2021 Moderators

Dean Curnutt is Chief Executive Officer of Macro Risk Advisors where he oversees the firm’s plan to help clients achieve superior investment results by providing valuable market insight and efficient transaction execution. Prior to forming MRA, Dean was Managing Director and Head of Equity Sales-trading at Banc of America Securities where he was a member of the Global Equities Management Team that set direction for the division. Previously at BofA, Dean was Head of Institutional Equity Derivatives and Convertible Sales. The equity derivatives team was ranked first in overall listed option market share in 2007 and was named the 2005 US Equity Derivatives House of the Year by Derivatives Week for its innovative work to create Options on Realized variance. Dean is often quoted in the financial press and is a frequent speaker at client and industry conferences. He has presented on financial topics at the University of Chicago, the New York Society of Securities Analysts, the CBOE Risk Management Conference, and Risk Institute. In 2007 he was invited and appeared as the first derivatives panelist at the Barron’s Art of Successful Investing Conference.

Jonathan Ferro is the co-anchor of “Bloomberg Surveillance” on Bloomberg Radio, weekdays from 7-9am ET. He is also the anchor of “Bloomberg Markets: The Open” on Bloomberg Television, weekdays from 9-10am ET and the weekly program “Bloomberg Real Yield”, Fridays from 1-1:30pm ET. Ferro has interviewed numerous central bank officials from the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and the Bank of England. He has also interviewed many of the world’s most influential business leaders , including the CEOs of Adidas and Shell, as well as the Chairmen of HSBC and Barclays. Prior to moving to New York, Ferro based in Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London where he anchored “On The Move.” He earned his Masters degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, with distinction.

James Grant is the founder of Grant’s Interest Rates Observer, a twice-monthly journal of financial markets.  Grant’s books include three financial histories, a pair of collections of Grant’s articles and three biographies. Grant  is a 2013 inductee into the Fixed Income Analysts Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations  and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.

Mr. Arthur Kaz is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Greenbriar Asset Management, LP (“Greenbriar”) an SEC registered Hedge Fund based in Chicago. Greenbriar focuses on opportunistic investing throughout the capital structure with an emphasis on stressed/distressed credit, event-driven, and special situations. Mr. Kaz has over 20 years of professional experience with active involvement in credit and distressed situations since 2001 and in alternative asset management since 2006. Notable investments in which he took a leadership role include the restructuring of several major automotive parts suppliers, a leading mortgage originator, and the reorganization of a major airline.

Alix Steel co-anchors “Bloomberg Markets: Americas” from 10am-11am and “Bloomberg Markets: European Close” from 11am-12pm. Steel also anchors the weekly show “Bloomberg Commodities Edge,” a thirty minute program dedicated to the biggest names and news in the commodity world. Steel has interviewed numerous influential business leaders including Sam Zell, Ken Langone, Gary Cohn, Lloyd Blankfein, James Gorman, Lynn Good of Duke Energy, and most oil and gas CEOs in the business. Prior to joining Bloomberg in February 2012, Steel was a senior multimedia reporter, anchor, and producer for TheStreet, where she focused on global markets. Steel also co-anchored a live trading show, “Morning Call,” for TheStreet and T3Live.com. She is a multiple SABEW Award nominee. Steel graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Communications, and has studied business journalism at New York University.

Mr. Andrew Tsai is a member of the senior leadership team at PDT Partners and the Co-Founder and Chairman of Chalkstream Capital Group. Prior to founding Chalkstream in 2003, Mr. Tsai worked as CEO of GNR Ltd, a technology infrastructure company based in London, and before that as President and Director of Urbanfetch Ltd, an internet logistics firm based in New York and London. Mr. Tsai was formerly a co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Integrity Capital Management, a hedge fund that employed quantitative long/short strategies in equities, fixed income, currency and commodity markets. Prior to Integrity, Mr. Tsai was a Vice President and Head of the German Government Fixed-Income Trading Operations at Lehman Brothers International (London) and also served as part of the Global Arbitrage team at Lehman Brothers Inc. (New York). Mr. Tsai graduated in 1993 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics. Mr. Tsai serves on the board of trustees for Cancer Research Institute and The Brearley School.

Stephen Warren is a Managing Director and Head of Quantitative Analysis and Risk Management for PGIM Fixed Income. He is responsible for overseeing the development of proprietary yield curve, credit and risk models, as well as all aspects of portfolio risk management including risk budgeting, tracking and analysis for portfolios, and for performance analysis, attribution, data integrity and pricing. Prior to joining the Firm in 2016, Mr. Warren was the Global Head of Portfolio Construction and Risk Management for the Fixed Income and Liquidity Management teams at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). At GSAM, he was also a member of the Cross-Sector team, responsible for asset allocation within fixed income portfolios, and a member of the Fixed Income Strategy Group (FISG). Earlier in his career at GSAM, Mr. Warren worked as a portfolio manager on several strategy teams, including the government, asset-backed security, mortgage and corporate trading desks. Mr. Warren received a B.S.E., magna cum laude, in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree in finance, with distinction, from London Business School.