SAIS International Finance Club Weekly Newsletter – May 5, 2013

May 6, 2013


SAIS International Finance Club Weekly Newsletter – May 5, 2013

Welcome to the final SAIS International Finance Club newsletter of this academic year!

Spring 2013 has been a busy semester for the club. Over the last 11 weeks, the leadership worked diligently to bring to you 7 events centered around our 3
rd Annual Finance 101 Lecture Series, they are:

• “The Inside Job” Movie Night with Professor Roger Leeds
• A Talk with Rebecca Patterson
• Personal Finance 101 with Professor Gordon Bodnar
• Roundtable Discussion with Professor John Lipsky
• “The Social Good of Multinational Corporations” featuring Paul Fourie
• “Alternative Asset Management in an Age of Uncertainty” with Professor David Lingelbach 
• Careers in Energy Finance – A Panel Discussion

This semester, the club’s second-year advisor Annie O’Neill 
also led a free, volunteer-run Accounting Study Group aimed at preparing our students for finance jobs after graduation. We hope you found the course helpful.

We would like to thank all our speakers, and especially our faculty advisers- Professor Gordon Bodnar and Professor Roger Leeds, as well as our Career Services adviser, Ms. Julie Neill, for their continuing support and guidance of the club. 

If you have any suggestions for the events and/or the Finance Career Treks in the Fall, email us at

Finally, good luck with Finals exams and have a great summer!

–Your SAIS International Finance Club Leadership 


May 7: “America’s natural gas: Should exports be restricted?” – US natural gas production has increased sharply because of recent technological advances. This creates an opportunity for US gas producers to export significant quantities of gas profitably. But critics fear that such exports would reduce domestic supplies and raise domestic prices, harming US consumers. This event will explore the policy arguments from both perspectives and feature a luncheon address by Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao, who has been an advocate for US natural gas exports. Tuesday, 10:00am-12:30pm, American Enterprise Institute. For more information and RSVP click here

May 8: “Bangladesh and the Rise of the Asian Giants” – The rise of India and China holds profound implications for Bangladesh’s economy, politics, and foreign policy. Bangladesh is figuring more prominently in the giants’ strategic considerations, and the 2014 elections will pit pro-China Khaleda Zia against India-allied Sheikh Hasina. Join Ambassador Farooq Sobhan as he discusses Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with China and India. Wednesday, 3:30-5:00pm, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. For more information and RSVP click here

May 9: “Regulating Non-Bank Systemically Important Financial Institutions”– The Dodd-Frank Act requires federal regulators to name financial institutions that are ‘systemically important’ (SIFIs). These institutions will be subject to greater scrutiny by regulators who will have the legal ability to impose additional regulations on them. On May 9, Brookings will review the designation and regulation of non-bank SIFIs, with particular emphasis on life insurers. Thursday, 9:00-11:00am, Brookings Institution. For more information and RSVP click here

May 9: “Cronyism, competition, and finance: A discussion with Cliff Asness” – In May 2010, financier Cliff Asness said in The Wall Street Journal that the Dodd-Frank Act was “perfectly designed to create the largest and most powerful crony system in history. It’s not that the people, regulator or regulated, are personally corrupt. It’s that the system will itself select for, reward and enforce corruption.” Was this prediction overblown, or far too prescient? At this event, Arthur Brooks and Cliff Asness will discuss the consequences of Dodd-Frank and the state of competition in America’s financial markets. Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00pm, American Enterprise Institute. For more information and RSVP click here


May 6: “The Euro Crisis and Beyond: A Reinvented Transatlantic Relationship” –Frans van Daele, former chief of staff for President of the Council of the EU Herman Van Rompuy, will discuss this topic.  Monday at 3:00 PM in BOB 500, RSVP here.

May 9: “The Gordian Knot of Illicit Economics, Violent Conflict, Human Security and Economic Development” 
 Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow for the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Program, will discuss this topic. Thursday at 4:30 PM in N417, RSVP to 


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Stay up-to-date with club events on the 
SAIS International Finance Club website.

Add Finance Club events to your Google calendar by entering in the “Add a friend’s calendar” text box under “Other calendars”. Alternatively, you can view the calendar using the following addresses:


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Best of luck with everyone’s finals and summers! We will see you next semester!

Your SAIS International Finance Club Leadership



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