You might call it Davos on the Hudson.
"Delivering Alpha 2.0," the second annual CNBC-Institutional Investor investment conference, in New York on Wednesday features three U.S. Treasury secretaries, several billionaires and a veritable who's who of the investing world, from private equity firms to hedge funds to real estate.
Much like the inaugural event, the conference comes at a time when private investors and government policymakers are grappling with a host of huge issues facing the global economy that have whipsawed financial markets from New York to Shanghai.
"Delivering Alpha” will attempt to tackle those subjects, joining the world’s foremost money managers with the most influential investors through a series of progressive discussions meant to guide the individual investor.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is the keynote speaker — he'll also be interviewed by Larry Kudlow of CNBC's"Kudlow Report" — and as a top representative of the Obama administration will no doubt echo on many of the president'spolicy positions.
Former Treasury secretaries Hank Paulson and Robert Rubin will map out “The American Agenda” with CNBC Senior Economics Correspondent Steve Liesman, examining the “fiscal cliff” and various other challenges and opportunities on the economic-political horizon.
Chief among them is the looming fiscal cliff and its impact on the economy and corporate profits.
With Mitt Romney the presumptive GOP candidate in the fall's presidential election, the private-equity industry has been under renewed scrutiny as Americans decide whether the former Massachusetts governor's history as a partner at Bain Capital would be an asset or a handicap in the Oval Office.
Several of private equity's biggest players, including the pre-eminent Henry Kravis of KKR . Kravis, who first brought PE into the spotlight with his firm's trailblazing leveraged buyout of RJK Nabisco 25 years ago, joins "Squawk Box'sAndrew Ross Sorkin for a lunch session discussing Romney's credentials, as well as the evolution of the private-equity industry, the nation’s deficit problem and the EU sovereign debt crisis.