Fixed Income & FX Leader Summit APAC 2019

17 - 19 September, 2019

The Westin, Singapore

65 6722 9455

Day 1 - Wednesday 18th September 2019

8:00 am - 8:40 am Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:40 am - 8:45 am Welcome Address

Danny Levy, General Manager, Worldwide Business Research

8:45 am - 8:50 am Welcome Remarks

Suhana Begum, Conference Director, Fixed Income Leaders Summit

8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Survival Of The Fittest: The Global View

9:00 am - 9:20 am Economist Keynote: Decoding current geo-economic realities – In the changing global growth and interest rate outlook, rising trade tensions and risk of policy mistakes, how can you adapt to thrive in 2020 and beyond?

The geo-economic issues that investors need to keep an eye on haven’t changed much in the last couple of years. America First, Brexit, China’s re-balancing, and a slowdown in global economic growth, all continue to dominate the agenda in the financial market.
 
-          Global slowdown: Where are we in the global economic cycle? Will 2020 witness another recession?
-          Trade wars, geo-politics and central bank intervention: What are the economic fundamentals that will impact currency movements in 2019/20?
-          What does the US-China tariff conflict mean for the world and its economic order?
-          China’s economic slowdown and risks: What is the impact on the rest of Asia?
-          Government and central bank policies: How will central banks react and will the tools of the last recession be as effective?
-          Does the various uncertainties affect Asia fixed-income investing? And what can investors expect with respect to Fed’s next policy move? What are the implications for investors?
Jeff Ng, Chief Economist at Continuum Economics

Jeff Ng

Chief Economist
Continuum Economics

Setting The Scene: The Asian View

9:20 am - 9:40 am Opening Keynote Interview: The development of the Asian bond and currency market and the creation of wealth in the region - As the global “hunt for income” continues, are Asian bonds an essential part of the investment solution?

The financial crisis that affected Asia in the 1990s scarred both the region and its governments, prompting politicians and policymakers to learn from their mistakes. With structural reforms, tighter regulations and improved capital requirements, their efforts have paid off, and it is becoming abundantly clear that Asia’s economy looks very different than it did just 20 years ago. This is having a profoundly positive impact on the outlook for Asian fixed income.
Patrick Leung is head of Fixed Income and FX trading for APAC within BlackRock’s Trading and Liquidity Strategies Group overseeing fixed income and FX trading activity in the region. Mr. Leung's service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009.  Alexandre Bouchardy is Head of Fixed Income Asia and Head of Asset Management Singapore. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Investment Group. Alexandre joined Credit Suisse Asset Management in 2002 as a Global Fixed Income Portfolio Manager for institutional clients. From 2005 to 2012, he was responsible for inflation-linked solutions and won several Lipper Fund Awards in various European countries. In this interview both Patrick and Alex will share their views on:
-          What's fuelling the growing appetite for Asian bonds and how are investors viewing fixed income?
-          How much wealth is being created in this space and where is it being invested?
-          How are Asian bonds offering the potential to improve returns and reduce risk?
-          China’s “One Belt, One Road” programme – How is this promoting the regional development of infrastructure?
-          Asian currencies appear undervalued – Will this promote more investors to pursue undervalued opportunities in regions with better fiscal fundamentals?
-          As corporate bonds become increasingly expensive, are investors considering reducing credit risk? And what asset classes should investors focus on?
Sam Ahmed, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific at Deriv Asia

Sam Ahmed

Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific
Deriv Asia

Alexandre Bouchardy, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Asia and AM Singapore at Credit Suisse Asset Management

Alexandre Bouchardy

Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Asia and AM Singapore
Credit Suisse Asset Management

Mr Gary Sum, Chairman at Swiss Capital Group

Mr Gary Sum

Chairman
Swiss Capital Group

Mitul Kotecha, Senior Emerging Markets Strategist at TD Securities

Mitul Kotecha

Senior Emerging Markets Strategist
TD Securities

Daniel Lau, Portfolio Manager at PIMCO

Daniel Lau

Portfolio Manager
PIMCO

Preparing For The New Market Order

9:50 am - 10:10 am Keynote Interview: What are the critical success factors for building a ‘best in class’ multi-asset trading business that not only survives but thrives in the new market order?

