About 2,000 investment industry folks flocked to the 2014 Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago this week, eager to network and hear some of the brightest minds in the industry speak.
But networking was not limited to face-to-face during the massive three-day event, as hundreds flocked to Twitter and other forms of social media to share conference happenings.
We rounded up a selection of the top tweets from Morningstar 2014 by tracking the conference-branded hashtag #MICUS. We started with early arrivals and followed the event through to Friday's closing.
While some experienced a rocky arrival due to inclement weather, conference attendees eventually arrived in Illinois as the Morningstar Investment Conference began:
Kicking off the conference was Franklin Templeton Executive Vice President and CIO of Global Bonds Michael Hasenstab:
Later in day one, a group of Morningstar investment analysts came together for a roundtable panel discussion, including Russ Kinnel, David Needham, Michael Holt and Bob Johnson:
Day two brought a quirky appearance from Bill Gross of Pimco, who referenced everyone from World War II Gen. George Patton to pop star Justin Bieber in his presentation. Here, a photo was snapped during his session:
Gross recommends book Triumph of The Optimist “You can get into this book like I did with the bible when I was a child.” #MICUS— WealthManagement.com (@wealth_mgmt) June 19, 2014
Michael Kitces was busy at Morningstar. Not only was the financial planning guru attending sessions throughout the week, but he also gave his own session on day two, which saw a popular turnout:
Rick Ferri, founder of Portfolio Solutions, also appeared on day two in a panel on smart beta:
A panel of star bond managers came together on Thursday, including William Eigen, the head of J.P. Morgan Asset Management's Absolute Return and Opportunistic Fixed Income Group:
In perhaps one of the biggest moments of the second day, the conference-branded #MICUS hashtag became one of the top trends worldwide, bested at one point only by the England vs. Uruguay World Cup match in Brazil.
But perhaps it was the conference inclusion of FIFA World Cup action that helped make #MICUS part of the global conversation:
#MICUS day three included a presentation from Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management:
Asness: anomalies (value, momentum) work part of the time because of market inefficiencies, but it's not obvious or easy to exploit #MICUS— Trevor Hunnicutt (@trhunnicutt) June 20, 2014