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Exchange-Traded Funds The Asset 2nd ETF Asia Summit 2016 15 June, 2016 - Taiwan
Finding value in a bear market

ETFs are increasingly becoming an important component of investment portfolios amid market volatility. Last year, the ETF industry has grown 13% to US$350 billion and product offerings have expanded to include all major asset classes. Falling commodity prices, FX volatility, reduced bond liquidity and turbulent equity markets are expected to further push the growth of ETFs as investors seek stable returns. Demand for innovative ETF products has also risen. On the institutional front, factor-based ETFs are becoming more popular, while the increasing popularity of robo-advisory is expected to propel demand of ETF in the retail market. Amidst the prevailing low-yield environment, how can investors utilise ETFs to generate returns and enhance their portfolios? How can they choose the ETFs that meet their requirements? How do investors manage the risks involved in investing in ETFs? What criteria do they use in choosing a provider?

The Asset Events is pleased to organise the 2nd ETF Asia Summit 2016, a strategic one-day event which will bring together investors, asset managers and product providers to discuss and debate the factors likely to drive the development of the ETF market in Asia.

Frédéric Ducoulombier, Founding Director, EDHEC Risk Institute - Asia, will be participating as a panellist in the session entitled "Finding value in a bear market". Turbulent financial markets have compelled Asian investors to increasingly diversify and turn to passive strategies in search returns. This has strengthened the business case for ETFs in the region. Can investors find the value they seek from ETF investing amid the current low yield environment? The session will examine the following questions:
  • What makes ETFs a good investment in the current bear market?
  • How do Asian investors utilise ETFs in their portfolios?
  • Product expansion and innovation: Beyond equity indices
  • ETF liquidity: issues, challenges and opportunities
Frédéric Ducoulombier will also be a panellist in the session on "The rise of factor-based ETFs". Factor investing through ETFs is increasingly being adopted by Asian institutional investors to implement their investment strategies. While adoption is on the rise, the need for investor education remains. How can investors realise the full potential of smart beta? The discussion aims to answer the following questions:
  • What is factor investing and how can it be implemented through smart beta?
  • Which factors across asset classes deliver returns?
  • How should investors construct and monitor smart beta portfolios?
  • Understanding the risks in smart beta products
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.

To register, please visit http://www.theasset.com/event/etf/agenda/EDHEC16, quoting the reference EDHEC16.
Event Details
  When   Between 15/06/2016 08:00 AM and 15/06/2016 04:00 PM
Where   Le Méridien Taipei, 38 SongRen Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Contact Details
  Name   Susanna Chen
E-mail   events@theasset.com
Phone   +852 2165 1628