-          What are the three biggest drivers influencing the buy side desk and how can you embrace these to improve performance?
-          Navigating the new norm - How can you incorporate innovative ways of working to address the fragmented product, liquidity, and platform conundrum?
-          What strategies can you exploit to ensure you are tapping into the best liquidity pools at the right times?
-          Trading and regulations - What were the biggest lessons learned from MiFID II and how has this affected your trading desks so far?
-          The introduction of mandatory clearing and trading for CAT 3 and CAT 4 firms – Are we expected to see further investments in derivatives trading, as well as automated execution mechanisms?
-          How should you monitor political risk in 2019 and how can you integrate this into your investment decisions?
Brett Elvish, Director at Financial Viewpoint

Brett Elvish

Director
Financial Viewpoint

Rachana Mehta, Co-Head of Regional Investments Fixed Income & FX at Maybank Asset Management Singapore

Rachana Mehta

Co-Head of Regional Investments Fixed Income & FX
Maybank Asset Management Singapore

Patrick Leung, Head of Fixed Income Trading, APAC at BlackRock

Patrick Leung

Head of Fixed Income Trading, APAC
BlackRock

10:10 am - 10:30 am Morning Refreshment Break 1

Bond Connect – The Story Continues

Market participation in Bond Connect has been growing steadily, with average daily volumes reaching RMB6.55 billion in June 2018, more than double the daily average volumes in the first quarter of the year. And with recent announcement of the exemption of income tax and the full implementation of delivery-versus-payment for settlement, how has bond connect contributed to the increase in the number of approved overseas institutional investors? In this panel, our expert speakers will address:
-          What is required of the RMB to support the growth in international investment, including via Bond Connect?
-          Bloomberg Barclays index inclusion - What will the new index inclusions mean for the Chinese bond market and will it promote greater participation and awareness and lead to further demand for more investment products?
-          With multiple bond market access schemes now available, how can foreign investors navigate them?
-          QFII and RQFII trading volumes are quite small - How much of this volume has gone to the Connect schemes?
-          Have improvements to access schemes affected the listing arbitrage opportunities that used to exist?
-          Bond Connects full Implementation of RDVP - How has this attracted more foreign investors to seek investment opportunities in China’s interbank bond market?
Ricco Zhang, Director, Asia Pacific at International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

Ricco Zhang

Director, Asia Pacific
International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

Kheng Siang Ng, Head of Fixed Income, Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors

Kheng Siang Ng

Head of Fixed Income, Asia Pacific
State Street Global Advisors

Victoria Tam, Senior Trader Fixed Income at Allianz Global Investor

Victoria Tam

Senior Trader Fixed Income
Allianz Global Investor

Christophe Roupie, Head of Europe and Asia at MarketAxess

Christophe Roupie

Head of Europe and Asia
MarketAxess

Mr Gary Sum, Chairman at Swiss Capital Group

Mr Gary Sum

Chairman
Swiss Capital Group

Mr Zennon Kapron, Founder & Director at Kapronasia

Mr Zennon Kapron

Founder & Director
Kapronasia

11:10 am - 11:30 am Keynote: Turning big data into actionable smart data

Reserved for WS-trader

Emerging Market Fixed Income

11:30 am - 11:50 am Fire-side Chat: In an uncertain global economic and policy framework, how can international bond investors benefit from a higher allocation to emerging market bonds?

