Michael Nairne | President & Chief Investment Officer
Tacita Capital

Michael Nairne, President & Chief Investment Officer, Tacita Capital

Michael Nairne is President and Chief Investment Officer of Tacita Capital Inc., a family office that provides integrated portfolio and wealth management services to families of affluence. 

Prior to co-founding Tacita, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer of Loring Ward Inc., a family office located in New York and Los Angeles. Michael was also the co-founder and Vice Chairman of Assante Corporation, Loring Ward’s original parent company.  

Michael writes frequently on wealth management matters including the Serious Money column in the Financial Post and has co-authored a best seller on fund management. He has spoken internationally on advanced asset allocation and other investment topics relevant to high worth families.

Michael holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society. He is a Registered Financial Planner, a Certified Financial Planner and graduated first in his class in Canada as a Chartered Financial Planner. Michael was also the gold medalist in his graduating year from the Honors Commerce Program at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of Institute of Advanced Financial Planners.


Day 1 @ 13:30

Passive aggressive – what’s next for active management as investors continue flocking to ETFs & index funds?

  • Cost factor – should the timeless passive vs. active debate be recast as high vs. low-cost investing?
  • Compensation structure – is the 2 & 20 fee structure officially extinct?  What other viable compensation structures could replace it? 
  • Regulation & consolidation – should we expect margin compression and increasing regulatory burdens to bring more consolidation to the asset management industry?
  • Passive investing bubble? Are falling correlations between assets an early indicator of an imminent passive investing bubble bursting? Will such a bubble ultimately create a fertile environment for an active management comeback? 
  • Dead, dying or evolving? Have robo-advisors, smart beta funds and other FinTech/InvestTech innovations already sounded the death knell for traditional forms of active management? If so, how will active management be defined in the future? Will the systematic methods employed by quants evolve to replace the elements of human intuition? 

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