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Digital Money, Decentralized Finance, and the Puzzle of Crypto

Date: Friday, February 10, 2023
La Jolla, California

$150.00

Solve the puzzle of crypto at GIC’s conference in La Jolla, California on February 10, 2023.

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Digital Money, Decentralized Finance, and the Puzzle of Crypto

Crypto! Is it money, a revolution in financial services and asset management, a new investible asset class? Join us on Friday, February 10, 2023 as we pursue answers and insights with Christopher J. Waller, Ph.D., Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and a powerful group of experts from Fidelity, Verus Consulting, WisdomTree, Coinbase and more.

GIC is delighted to once again partner with the University of California, San Diego Rady School of Management to bring our in person programming to our members and friends in California.

 

Agenda

8:45 a.m. | Registration and Coffee

9:15 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks

  • Stephen Sexauer, Chief Investment Officer, San Diego County Employees Retirement Association and GIC Advisory Council Member

9:30 a.m. |  Session I: A Conversation with Governor Christopher Waller on Digital Assets

  • Christopher J. Waller, Ph.D., Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Moderator: David E. Altig, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and GIC Advisory Council Member

10:15 a.m. | Break

10:30 a.m. | Session II: Decentralized Finance: What is Defi? Why does it matter?

  • Will Peck, Head of Digital Assets, WisdomTree
  • Anthony Bassili, Head of Asset Allocators, Coinbase
  • Jim Bianco, President and Macro Strategist, Bianco Research, L.L.C.
  • Moderator: Donald Rissmiller, Founding Partner and Chief Economist, Strategas and GIC Board Member

11:15 a.m. | Session III: Crypto as an Investment: A new asset class? A speculative asset?

  • William Kennedy, GIC Board Chair and CEO, RiskBridge Advisors, LLC
  • Ian Toner, Chief Investment Officer, Verus Investments
  • Tom Jessop, President, Fidelity Digital Assets
  • Moderator: Michael Melvin, Ph.D., Executive Director, Master of Finance Program and Pacific Center for Asset Management, UCSD

12:00 p.m. | Networking Lunch in the Courtyard  

1:00 p.m. | Keynote Speech

  • Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Moderator: William Kennedy, GIC Board Chair and CEO, RiskBridge Advisors, LLC

2:00 p.m. | Session IV: Productivity in the age of Crypto: “Everywhere but the productivity numbers”

  • Holly Wade, Executive Director, NFIB Research Center GIC Board Member
  • Mark P. Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Laura Speake, Chief Economist, Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Leland R. Miller, Chief Executive Officer, China Beige Book International and GIC Board Member
  • Moderator: Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis

3:00 p.m. | Conclusion

  • Stephen Sexauer, Chief Investment Officer, San Diego County Employees Retirement Association and GIC Advisory Council Member

Event Location

Date: Friday, February 10, 2023

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
7600 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Speakers

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D.

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Dr. Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy.

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Christopher J. Waller, Ph.D.

Christopher J. Waller, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Christopher J. Waller took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on December 18, 2020, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2030.

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David E. Altig, Ph.D.

David E. Altig, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank's regional executives and the Bank's research department.

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Anthony Bassili

Anthony Bassili

Head of Asset Allocators, Coinbase

Anthony Bassili, CAIA is Head of Asset Allocators for Coinbase Institutional Americas. In this role, he is responsible for advising global financial institutions on investment solutions related to digital asset tokenization, real-world asset tokenization, web3, and crypto hedge and venture strategies. His Clients include Government and Corporate Pension Plans, Investment Consultants, Multi-Manager Platforms, Foundations/Endowments, as well as Single and Multi-Family Offices.

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Jim Bianco

Jim Bianco

President and Macro Strategist at Bianco Research, L.L.C.

Jim Bianco is President and Macro Strategist at Bianco Research, L.L.C. Since 1990 Jim’s commentaries have offered a unique perspective on the global economy and financial markets.

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Tom Jessop

Tom Jessop

President of Fidelity Digital Assets

Tom Jessop is the President of Fidelity Digital Assets. In this role Tom is responsible for daily business operations while directing the company’s long-term vision to create full-service brokerage and asset management capabilities for digital assets of all types.

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William Kennedy

William Kennedy

GIC Board Chair and CEO, RiskBridge Advisors, LLC

William Kennedy is the co-founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of RiskBridge Advisors, an independent, full-service investment office serving insurers, endowments and foundations, and individual investors. He is responsible for RiskBridge’s business and investment activities and has over 30 years of capital market research and investment experience.

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Kevin Kliesen

Kevin Kliesen

Business Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Kevin L. Kliesen is a business economist and Bank Officer in the Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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Michael Melvin, Ph.D.

Michael Melvin, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Master of Finance Program and Pacific Center for Asset Management, UCSD

Michael Melvin’s research in investments and international finance focuses on real issues facing global investors. He has published research in topics including exchange rates, currency investing, and international equity markets. His current research is focused on currency carry trades and transaction costs and exchange rate models.

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Mark P. Mills

Mark P. Mills

Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Mark P. Mills is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a faculty fellow at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science where he co-directs the Institute on Manufacturing Science and Innovation.

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Leland R. Miller

Leland R. Miller

Chief Executive Officer, China Beige Book International

Leland is the co-founder and CEO of China Beige Book, the world’s leading data analytics and economic-forecasting firm focused on China, as well as operator of the largest proprietary data-collection network ever developed to track a closed economy.

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Will Peck

Will Peck

Head of Digital Assets, WisdomTree

Will Peck serves as Head of Digital Assets. In this role, he oversees WisdomTree’s digital asset, crypto and blockchain initiatives.

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Donald Rissmiller

Donald Rissmiller

Founding Partner and Chief Economist of Strategas

Mr. Rissmiller is a founding Partner of Strategas and has directed the Firm's macroeconomic research efforts since 2006. He oversees Strategas' thematic research as well as high-frequency econometric forecasting.

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Stephen Sexauer

Stephen Sexauer

Chief Investment Officer, The San Diego County Employees Retirement Association

Stephen Sexauer is SDCERA’s Chief Investment Officer and oversees SDCERA’s $14 billion Trust Fund, investment team, and investment consultants. In addition to the day-to-day operation of SDCERA’s Investment Division, he also assists SDCERA’s Board with determining the Fund’s investment policies, strategy and asset allocation.

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Laura D. Speake

Laura D. Speake

Energy & Transportation Regional Chief Economist, Caterpillar

Laura joined Caterpillar in her current role in 2014. She is driven to develop a deep understanding the energy markets today, how the changes that are occurring in the near term and what the future may look like. Her experience from 19 years in the energy business cutting across technologies and fuels offers a unique perspective on the energy landscape of the future and the implications for Caterpillar.

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Ian Toner

Ian Toner

Chief Investment Officer, Verus Investments

Ian Toner is responsible for the overall investment and risk output at Verus, for both discretionary and non-discretionary clients. Mr. Toner is responsible for the final determination of the firm’s overall investment positioning. He is also a member of the Verus management committee, investment and investment management committees, and is a shareholder of the firm.

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Holly Wade

Holly Wade

Executive Director of the NFIB Research Center

Holly Wade is the executive director of the NFIB Research Center, where she conducts original research and studies public policy effects on small businesses. She produces NFIB’s monthly Small Business Economic Trends survey and surveys on topics related to small business operations.

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Partners

Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego

Sponsors

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