Boon Hwa Tan, Manging Director at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Boon Hwa Tan

Manging Director
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

All-To-All Trading: The Corporate Bond Market Revolution

11:50 am - 12:10 pm Keynote Interview: All-to-all trading - The corporate bond market revolution – How to use centralised platforms to clear through exchanges and not other counterparties involved to enhance transparency and liquidity

Richard Schiffman, Head of Open Trading at MarketAxess

Richard Schiffman

Head of Open Trading
MarketAxess

Moving Towards Optimal Execution

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Keynote: TCA – Impact & Benefit in FI Market

In today’s rapidly changing regulatory environment, cutting-edge quantitative analytics are critical to success. Market participants need a partner that understands the increasing complexities of the trade execution process and its impact on compliance reporting. Our speaker from IHS Markit will dive deep into how you can better measure best execution, based on how orders compare to the state of the market before, during and after execution.

Joseph Wu

Managing Director
IHS Markit

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Keynote Panel: Generating alpha through smart execution - As the role of the buy side continues to evolve and demand for performance increases, how can you calibrate best execution for enhanced liquidity and transparency?

-          Challenges of trading in the new market order: Liquidity, transaction costs and regulations – How can the buy side better capture the post trade, margining and custody costs that impact them?
-          Alpha generation – How can you empower your trading desk to shift the primary focus from cost savings to alpha generation?
-          What steps you can take to establish the best trading protocol to meet your liquidity needs?
-          Where are the investments in new technology going and what capabilities are needed on the buy side to actually achieve best execution for clients?
-          How can you evolve your best execution processes beyond RFQ with TCA and liquidity transparency?
-          The continued drive for innovation and decisions based on meaningful data – How can you make best execution a reality in 2019/20?
Sam Ahmed, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific at Deriv Asia

Sam Ahmed

Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific
Deriv Asia

Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier, Head of Fixed Income Trading, Asia at Pictet Asset Management

Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier

Head of Fixed Income Trading, Asia
Pictet Asset Management

Ambarish Ray

Fixed Income Trader, Rates & FX Asia
T Rowe Price

Eric Busay, Founder at SRoL Consulting

Eric Busay

Founder
SRoL Consulting

Big Idea Guest Speaker

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm Out of the Box Keynote: The future is now- How to embrace deep learning and AI for enhanced alpha generation and improved workflow efficiencies

-          Enhancing your intelligence through automation – What aspects of the trader workflow lend themselves to automation and where do you need to retain the human touch?
-          How can the combination of automation and enhanced data sets provide access to more liquidity
-          Smart learning, machine learning, obtaining data, and feeding this into your investment decisions- How can this be achieved?
-          The 5 year view – How is automation going to transform the trading and investment process for fixed income?
Edgar Perez, AI, Deep Learning, Quantum Computing at Cybersecurity & Finance Speaker & Advisor

Edgar Perez

AI, Deep Learning, Quantum Computing
Cybersecurity & Finance Speaker & Advisor

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm Networking Lunch

Track A: Achieving A Seamless And Efficient Workflow

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm All Star Panel: Navigating liquidity fragmentation - How can you build a strong network of diversified liquidity to maximise returns?
-          What are currently the most commonly used trading protocols and how can you incorporate and utilise different workflows on the desk?
-          Bringing different worlds together- How can you use technology to drive efficiency and leverage individual strengths of specialized pools and protocols?
-          RIE, MTF, OTF, SI, Voice- Analysing the spectrum of trade paths, different types of venues and the interrelationship between each of these
-          Establishing the best path to trade- How do each of the available protocols differ and what is best suited to different types of trade?
-          New methods of finding liquidity- How are platforms and new entrants innovating to continue to offer new avenues of liquidity for the buy side?
Kheng Siang Ng, Head of Fixed Income, Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors

Kheng Siang Ng

Head of Fixed Income, Asia Pacific
State Street Global Advisors

Eric Busay, Founder at SRoL Consulting

Eric Busay

Founder
SRoL Consulting

Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier, Head of Fixed Income Trading, Asia at Pictet Asset Management

Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier

Head of Fixed Income Trading, Asia
Pictet Asset Management

Track A: Achieving A Seamless And Efficient Workflow

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Fire-side chat: Standardising price discovery for investors – How can you achieve more transparent price discovery and what rules can be implemented to promote a two way market?
-          Enabling price discovery through block chain – How can block chain simplify and standardise price mechanisms across the various platforms
-          Transparency on pricing - How do liquidity providers price their services and to what extent are capital charges a key driver of these charges?
-          Market pricing disruption – What regulations can be put in place to force the market makers to show credible prices?
-          If we look at the overall bond ecosystem, what needs to change to achieve better pricing and liquidity?
Eric Busay, Founder at SRoL Consulting

Eric Busay

Founder
SRoL Consulting

Rachana Mehta, Co-Head of Regional Investments Fixed Income & FX at Maybank Asset Management Singapore

Rachana Mehta

Co-Head of Regional Investments Fixed Income & FX
Maybank Asset Management Singapore

Olivier Spoor, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Oclaner Asset Management

Olivier Spoor

Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
Oclaner Asset Management

Track B: Unlocking Liquidity

2:40 pm - 3:05 pm All Star Panel: Realising your vision – Where do top alpha opportunities reside and how can you best capitalise on them for enhanced liquidity and returns?
-          Evaluating the state of liquidity in FX markets today - How can you ensure you have the right capital and access to liquidity to facilitate your mandates?
-          What are the different forms of liquidity available to the buy side and how can you measure the execution quality around these?
-          Establishing the good from the bad- What constitutes good FX liquidity in today’s market?
-          How has increased use of algos and eTrading impacted FX liquidity?
-          What resources and technology are available to give you access to new liquidity pools?
-          How can you ensure you are taking the best possible path to trade which minimizes the bid-offer spread?
Brett Elvish, Director at Financial Viewpoint

Brett Elvish

Director
Financial Viewpoint

Brandon Koh, Senior Vice President FX at Swaen Capital

Brandon Koh

Senior Vice President FX
Swaen Capital

Mitul Kotecha, Senior Emerging Markets Strategist at TD Securities

Mitul Kotecha

Senior Emerging Markets Strategist
TD Securities

Hao Zhou, Senior EM economist Asia at Commerzbank

Hao Zhou

Senior EM economist Asia
Commerzbank

Divya Devesh, Asia FX Strategist at Standard Chartered Bank

Divya Devesh

Asia FX Strategist
Standard Chartered Bank

Track B: Unlocking Liquidity

3:05 pm - 3:25 pm Fireside Chat: The Evolution of Clearing in Asia

Heiko Cassens, Head of Sales & Relationship Management, EMEA & APAC at LCH

Heiko Cassens

Head of Sales & Relationship Management, EMEA & APAC
LCH

Track B: Unlocking Liquidity

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm Presentation: What are the volume growth drivers for China’s three currency pairs and will this growth prove sustainable in light of poor U.S.-China relations?

Javier Paz, CEO and Founder at DatumArc  & Forex Datasource

Javier Paz

CEO and Founder
DatumArc & Forex Datasource

Track C: Portfolio Management | Achieving Efficiency

2:40 pm - 3:15 pm All Star Panel: Assessing the top currency trends in 2019/20 – How can you best respond and adapt your portfolio in a volatile geo-political environment?
-          What will be the impact if the US federal reserve continues to increase interest rates?
-          When will global asset markets be released from the stranglehold of high US interest rates and the strong dollar?
-          Turkish Lira freefalling and Indian rupee slipping to a record low against USD in 2018 - Will these trends spark off a currency contagion in emerging markets?
-          Indonesian Rupiah and Indian Rupee coming under pressure in 2018 - Are we going to see a repeat of this next year or will we see a greater stability?
-          It is possible that certain ASEAN member states and ASEAN as a whole might face the danger of a “stroke” in exchange rates?
-          Dollar cycle and opportunities in EM currencies - Where are we in terms of the dollar cycle and what does it mean for the emerging FX markets?
-          How can you overcome the challenge of trading restricted currencies in emerging markets?
Tariq Dennison, Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert at GFM Asset Management

Tariq Dennison

Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert
GFM Asset Management

Bernd Berg, Global Macro Strategist & Portfolio Manager at Woodman Asset Management

