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Chicago-Kent Professor William Birdthistle presents a talk for his book Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now (Oxford University Press 2016) at the initial BookIT IP Series event for the fall 2016 semester.

Empire of the Fund is a valuable resource on mutual funds and the role they play in our financial future. With the growing popularity of 401(k) plans to pensions, this book takes a comprehensive and thorough look at the way we currently prepare for retirement. Mutual funds are a key component of 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts; however, they potentially put our savings in danger. Professor Birdthistle, who is a leading expert on mutual funds, gives a historic view of the problems associated with mutual funds and educates us about the benefits and drawbacks to alternative method. This book is designed to improve financial literacy while setting forth solutions to protect and preserve our retirement savings.

Professor Birdthistle’s research interests include investment funds, executive compensation, and corporate governance. He teaches numerous courses including business organizations, securities regulations, and investment funds. Prior to joining the law school, Professor Birdthistle practiced at Ropes & Gray in Boston, where he was a corporate associate in the investment management practice.

The BookIT IP Series is co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent’s Intellectual Property Program and Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property.

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