Sunday, September 28, 2014

Highlights of the Leir Bubble Center 2014 Bubble Conference

Highlights Leir Bubble Center 2014 Bubble Conference

Globalization, Bubbles and Too Big To Fail

September 19 -20, 2014

The Conference Participants met at the Leir Retreat in Ridgefield, CT that was formerly the estate of Henry J. Leir to discuss over two days various research presentations related to issues and concerns arising from an apparent increase since the 1970s in the frequency of financial bubbles and their impact on the global financial system. The topics covered ranged from the role of globalization or the reduction since the early 1970s in the barriers to international trade, investment and financial flows in creating bubbles to the creation of mega-banks that are deemed too big to fail when a bubble bursts.


Sponsorships & memberships for 2015 Leir Bubble Conference now available

New Jersey Institute of Technology's (NJIT) School of Management (SOM) 
Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research:

4th Annual Two-day Bubble Conference, September 19-20, 2014: 
"Bubbles and Globalization and the Emergence of Too-Big-to-Fail Financial Organizations"

Held at: The Leir Retreat Center, 220 Branchville Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Funded and Supported by: The Leir and Ridgefield Foundations; 
The Leir Retreat Center; and NJIT SOM

2015 Co-Sponsorships / Memberships NOW Available: $5,000, which includes: invitation to the conference, opportunity to present, sponsor research, access to NJIT Academic team, access to research in progress, co-op student programs, and recruiting and speaking opportunities throughout the year.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Agenda for 2014 Leir Bubble Conference

Agenda September 2014

Conference on Globalization, Bubbles, Too-Big-to-Fail-or-Prosecute

Friday September 19, 2014

Morning - Arrival

Noon – Lunch at the Leir Center Retreat – Welcome By Arthur Hoffman – President Leir and Ridgefield Foundations

Introduction Bill Rapp (NJIT) – Primary Purpose Of The Conference Is To Improve Our Understanding Of Global Systemic Risk And How It Has Evolved

12:45 – 1:30pm Overview and Introduction Relationship Globalization, Increased Frequency Of Bubbles and Emergence Financial Firms Too Big to Fail or Prosecute – Bill Rapp

Defining “Globalization” as trend since mid-1970s for increasing connectedness global economy and financial system due to declining national barriers to trade and FDI combined with historic advances in communications and transport.

Increase in frequency and international character of Financial Bubbles during this period and identification of apparent link between decrease in regulatory barriers and technological change and “shocks” leading to specific bubbles. Role FDI and shifts in comparative and competitive advantage [International Product Cycle] in contributing to Emerging Market Bubbles.

Emergence 1990s of highly interconnected mega-financial institutions as part of the globalization process that became SIFIs and too big to fail or prosecute.

1:30-2:15pm: Data and Regulations related to Too Big to Fail or Prosecute  – Discussion led by Ben Chou

2:15-3:00 SIFIs and Concept Of Too Big To Fail as Failure Federal Reserve Bank Regulation – Discussion from Notes led by Bob Aliber

3:00-3:15 – Break

3:15-4:15 Identifying The Potential Bad Actors Through Facial Recognition And Content Technology– Discussion led by James Cicon and Ali Akansu (NJIT)

4:15-4:45 – Globalization and the Growth in Derivatives Markets and Global Financial Interconnectedness – Ron Sverdlove [NJIT]

4:45-5:00 – Break

5:00-5:45 – Globalization and Development of the Unloved Dollar Standard Discussion led by Ron McKinnon

5:45-6:15 – Bubbles as Function of Reaching For Yield, Foreign Investor Optimism and Undervalued Risk - Discussion led by Marty Lowy

6:15-6:30 - Break

6:30-7:00 – Cocktails

7:00 -8:45 Dinner and Open Discussion on “The Everything Boom And Bubble” led by Mike Ehrlich (NJIT), and Michael Stockman – based distribution of article from the NY Times.

Saturday September 20, 2014

8-8:30am – Breakfast at the Leir Center or if you are an early riser at the hotel.

8:30-10:30am – Further Presentations Of Some Research Results

8:30-9:15 – Using an Agent based Model to Assess Systemic Risk – Richard Bookstaber (Office Treasury).

9:15 -10:00 – Media and the Market Timing of Financial Asset Price Increases - Discussion led by Mike Ehrlich and Songhua Xu [NJIT]

10:00-10:15 – Break

10:15 – 11:00 – Too Big To Fail from a Legal Perspective – Randy Guynn

11:00 – 11:45 - More on Too Big To Fail  - Discussion led by Tom Synott

11:45-12:00 - Break

12:00 – Lunch – Legal Aspects Of Too Big To Prosecute or Jail – Randy Guynn

1:15 – 2:00 – Open Discussion with focus on question whether China is a possible source of Systemic Risk

Download a copy of the agenda here.