Next month I’ll be attending the Buttonwood Gathering in NYC. The Economist-sponsored event was very good last year, which was the 1st inaugural.
Last year the conference theme was “fixing finance”, and featured a nice mix of polarizing speakers such as Larry Summers, Elizabeth Warren, and Tim Geithner. Unfortunately Mrs. Warren won’t be there this year, but neither will Messrs Summers or Geithner. Bob Rubin will be there, however — and that should be interesting.
Speakers I look forward to seeing this year: Nassim Taleb, Arianna Huffington, Stephen Roach, Mohamed El-Erian, Jim Chanos, and Joseph Stiglitz. Official list of speakers here.
Here’s one of the more interesting panels from last year. It’s a debate on whether financial innovation is a net positive for the economy. Jeremy Grantham destroys the competition (skip to almost 1/3rd of the way thru to see Grantham’s part).