Bernd Berg

Global Macro Strategist & Portfolio Manager
Woodman Asset Management

Robert Samson, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income & FX at Nikko Asset Management

Robert Samson

Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income & FX
Nikko Asset Management

Callum Henderson, Senior Director, Economic Analysis at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Callum Henderson

Senior Director, Economic Analysis
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Track C: Portfolio Management | Achieving Efficiency

1:15 pm - 1:50 pm All Star Panel: Asian Local currency bond market - As Asia’s local currency bond markets enter the next decade of growth, how can you adapt and reposition your portfolios to gain maximum returns from them?
As Asia’s bond markets enter the next decade of growth, operating conditions have changed markedly. A region that once struggled out of the debacle of the late 1990s meltdown is now an oasis of economic stability and the driver of global economic growth, especially since the great financial crisis of 2008. China has emerged to become the world’s second largest economy. Its bond market is now the world’s third largest, placed behind the United States and Japan. In this session our speakers will share their insights on:
 
-          Are Asian local currency bonds attractive to global investors? And how can they gain maximum exposure in this market?
-          As the emerging markets go through periods of volatility, is it still recommended to allocate emerging markets in core portfolios?
-          With emerging markets offering less security than majority of international developed markets, what are the risk factors that investors should look out for?
-          The political dynamics in Indonesia Malaysia and India – With the presidential elections happening in 2019, what are the uncertainties these markets will face?
-          The inclusion of Chinese and Indonesian bonds into the global bond indices – How has this improved the overall sentiment towards Asian local currency bonds and has there been a positive impact on performance?
-          Hard Vs. local currency bonds – How can you choose between these to enjoy the full benefits of potential bond market returns?
Tariq Dennison, Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert at GFM Asset Management

Tariq Dennison

Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert
GFM Asset Management

Shamit  Chokshi, Head - Offshore Fund Investments at ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company

Shamit Chokshi

Head - Offshore Fund Investments
ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company

Arvind Chari, Head of Fixed Income & Alternatives at Quantum

Arvind Chari

Head of Fixed Income & Alternatives
Quantum

Vivek Sharma, Head of Global Asset Management,  SEA and Middle East at Edelweiss

Vivek Sharma

Head of Global Asset Management, SEA and Middle East
Edelweiss

Lee Dong Chan, Director Fixed Income at Blackrock

Lee Dong Chan

Director Fixed Income
Blackrock

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Afternoon Networking Break

Track A: Fixed Income Trading | Thriving in Data Driven Markets

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm Presentation: More than a compliance tool - How to ensure you are getting the most out of your TCA beyond just the transaction price
-          How is TCA being used and how are both the buy- and sell-side firms beginning to analyse fixed income execution quality?
-          Engaging with TCA providers- What can the buy side do to ensure they are getting what they want? 
-          With the lack of comprehensive tools available to aggregate data, how can TCA providers provide a credible, transparent and robust multi-asset capability?
-          Knowing your true total cost of trading - How to quickly and easily visualise your trades and review data to get the full picture of your implicit costs
-          Explicit costs - What are the regulatory efforts to reduce excessive market data costs?
Eiichiro Yanagawa, Senior Analyst at Celent

Eiichiro Yanagawa

Senior Analyst
Celent

Track A: Fixed Income Trading | Thriving in Data Driven Markets

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm All Star Panel: Achieving best execution – How can you use using new pools of data to improve your pre-trade, execution and post-trade capabilities?
In Asia, a region where fragmentation reigns — with a salad of disparate rules, fiscal priorities and benchmarks, plus differing levels of electronic-trading adoption and market maturity — the development of best execution is being driven by more than just compliance considerations. Here we look at the different ways that transaction-cost analysis (TCA), a key component of ensuring best execution, is being applied to help cut costs, retain clients, and streamline workflows across Asia.
 
