA Mortgage Investments, Inc.; Noah Fried, Associate Equity Analyst, Atlantis Investment; Roya Nouvini, Asset Manager, Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.; James Burns, Real Estate Tax Grievance Consultant, Aventine Properties; and Vicky Lantushenko, PhD in Finance Candidate, Researcher in REITs, Drexel University.
The second panel moderated by Dr. Nikbakht and Brian Walls, Vice President, Deutsche Bank AG focused on Alternative Investments: Innovations and Issues and included Joe Labella, Chapter Executive, NY Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA); Senior Manager, Diefendorf Capital, NY; Aye Soe, Director, Global Research and Design, S&P Dow Jones Indices and Adjunct Instructor of Finance, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University; Thomas Gray, Senior Regulatory Advisor (VP), Regulatory Policy and Advisory Team, Deutsche Bank AG; Christian Cooper, Former Senior Fixed Income Trader, Jefferies & Co.; most recently consulting with Harvard School of Business; Truman National Security Fellow and Member, Council on Foreign Relations; and Gary Kalbaugh, Director and Assistant General Counsel, ING Financial Markets; Special Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University.