For the next few days, 1,500 fund managers from across the nation will gather in Chicago for the 2008 Morningstar Investment Conference, with the hopes of hearing new ideas and investment strategies that can help them reengage their clients in investments.

“Mutual funds have not seen good inflows in some time,” said Don Phillips, managing director of Morningstar Inc. “The public is concerned and skeptical about the investment markets.”

Managers and executives throughout the industry will speak on investment opportunities in emerging sectors of China, India, and other parts of Asia, and in real estate and redefined growth stocks of ETFs.

Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief investment officer of Pimco, a leading bond managing firm, is set to speak at the conference. He will highlight his views on exploring credit risk globally.

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