Annual Investment Strategies for Dutch Pension Funds
08.45 : Registration and Coffee
09.15 : Welcome & Opening Remarks
Trevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services
09.20 : Session 1: Managing Volatility
Moderator: Christiaan Tromp, Fiduciary Officer, Tromp Financial Services
Nick Samouilhan, Solution Strategist Multi Asset Division, T.Rowe Price
Volatility Forecasting and Management
While forecasting market returns over the short-term is often viewed as a fool's errand, this presentation will go through the academic grounding on why forecasting volatility in markets is both possible and highly desirable, and will talk through its practical implementation in modern portfolios, including the benefits and the trade-offs.
Marlies van Boven, Managing Director Research & Analytics, FTSE Russell
Defensive Strategies in Volatile Markets
10.35 : Coffee/Tea
11.05 : Session 2: Emerging Market Debt
Moderator: Evalinde Eelens, Executive Board Member, BPF Particuliere Beveiliging
Richard Adams, Senior Investment Director, American Century
Emerging Market Corporate Debt: the last Hidden Gem?
Often overlooked by investors, Emerging Market Corporate Debt is one of the fastest growing areas of global fixed income. A closer look at this misunderstood and underappreciated asset class can reveal the potential for portfolio diversification benefits by investing in high quality companies with attractive yields and strong risk-adjusted returns.
Jeremy J.W. Cunningham, Investment Director, Fixed Income, Capital Group
Why it Might be Time to Reconsider an Active Allocation in Emerging Market Debt
The growth dynamics and strengthening economic fundamentals of many emerging market (EM) countries are attractive to investors seeking growth, income and diversification. In our presentation, we discuss why investors should reconsider an active allocation to EMD. We explain how an active allocation enables them to capture different drivers of return and manage risk, and provides a more deliberate allocation of capital, which could mitigate unintended consequences of index construction.
12.20 : Drinks and Lunch
13.40 : Session 3: Considering other Investment Strategies
Moderator: Paul van Gent, Chief Investment Officer, Corestone Investment Managers
Graham McCraw, Senior Investment Specialist, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Global Small Cap Equities
Global Smaller Companies account for c.70% of the global equity opportunity set, but many pension funds have no exposure to this exciting area of the market. This talk will address why the asset class is worthy of consideration within a broader portfolio and outline some of the key benefits a bottom-up approach can bring.
David Bentley, Founding Partner, ATLAS Infrastructure
Listed Infrastructure Resilience in Uncertain Times
Listed infrastructure acts as a diversifier, having lower beta and correlation to other assets. The underlying return streams of infrastructure companies (essential services, backed by hard assets with a degree of price certainty) are strongly linked to the regulatory or contractual frameworks in place, rather than typical drivers of equity and bond returns. In uncertain times infrastructure can provide a source of income with less correlation to traditional assets.
14.55 : Coffee/Tea
15.15 Session 4: Academic & Investor Perspectives
Moderator: Piet Molenaar, Independent Board & Investment Committee member, PNO Media
Dirk Broeders, Senior Economist, DNB, Professor of Finance, Maastricht University
Keynote Address: Pension Funds' Interconnections & Herding Behaviour in Alternative Asset Allocations
This new research study of 191 pensions looks at how their interconnections (through trustees, actuaries or dominant asset managers) is leading to herding behaviour in private market asset allocation.
Xander den Uyl, Vice-Chairman, PWRI
Building ESG Proprietary Benchmarks: Case study from PWRI
This case study will examine how Pensioenfonds Werk en (re) Integratie (PWRI) developed a proprietary ESG benchmark to achieve their own ESG objectives and how they aim to move to fully integrate ESG across the portfolio.
16.30 : Drinks Reception & Close of Conference
This conference, conducted in English, aims to examine the most significant and relevant investment challenges and opportunities currently facing Dutch and other Benelux pension funds and institutional investors. We will seek to include consideration of the latest trends and performance potential of a range of strategies whilst taking into account practical issues and requirements specific to Dutch and other Benelux investors.
The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.
1077 BA Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 673 59 22
March 7, 2019 Copenhagen Marriott
March 13, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
March 21, 2019 Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam
April 10, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
April 17, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
May 9, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
June 11, 2019 Dublin
June 18, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
July 11, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
September 5, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
September 12, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
September 24, 2019 Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam
October 3, 2019 7A Strandvägen, Stockholm
October 10, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
November 7, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
November 14, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
November 21, 2019 The Met Hotel, Leeds
December 5, 2019 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London