CONFERENCE DETAILS

 

Annual Investment Strategies for

 

Dutch Pension Funds
 

 

21 March 2019
Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

Programme

  

Annual Investment Strategies for Dutch Pension Funds


08.45    :    Registration and Coffee

 

09.15    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

TrevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services

 

 

 

  

09.20   :      Session 1:  Managing Volatility

 

Christiaan TrompModerator: Christiaan Tromp, Fiduciary Officer, Tromp Financial Services

 

 

                 

                  

                

Nick Samouilhan

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 BovenMarlies van Boven, Managing Director Research & Analytics, FTSE Russell

 

Managing Volatility: Index-Based Approaches for a Smoother Ride

The recent outbreak of market turbulence has refocused interest in defensive strategies. We focus on the Low Volatility and Minimum Variance strategies. Often incorrectly used interchangeable, we discuss their distinct objectives, portfolio construction process and investment outcomes. 

 

 

 

10.35    :    Coffee/Tea

 

 

11.05     :    Session 2: Emerging Market Debt

 

Evalinde EelensModerator: Evalinde Eelens, Executive Board Member, BPF Particuliere Beveiliging

 

 

 

 

Richard AdamsRichard Adams, Senior Investment Director, American Century

 

Emerging Market Corporate Debt: a 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 CunninghamJeremy J.W. Cunningham, Investment Director, Fixed Income, Capital Group

 

Emerging Market Debt - Why it Might be Time to Reconsider an Active Allocation

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

 

13.30    :     Session 3: Considering other Investment Strategies

 

 

Paul van GentModerator: Paul van Gent, Chief Investment Officer, Corestone Investment Managers

 

 

 

 

   

Graham McCrawGraham McCraw, Senior Investment Specialist, Aberdeen Standard Investments

 

Why Global Smaller Companies

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 BentleyDavid Bentley, Founding Partner, ATLAS Infrastructure

 

Listed Infrastructure 

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. 

 

14.45    :     Coffee/Tea

 

15.05          Session 4: Academic & Investor Perspectives

 

Piet Molenaar Moderator: Piet Molenaar, Independent Board & Investment Committee member, PNO Media

 

 

 

Dirk BroedersDirk Broeders, Senior Economist, DNB, Professor of Finance, Maastricht University

  

Keynote Address: Pension Funds Interconnections & Herd Behaviour 

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 UylXander 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.

 

 

16.15    :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference

Purpose

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.
 

Cost

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.

Venue

Apollo Hotel  

Apollolaan 2

1077 BA Amsterdam

Tel: +31 20 673 59 22

www.apollohotels.co.uk/apollo-hotel-amsterdam

 

 

 

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