Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Will Slaughter and Rocio Diaz of Northwest Passage Capital Advisors were guest speakers at Marquette this week

Members of Northwest Passage Capital Advisors investment team visited Dr. Krause's Fixed Income class on December 5, 2016

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On Monday, December 5th, Will Slaughter and RocioDiaz from Northwest Passage Capital Advisors presented in Dr. Krause’s Fixed Income class. The firm is an active fixed income investment company focused on emerging markets debt. 

Northwest Passage advises institutional clients on blended USD/local currency emerging market mandates on a separate account basis, delivering "core-plus" exposure to the emerging market debt universes on a customized basis. The benchmark is the Barclays EM USD Sovereign + Quasi Barclays EM USD Sovereign Index.

Rocio Diaz and Will Slaughter of Northwest Passage Capital Advisors
Will Slaughter, CFA, a Partner / Senior Portfolio Manager, obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Analytic & Economics. Graduating with high honors, Will’s dual concentration emphasized international macroeconomics and mathematical finance. He has extensive experience in fixed income asset pricing, interest rate models, and derivatives. He also obtained a M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Alabama, Huntsville and a B.A., Engineering/ Physical Sciences from Harvard College University.

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Will Slaughter
As a co-founder and lead portfolio manager for Northwest Passage Capital Advisors, Will talked to the AIM students about investment grade sovereign and quasi-sovereign credit. He discussed the firm’s investment process which included their quantitative tools and risk management procedures. He utilized Russia as an example of how their approach the fiscal, external, economic, structural and governance issues important to Northwest Passage.   

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Rocio Diaz
Rocio Diaz also spoke to Dr. Krause’s Fixed Income class. She is an Investment Analyst with Northwest Passage Capital Advisors. Rocio graduated from Marquette University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance (AIM program) and International Business, Cum Laude

Rocio works on projects relevant to current portfolio holdings and presents potential investment ideas to the investment team.  She had previously been an intern with the firm and with Cascade Investments/BMGI. In addition, Rocio was an accounting Intern with Telefonía Pública y Privada S.A., in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rocio is a Level III CFA candidate.

Dr. Krause, Rocio Diaz and Will Slaughter
meet before the Fixed Income class


This was the third year that the group came to campus to present and meet with students. Dr. Krause said, “I know that the students enjoyed hearing from this group. Discussions about geo-politics and macro-economics are interesting – especially when it involves emerging markets – and there certainly has been a lot to talk about given Brexit, the Trump election and the Italian referendum. The students were very impressed with the depth of knowledge that Will and Rocio possessed. It again was great having them back on campus.”

Northwest Passage Capital Advisors is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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