UVIC 2021

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University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC)

The 14th Annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC)

28-29 October 2021

The 14th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focuses attention on investing following a Global Pandemic. The investment world has undergone a crash-course in pandemic finance. The global economy and markets are thankfully recovering, however the recovery has thus far been uneven with some regions experiencing robust growth while other regions less so. This raises the important question of what investment opportunities emerge from the pandemic that will serve investors well in the coming months and years. This year, the topic will focus on expectations for investors by providing an array of diverse, well-reasoned, ideas and views on tackling this important, yet challenging, topic. Program speakers will detail approaches and ideas for how investors might position themselves for success for investing over the coming years including:

  1. What investing categories are poised to benefit from economic reflation?
  2. What risk remain on the horizon for investors?
  3. How the global pandemic has changed investing.
  4. How might blockchain and decentralized finance disrupt financial intermediation? 

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Thursday, October 28th:

Keynote Session: Amity Shlaes

3:00PM - 4:00PM

The Great Society: Parallels and Lessons Learned for Today's Leaders

Amity ShlaesRenowned economic thinker, leading presidential historian, and New York Times bestselling author, Amity Shlaes will join the UVIC program to share research findings from her latest book, The Great Society: A New HistoryIn an event rich with stories and her trade-mark humor Miss Shlaes will bring to light the parallels between the economic challenges of the 1960s-1970s and the present day. Themes that emerge from her research include:

  • Idealism can lead to less than ideal consequences.
  • The public sector preforms less well than the private sector, which delivers in surprising ways.
  • Even the greatest of experts, including in the monetary sphere, can commit the most embarrassing and most politicized errors.

In addition to The Great Society, Miss Shlaes is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man/Graphic, Coolidge, and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy. She chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and the Manhattan Institute's Hayek Book Prize, and serves as a scholar at the King's College. A former member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board, Miss Shales published a weekly syndicated column for more than a decade, appearing first in the Financial Times, then in Bloomberg. Her work was recently awarded the Bradley Prize, one of America's most prestigious prizes for policy work.


Robert F. Bruner, University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and Senior Fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.


Friday, October 29th:

Session 1: The Changing Venture Capital Landscape



Ian Ratcliffe

Ian Ratcliffe – Managing Partner, Sands Capital Ventures






Elena Loutskina - Professor of Business Administration, Peter M. Grant II Bicentennial Foundation Chair in Business Administration, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Session 2: Opportunities for Investing in Asia Pacific



Jason Hsu

Jason Hsu, Ph.D. – Chairman and CIO, Rayliant Global Advisors, Co-founded Research Affiliates, Professor of Finance, UCLA School of Management



Jie Liu

Jie Liu – Founder and CIO, AnglePoint Asset Management





Dennis T. Yang, Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Session 3: Dynamic Impact of Global Liquidity on Markets



Michael Howell

Michael Howell – CEO, CrossBorder Capital





Kinda Hachem - Morris Plan Associate Professor of Consumer Credit, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Session 4: Blockchain and Decentralized Finance Panel Discussion



Matt Burton

Matt Burton - Partner, QED Investors




Nate Conrad

Nate Conrad - Global Head of Asset Management, NYDIG




Avichal Garg

Avichal Garg - Co-Founder and Partner, Electric Capital




Atul Rustgi

Atul Rustgi - Partner, Accolade





Caitlin Fitzmaurice - Managing Director, University of Virginia, Investment Management Company

Past Events

  • UVIC 2020

    The 13th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place virtually via Zoom on 31 October 2020. The summit focused attention on the role of ESG investing. An array of diverse, well-reasoned ideas and views were provided on this vitally important, yet challenging, topic.

    The investment world is rapidly moving towards one in which individual and institutional investors alike seek to blend environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into traditional investment evaluations. How can we invest in a more responsible way, and in doing so, make a real, positive impact on society?

    Program speakers detailed approaches and ideas for how investors might position themselves to invest across several ESG parameters, including conservation and protection of the environment, relationships with employees, suppliers, clients, and communities, and standards for company leadership, risk controls, and stakeholder rights.

  • UVIC 2019

    The 12th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place at UVA’s Darden School of Business, 7–8 November 2019. The summit of industry experts and academics shared insights and predictions on the future of "alpha" – an investment strategy's ability to beat the market. The conference was hosted by Darden's Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management.

  • UVIC 2018

    The 11th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) took place at UVA’s Darden School of Business, 8–9 November 2018. UVIC served as a cornerstone of the UVA-wide programming dedicated to reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis. This year’s speakers and program looked to both the past and the future, and focused on what we have learned since the crisis unfolded and what we need to know moving forward. The conference was hosted by Darden's  Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management and the UVA McIntire School of Commerce Center for Investors and Financial Markets.

  • UVIC 2017

    The 10th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference explored the current economic and political landscape, discussed the history of economic booms and market collapses, identified opportunities in a changing active-passive setting and explored alternative asset classes such as real estate and hedge funds.  
    The conference built on a record-setting year in 2016 by hosting the full Darden@Virginia Investing Challenge and also hosted a leading women in investing breakfast with Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees Chair, Elizabeth Weymouth (MBA ‘94) and President and CEO of Investure, Alice Handy.

  • UVIC 2016

    A single question dominated the ninth annual University of Virginia Investing Conference: Now what?

    After an unprecedented U.S. presidential election produced Donald Trump as president-elect, conference speakers and audience members alike wanted to know what’s next for the U.S. economy, global markets and equity investments.

    2016 Highlights included a Darden @Virginia Investing Challenge that welcomed a record 18 schools and the first-ever Darden Capital Management (and Darden school) Facebook Live streaming interviews, and interviews with speakers conducted by students.  For those who missed the conference, some recap appeared across different channels:

    • Broad conference overview, featuring video interviews with Steve Rattner and Jerome Booth available here
    • A  WSJ podcast featuring an interview with the winning team at the Darden @ Virginia Investing Challenge
    • An in-depth ‘Ideas to Action’ Piece recaps some of the broader global geopolitical panel takeaways
    • Facebook Live interviews with Darden Capital Management students now on the school’s FB page
    • The Role of the Active Investor Ideas to Action piece.   
  • UVIC 2015

    The 8th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focused on investing in a low-return world. Financial analysts, portfolio managers, economists, academics, students, private investors and industry executives joined together to hear from knowledgeable speakers and panelists with diverse insights and backgrounds.

  • UVIC 2014

    The 7th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) focused on the ideas needed to invest successfully in the innovation economy. As disruptive innovation shakes up industries at an accelerating pace, investors must excel at identifying true innovation and understanding its investment implications.  

    At UVIC, Darden's top-ranked faculty convened global thought leaders and hundreds of professional asset managers and discussed the following questions:

    • What factors will drive future growth?
    • What do the answers imply for the classic tasks of investors: asset selection, portfolio allocation and risk management?
    • Which new products will truly revolutionize an industry?
    • What's ahead in digital health care, cybersecurity, energy, technology and monetary policy?