January 30 — Howard Marks, Chairman & Co-founder, Oaktree Capital Management

Thursday, January 30, 2014
7:45am  Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am  Forum

Howard Marks,
Chairman & Co-founder, Oaktree Capital Management

in conversation with Keith Ferrazzi, CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight, Inc.

The Most Important Thing Illuminated:
Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor

Gensler
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

PURCHASE TICKETS
$20 includes continental breakfast
$40 also includes Mark’s book 

Howard Marks is chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based investment firm with $80 billion under management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from the Wharton School and an MBA in accounting and marketing from the University of Chicago.  He is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, he is today sought out by the world’s leading value investors, and his client memos brim with insightful commentary and a time-tested, fundamental philosophy.

Informed by a lifetime of experience and study, in The Most Important Thing he explains the keys to successful investment and the pitfalls that can destroy capital or ruin a career. Utilizing passages from his memos to illustrate his ideas, Marks teaches by example, detailing the development of an investment philosophy that fully acknowledges the complexities of investing and the perils of the financial world. Brilliantly applying insight to today’s volatile markets, Marks offers a volume that is part memoir, part creed, with a number of broad takeaways.

Howard Marks’s The Most Important Thing distilled the investing insight of his celebrated client memos into a book and, for the first time, made his time-tested philosophy available to general readers. In the follow up to the release of the book, Marks’s wisdom is joined by the comments, insights, and counterpoints of four renowned investors and investment educators: Christopher C. Davis (Davis Funds), Joel Greenblatt (Gotham Capital), Paul Johnson (Nicusa Capital), and Seth A. Klarman (Baupost Group).

Marks expounds on such concepts as “second-level thinking,” the price/value relationship, patient opportunism, and defensive investing. Frankly and honestly assessing his own decisions–and occasional missteps–he provides valuable lessons for critical thinking, risk assessment, and investment strategy. Encouraging investors to be “contrarian,” Marks wisely judges market cycles and achieves returns through aggressive yet measured action. Which element is the most essential? Successful investing requires thoughtful attention to many separate aspects, and each of Marks’s subjects proves to be the most important thing.

KEITH FERRAZZI is an expert on business relationship development, is the author of the bestseller, Who’s Got Your Back. As CEO of the consulting, training, and research firm Ferrazzi Greenlight, he counsels leading business enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate the development of business relationships to drive sales, spark innovation, and create team cohesion. Ferrazzi has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., and Fast Company. His previous book, Never Eat Alone, was a also a bestseller. He has held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Deloitte Consulting, and later at Starwood Hotels. For more information visit him at: www.keithferrazzi.com.

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