The forces of disruption will impact your career, the broader investment profession, and even your life. Which global shifts, technological innovations, and market developments should you understand to capitalize on the opportunities of the future? Recognizing change and adapting to disruption will allow you to thrive in the unfolding investment environment.
The 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference, hosted by CFA Society of the UK, will highlight Disruption: The New Reality in Investment Management, focusing on disruption and its effects on the global investment profession. Sessions will consider sustainability, fintech, and other topics of interest, providing facts, exploring research, developing strategies, and sharing opinions on managing the disruptive forces at play in global finance.
As always, the conference will highlight the views of prominent investors, economic and geopolitical experts, bestselling investment authors, academic leaders, and those working on the forefront of technology and business. Join us in London to hear about disruption in a wide variety of informative sessions.
Sustainable Capitalism in an Era of Disruption
Sustainability may be the most pressing issue facing investment professionals in the 21st century, and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are changing the way we approach investing — it will become an even stronger focus as the world moves towards investing with purpose.
- Major asset owners will share their views on integrating ESG considerations into their investment processes in Disruption: The Asset Owner’s View. The panel will feature Mark Walker, Chief Investment Officer of Coal Pension Trustees Services; Alison Tarditi, Chief Investment Officer of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation; Angelien Kemna, non-executive director and member of the audit committee at AXA Group; and Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency of England and Wales.
- Mariana Mazzucato of University College London will discuss how to create an economy that is more inclusive, sustainable, and driven by mission-oriented innovation in Rethinking Capitalism: Challenging the Economy and Economic Theory.
- Graeme Griffiths, chief operating officer of the Principles for Responsible Investment, will explain the myths and realities of ESG and responsible investing, helping investors understand how to assess market alternatives for sustainable investing in his presentation on Principles of Responsible Investing: Putting Sustainability at the Heart of the Capital Markets.
- Amanda Young of Aberdeen Standard Investments will explore ESG Investment: From Process to Product, examining values-based investment options, strategies for integrating ethical considerations, and ways to integrate sustainability, climate, and social impact issues into the investment process.
- Morgan Stanley’s Jessica Alsford, CFA, will demonstrate how to measure the impact of ESG factors on company valuations and the role of ESG factors in investment analysis during her session on How ESG Factors Impact Corporate Valuations: Trends and Analysis.
Capital Markets Tech
Information is being gathered in new ways in the 21st century, and technology is changing many financial business models. Investment professionals must understand these advances to compete in the global marketplace.
- Viktor Mayer-Schoneberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at The Oxford Internet Institute, will discuss how technological advancements will change capitalism itself in his session, Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data.
- Sebastian Dovey, entrepreneur, investor, and exited co-founder of Scorpio Partnership will explain how emerging technologies are disrupting the business of private wealth management in his session, Stand Up and Be Counted: Wealth Management’s Necessary Responses to Technology Disruption and Changing Client Preferences.
- Digital assets are now considered to be an investable asset class, and John Dwyer of Celent will explain the infrastructure being put in place and prospects for the future in The Development of Digital Assets and Their Implications for Portfolio Construction.
- A panel discussion with Carol Cheung, CFA, of Cambridge Innovation Capital; Richard Clode, CFA, of Janus Henderson Investors; and Reshma Sohoni of Seedcamp will discuss how to approach investments in financial technology: Investing in Fintech — Analysis and Approaches.
Artificial Intelligence and Investing
- Artificial intelligence is propelling us into a brave new world, and a panel discussion — featuring Ophir Gottlieb of Capital Markets Laboratories, Ruman Chowdhury from Accenture Applied Intelligence, and Nick Bostrom from University of Oxford with Rory Cellan-Jones of BBC News moderating — will map the intersection of AI and the Future: Developments, Ethics and Financial Transformation.
- Two technical workshops, led by Malcolm White, CFA, of Signature Global Asset Management – CI Investments and Sri Krishnamurthy, CFA, of Quant University, will offer hands-on, practical information for investment professionals interested in augmenting their capabilities through AI applications.
- Mark Carey of GARP Risk Institute will discuss Applying AI to Risk Management and Risk Modeling.
- Thorsten Heymann of Allianz Global Investors will examine digital disruption and its related value generation. His session, Embracing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence, will focus on the power of AI integration in analyzing data and constructing investment portfolios.
