REISA on Pace for Record Attendance at Annual Spring Symposium

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INDIANAPOLIS, March 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- REISA, the nation's leading trade association serving the alternative investment and securities industry, announced record attendance levels are expected at its Spring Symposium, beginning this Sunday and continuing through March 18, in San Diego, Calif. The association expects to host more than 600 industry professionals, including a record number of nearly 200 broker-dealers and registered investment advisors.

The 2014 REISA Spring Symposium (#REISASS2014) will include a keynote address by Professor Ulrike Malmendier of the University of California, Berkeley, discussing behavioral finance and investing, as well as sessions reviewing changes in the regulatory environment, recent developments in alternative investments and how the new advertising rules have impacted the industry.

The event will include more than 40 educational sessions of value to members of the non-traded alternative investment and securities industry, covering a variety of product offerings, including REITs, BDCs, MLPs, private placements (such as 1031s, DSTs, TICs, oil and gas), equipment leasing, life settlements and more. The conference will also include a number of sessions that will qualify for continuing education credits, such as CPE, CLE and CFP.

"We are thrilled to welcome a record number of leading professionals in the alternative investments industry to our Spring Symposium and look forward to providing these attendees with educational sessions focused on their varying specialties to help them grow as professionals," said John Harrison, chief executive officer and executive director of REISA. "As a leading alternative investments association, it's our mission to provide professionals with top-tier education and keep everyone up-to-date on what's happening in the industry, and how to prepare, or react, to changes."

Malmendier, a professor of finance and economics, will keynote and discuss Insights from Behavioral Finance: Investor Decisions and Relevance to our Marketplace. She will also lead a session titled The Impact of Behavior Economics on Investor Decision-Making. Malmendier is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Fischer Black Prize from the American Finance Association, awarded biennially to the leading finance scholar under 40. Her research topics in corporate finance and applied economics have included mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and the effects of financial crises on individual and managerial behavior. With research that has aided the economic and business world for nearly 15 years, Malmendier also has received numerous honors, awards and grants throughout her career, including the Fordham/NYU 'Rising Star in Finance' award in 2012, and the Alfred P. Sloan Price fellowship in 2010.

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The Real Estate and Investment Securities Association is a national trade association serving alternative investment and securities industry professionals who are active in offering, managing and distributing private and public direct investments. REISA connects members directly to key industry experts through intimate forums and leading edge conferences and trade shows providing timely trends and education. The association was founded in 2003 and has more than 1,800 members who are key decision makers that represent over 30,000 professionals throughout the nation. REISA works to maintain the integrity and reputation of the industry by promoting the highest ethical standards and providing education, networking opportunities and resources to its members.

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