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Institutional Investment 4th Asia Investment Management Summit for Insurance 26-27 November, 2015 - Hong Kong
Global growth forecast is soft owing to a divergence between an improving developed world and a deterioration in emerging markets.

Economic uncertainty is high on the agenda, given a slowing Chinese economy and potential local market bubbles, the risk of Japan falling back into recession, and impending interest rate normalisation in the US. IMF has warned of the growing risks of severe financial market disruption and of a "disorderly rebalancing" of investment portfolios as monetary policy normalises in the US and elsewhere.

As Asia’s insurers thread through changing regulatory landscapes and slow economic growth, assuring better returns and assuming higher risk portfolios will be a tight balancing act. What attractive investment opportunities will be favoured in an increasingly challenging investment environment characterised by negative yields, tight spreads, and high equity prices?

The 4th Asia Investment Management Summit for Insurance, organised by Asia Insurance Review, is the ideal platform for chief investment officers and finance chiefs with investment mandates of insurance and reinsurance companies to gain unrivalled insights into how to invest their money in the year, share expert knowledge and analysis on where will growth come from in 2016 and find out which key factors are most likely to shape investment choices.

Will equities outperform bonds in 2016? Will covered bonds be a hit in Asia? On asset allocation, will increasing allocation to less liquid assets work out? Where are insurance investment mandates flowing to?

Join discussions on strategies that can limit risk and deliver return, whilst providing an ideal opportunity for those both new and experienced in this rapidly evolving market to debate the issues, and network with one another and build business critical relationships.

The day’s issues will be covered through expert presentations and in-depth panel discussions.

Frédéric Ducoulombier, Director, EDHEC Risk Institute – Asia, will be a panellist in the session on "Asset Allocation to get the Optimal Mix", and will also speaking on the topic "From Smart Beta to Smart Allocation: New Approaches to Defensive Equity Investing for Insurers" which will examine the following topics:
  • Understanding the design faults and limitations of traditional defensive equity strategies
  • Bringing diversification to minimum and low volatility investing
  • Designing highly defensive equity solutions with smart factor indices
  • Improving the upside capture of defensive strategies
Frédéric Ducoulombier is the founding director of EDHEC Risk Institute-Asia and an associate professor of finance at EDHEC Business School. He also serves on the Consultative Working Group of the Financial Innovation Standing Committee established by the European Securities and Markets Authority. He has most recently co-authored EDHEC-Risk Institute's influential contributions to international regulatory consultations on ETFs, indices and benchmarks as well as publications on the purported risks of ETFs, non-financial risks in fund management, and the index transparency and governance requirements of institutional investors. He also contributed to reviews of the asset allocation and portfolio construction practices of sovereign investors and pension funds. Prior to establishing the Asian operations of EDHEC-Risk Institute, he founded and developed the Institute's executive education operations and initiated and developed its PhD in Finance programme. Since April 2015, he heads business development for the Institute's index provision venture, ERI Scientific Beta, in the Middle-East and Asia Pacific ex Japan.
Event Details
  When   Between 26/11/2015 08:30 AM and 27/11/2015 05:30 PM
Where   Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Contact Details
  Name   Asia Insurance Review
E-mail   michelle@asiainsurancereview.com
Phone   +65 6372 3178