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Asset Management EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2013 15-16 May, 2013 - Singapore
Bringing Research Insights to
Investment Professionals



In 2004, EDHEC-Risk Institute introduced a new type of conference aiming to bring research insights to investment professionals. These events present the research undertaken by EDHEC-Risk Institute and discuss their implications and applications with the institutional investment and wealth management communities.

The conferences enable participants to have access to the latest conceptual advances and research results in investment and risk management and to discuss their implications and applications with researchers who combine expertise of advanced financial techniques with a sound awareness of their industry relevance.

In 2012, the Institute exported its conference concept to Asia in order to provide Asia-based finance professionals with easier access to state-of-the-art research in investment and risk management and to establish a dialogue around research results with particular relevance to investors and institutions in Asia.

The inaugural EDHEC-Risk Days Asia attracted over 800 participants from 28 countires over 4 continents, ranging from end-investors, traditional and alternative investment managers, wealth managers, investment bankers, and policy-makers.

Building on this success, EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2013 will be held on 15-16 May, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia in Singapore.

The event will include two major conferences with two exclusive fora, multiple plenary and stream sessions and workshops that will allow professionals to review major industry challenges, explore state-of-the-art investment techniques and benchmark practices to research advances.

"The topics of the conference, caliber of the speakers and level of attendees demonstrated a great success for this EDHEC-Risk event. Congratulations for a job well done! I certainly look forward to another great event next year!"
Kevin Chen, Pan Asia Chief Investment Officer, Axa Rosenberg


A distinctive and exclusive format: Unbiased, academic content

"I enjoyed the academic rigour. This contrasts greatly to run-of-the-mill conferences where speakers do not have depth and are usually not well prepared for their topics."
David T.M. Ng, Managing Director, Head of Markets Sales/Coverage, UBS

Each day, the conference will open with an exclusive forum at which leading figures from the investment industry and senior officers of supervisory authorities will discuss ongoing regulatory initiatives that will impact the future of investing.

On the first day, the Indexation and Passive Investment Conference will explore enhanced index and optimal benchmark construction, look at new forms of indices and benchmarks for equities and bonds and discuss new trends in indexing vehicles. Results of exclusive indexing surveys will compare the latest usages of indices and investor perceptions in Asia, Europe and North America. The Indexing Forum will address questions of transparency and governance linked to the development of alternative and strategy indices.

On the second day, the Global Institutional Investment Conference will present the results of EDHEC-Risk Institute research on themes of great interest to institutional investors, including new approaches to asset-liability management and dynamic asset allocation, the role of alternative investments and infrastructure assets in asset allocation as well as policy issues affecting capital markets and the fund management industry. The Pensions Forum will look at the development and reform of retirement provision systems in Asia and at the role the investment industry can play in meeting the challenges posed by ageing populations.

Day One

Wednesday 15 May, 2013: 08:00-18:30

Indexation and Passive Investment Conference

Indexing Forum: The Governance and Transparency of Indices
• What are the needs and expectations of investors with respect to the transparency and systematic character of indices?
• Presentation of a survey carried out by EDHEC-Risk Institute on the auditability and replicability of market and strategy indices
• The regulation of indices: What is needed to improve the quality of indices and ensure investors can discharge their due diligence responsibilities?

Morning stream sessions
• Indexing around the World
• Can Track Records of Indices be Trusted?
• Equity Volatility Indexing Products

Morning workshops
Sponsor-led sessions presenting innovations in indexing, indexing vehicles and their uses
• Latest Product Innovations and Flow Trends in the ETF Space, organised by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
• Volatility Harvesting: Why Does Diversifying and Rebalancing Create Portfolio Growth?, organised by Eaton Vance Management International
• Risk-Based Tactical Asset Allocation: Seeking Absolute Returns with a Long-Only Portfolio, organised by Lyxor Asset Management

Afternoon stream sessions
• Choose your Beta: How to Appreciate the Performance and Risks of New Forms of Equity Benchmarks
• Investing in Low Volatility Strategies
• Liquidity in Equity ETFs: What Really Matters

Afternoon workshops
Sponsor-led sessions presenting innovations in indexing, indexing vehicles and their uses
• The ETF Way: Providing Total Return by Investing in Income and Yield-Generating Assets, organised by SSgA
• Smart Beta 2.0, organised by ERI Scientific Beta

Information session
• EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance

Afternoon stream sessions
• New Frontiers in Passive Investment: From Asset Allocation to Risk Allocation
• PhD Forum: Volatility Transmission, Correlation Dynamics and Contagion in East Asian Equity and Bond Markets

Day Two

Thursday 16 May, 2013: 08:00-18:15

Global Institutional Investment Conference

Pensions Forum: Developing and Reforming Pension Systems in Asia
• The greying of Asia and the rise of lifecycle deficits
• The opportunity for a second demographic dividend
• The development of corporate pension schemes in East Asia
• Comparing reserve fund management in East Asia
• Pension wealth accumulation trends
• Issues with long term performance generation and inflation hedging

Morning workshops
Sponsor-led sessions presenting best practices and new approaches for institutional investment
• Value is in the Eye of the Beholder, organised by Threadneedle Investments
• Smart Beta Diversification, organised by ERI Scientific Beta

