Student Virtual Seminar Series

COVID-19 has not only caused uncertainty and volatility across global financial markets and economies, but has also disrupted the college experience for many. To help you stay connected with other FMA members and financial professionals as well as keep current with financial topics, the Financial Management Association International will be hosting virtual seminars. 

Hosted on Zoom, each seminar will consist of a presentation by a speaker followed by moderated Q&A.

Past Seminars

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 at 2pm EDT.  

Speaker: Sam Stovall, Chief Investment Strategist, CFRA Research

Topic: The Three Rs: Retreat, Rally & Retest

The S&P 500 exhibited the glidepath of a crowbar earlier this year, falling into a bear market twice as quickly as in 1987. The market subsequently rallied more than 20%, causing some to think a new bull market is at hand. Yet history advises investors to expect a “retest” of the recent low. What’s more, no bear market in excess of 30% fully recovered in fewer than 18 months. Will history “repeat” and see the S&P 500 give up much of its recent gain, or “forget the words” and allow this uniquely swift bear to be followed by an equally surprising recovery? Sam Stovall, Chief Investment Strategist of CFRA and creator of the Pacer-CFRA Seasonal Rotation ETF (SZNE), will share CFRA’s investment outlook for the market, and identify which sectors, sizes and strategies are expected to lead the way.

Moderator: Rustin Yerkes, Associate Professor of Finance, Samford University; Student Chapter Committee Chair, Financial Management Association International

There will be a Q&A session following the prepared remarks. 

Access The Three Rs: Retreat, Rally & Retest recording + presentation slides + 90-day complimentary access
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Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 2pm EDT. 

 Bora Ozkan, Assistant Professor of Finance, Temple University

Topic: Block-chain, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and the regulatory environment surrounding these innovations.

The webinar gives attendees brief exposure to the technological advances that are reshaping the financial services as well as other industries. Specifically, the webinar focuses on block-chain, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and the regulatory environment surrounding these innovations. We are living in a business world that is always changing, and understanding how to observe and analyze changes is a skill as broadly applicable as it is useful.

There will be a Q&A session following the prepared remarks.

Access the Virtual Seminar on Fintech (Block-chain, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and the regulatory environment surrounding these innovations) recording + presentation slides.

Past Virtual Panels

Navigating the Job Market During a Down Economy – A Panel of FMA Alumni

Thursday, 11 June, 2:00-3:00 pm ET

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the economy and the labor market. In just 10 weeks, there have been over 40.7 million applications for jobless benefits in the U.S. Companies worldwide have responded to the economic and financial volatility by reorganizing their workforces.

The financial and economic impact is predicted to be long-lasting and recovery is expected to be slow. What does this mean for students who are graduating and looking for jobs and internships?

To help provide guidance on how to navigate the job search process during a down economy, FMA has put together a panel of FMA alumni who graduated and entered the job market during the Great Recession:

· Paul Blackburn, Northern Illinois University ’09, currently Broker, @Properties

· Karen Sheffield, Texas Christian University ’08, currently Finance Manager, PepsiCo

Moderated by Professor Rusty Yerkes, Associate Professor of Finance at Samford University and Chair of the FMA Student Chapters Committee, this panel will address questions like how these alumni successfully navigated the challenging job market during the course of the Great Recession, what their career trajectory has been since then, and any lessons learned along the way.

Access Navigating the Job Market During a Down Economy recording