Computing That Serves

Computational Finance in Investment Management


Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 11:00am


John Lafare
VP of IT Group and Director of Investment Management Systems at The Capital Group Companies

This presentation will provide an introduction to applications of computational finance, also known as financial engineering, in the field of investment management, discussing how it is intended to be guided by the logic of science to explore information from financial data without prejudice. Some observations and comments will be made from recent events that illustrate some of the risk and pitfalls of financial modeling. A number of applications in use at the Capital Group will be briefly explored with a discussion of the concepts beyond those applications.


John Lafare is a vice president of the Information Technology Group and Director of Investment Management Systems for the Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, California. He previously had responsibilities for technology directions, architecture and project management.

Prior to joining the Capital Group Companies in 1989, John was a vice president of the Advanced Technology Group of Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles. John has accumulated a total of 35 years of IT experience.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from California State University at Northridge, an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of California at Los Angeles, an Advanced Executive M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker Center and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.