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2018 Session Summaries—Day Three

Thursday, May 24

The day began with a conversation between outgoing SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar and ICI President and CEO Paul Schott Stevens, who talked about Piwowar’s five-year tenure with the agency. This was followed by a two-part discussion on technology featuring IBM Chief Technology Officer Tom Eck and Morgan Stanley Managing Director Adam Jonas. The conference concluded with NASA astronaut and retired US Navy flight surgeon Jerry Linenger recounting his experience living in space for nearly five months.

Regulatory Session: A Conversation with SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar

SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar responded with candor and humor to questions from ICI President and CEO Paul Schott Stevens during a lively session focused on regulatory actions and plans. Piwowar, due to leave his post on July 7 after a tenure that spanned from the Obama presidency to the Trump era, extolled the need for consistency in approaching regulations. Stevens and Piwowar also spoke about the SEC’s approach to disclosure and its proposed Regulation Best Interest, which Piwowar noted is meant to enhance the suitability standard for those giving retail investment advice.

Technology Disruptors

This two-part session first featured Tom Eck, chief technology officer of industry platforms at IBM, who was followed by Morgan Stanley Managing Director Adam Jonas. First, Eck took the stage to pierce the “magic veil” of artificial intelligence (AI), noting that several disciplines of mathematics are behind some of the biggest components of AI. Jonas followed, speaking about the intersection of technology and transportation, including the ways AI could affect transportation safety.

Challenges and Change: My 132 Days Off the Planet

In this session, Captain Jerry Linenger, a NASA astronaut and retired US Navy flight surgeon, recounted the nearly five months he spent living on the Russian space station Mir, where he survived repeated failures of life-support systems and a fire. Linenger noted that, just like in the mutual fund industry, astronauts are also in the “risk-control business.”

 

Day One  |  Day Two