9:00am - 9:05am

Welcome

China is a simultaneous threat and an opportunity for investors. This session, with insights from one of the world’s foremost experts on geopolitics, will look at how to navigate a worsening geopolitical situation and what it means for economic growth. Is the current course a steady state, or are big shocks, for the better or for the worse, possible and even likely?

Stephen Kotkin

John P. Birkelund '52 professor in history and international affairs, Princeton University
China’s growth an evolution as an economic super power is a critical long-term issue for institutional investors. This session will examine the risks and opportunities in the Chinese equities markets and how investors can best gain access.
The reflation trade, reopening narrative and the weak US dollar have led investors to be enamoured with emerging markets again. While emerging markets have benefited from the reverberations of the pandemic, where do future opportunities and vulnerabilities lie? 
As investors make net zero portfolio pledges they are working through strategies to achieve those goals in the short and long term. This session will examine the tools available to assess stocks on different climate scenarios and what value destruction or uplift they have.
The evolution of the market structure provides an opportunity for a highly active, high-conviction, benchmark-agnostic approach to investment decision-making. But where does the alpha reside today?
This session will look at the persistent global macroeconomic themes driving markets over the long term. It will examine how themes like technology, climate change, healthcare, inflation and geopolitics are impacting global equity markets and how a deep understanding of these in equities markets can drive insights across the total portfolio.

Ayaz Ebrahim

Managing director, portfolio manager, emerging markets and Asia Pacific equities, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
In this session Canada-based consultant CEM Benchmarking will examine the use of internal and external funds management by pension funds around the world, highlighting the associated impact on costs, performance and resources.
This session will examine the internalisation of equities in super funds, looking at the resources, technology and talent required as well as the governance and processes that enable best practice.  
This session will look at the implications of the performance test on the way super funds invest in equities. With the heavy consequences attached to performance test failure, there is a large risk that funds allow the performance test to dominate how they manage portfolios, potentially to the detriment of member outcomes. This session will look at potential unintended consequences including shortened time horizons, increased turnover and more passive investing.