At the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago this week, speakers are expected to concentrate on the economy and how asset management firms should respond to the state of the financial markets.

“I think the discussions will be more macro-driven than in other years,” Russ Kinnel, director of fund research at Morningstar, told Dow Jones. Specifically, he expects topics to include the future of the financial services and automotive industries, bond yields, inflation, lower fund fees and “how the government will unwind its foray into the private sector and how the economy will react.”

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