Illinois Seminar


As the economic environment transitions into a new phase, bank managers must gear up to meet new challenges and opportunities. Achieving high performance in a fast-changing environment requires powerful tools, techniques, and processes to find the optimal balance between risk and reward. It also requires a partnership with proven winners.

The Baker Group’s Interest Rate Risk and Investment Strategies Seminar is developed specifically for managers of financial institutions. Designed for high performance, it is an in-depth examination of current topics including:

  • Balance Sheet Trends, Economic Conditions, and Fed Policy
  • Regulatory Expectations for Interest Rate Risk and Investments
  • Reporting Tools for Optimal Management
  • Hot Topics for Interest Rate Risk: Non-Maturity Deposits and Modeling Assumptions
  • Security Selection and Relative Value Analysis
  • Strategies for High Performance Investment Management
  • Cash Flow, Liquidity, and the Bond Portfolio
  • Managing Investment Risk: Strategy and Tactics
  • Sector-Specific Risk Management: MBS Prepays and Municipal Bond Credit Analysis
Who Should Attend

Financial institutions’ CEOs, CFOs, investment officers, board members, and those who are directly or indirectly responsible for financial management functions will benefit from this seminar. There is no cost for this seminar.

Seminar Information

Attendance to the Investment Strategies and Interest Rate Risk Seminar is limited in order to allow attendees as much one-on-one and Q&A time as needed. The level of learning for this seminar is intermediate to advanced, and basic knowledge of finance and banking is recommended. Because this seminar is presented without charge to attendees, there are no refund or cancellation policies. We do, however, welcome any constructive suggestions you might have concerning the seminar. Your comments should be directed to Skoshi Heron at 1.888.990.0010.

CPE Credits

The Baker Group is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Four hours of Economics, Finance, and Math CPE will be earned for your attendance.

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Continental Breakfast





Dr. Lacy H. Hunt, an internationally-known economist, is Executive Vice President of Hoisington Investment Management Company, which manages over $3 billion for pension funds, endowments, insurance companies, and others. In this position he is also Vice Chairman of the Strategic Investment Committee.

Lacy is the author of two books and numerous articles in leading magazines, periodicals and scholarly journals. Included among the publishers of his articles are Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Journal of Finance.  He is a regular contributor to Standard and Poor’s Credit Week and The Blue List.  Dr. Hunt’s views have been quoted many times by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, Barron’s, U.S. News & World Report, Investor’s Business Daily, and many other periodicals. He has been a guest on PBS on the Nightly Business Report, the News Hour, and Wall Street Week. He has been on CNN’s Moneyline and Business Morning and on CNBC’s World Business and Business Insiders. He was also on the CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, and ABC’s World News Tonight.

For nearly fourteen years he was Chief U.S. economist for the HSBC group, one of the world’s largest financial institutions. He was also Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at Fidelity Bank. Earlier he served as Vice President for Monetary Economics at Chase Econometrics Associates. A native of Texas, Dr. Hunt held the position of Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  Lacy earned his BA from the University of the South (1964), his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1966), and his Ph.D. in Economics from Temple University (1969).

Jeffrey F. Caughron of The Baker GroupJeffrey F. Caughron has worked in financial markets and the securities industry since 1985, always with an emphasis on banking, investments, and interest-rate risk management. His trading experience includes several years on the Treasury desk for an international bank on Wall Street and subsequent positions trading Mortgage-Backed Securities and other Taxable Fixed Income products for regional broker/dealers. Jeff has expertise in broad Asset/Liability Management issues, working with institutional accounts on controlling interest rate risk exposures, and maximizing returns. He has published numerous articles on various risk management topics through the years, and is frequently quoted in the financial press. Jeff also serves on the faculty of the Midwest School for Community Bankers and the Bank Operations Institute. Jeff earned his degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and is now an Associate Partner with The Baker Group LP where he serves as a market analyst and portfolio strategist.


August 4, 2014
Springfield, Illinois
Illini Golf and Country Club

1601 Illini Road
Springfield, IL 62704

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