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August 2015

WAMM Members, past attendees, and prospective new members,

My name is Ralph Giraud, I have been a member of the Washington (D.C.) Association of Money Managers (“WAMM”) since September 2000, and this past June 22nd I was honored to be elected as President of WAMM for the 2015 – 2016 Program Year.

First, I would like to thank the President of WAMM for the 2014 – 2015 Program Year, Ed Luzine. Under his guidance, WAMM featured more guest speakers covering international topics, which I believe fits the profile of our city being one of the true “international capital cities of the world.” Our organization gained more visibility through his emphasis on more frequently using social media websites, such as LinkedIn.

Our WAMM Committees are hard at work, as after two meetings with the last two weeks, our Program Committee is working on securing guest speakers concerning the following topics:

  1. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  2. Market “Technicals,” as WAMM hopes to get a visit from a Chartered Market Technician (CMT)
  3. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  4. Equity Market Strategies
  5. Fixed Income Market Strategies

The WAMM 2015 – 2016 Program Year will begin in September, with meetings being held monthly through June 2016.

I have been a member of WAMM for a longer period of time than at any other organization during my 35 years in Finance. This includes my past and/or present affiliations with organizations in Phoenix (AZ), Denver (CO), New York (NY) and Philadelphia (PA). The members, guests, speakers and current venue (the prestigious National Press Club) provide a “special chemistry” in a truly “inviting atmosphere” which encourages a healthy exchange of ideas while enlightening the minds of participants!

WAMM welcomes topic/speaker suggestions, and our organization will always welcome volunteers for Program Committee and Membership Committee activities.

During our next WAMM Program Year, I would like to welcome other organizations to “partner” with WAMM, and I would like to extend a special invitation to college students to attend our events and become members of our fine organization. The WAMM website www.wammdc.org will soon contain details about a reduced event fee for current college students!

WAMM Officers and Board Members truly represent, and work for, WAMM members and guests!

Please do not hesitate to contact me concerning anything regarding the Washington (D.C.) Association of Money Managers!


Ralph Giraud
Washington (D.C.) Association of Money Managers
Email Address: r2giraud @ yahoo.com

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