-          Harvesting data - How can you best collect, store and package data in a way that it is easily accessible for your traders?
-          Pre-trade market data, post trade data and public data- How can you bring this all together to make more informed trading decisions?
-          Audit trails - What data do you need to ensure you are meeting and proving your best execution requirements to regulators?
-          Intelligent execution- How can you utilise new data sources and electronic trading data to decide your best execution path?
Gareth Nicholson, Head Fixed Income at Bank of Singapore

Gareth Nicholson

Head Fixed Income
Bank of Singapore

Ambarish Ray

Fixed Income Trader, Rates & FX Asia
T Rowe Price

Mr Gary Sum, Chairman at Swiss Capital Group

Mr Gary Sum

Chairman
Swiss Capital Group

Jesper Bruun-Olsen, Head of Asia Pacific at Algomi

Jesper Bruun-Olsen

Head of Asia Pacific
Algomi

Track A: Fixed Income Trading | Thriving in Data Driven Markets

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Fireside chat: Building the next generation trading team - What skillsets are now essential for a modern-day trader to thrive in the highly data-driven and automation-led landscape?
What are the critical success factors for hiring and training the best trading talent in emerging markets today? Which skills and traits are essential for a modern-day trader to thrive? In this session, you will  hear more on how to attract top talent and create the best team possible to advance your investment goals:
-          Trader evolution- What does increased electronic trading mean for trader skillsets and the future of their role?
-          Addressing the digital skill gap and the need to innovate- What skills should you now be looking for when hiring for thefuture?
-          Combining technological know-how, trading and risk management skills- What makes a modern-day trader?
-          How has increased use of algorithms and automation affected trading teams and how can you prepare for further eTrading growth?
-          What new roles and job titles need to be developed on the buy side to keep up with the pace of change across fixed income?
Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier, Head of Fixed Income Trading, Asia at Pictet Asset Management

Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier

Head of Fixed Income Trading, Asia
Pictet Asset Management

Eric Busay, Founder at SRoL Consulting

Eric Busay

Founder
SRoL Consulting

Gareth Nicholson, Head Fixed Income at Bank of Singapore

Gareth Nicholson

Head Fixed Income
Bank of Singapore

Track B: FX Trading | Mastering Best Execution

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm Fire-side chat: Reality vs rhetoric: Shining a light on FX execution costs in Asia – How are FX traders actively seeking to manage cost outcomes?
In this session our speakers Brett and Elbert will dive deep into a US$30 trillion data base of actual buy-side trades to understand actual execution costs in Asia vs other global markets, along with key trends and observations:
-          What are the drivers behind cost differentials, and how are they changing?
-          How are the buy-side working with platforms and other technology to reduce costs and achieve better outcomes?
-          What are the market trading costs and how are traders seeking to reduce execution costs?
-          Assessing regulatory costs in FX trading – What are the various regulatory regimes and how can you optimise the cost structure in FX trading?
Brett Elvish, Director at Financial Viewpoint

Brett Elvish

Director
Financial Viewpoint

Elbert Iswara, Executive Director, Head of FX Execution & Money Markets at Bank of Singapore

Elbert Iswara

Executive Director, Head of FX Execution & Money Markets
Bank of Singapore

Track B: FX Trading | Mastering Best Execution

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Fire-side chat: How can you get the most out of your pre and post trade TCA capabilities to inform your current and future FX execution?
In recent years, FX investors have been turning to algorithms to access multiple liquidity pools, reduce their trading costs and improve execution quality. Once a tool primarily used to execute equities trades, algos are becoming increasingly popular with FX traders from institutions and corporates alike. However, many buy-side traders are still hesitant to opt for an execution method that requires them to pay a “fee.” Our speaker here will address:
 
-          How are traders employing algos and what are the essential steps institutions need to take to start using them?
-          Why use of algo hasn’t grown even more rapidly in FX as compared to equities and what are some of the key barriers to adoption
-          How to determine which algo is right for your trading desk
-          How can AI get behind algos to decide on the market conditions based on the currency pair?
-          Next generation algos – how is algorithmic being improved by the use of AI, machine learning and advanced technology?
-          How are FX algos and ECNs keeping up with the accelerating trend to rigorous, quantitative analysis of liquidity opportunities?
Javier Paz, CEO and Founder at DatumArc  & Forex Datasource

