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Financial services executive to speak on investment climate and employment opportunities


Walter Davis (C ’87), a senior executive with Morgan Stanley, the global financial services firm, will speak on the future of the financial services industry, the investment climate, and job opportunities in the financial services industry on February 19 at 4:30 pm.

Davis is a Morgan Stanley managing director and is the business head of the firm’s Managed Futures Department. He returns to the Sewanee campus as the Babson Center for Global Commerce spring 2013 Graham Executive in Residence. In addition to delivering his public lecture, he will teach classes and advise students on career paths during his multi-day residency.

The title of his lecture is “A Perspective from Wall Street: The current economic, political and regulatory environment and the implications for the financial services industry, your investments, and your job opportunities.” The lecture will be in Gailor Auditorium and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow immediately after the presentation in the lobby of the auditorium.

Morgan Stanley’s managed futures business operates 39 investment funds with more than $5 billion in assets under management.

Managed futures funds are an alternative investment strategy used by both institutions and some private investors in an effort to achieve higher-than market returns. The strategy also seeks to diminish the effect of market volatility on investment portfolios in both rising and falling market conditions. Managed futures funds trade in futures contracts in many asset classes, including commodities, currencies, stock indices, and bonds.

Davis joined Morgan Stanley in 1999 to supervise the Managed Futures Department’s marketing and sales efforts. He was previously an executive with the Chase Manhattan Bank Alternative Investment Group.

After graduating with honors from Sewanee, Davis earned an MBA in finance and international business at Columbia University’s Business School. Davis’s wife, Mary Elizabeth Berger Davis, is a 1988 Sewanee graduate.

The Graham Executive in Residence program was established by Diane and Henry H. Graham Jr., of Jacksonville, Fla.

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