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Boston Investment Conference

Newspaper on investments

By Luke Ferriter, MBA '13

I was fortunate enough to attend the first annual Boston Investment Conference in 2012. This event was organized to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital, and all proceeds from ticket sales went to the hospital. This was a highly sought-after event, with the lowest-priced ticket selling for $1,500. Although it goes towards an amazing cause, on a student budget it would have been next to impossible to attend without the Carroll School of Management receiving a set of free tickets for MBA and MSF students.

This event is basically the equivalent to the Grammys or ESPYs for people enthusiastic about investment management, with several of the world’s greatest investors in attendance. Notable speakers included renowned hedge fund managers Seth Klarman, David Abrams, Will Danoff, Jon Jacobson, and Jeffrey Vinik among several others. Some speakers presented investment ideas (similar to the annual Ira Sohn conference in New York) while others provided broader market commentary.

The four hour event was packed with presentations and was followed by a reception which many of the prominent speakers attended. I personally had the pleasure of speaking with David Abrams for several minutes. Getting this kind of access to some of the world’s greatest investors is extremely rare. To hear these investors actually present investment ideas is almost unheard of -- the majority of these individuals intensely value secrecy and are extremely private.

This will certainly be one of my favorite and lasting memories from my two years at the Carroll School of Management. It helped me further shape my views on investing and how I analyze a company. It also provided incredible talking points for interviews.