At the 2011 Behavioral Finance Symposium, leading experts in the relatively new field of behavioral finance will discuss behavioral biases and heuristics that influence investment decisions. Experts will also examine the differences in how men and women approach investing. This two-day conference will provide engaging thought and discussion around one of the hottest topics on Wall Street.

The 2011 Behavioral Finance Symposium will be held October 11-12, 2011 at the Chattanoogan Hotel. The symposium is presented by the Galtere Institute: Finance for the Future Initiative at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Business.  The symposium will bring together both academics and investment professionals to discuss the concept of RISK post financial crisis in the context of behavioral finance.

An evening reception on October 11th will feature Dr. Terrance Odean, Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.  October 12th will be a day-long conference of high-powered panels discussing topics such as “Do women make better traders?” and “Could another crisis meltdown kill investor appetite for risk?”

Panelists and speakers include:  Jason Zweig, personal finance editor at The Wall Street Journal and author of Your Money & Your Brain; Lou Ann Loftin, author of Warren Buffet Invests like a Girl; Cynthia Harrington, founder of 100 Women in Hedge Funds; Bob Frick, senior editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; and Gary Belsky, editor of ESPN Magazine and a regular commentator on CNN Money and Good Morning America.

Symposium registration is now open to the public and early bird pricing runs through October 1. For more information, visit: http://www.utc.edu/Academic/FinanceForTheFuture/2011symposium.

The Galtere Institute was founded in 2009 by Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy, a UTC alumnus, who gave $1.5 million to establish a global finance center at the College of Business.  Haugerud, founder and chief investment officer of commodities-focused hedge fund, Galtere, said the lack of diversity in the world of finance led her to dream of one day starting a trading school focused on women.

The mission of the Finance for the Future Initiative (FFI) is “to provide a new perspective on the art and science of trading and investing.”  FFI focuses on what makes a successful trader, ranging from psychological to neurological factors. FFI is designed to offer students access to the latest in cutting edge financial technology.  As part of the initiative, UTC’s College of Business now houses a “live model” trading floor, complete with twelve state-of-the-art Bloomberg trading terminals, live CNN video feeds, live streaming market “ticker,” and other technological resources.  Students have the opportunity to become Bloomberg-Certified in different asset classes which enhances their marketability for employment in the financial sector.

Lauren Templeton, Director of FFI, brings a background in trading, value investing, and behavioral finance to the UTC College of Business.  In addition to her own private hedge fund and investment firm, Templeton has been engaged with academicians exploring these topics at other universities as well as researchers funded by the John M. Templeton Foundation.

Templeton is also the founder and president of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association and co-authored the book, Investing the Templeton Way: The Market Beating Strategies of Value Investing’s Legendary Bargain Hunter.

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