CONFERENCE DETAILS

 

Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment Strategies for Pension Funds
 

 

14 September 2017
London – Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel

Programme

  

Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment Strategies for Pension Funds


08.30    :    Registration and Coffee

 

09.00    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

TrevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services

 

 

 

  

09.10   :      Session 1:  Looking for Opportunities

 

 Moderator: tbc

 

 

 

 

Natasha Braginsky MounierNatasha Braginsky Mounier, Investment Director, Capital Group

 

30 years on - Emerging Market Investing Grows Up?

We believe that traditional index driven investing in emerging markets has become a constraint for global investors. The new geography of investing is about identifying the winners in innovation, changing patterns of global trade and rising EM consumption. Natasha will share her perspectives as a 20 year investment veteran in Emerging Markets and discuss how investors with a long term focus can benefit from the evolving environment.

 

 

Ross TeversonRoss Teverson, Head of Strategy, Emerging Markets, Jupiter Asset Management

 

Unconstrained: In Search of Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Markets

Emerging and Frontier Markets are riddled with companies which are either cheap for a reason, or crowded quality stocks. We will discuss the benefits of a change based, genuinely active, all-cap and benchmark-agnostic approach to investing in the asset class.  We will also discuss some of the hidden gems to be found for those who are willing to look in the small, mid-cap and frontier universe with a truly global approach.


 

10.15     :    Coffee/Tea

 

10.45     :    Session 2:  Generating Returns

 

Moderator: tbc

 

 

 

  

Cem AkyurekCem Akyurek, Head of Macro Research, RWC

 

Why Macro Matters

Emerging markets have become an important element in diversified equity portfolios. We believe the continued growth in these markets presents opportunities across a range of countries, industries and companies.  However, emerging markets are not necessarily correlated with one another eg Latin America, SE Asia, South Asia, China, Africa  etc.  Assessing macro trends is essential for successful Emerging Markets investing. Our speaker will discuss the importance of expert analysis on economic, political and social issues: in the search to identify sustainable long-term growth opportunities; in seeking to mitigate risks i.e. when to pass on opportunities and when to exit investments.

 

 

 

Brian Bandsma Brian Bandsma, Equity Portfolio Manager & Senior Research Analyst,Vontobel Asset Management

 

 

Generating superior performance from Emerging Market Equities: Can investors achieve outperformance with less volatility than the market?

How can active management add value within Emerging Market equities? What are the characteristics high quality companies bring to a portfolio? Are quality growth companies overpriced?

 

Managers Q&A with:

Natasha Braginsky Mounier, Investment Director, Capital Group

Ross Teverson, Head of Strategy, Emerging Markets, Jupiter Asset Management

Cem Akyurek, Head of Macro Research, RWC

Brian Bandsma, Equity Portfolio Manager & Senior Research Analyst, Vontobel Asset Management

 

 

12.20    :     Drinks and Lunch

 

13.30    :     Session 3:  Where to go Next

 

 

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Tim Gocher, CEO, Dolma Impact Fund and Hon. Prof. of Sustainable Business, University of Nottingham

 

High Altitude Yields - Blending Concessional Capital to Lead Pension Funds to Frontier Markets

Frontier Markets can offer high returns, but their risk often means pension funds fear to enter. Multilaterals are offering political risk insurance, first loss tranches and other products to crowd in institutional investors, particularly in relation to climate change mitigation (e.g. renewables). Pension funds are developing sustainability, ESG and impact strategies seeking high environmental and social return alongside financial ones. This talk uses the example of Dolma Himalayan Climate Fund - a renewable energy fund - that affordably insures key risks such as credit and political risk. Such structures can open high yield markets in poorer countries while serving a strong environmental and social purpose. 

 

 

 

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Piotr Minkina, Investment Director, Union Investment TFI

 

Central & Eastern Europe as part of the Emerging Markets portfolio: How much value is there?

Central & Eastern Europe is becoming an increasingly interesting region with selected economies being pointed out as the true gems in terms of the investment perspective. But how do CEE capital markets differ in terms of their liquidity, size and potential? How attractive are the bond yields and what can be extracted from the stock markets? Finally, which directional and absolute return techniques can Investors apply in order to fully benefit in the region?

 

14.50         Coffee/Tea

 

15.10         Session 4:  Pension Fund Insights

 

Jerome BoothDr Jerome Booth, Chairman, New Sparta Asset Management and Visiting Professor, Cass Business School

 

Making sense of it all

Having heard from a range of speakers on many of the ways to add value and increase returns, this session will aim to identify the best strategies that can be employed.

 

A panel of pension scheme executives and trustees will talk about their pension fund's EM and Frontier investment strategies and experiences. Panellists to be confirmed.

 

 

16.20    :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference

 

Purpose

With pension funds increasingly searching for ways to add value and increase returns, this conference aims to examine the place of emerging and frontier markets investments in pension fund portfolios. We aim to consider how best such strategies can be employed to improve the funding levels and cash flows of pension funds whilst minimising volatility.
 

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

Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, London

21 Piccadilly

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: 08700 400 8400

Hotel Fax: 020 7437 3574

www.lemeridienpiccadilly.co.uk

 

The hotel is located on the north side of Piccadilly, close to Piccadilly Circus, only two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station.

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