Day 1 - Wednesday 18th September 2019
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
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?
Day 2 - Thursday, September 19th 2019
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Fixed income markets have undergone significant structural change since the 2008 financial crisis. These seismic shifts are forcing investors to adapt to a new market paradigm that will challenge not only how they trade fixed income, but what types of products they use to build bond portfolios and manage risk.
In this Session, our speakers will examine the evolution of the bond market through three interconnected lenses: the liquidity environment, market structure and product preferences. All three are changing in the post-crisis era with implications for the shape of the future bond market and investors.
- How can you invest in the current market conditions and what are the risks and trading opportunities in times of structural transformations?
- Is the current market volatility conducive for investors to take a lot of risks?
- What do all these mean for the broad dollar trend and will dollar appreciation continue?
- With rate hikes affecting bond portfolios negatively, how can you better safe guard your portfolios and returns?
- Has quantitative easing ruined the investor landscape and will there be a further tightening of monetary policy by central banks?