- A session with Paul Smith, CFA, President and CEO of CFA Institute; Rebecca Fender, CFA, of CFA Institute; Roger Irwin, of Willis Towers Watson; and Helen Brand of ACCA will discuss The Investment Professional of the Future: New Research from CFA Institute that outlines how changing roles, skills and cultures will impact the role of the investment professional going forward.
- Ron Kahn of BlackRock will discuss The Future of Investment Management, highlighting seven key trends that are affecting the future of investment management and three distinct types of products, each with their own challenges and requirements for success.
- Peter Zeihan, founder of Zeihan on Politics, will examine global shifts and The New World (Dis)Order, as well as the interplay of demography and finance. He expects foreign policy decisions, currently evolving in a host of countries, to remake the future of every country in the world.
- An extended session, focused on cultural, geopolitical, and economic developments, will discuss Brexit in Flux: Implications, Possibilities, Resolutions. A high-level panel of experts, including Sir Ivan Rogers, former senior British civil servant and former Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union, will consider the financial, banking, and trading possibilities going forward.
The Global Market Outlook in a World Full of Disruption
- Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz, will share his perspective on The Global Markets: Disruptions, Opportunities, and Risks.
- Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Chairman of Société Générale, will share his thoughts on European monetary policy, the impact of Brexit on the U.K., and how policymakers can address things like EU debt burdens in his presentation on Uncertainty in Europe: What’s Next for Policy, the Euro, and Prospects for Growth?
- Anne Richards, CEO of Fidelity International, will highlight investment opportunities in fund management and discuss The Investing Outlook in a Changing World: Redefining Trends and Opportunities.
- Columbia University Professor Adam Tooze will discuss Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crisis Changed the World, examining the results and remnants of the financial crisis.
Current and Future Investment Strategies
- Mark Yusko, CEO of Morgan Creek Capital Management, will explain how demographics, debt, and deflation provide tailwinds for investors in emerging markets in The Great Separation: Why the Future is Bright for Emerging Markets Investors.
- Amy Bensted of Prequin will share information about the future of alternative asset investments, examining what will drive growth over the next five years in Alternative Assets in 2023: What Does the Future Hold?
- Deborah Fuhr of ETFGI LLP will analyze exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded products (ETPs) used by institutional investors in her presentation on Global ETFs: Products and Trends.
- Geraldine Sundstrom of PIMCO will discuss building global portfolios in a time of disruption, laying out her approach in Late Cycle vs. End Cycle: Building Multi-Asset Portfolios.
Achieving Your Highest Potential
A series of sessions will cover strategies for enhancing careers, developing personal presence, and techniques for cultivating resilience, helping attendees work and live to their highest potential.
- Laurie Santos of Yale will present What the Science of Psychology Says About How to Lead a More Flourishing Life.
- Connson Locke, of the London School of Economics, will lead an extended session on Leadership Insights: Developing Your Presence Power and Influence.
- Peter Ronayne of The Center for Creative Leadership will teach resilience habits and tactics to manage stress and pressure in Bring Your Best Brain and Bada$$ Self to All That You Do.
Organized Thinking and Seizing Opportunities
The organization, timing, and execution of decisions and actions is becoming even more important as the forces of change impact finance and business. Investors must understand and apply “digital cues” as tech changes the face of investing, and mental organization will be as important as digital organization.
- Best-selling author and expert on behavioral science, Daniel Pink, will discuss the timing of effective decision-making in his session When: The Scientific Secrets to Perfect Timing, helping delegates understand the hidden patterns of everyday life.
- Jane Henshaw of Vanguard will explain the concept of Digital Financial Attention, explaining how neuroscience can help us understand the brain’s mechanisms of attention and sharing her findings from the emerging science of digital financial interaction.
- Cognitive neuroscientist, musician, writer, and record producer Daniel Levitin will discuss approaches to Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.
In addition to these major themes, this year’s Annual Conference will also feature a full schedule of unbiased, practitioner-relevant sessions. Topics include behavioral finance principles, stock bubbles and valuation, the U.K.’s role in an international portfolio, private wealth management strategies, and principles of manager due diligence and selection.
Please join us for the 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference, hosted by CFA Society of the UK, and gain valuable insight and knowledge about the investment industry — prepare yourself for disruption.
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