Javier Paz

CEO and Founder
DatumArc & Forex Datasource

Track B: FX Trading | Mastering Best Execution

4:50 pm - 5:20 pm All Star Panel: Fine tuning best execution – Which next generation eTrading technology can help you achieve best execution on a regular basis?
Xavier Stucki, Senior Portfolio Manager at Rhicon Currency Management

Xavier Stucki

Senior Portfolio Manager
Rhicon Currency Management

Javier Paz, CEO and Founder at DatumArc  & Forex Datasource

Javier Paz

CEO and Founder
DatumArc & Forex Datasource

Elbert Iswara, Executive Director, Head of FX Execution & Money Markets at Bank of Singapore

Elbert Iswara

Executive Director, Head of FX Execution & Money Markets
Bank of Singapore

Curtis Pfeiffer, Chief Business Officer at Pragma LLC

Curtis Pfeiffer

Chief Business Officer
Pragma LLC

Track C: Portfolio Management | Mastering The Active & Passive Investment Landscape

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm Presentation: Active-passive opportunities in global markets and its solution for the 0% yield capital markets - TIM & SSF, the investment platform

Track C: Portfolio Management | Mastering The Active & Passive Investment Landscape

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm All Star Panel: With increased political instability and the move away from aggressive QE, how can you use both active and passive investment strategies to enhance returns?
Will 2020 bring more stability, or more uncertainty? There are plenty of hurdles ahead: tighter monetary policy, political change, end of QE and technological disruption, not to mention huge environmental and social challenges. So how should investors react? In this panel, you will hear from our panel of expert speakers on how to best do asset allocation within the fixed income space to generate returns for your investors in an increasingly complex environment:
-          Why have active managers predominantly underperformed in the past and what are the indicators that this trend is set to reverse?
-          With the rise of passive investing and the return of market volatility, how are ETFs and passive strategies changing bond market liquidity and structure of the fixed income markets?
-          Are current market conditions providing a fertile backdrop for active managers to demonstrate their true value or do passive managers still offer the best source of returns?
-          Is the period of outperformance of passive funds vs. active funds set to be reversed with more opportunities arising for active managers around rising rates?
-          With increased market volatility, do passive managers present too much risk should they react to the same event?
Pankaj Nagrath, MD & Head, UHNW Advisory, Fixed Income & FX at Bank of Singapore

Pankaj Nagrath

MD & Head, UHNW Advisory, Fixed Income & FX
Bank of Singapore

Jeff Ng, Chief Economist at Continuum Economics

Jeff Ng

Chief Economist
Continuum Economics

Diwakar Vijayvergia, Fixed Income Specialist at AllianceBernstein

Diwakar Vijayvergia

Fixed Income Specialist
AllianceBernstein

Thomas Wu, Head of Asia Fixed Income, Discretionary Portfolio Management at Pictet Wealth Management

Thomas Wu

Head of Asia Fixed Income, Discretionary Portfolio Management
Pictet Wealth Management

Vishal Nanwani, Managing Director, Private Clients & Portfolio Manager at Crossinvest (Asia)

Vishal Nanwani

Managing Director, Private Clients & Portfolio Manager
Crossinvest (Asia)

Track C: Portfolio Management | Mastering The Active & Passive Investment Landscape

4:50 pm - 5:20 pm All Star Panel: With Asia only accounting for 3% of the $5.07trn global ETF market, how can fixed income ETFs gain more momentum in Asia?
Diversity is really lacking in the Hong Kong ETF space and according to a survey conducted by Brown Brothers Harriman, although a majority of Hong Kong investors plan to increase their ETF investments in the next 12 months, they would like to see more ETF products across different asset classes. 65% of them want to see more global fixed income products and 63% of them want to see more currency-hedged products, as there are only two such ETFs listed in Hong Kong. In this session our panel of speakers from  Vanguard, Goldman Sachs and Lombard Ordier will examine:
 
