April showers will bring financial advisors to Seattle.
Beginning on Sunday, the Investment Management Consultant Association will play host to 1,600 attendees in the Emerald City for its IMCA Annual Conference 2013, featuring Meredith Whitney, Meir Statman, Phyllis Borzi and Dan Ariely, among others, as speakers.
“I’ve been working with conference programs for 15 years, and haven’t been a part of a program as strong as this,” says IMCA executive director and CEO Sean Walters. “The overall quality is phenomenal.”
Walters also notes the advanced investment strategist certificate in portfolio management that will be offered concurrently with the show. The organization has partnered with the University of California, Berkeley; Princeton; Wharton; and Yale in developing and presenting the program.
When asked about themes and trends to be tackled at the show, Walters points to a recent survey of members conducted by the organization.
“The survey was done in January, and at that time we asked two trend-related questions, ‘What do you expect from the economy?’ and ‘What do you expect from the stock market?’” he explains. “Fully 79% of members surveyed said they expect the economy to grow and 82% said the stock market will rise.