Join our special panel discussion on Tuesday, April 25th from 6:00pm – 7:15pm on the Federal Reserve’s role in modulating the economy to accomplish its dual mandate of stable prices and maximum employment. The Fed is often described as the most powerful institution in the world.
This robust discussion will be led by two accomplished individuals -Eric Rosengren, Former President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Kristina Hooper, Chief Global Equity Strategist for Invesco. Eric served as Fed President for over 14 years and is a former member of the Federal Open Market committee . Eric played a critical role in resolving the GFC ( Great Financial Crisis) as well as setting monetary policy during the global pandemic. Kristina coordinates and directs global strategy for Invesco across the world.
The discussion will focus on several key points:
Raj Sharma, Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch will moderate the discussion.
Participants must register by Noon on April 24th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Visiting Scholar, MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy, Former President and CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Eric Rosengren is currently a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for 14 years where he served as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, which sets monetary policy. Under his leadership, the Boston Reserve Bank ran several emergency facilities, including the AMLF during the Great Financial Crisis and the MMLF and Main Street Lending facility during the pandemic. The Boston Reserve Bank was also a leader in innovative real-time payments and conducted technology work on a central bank digital currency. He also was responsible for a collaborative effort with national foundations, philanthropic organizations and state governments to support low- and moderate-income families in New England. His research has most recently focused on monetary policy, financial stability, financial regulation, and risk management.
Rosengren received a BA from Colby College in 1979 and a Ph.D from University of Wisconsin Madison in 1986.
Chief Global Market Strategist, Invesco
Kristina Hooper is Chief Global Market Strategist at Invesco. In this role, she leads Invesco’sGlobal Market Strategy (GMS) Office, which has strategists on-the-ground in North America,Europe and Asia. Ms. Hooper and her team formulate macro views of the markets andeconomy, examine the investment implications of those views, and share their insights withclients and the media around the world.
Prior to joining Invesco, Ms. Hooper was the US investment strategist at Allianz GlobalInvestors. Prior to Allianz, she held positions at PIMCO Funds, UBS (formerly PaineWebber) andMetLife. She has regularly been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The NewYork Times, Reuters and other financial news publications. She was featured on the cover ofthe January 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s magazine, and has appeared regularly on CNBC,Bloomberg TV. She joined the investment industry in 1995.
Ms. Hooper earned a BA degree, cum laude, from Wellesley College; a J.D. from PaceUniversity School of Law, where she was a Trustees’ Merit Scholar; an MBA in finance fromNew York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she was a teaching fellow inmacroeconomics and organizational behavior; and a master’s degree from the CornellUniversity School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she focused on labor economics.
Ms. Hooper is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst(CAIA), Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA) and Chartered Financial Consultant®(ChFC) professional. She previously served on the board of trustees of the Foundation forFinancial Planning, which is the pro bono arm of the financial planning industry.
Private Wealth Advisor, Head of The Sharma Group, Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group
Raj is Managing Director – Wealth Management and Head of The Sharma Group, a high end boutique within Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group and has over three decades of experience in customized investment and wealth management for entrepreneurs, corporate executives, families and institutions. Raj runs a national wealth management practice based in Boston.
Raj has been featured in the Barron’s and Forbes Top 100 Advisor list since inception. In 2021 and 2022, he was recognized by Forbes and Barron’s Magazine as the number one Financial Advisor in Massachusetts. In addition, Raj is on the Barron’s Hall of Fame list– one of a small group of advisors who have appeared in Barron’s ranking of America’s Top 100 Advisors for ten consecutive years. He was also recognized by the Financial Times of London ranking of top Global Advisors. He was featured on the inside cover of the September 2019 issue of Forbes Magazine.
Raj is the author of “The Purposeful Wealth Advisor” released by Amplify Publishing in 2022. The book is ranked as a Best Seller on Amazon in the Financial Services category.
Raj is an ardent believer in philanthropy and is involved with several domestic and global organizations. He is a current trustee and former Chairman of The Boston Harbor Island Alliance, a member of the Board of Trustees for Emerson College and a Founding trustee and Director Emeritus of the American India Foundation (AIF), an organization devoted to disrupting poverty in India through a spectrum of programs. In addition, Raj is on the Board of Youth LEAD, an internationally recognized organization promoting cultural understanding and tolerance among high school students. He was also recently appointed to the board of The Boston Foundation, one of the oldest community foundations in the country.
In 2013, Raj was the recipient of the “Solas Award” from Rian, formerly called the Irish International Immigrant Center for his commitment to promoting cross-cultural dialogue and for his inspirational example of achievement and civic engagement as an immigrant.