Weekly Newsletter – November 2, 2014

SAIS International Finance Club (SIFC) Weekly Newsletter – November 2, 2014

Club members,

Next week is an extremely exciting week for the SAIS International Finance Club! We are hosting three events on Nov. 4 and Nov. 7:

Nov. 4: “SIFC Movie Night” – Roger Leeds, director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss the Academy Award winning movie Inside Job and the 2008 financial crisis following a screening of the movie. Tuesday 6pm. Nitze 417. Members of SAIS community should RSVP toInternational Finance Club at saisinternationalfinance@gmail.com. Free pizza provided.

Nov. 7: “SIFC & MIEF Happy Hour” – It is finally here: the International Finance Club Happy Hour! To mix the MA/MIPP community better with the new MIEF program, we are co-hosting the happy hour with MIEF this year. Come socialize and drink with your fellow classmates this Friday, 5:30pm, at Kenney Herter Auditorium.

Nov. 7: “SIFC & EE Trivia Night” – Since the weather is cold, let’s warm your brain up by a fun-filled trivia night co-hosted by the Finance Club and the Energy & Environment Club during Happy Hour! The Trivia Night will take place in the Kenney Herter Auditorium too, starting at 6:30pm. Challenge the best and brightest at SAIS while you drink this Friday! To sign up as a team or individual, RSVP to saisenergyclub@gmail.com.

–Your SAIS International Finance Club Leadership


Are you interested in acquiring new finance skills? 
Please fill out the form below if you’re interested in learning more about finance-related skills training, if you’ve already completed finance skills courses and are open to sharing your experience with others, or if you’re currently taking a finance skills course and want to form a study group.

This can include non-credit professional skills courses offered by SAIS Career Services and finance skills training not offered through SAIS, such as for Bloomberg or the CFA. This is a new initiative by the International Finance Club this year, and the goal is to help students connect with others who have already completed such training to share insight or to find others who are currently studying for the same skills courses/training, in order to form study groups.

Information provided in the spreadsheet will also assist the International Finance Club in hosting a finance skills roundtable event in mid-November. Details to follow.



Nov. 5: “Bloomberg New Energy Finance Information Session” – Colleen Regan, analyst for north america environmental markets at Bloomberg New Energy, will discuss the organization and opportunities for interested students. Note: RSVP on SAISWorks. Wednesday 12:30pm. Career Services Conference Room. To RSVP, visit SAISWorks.

Nov. 6: “Prospects for Abenomics and Global Implications” – Jointly hosted by Japan Studies and the Reischauer Center, the event is bringing in the Chief Global Economist at Standard and Poor’s (formerly in the same position with Nomura and was Chief Asia Economist at Lehman) and the Minister of Economic Affairs at the Japanese Embassy, Kanji Yamanouchi.  They’re going to discuss the implications of Abenomics, where they see it headed and its successes and failures so far. Thursday, 10:15am, Bob 500. RSVP at Reischauer@jhu.edu


Nov. 4: “Denit Trust Challenges in Corporate Governance Series: The Role of Directors in Dealing with Activist Investors” – In recent years, investors have become increasingly active in encouraging Boards to make changes. These investors range from aggressive hedge funds to traditionally more passive investors such as mutual funds and pensions. As these groups engage companies to address a broad spectrum of issues, including financial performance, strategy, corporate governance, and social values, shareholders are also seeking to meet not just with management, but with Directors as well. This new activist environment presents a new challenge for directors. The panel will address questions such as how Boards understand their shareholder expectations, assess their company’s vulnerabilities, and react to approaches by shareholders. Tuesday 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. George Washington Law. For more information click here

Nov. 5: “Financial Stability after Dodd Frank: Have We Ended Too Big to Fail?” – More than four years after it was signed, has the Dodd Frank Act ended too big to fail as promised? Has financial reform made the financial system healthy and stable? In this conference leading experts, including current and former policymakers, will address regulators’ progress in developing a framework that will allow large financial institutions to “fail” without harming the economy, measures intended to reduce the fragility and excessive risk and risk taking in the financial system, as well as industry structure and the so-called shadow banking system. Wednesday 8:45 am – 4:45 pm. George Washington University Law School. For more information click here

Nov. 6: “Better Financial Security in Old-Age? The Promise of Longevity Annuities” – Can longevity annuities overcome these barriers to find widespread popularity among Americans retirees? On November 6, the Retirement Security Project will host a panel of experts to discuss the potential for these products to contribute to the economic security of older Americans, in addition to policy reforms that could lead to greater take-up by retirement plan sponsors and consumers alike. Following a presentation by Katharine Abraham that lays out the issues, two panels of prominent experts will add their insights on the promise and challenges of this burgeoning market. Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Brookings Institution. For more information click here

Newsletter Contributors
On-Campus Events: Wenxin Lin
Off-Campus Events: Jingwen Lu
Jobs & Internships: Emily Chen
Editor: Wendy Zhiyi Chen, Cynthia Yuan Wang


Stay up-to-date with club events on the SAIS International Finance Club website and facebook group

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

XML: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/saisinternationalfinance%40gmail.com/public/basic
ICAL: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/saisinternationalfinance%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics
HTML: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=saisinternationalfinance%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

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