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They represent collective investment assets of approximately $100 billion and today more than a handful of investment managers shared their perspective with the island business community on global economic issues and emerging markets. Covering all investment asset classes, seven world-class investment managers shared their insight on the capital market with the island business community today.

"This is more about giving back to the community because we want the community to understand what's going on in the capital markets, what's going on in stocks, bonds, alternative type of investments so it allows our club to have a dialogue with these world class investment speakers today," explained Jason Miyashita, international service director for the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay. The organization hosted its first ever investment symposium at the Pacific Star today. "It's more of a dialogue and raising that bar for education on what's going on not only on Guam but also what's going on in the global capital markets," he added.

The investment managers represent firms in Hawaii, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. Jeffrey Detwiler is a senior portfolio manager for Garcia Hamilton & Associates based in Houston and spoke on the latest with the fixed income market and where interest rates are headed. "I think it's important regardless of what industry you're in or what you do to understand what's going on in the overall economy. Interest rates are certainly important whether you're a borrower or a saver, you need to know what interest rates are going to do or where they're at, and as from an investment standpoint, if you're going to put your money in the stock market, the bond market or international, it's important to understand the overall investment landscape," he shared. Detwiler says his clients on Guam include the Government of Guam Retirement Fund, the University of Guam and the Guam Community College.

And for Parker Jones, the western division regional manager of Brandes Investment Partners based out of San Diego, he wanted to share his perspective on emerging markets and international investments outside of the United States. "Given that you're located so close to Asia and some of the Asia economies are growing quite rapidly and the economy is getting better and more open to investment, more business opportunities, but I think being here you kind of have the best of both worlds you can easily get to Asia," he said.

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