-          What are the current challenges in estimating the depth of the ETF market amongst institutional investors?
-          What are the main reasons for the lack of ETF popularity among the local investors?
-          How can investors use ETF as a tool to diversify their portfolios, manage volatility and lower transaction costs?
-          The advantages and disadvantages of ETFs and the liquidity in ETFs - how to manage liquidity in the fixed income environment and what are the challenges?
-          Matching your bond world to ETFs - Where should ETFs lie in the trading ecosystem and how can you bring these two worlds together for more diversified trading and execution options?
-          Trading efficiencies in fixed income ETFs - How can you enhance trading efficiencies in fixed income ETFs? And what have been the recent innovations in the Asian ETF market?
-          Evolution of fixed income ETFs - what does the future hold for fixed income ETFs and how is the market forecasted to evolve over the next 3 years?
Victoria Tam, Senior Trader Fixed Income at Allianz Global Investor

Victoria Tam

Senior Trader Fixed Income
Allianz Global Investor

Tariq Dennison, Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert at GFM Asset Management

Tariq Dennison

Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert
GFM Asset Management

Warut Promboon, Head of Credit Research at Bondcritic

Warut Promboon

Head of Credit Research
Bondcritic

Ecaterina Bigos, Vice President at BlackRock iShares

Ecaterina Bigos

Vice President
BlackRock iShares

5:25 pm - 5:45 pm Keynote panel: The Rise of Private Debt as an Institutional Asset Class – How can you grow your private debt business in 2019 and beyond?

Institutional investors in 2018 are increasing their exposure to private debt strategies at a higher rate than ever before, with many looking to both diversify their private debt portfolios and find less competed opportunities. Beyond the mature and competitive private debt markets in North America and Europe, credit markets in Asia offer a relatively untapped reserve of opportunity, and with the recent increase in investor interest in this area, private debt fund managers have seen increased fundraising success in recent years. This session will cover:
 
-          How can you source the deals in the region given it’s a very nascent market? And how can you  expand your network with non-sponsored borrowers
-          How can you find opportunities on bank balance sheets?  And how can you best partner with banks to develop robust deal pipelines?
-          How can you build investor loyalty through transparency?
-          How do you screen the deals and how do you do the due diligence? And how do you price the market?
-          What are investors looking out for in private credit and do they have enough exposure in this space?
Richard Williamson, Managing Director at CreditEase Wealth Management

Richard Williamson

Managing Director
CreditEase Wealth Management

Reuben Lee, MD & Co-Head of Private Investments & Head of Asia at Adamas Asset Management

Reuben Lee

MD & Co-Head of Private Investments & Head of Asia
Adamas Asset Management

-          Assessing the uptake of cryptocurrencies in FX - Should buy-side FX traders incorporate them into their workflow and investment portfolio?
-          What does the regulatory landscape look like and where is it heading?
-          What are cryptocurrencies and how do they work? Should you take them seriously and are they secure?
-          Which market participants are testing the potential of cryptocurrencies?
-          Will there continue to be flash crashes?
-          What role do cryptocurrencies play in emerging markets?
-          How can we expect cryptocurrencies to develop in the near future?
Pankaj Nagrath, MD & Head, UHNW Advisory, Fixed Income & FX at Bank of Singapore

Pankaj Nagrath

MD & Head, UHNW Advisory, Fixed Income & FX
Bank of Singapore

Henrik Andersson, CIO at Apollo Capital

Henrik Andersson

CIO
Apollo Capital

Ville Oehman, Co-founder and CEO at Davos Custody

Ville Oehman

Co-founder and CEO
Davos Custody

Tariq Dennison, Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert at GFM Asset Management

Tariq Dennison

Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert
GFM Asset Management

6:25 pm - 6:30 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Fixed Income and FX Leaders Summit Networking Drinks Reception