Beyond the Separation Theorem in ALM: How to Evaluate the Contribution of a Category of Assets to the Performance and Risk of Global Asset Allocation?
• From fund separation to fund interaction theorems
• Performance-seeking portfolios with improved liabilityhedging properties
• Marginal contribution of an asset class to performance and hedging benefits

Afternoon stream sessions
• Infrastructure Debt for Institutional Investors
• What if the Regulation of Long-Term Investors were not as Costly as They Think? Reconciling Long-Term Optimal Investing Strategies with Short-Term Funding Risk Constraints
• PhD Forum: A Network Perspective of the Systematic Risk in Derivatives Market
• The Convergence between Long-Only Investment and Hedge Funds
• How to Manage the Non-Financial Risks of Investment Funds
• PhD Forum: Algorithmic Trading in Indian Markets

High-Frequency Trading and Equity Markets
• The impact of HFT on market quality – evidence from SGX
• The impact of index related HFT on derivatives, ETFs and underlying securities – the case of MSCI Singapore
• Does HFT impact capital formation: the impact of HFT on capital structure and cost of capital


"A great platform for marketplace learning, interaction and networking."
Peter Tay, Executive Chairman, TPS Corporate Services

Registration & Payment

Registration fees:

Delegate CategoryDelegate FeeGST (7%)Delegate Fee GST Included

Standard rate

SGD 1,500SGD 105SGD 1,605

Early-bird rate (before 15 March, 2013)

SGD 750SGD 52.50SGD 802.50

Investor rate: pension schemes, charities, endowments, foundations, insurance companies (third party asset management excluded), government and regulatory bodies, single family offices and financial executives from non-financial companies should contact: eridays2013asia@edhec-risk.com or +65 6631 8578 for registration


Senior executive/investment officer rate: senior executive officers (members of the supervisory board, members of the board of directors, chief executive strategists of leading asset/wealth management firms, investment/private banks, and alternative funds and funds of funds) should contact: eridays2013asia@edhec-risk.com or +65 6631 8578 for registration

Cancellation Policy: Given the moderate conference fee, we do not accept cancellations; invoiced sums will remain payable in full. If a registered delegate is unable to attend, a substitute delegate from the same organisation is welcome at no extra charge.
  • The registration fee includes buffet lunch, refreshments and full conference documentation. Delegates may be refused admission if payment is not received prior to the conference.

  • EDHEC-Risk Institute reserves the right to alter the programme without notice.
Register on-line:For enquiries, please contact eridays2013asia@edhec-risk.com or +65 6631 8578.


Payment is required before the date of the conference. Registration will be confirmed once payment has been received. Payment can be made by credit card by registering on-line.


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The EDHEC-Risk conference format provides an unrivalled platform for industry practitioners and academic representatives to meet and exchange views on the current topics of most relevance to the investment management industry. This unique research is produced by the professors and researchers from EDHEC-Risk Institute, allowing results to be compared with the practices and needs of investment professionals. EDHEC-Risk’s independence, the original approach, which leaves time for both instruction and discussion during conference sessions, and the highly selective speaker panel, make the EDHEC-Risk Days series of conferences the must-attend annual event for investment professionals who are concerned about maintaining best practices, in both technical and conceptual terms.

The most significant benefit of the academic approach to our conferences is the promotion of learning through research and thought leadership. The result of this approach is the presence of a significant number of key decision makers who tend to avoid events built around successions of sales pitches. This non-commercial approach is reinforced by the limited number of industry sponsors that support each event. While the visibility of each sponsor remains extremely high amongst the delegates, there is no sense of over-presence of sales representatives to distract from the conference proceedings and quality networking.

Due to its academic and not-for-profit nature, the circuit of conferences organised by EDHEC-Risk Institute has always prioritised the quality of the audience, rather than its quantity. The audience is notable for the presence of representatives from sovereign wealth funds and central banks, insurance companies, foundations and pension funds and for the high-ranking positions held by the delegates. The inaugural EDHEC-Risk Days Asia brought together delegates from 28 countries and 4 continents.

For information about becoming a conference partner at EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2013, please contact:

Anne-Charlotte Descamps
Marketing Manager, EDHEC Risk Institute–Asia
Tel. +65 6631 85 44
E-mail: anne-charlotte.descamps@edhec-risk.com


The EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2013 will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia:
  • Ritz-Carlton Millenia
    7 Raffles Avenue
    Singapore 039799
EDHEC-Risk Institute has negociated an event rate at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia over the dates 12-18 May, 2013.

All room reservations must be booked before 30 April, 2013.

Please send the reservation form directly to the hotel, quoting the event name "EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2013": (65) 6434-5128 or shaiful.sultan@ritzcarlton.com
  • Deluxe Room with Buffet Breakfast: S$380.00
  • Club Deluxe Room, Kallang Bay View - Single: S$530.00
  • Club Deluxe Room, Kallang Bay View - Double: S$580.00
Prices are per night and subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Event Details
  When   Between 15/05/2013 08:00 AM and 16/05/2013 06:30 PM
Where   The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Contact Details
  Name   EDHEC-Risk Days Asia 2013
E-mail   eridays2013asia@edhec-risk.com
Phone   +65 6631 8578
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