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2017 Winter Roundtable in Seattle, WAFebruary 22-24, 2017
For many, 2016 represented a year of disruption and dislocation, leaving many investors feeling uncertain about the years to come. Technological advancements continue to shape traditional business sectors while also giving rise to new industries, all of which require 21st-Century skill sets and new approaches to education and the future of work. The disruptions from the global financial crisis, including the felling of banks and destruction of wealth, continued to impact economies throughout the world. While stocks have surpassed pre-crisis levels, growing income inequality and a fear of being left behind in the international marketplace have manifested themselves in significant anti-globalization movements, particularly in developed economies. The Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential election can be partially explained by millions of voters who felt negatively impacted by globalization.
Investors, along with global leaders, must appreciate the ramifications of the systemic challenge facing global institutions. What are these new forces which have fundamentally altered the world as we know it, and what are the implications for investors? How are institutional investors responding to major technological disruptions? In spite of these risks, what opportunities exist in the coming years to generate wealth and more robust investment returns?
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