Next month, the Chartered Financial Analyst Society New Mexico will hold a one-day conference titled “Putting Investors First.” Specialists will cover topics such as investment roles and products, regulatory trends, fraud prevention and how to handle ethical gray areas.
The symposium will be May 21 at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. It’s aimed at asset managers, individual investors and their professional advisers, as well as professionals, such as certified public accountants, trust officers and estate attorneys, said Stephen Spence, president of the CFA Society New Mexico and a vice president at the Stoneharbor Investment Group in Santa Fe.
Spence said the symposium is the first of its kind for his organization. It is part of the “Future of Finance Initiative” effort by the CFA Institute and its global membership of investment professionals to “motivate and empower the world of finance to become an environment where investor interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow,” according to the event program.
Events like the economic meltdown of 2008, when some financial institutions were bailed out by government money, and the case of financier Bernard Madoff, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding thousands of investors of billions of dollars, have focused attention on the financial services industry, Spence said.