NC15 Podcast


December 9, 2021

Anders S. Persson, CFA is Chief Investment Officer, Head of Nuveen Global Fixed Income.  We talk with Anders about his investment outlook, Nuveen’s success, and how the CFA program and sound values can position you for a successful investment career!

Anders is responsible for overseeing all portfolio management, research, trading, and investment risk management activities. He is also member of the Nuveen Global Investment Committee.  

Prior to his current role, he was head of global fixed income portfolio management and head of research. Before joining the firm, he was a founding member of the team that established SG Cowen’s European high yield effort in London, and later worked to establish the high-yield research effort within Schroders Investment Management. He has also worked as a sell-side high-yield research analyst at Wells Fargo (formerly First Union).

Anders graduated with a B.S. from Lander College and an M.B.A. from Winthrop University. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the North Carolina Society of Security Analysts.


Nuveen, a TIAA company, manages approximately $1.2 trillion in several investment asset classes worldwide.

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Investment Excellence

Investment Excellence

November 12, 2021

Alan McKnight is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Regions Asset Management. We talk with Alan about his investment philosophy and what issues worry him, ways to improve as an investment professional, and how to build a winning culture!

Alan is responsible for overall investment strategy, portfolio and risk management, and portfolio construction for approximately $50 billion in assets under management. He is also responsible for the development and execution of investment policies, strategy, and tactics, and is chairman of the Investment Working Group.  Alan is the chief spokesperson with media groups on portfolio strategy, asset allocation and overall markets for the Bank. Prior to joining Regions in 2015, he held senior leadership roles with SunTrust, Equitable Asset Management and Morgan Stanley. Alan has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington and Lee University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a CFA Institute member.  Alan serves on several Board of Directors for prestigious organizations.  


Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

October 25, 2021

David Trainer is CEO of New Constructs. We talk with David about data science and machine learning, what technology skills finance and investment professionals need, and the future of investments and artificial intelligence!

New Constructs is an independent debt & equity research firm that specializes in leveraging cutting edge machine learning technology. The company was started in 2002 by David Trainer who is a Wall Street veteran and corporate finance expert. He has previously advised the Financial Accounting Standards Board on how to ensure accounting rules align with the best interests of investors as a member of the Investors Advisory Committee.  David has held numerous prominent roles with hedge funds, asset managers, and Wall Street firms. He has created many world-renowned financial and economic models. Prior to Wall Street, David worked with Arthur Andersen. In 1994, he earned his B.S. in International Business from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. David is also author of Modern Tools for Valuation.

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Building a Better Future

Building a Better Future

August 28, 2021

Clay Grubb is CEO of Grubb Properties. We talk with Clay about his highly praised book, the booming real estate market, emphasizing values that transcend time and much more!  Founded in 1963, Grubb Properties is a real estate investment and development firm. Since 2002 it has made investments in more than $2.4 billion of real estate including commercial property and apartment units. The current investment strategy is born from the firm’s experience in both multifamily and office investment and focus on development of Link Apartments to drive investment returns. Clay earned his BSM in Finance and Economics from Tulane University and his JD from The University of North Carolina School of Law. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and their two children. 

Clay’s bio: click here

Article: Essential Housing: Resiliency in a time of scarcity – a unique approach to the U.S. housing crisis.

Book:  Creating the Urban Dream, by Clay Grubb 

The Future is Bright with Leaders Like You

The Future is Bright with Leaders Like You

May 28, 2021

The Broyhill Fellows team from Appalachian State University talks to us about their CFA Institute Research Challenge journey.  The team comprised of seniors Samuel Crouse, Olivia Guillebeau, Sean James, Obi Ludwig, and Zachary Stowell entered the 15th season of CFA Institute’s Research Challenge and ended the competition as a top five team in the world.  We talk with the team and their advisor, Dr. Brandy Hadley, about how to build a world class investment team, how App State’s rigorous program prepares students for world class competitions, reflections from their experience, and much more!

In this podcast you meet recent graduates, Sam who is passionate about coding & finance, Olivia who is a social media star & future CFA candidate, and Sean who balances his love for sports and investments.  You will also meet Obi who served as a weapons tech in the Navy, Zach whose humor prowess matches his drive for investment research, and highly renowned professor, Dr. Hadley.  A truly riveting, high performance team!  For their complete bios, please look at {insert Research Challenge blog post URL you created above}.

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How to Become a Top Wall Street Analyst

How to Become a Top Wall Street Analyst

March 11, 2021

Top ranked Wall Street analyst, Bryan C. Hunt, CFA talks about how you can position yourself to become a successful professional on Wall Street, the importance of the Research Challenge, pursuing the CFA designation, and much more!


NC15 Podcast Kickoff by Mark Paccione, President of CFA Society North Carolina
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