TBP Conference 10/8/13: Vanguard’s Jack Brennan

We have two weeks to go before the 5th Annual Big Picture Conference on October 8th in New York City is here, and I wanted to spend some of the next few days focusing on the speakers who will appear.

Last week, I discussed Michael Mauboussin. Our next keynote speaker up for discussion: Vanguard Chairman and CEO Jack Brennan.

When Vanguard founder and investment legend John Bogle decided to step down as CEO, Brennan was his hand-picked successor for the job. Brennan ran Vanguard as CEO from 1996-2008, and has continued to serve as Chairman Emeritus since 2009.

He is going to be discussing the state of the finance industry from his perch atop one of the world’s largest index and mutual fund firms. Vanguard currently manages over $2 trillion dollars, making them them either the first or second largest asset management firms in the world.

Brennan’s well reviewed book Straight Talk on Investing: What You Need to Know has been called a “solid, common-sense advice for financial planning, saving, and investing . . . about investing with objectives in mind.”

I speak at and attend a lot of conferences each year. Other than some of the mega events like Bloomberg 50 or SALT, you just see many lineups this powerful.

I personally guarantee you will learn things that will make you a much better investor. There are still a few tickets left for the event, which we have priced at $249. Buy them here.


Full speaker list and event info after the jump.



I’ve learned a lot from each of these speakers. I think you will too:

The Big Picture Conference  Date: October 8th, 2013
Locale: McGraw Hill conference facility, 1221 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave between 48th & 49th).


Michael Mauboussin: explains how to “Untangle Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing.” (He is author of The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing, managing director and head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse, and adjunct professor of finance at the Columbia University Business School.

Art Cashin, UBS Art Cashin has been working the floor of the NYSE for over 40 years. Well known to CNBC viewers for his pithy updates, Art is one of the finest raconteurs you will ever hear. Many of my favorite Wall Street tales trace back to Art. I look forward to sitting down with him for a fascinating Fireside chat.

Jack Brennan, Chairman, Vanguard: Jack was CEO of Vanguard, helping to build the firm to over $1.2 trillion in assets. He is now Chairman, and will discuss the state of Wall Street as it affects the average investor. There are not more than 3 people in the world as knowledgeable about this subject as Jack is.

Stephanie Pomboy, Macro Mavens: one of the most respected economists in finance, her clients include billionaires, government agencies, and major corporations. Randall Forsyth, editor-in-chief of Barron’s, sits down with Stephanie to discuss the state of the economy.

James O’Shaughnessy, OSAM: One of the best known Quants on the street, Jim spoke at the 2012 conference, surprising everyone with his explanation as to why equities were undervalued and poised to rally. He was dead on, and I look forward to his analysis this year.

Josh Brown, CEO, Ritholtz Wealth Management: Josh has become well known to investors as one of the few people to listen to on CNBC. His insight and wit make his investing commentary a delight to read. Josh is moderating a panel of Market Strategists, including Art Hogan of Lazard Freres, Jeffrey Kleintop, LPL Financial and Dan Greenhaus, BTIG

Mike Santoli, Yahoo Finance: Longtime market watcher is moderating a panel of experts looking at the “The New, Smaller Wall Street.” Mike is a very sharp journalist, and this looks to be a great discussion. (We’ll have more on his guests soon).


Eventbrite - The Big Picture Conference 2013


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