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The Fundamentals of Commodities and a Current Market Update: The Fundamentals Inflation Series
Join Keith Black, PhD, CAIA, CFA, FDP, Managing Director, Content Strategy at the CAIA Association and Kathryn Kaminski, PhD, CAIA, Chief Research Strategist and Portfolio Manager, AlphaSimplex Group as they discuss commodities and the current market update. This session will be moderated by Mateja Bizjak, Portfolio Manager at Fideuram Asset Management.

Commodities may serve as an important element of an investment portfolio. In this presentation, Dr. Keith Black will provide an overview of commodities as an asset class, explore the historical performance of commodities, and comment on their role in asset allocation and inflation protection. We compare the differences between commodities and financial assets. Various methods of obtaining exposure to commodities are evaluated, and we conclude with a discussion of futures based commodities investments. The second half of our program will feature an interview with Kathryn Kaminski where we will explore current topics in commodities investment and look specifically at rising inflation and the possible implications.

Jun 2, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Keith Black, PhD, CAIA, CFA, FDP
Managing Director, Content Strategy @CAIA
Keith Black has over thirty years of financial market experience, serving approximately half of that time as an academic and half as a trader and consultant to institutional investors. He currently serves as Managing Director of Content Strategy for the CAIA Association. During his most recent role at Ennis Knupp + Associates, Keith advised foundations, endowments and pension funds on their asset allocation and manager selection strategies in hedge funds, commodities, and managed futures. Prior experience includes commodities derivatives trading, stock options research and CBOE floor trading, and building quantitative stock selection models for mutual funds and hedge funds. Dr. Black previously served as an assistant professor and senior lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Kathryn Kaminski, PhD, CAIA
Chief Research Strategist, Portfolio Manager @AlphaSimplex
As Chief Research Strategist at AlphaSimplex, Dr. Kaminski conducts applied research, leads strategic research initiatives, focuses on portfolio construction and risk management, and engages in product development. Dr. Kaminski is a member of the Investment Committee. She also serves as a co-portfolio manager for the AlphaSimplex Managed Futures Strategy. Dr. Kaminski joined AlphaSimplex in 2018 after being a visiting scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering. Prior to this, she held portfolio management positions as a director, investment strategies at Campbell and Company and as a senior investment analyst at RPM, a CTA fund of funds. Dr. Kaminski co-authored the book Trend Following with Managed Futures: The Search for Crisis Alpha (2014). Her research and industry commentary have been published in a wide range of industry publications as well as academic journals. She is a contributory author for both the CAIA and CFA reading materials.
Mateja Bizjak
Portfolio Manager @Fideuram Asset Management
Mateja Bizjak is a Portfolio Manager on the Multi-Asset Absolute Return team at Fideuram Asset Management in London. Previously, she was at Unigestion analysing liquid alternative strategies and hedge funds. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at GAM where she was evaluating hedge funds, focusing on global macro, commodity, credit, and equity long short strategies, since 2004. Mateja holds a BA (Hons) in Business Administration (finance major) from Kingston University, CFA Certificate in ESG Investing and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst charter holder.