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Stephen Horan, Ph.D., CFA®, CIPM®, CAIA®

Senior Strategic Advisor for the Investments & Wealth Institute®

Associate Professor of Finance at the University of North Carolina -Wilmington

The Evolution of Investing: Trends and Technology You Need to Know 

The democratization of investment management has created a wealth of new opportunities for investors. Many pundits have emphasized the resulting commoditization of investment management, fee compression and industry consolidation. Scott Welch and Gavin Romm will shine the light on a future that highlights technological opportunities advisors can use today (and perhaps tomorrow) to deliver truly customized solutions and services, including data management, tax management and values-based investing.




Stephen M. Horan, PhD, CFA, CIPM, CAIA is senior strategic advisor for the Investments & Wealth Institute and an associate professor of finance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was previously managing director of the Americas region at CFA Institute and managing director of credentialing at CFA Institute where he led the design, development and delivery of CFA Institute designation and certificate programs, including the CFA Program and the CIPM Program. He also served as the managing director of credentialing and serves as executive sponsor for the organization’s internal diversity and inclusion council.

Horan brings a unique combination of buy-side and sell-side industry experience as well as academic experience. He previously served as an expert witness in securities litigation, a forensic economist in private practice preparing economic impact studies, a principal of a financial advisory firm, a financial analyst and as a buy-side account manager and sell-side stockbroker.

On the academic side, Horan served as a professor of finance and is a recognized researcher in wealth management, tax-efficient investing and derivatives. He has received numerous research grants and awards, including the 2012 Graham and Dodd Readers’ Choice Award, and his research has been profiled in leading publications. Horan has authored or co-authored several books, including the highly regarded book Strategic Value Investing (which has been on Warren Buffet’s Recommended Reading for five consecutive years) and The New Wealth Management: A Financial Advisers Guide to Managing and Investing Client Assets (for which Roger Ibbotson wrote the forward). His work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and the Financial Analysts Journal. He has been a frequently invited speaker at professional, academic and CFA Institute events. Horan holds a Ph.D. in finance at the State University of New York/Buffalo and a BBA degree in finance at St. Bonaventure University. He earned the CFA charter in 1993, the CIPM designation in 2011 and the CAIA designation in 2018.