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2011 South Florida Orchid Society Orchid Show – Photos [October 1 & 2, 2011]

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South Florida Orchid Show

“Falling For Orchids”

October 1 & 2, 2011

Bank United Center


The South Florida Orchid Society is having an Orchid Show “Falling For Orchids” at the University of Miami Bank United Center on October 1 & 2, 2011.  The Show hours are 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. on both Saturday and Sunday.  The University Of Miami Bank United Center is located at:


Bank United Center (University of Miami)

1245 Dauer Drive

Coral Gables, FL  33146


The Bank United Center is easy to get to.  For exact directions please look on their website (  The Bank United center is located directly across the street from the University Metrorail station.   There is plenty of parking in the lot in front of the center.


Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door for $10.00.  The Show will feature orchid displays, vendors with orchid plants and vendors with orchid related items.


On Sunday we will host our annual Speakers Day event there.  Speakers’ Day will feature presentations from four internationally acclaimed speakers and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Tickets for Speaker’ Day must be purchased in advance from the SFOS office and the price is $45.00.


For more information on the Show or Speakers’ Day please contact the SFOS office (305-255-3656) or

Link for more information:

Robert Shiller Lecture – Real Estate Finance and Its Vulnerability to Crisis

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Real Estate is the biggest asset class and of great importance for both individuals and institutional investors. An array of economic and psychological factors impact real estate investment decisions and the public has changing ideas of real estate as a profitable investment. People’s demand to buy a home by taking on long-term debt, called a mortgage, is often tied with the overall health of the economy and financial markets. In recessions, home buying tends to fall and the opposite holds in a strong economy. Commercial real estate, held indirectly by the public through partnerships and real estate investment trusts (REITs), is vulnerable to similar speculative activity. The most recent real estate boom illustrates the speculative nature of real estate, and its relation to financial and economic crises.

Financial institutions are a pillar of civilized society, supporting people in their productive ventures and managing the economic risks they take on. The workings of these institutions are important to comprehend if we are to predict their actions today and their evolution in the coming information age. The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century.

Lecture Transcript and Reading Assignment

Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society
Review of Probability and Statistics; Intro to Present Value
Technology and Invention in Finance
Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions (CAPM Model)
Insurance: The Archetypal Risk Management Institution
Efficient Markets vs Excess Volatility
Behavioral Finance: The Role of Psychology
Human Foibles, Fraud, Manipulation, and Regulation
Investing for the Long Run
Debt Markets: Term Structure
Real Estate Finance and Its Vulnerability to Crisis
Banking: Successes and Failures
The Efficiency of Markets
Guest Lecture by Carl Icahn
The Evolution and Perfection of Monetary Policy
Investment Banking and Secondary Markets
Professional Money Managers and Their Influence
Brokerage, ECNs, etc
Private Equity and the Financial Crisis
Forwards and Futures
Stock Index, Oil and Other Futures Markets
Options Markets
The Democratization of Finance
Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis, Part I
Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis, Part II