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Altegris' Strategic Investment Conference Draws Leaders From Across The Financial Industry

Monday, May 07, 2012

Altegris' Strategic Investment Conference Draws Leaders From Across The Financial Industry13:14 EDT Monday, May 07, 2012Ninth Annual Gathering Provides Insights into Financial Markets and Effective Investment StrategiesLA JOLLA, Calif., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Altegris, providers of premier alternative investments, held its ninth annual Strategic Investment Conference from May 2-4, 2012 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA. The conference was co-hosted by renowned financial expert John Mauldin and brought together some of the world's top economic minds in addition to over 400 professional and qualified individual investors.Altegris assembled an unparalleled roster of speakers for the conference, including Mohamed El-Erian, CEO, PIMCO, Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO, DoubleLine Capital, John Mauldin, CEO, Millennium Wave Advisors, and David Harding, Chairman and Founder, Winton Capital.Speakers in the line-up also included acclaimed economists Niall Ferguson, H. Woody Brock, Lacy Hunt, David Rosenberg, Paul McCulley and Marc Faber. These renowned thinkers, including Mauldin, participated in a pair of panel discussions moderated by Altegris' President and Chief Executive Officer, Jon Sundt, in addition to giving individual presentations which provided attendees with some thought-provoking perspectives on global political, financial and economic trends and their impact on investing. "The investment landscape is in an unprecedented state of flux, and the insights gleaned from the conference will empower participants to meet the investment challenges facing both advisors and investors well into the future," said Sundt. "Aligned with our mission of finding best-of-breed alternative managers, the speakers and panelists represent some of the best and brightest alternative investment managers and economic theorists. When combined with the opportunities to interact with advisors and qualified investors, it was a successful event that will only grow in depth and scope for future conferences."The intimate setting afforded advisors and investors the opportunity to hear up-to-date reports on the global financial markets and the economic trends that will impact investment strategies in the future. The conference also provided unique opportunities for networking with peers and colleagues.   In order to engender a deeper understanding of specialized investment strategies that can potentially add diversification to financial portfolios, several highly-informative sessions were held, including one with leading hedge fund managers moderated by Altegris CIO Allen Cheng. To address some of the challenges posed by investments in managed futures, a panel moderated by Florence Lombard, CEO, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) was held with managers Matt Osborne, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Altegris Advisors, and a Co-Portfolio Manager of Altegris Family of Mutual Funds, Salem Abraham, Principal of Abraham Trading Company, Tony Fenner-Leitao, Head of Americas Business Development, Winton Capital, Michael Geismar, President, QIM and Patrick Welton, Co-Founder and CEO of Welton Investment Corp. who have extensive experience in the managed futures industry.   "When we held the first of these conferences nine years ago, we knew there was a need to educate professional and individual investors about alternative investments," noted Jon Sundt. "Since that time, market performance has demonstrated the need for greater portfolio diversification through incorporating alternatives, and Altegris is dedicated to educating and helping investors navigate through the complex and often opaque universe of alternative investing. This conference is just one component of that integrated effort."Please contact Jami Schlicher at 973-850-7309 or, or Andrea Trachtenberg at 800-828-5225 or, for more information about the conference.About AltegrisAltegris searches the world to find what we believe are the best alternative investments. Our suite of private funds, actively managed mutual funds and futures managed accounts provides an efficient solution for financial professionals and individuals seeking to improve portfolio diversification.With one of the leading Research and Investment Groups focused solely on alternatives, Altegris follows a disciplined process for identifying, evaluating, selecting and monitoring investment talent across a spectrum of alternative strategies including managed futures, global macro, long/short equity, event-driven and others.Veteran experts in the art and science of alternatives, Altegris guides investors through the complex and often opaque universe of alternative investing.Alternatives are in our DNA. Our very name, Altegris, highlights our singular focus on alternatives, the highest standards of integrity, and a process that constantly seeks to minimize investor risk while maximizing potential returns.The Altegris Companies,* wholly owned subsidiaries of Genworth Financial, Inc., include Altegris Investments, Altegris Advisors, Altegris Funds, and Altegris Clearing Solutions. Altegris currently has approximately $3.27 billion in client assets, and provides clearing services to $327 million in institutional client assets.* Altegris and its affiliates are subsidiaries of Genworth Financial, Inc. and are affiliated with Genworth Financial Wealth Management, Inc., and include: (1) Altegris Advisors, L.L.C., an SEC-registered investment adviser; (2) Altegris Investments, Inc., an SEC-registered broker-dealer and FINRA member; (3) Altegris Portfolio Management, Inc. (dba Altegris Funds), a CFTC-registered commodity pool operator, NFA member and SEC-registered investment adviser; and (4) Altegris Clearing Solutions, L.L.C., a CFTC-registered futures introducing broker and commodity trading advisor and NFA member. The Altegris Companies and their affiliates have a financial interest in the products they sponsor, advise and/or recommend, as applicable. Depending on the investment, the Altegris Companies and their affiliates and employees may receive sales commissions, a portion of management or incentive fees, investment advisory fees, 12b-1 fees or similar payment for distribution, a portion of commodity futures trading commissions, margin interest and other futures-related charges, fee revenue, and/or advisory consulting fees.Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 insurance holding company dedicated to helping people secure their financial lives, families and futures. Genworth has leadership positions in offerings that assist consumers in protecting themselves, investing for the future and planning for retirement?including life insurance, long term care insurance, financial protection coverages, and independent advisor-based wealth management?and mortgage insurance that helps consumers achieve home ownership while assisting lenders in managing their risk and capital.Genworth has approximately 6,400 employees and operates through three divisions: Insurance and Wealth Management, which includes U.S. Life Insurance, Wealth Management, and International Protection segments; Mortgage Insurance, which includes U.S. and International Mortgage Insurance segments; and the Corporate and Runoff division. Its products and services are offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, Inc., which traces its roots back to 1871, became a public company in 2004 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit  CONTACT:  Jami SchlicherJCPR973-850-7309jschlicher@jcprinc.comSOURCE Altegris