September 21, 2021
12:00 PM | Welcome Registration
The global pandemic has changed the way pension funds operate and navigate through volatile financial markets and dramatic economic impacts. The full impact of this pandemic is yet to be seen, but periods of exceptional market turbulence tested asset managers' investment skills and adaptability. Join this session as we explore the current climate, identify the key economic and geopolitical trends expected to dominate, and highlight how this will impact global investing.
1:30 PM | Shifting Your Approach: Balancing Risk & Optimism In the Pursuit for Emerging Asset Classes
As asset managers look towards the future, the desire to look towards alternative investments and seek new opportunities grows. In general, risk tolerance and investment strategy tend to be very much aligned but in markets such as the one we are experiencing right now, that alignment can disappear and investor responses will vary. Join this session as our panelists discuss how funds have tailored their investment response, highlight optimal asset classes and delve further into how the balance between risk and optimism should be considered.
2:15 PM | Networking Break
Data standardization continues to be a challenge in emerging markets and especially in relation to ESG. As a result, it is essential to identify the counties and investment areas that show improvement and greater transparency in data. For many investors it is important to understand the level of ESG conditions in each country and attempt to forecast the direction of change, but how can this be done with little data transparency or standardization?
4:00 PM | Fireside Chat - Portfolio Construction in a New Era: Investing for the Future & Capitalizing on Unpredictability
In times of turbulence many investors turn to protection strategies as they are valuable, however, is that the right way forward? And more importantly, are there better approaches to portfolio construction that can handle the unpredictability of a market? Join this session as our speakers discuss traditional and non-traditional ways of approaching portfolios, shed light on the common mistakes made, and offer strategies on including riskier investment vehicles when structuring your portfolio in an unprecedented market.
4:45 PM | Networking Reception
5:45 PM | Close of Day One
September 22, 2021
8:00 AM | Registration & Networking Breakfast
Creating change is never easy and often takes multiple different players to really have a true effect. As a result of the pandemic, many took the opportunity to start impact investing with the intention of generating positive and measurable social, economic and environmental outcomes as well as a financial return, but is that enough? How can asset managers and investors push the needle and drive meaningful change both internally within their organization and externally?
9:30 AM | Real Estate: Considering the Dominance of the Industrial Sector and Alternative Real Estate Sectors
Since the pandemic, many investors have turned to the industrial sector, and rightfully so as warehouse values rose above 6%. Much of the growth in this sector is down to e-commerce exploding, supply management shifts, and re-routing of supply chains creating new demand. However, with the industrial prices increasing significantly and bidding proving extremely competitive, will the industrial sector maintain its stronghold? Or should investors be exploring alternative real estate classes such as data centers or medical offices?
10:15 AM | Morning Networking Break
11:00 AM | Spotlight On ESG & Real Estate: Effectively Incorporating ESG Considerations into Real Estate Investment Decisions
Private corporate debt has been one of the most attractive and fastest-growing alternative asset classes in recent times, specifically direct corporate loans to middle market and lower-middle market companies. Join this session as our group expert panelists highlight the advantages of middle-market opportunities, examine the largest challenges in this space and provide best practices to help analyze middle-market opportunities.
12:45 PM | Networking Luncheon
With risk assets more and more likely to become illiquid in risk-off environments, many are worried about the possible implications this will have on alternative strategies. As part of the alternative strategies and given the volatility of the market, investors are searching for liquid alternatives. In this session, we explore liquidity cycles, the most common liquid alternative vehicles, and importantly, how to find liquidity in a volatile environment
3:30 PM | Driving ESG Initiatives in Emerging Markets: Accessing New Opportunities & Avoiding Future Pitfalls
With many pension funds expected to push forward and make meaningful strides with their ESG initiatives, It is becoming increasingly common for investors to look abroad for sustainable investment opportunities. However, this comes with challenges of its own, which range from credibility to data transparency. Join this session as our speakers share why ESG investments in emerging markets have a strong upside, how to decide which markets to utilize and how to effectively determine the risk factors.
4:15 PM | Networking Reception
5:15 PM | Networking Dinner
September 23, 2021
8:00 AM | Networking Breakfast
Preparing for the unexpected can be a daunting and overwhelming task, especially as change can happen at any moment. Many investors are moving away from the traditional 60/40 model in an effort to balance growth and protection, but how else have investors prepared for the unexpected? With risk mitigation a big factor going into 2021, where lies the long-term sustainable opportunities and markets for investors?