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Queens College Risk Management Symposium May 4 in Partnership With the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) Asks: What is the fallout on the capital markets if the US were to lose its AAA credit rating?

-- Special After-Work Event to Feature a Panel of Distinguished Experts from Wall Street and Academia Debating Today's Most Critical Financial Topic --


Second Annual Queens College Risk Management Symposiumwith first-time partner the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA)will address the fallout facing capital markets if the U.S. loses its triple-A rating.

WHO: Phil Gocke, Managing Director, Options Industry Council
Phil Guarco, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist for Latin America, J.P. Morgan
Kurt Karl, PhD., Chief US Economist, Swis Re.
David Levey, retired, Managing Director, Sovereign Ratings, Moody's Investors Services
Steve Malin, PhD., former Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of NY and The Conference Board
Moderated by Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD., CFA, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Queens College
WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 6 to 8 pm
WHERE: SUNY School of Optometry, 33 West 42nd Street, New York, directly across from Bryant Park

General Public $35; NYSSA Members $25; complimentary admission for CUNY students, faculty and staff with valid university ID. 2 CPE credits available.


Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Call or click to RSVP: (718) 997-5700;

Background: How safe is the U.S.'s coveted triple-A credit rating? Not as safe as previously thought. In fact, both Moody's and Standard & Poor's recently warned that the U.S. could lose its triple-A rating if it did not put
its fiscal house in order. The Queens College-NYSSA symposium will explore whether the national economy can survive the financial challenges ahead and the consequences of losing its credit rating, such as rising interest rates, the falling dollar and inflation.

"Confidence in U.S. Treasuries presents the biggest risk today for all financial markets. NYSSA and Queens College are joining forces to bring what is still somewhat of an unmentionable topic out into the open for a sober dialogue among market professionals and research economists to discuss the impact of what is still, one hopes, a low probability event," says Queens College Associate Dean of Social Sciences and symposium moderator Diane Coogan-Pushner.

"NYSSA is proud to sponsor Queens College's Risk Management Symposium on the United States' triple-A rating as it is a relevant, timely topic that will provide the financial community vital information," said NYSSA's President and CEO, Amy Geffen, PhD.

Sponsored by the graduate program in risk management at Queens College, the New York Society of Securities Analysts, and the Options Clearing Corporation.

About Queens College
Queens College, founded in 1937, enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Each year QC has been cited by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's 100 "Best Value" colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. In addition, U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges (2011) ranks QC among the top 10 public universities in its category "Best Universities—Master's (North)." The college opened its first residence hall in August 2009. More info on Queens College at

The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) is a leading forum for the investment community. NYSSA's mission is to promote best practices and the highest professional and ethical standards in the industry. With over 10,000 members, NYSSA is the largest of the 135 societies worldwide that comprise CFA Institute, which has more than 100,000 members.



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