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Volatility: A Baruch Conference on Turmoil and Market Structure, Oct. 23

New York, NY - Oct. 20, 2008 - A day-long conference on Volatility, organized by Robert A. Schwartz, Speiser Professor of Finance at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, brings together a distinguished group of leaders and executives in finance, investments, and the markets. Speakers include Robert Engle, 2003 Nobel Laureate; Reto Francioni, CEO Deutsche Borse; Robert Greifeld, CEO, The NASDAQ OMX Group; George Bodine, Director of Trading, General Motors Investment Management; Ken Hight, Head of Global Equities, Liquidnet, Inc.; Brian Hyndman, Senior VP, The NASDAQ OMX Group; George Sofianos, VP, Goldman Sachs; Harold Bradley, Chief Investment Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Robert Shapiro, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley; Matt Moran VP, Chicago Board Options Exchange, and others.

Extreme volatility has lately characterized the markets world-wide. Day-to-day market swings, especially at market opening and closings, have also been accentuated. To what extent are the current upheavals affected by market structures, to what extent do they reflect underlying economic concerns? A distinguished group of speakers from academia and finance will address the issues surrounding market volatility, including how it might be managed or minimized by better market design and changes in the regulatory environment.

At 9 am, Prof. Robert Schwartz will deliver opening remarks. The first panel discussion, titled Intra-Day Volatility: The Empirical Evidence, begins at 9:15 am. Other panel topics include Volatility and Technology; Volatility and Market Structure; and Implications for Trading.

A closing dialog between Robert Greifeld, CEO, The NASDAQ OMX Group, and Erin Burnett, anchor and reporter for cable business news channel CNBC, is scheduled for 4:30 pm. The conference concludes with a wine reception for all participants at 5 pm.

For additional information or to register call 646.312.3512 or visit


Zane Berzins
News Director




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