Sunday, 13 May 2018


The Research Foundation Workshop for the Practitioner

The Research Foundation Workshop for the Practitioner draws from the work supported by the CFA Institute Research Foundation to help participants enhance their practical investment knowledge, understand and apply new research, and contribute to effective client service. This is an optional, free workshop for delegates of the 71st CFA Institute Annual Conference.

Joachim Klement, CFA, Workshop Moderator
Head, Investment Research
Fidante Partners

Alternative Investments: A Primer for Investment Professionals
Keith Black, CFA
Managing Director, Curriculum and Exams
CAIA Association

Donald R. Chambers
Associate Director of Programs
CAIA Association

The newest monograph by the CFA Institute Research Foundation explains the world of alternative investments.

  • Strategies discussed include hedge funds, private equity, real assets, commodities, and structured products.
  • Also included are discussions on tail risk, risk management, benchmarking, and due diligence.
  • The case for including alternative investments in a stock and bond portfolio is also presented.

Active Indexing: How ETF Investing Has Impacted Investment Management 
Joanne M. Hill
Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy, CBOE Vest
Research Committee Chair, CFA Institute Research Foundation Board of Trustees

This session will cover highlights from the CFA Institute Research Foundation monograph A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs):

  • Explore how ETFs work and how to evaluate them individually—including their unique investment and trading features, regulatory structure, and use in tactical and strategic portfolio management for a broad range of asset classes.
  • Gain a better understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and myths about ETFs.
  • Discuss how ETFs are challenging the distinction between active and passive management and how the investment management business is adapting to growing interest in strategies packaged in ETFs.


Beyond the Numbers

Beyond the Numbers Sessions provide training in soft-skill areas of growth and personal development for investment professionals, including leadership, firm building, career skills, and CFA Institute perspectives.


The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return

Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

  • How can we demystify finance to allow outsiders to appreciate the logic and heart of finance so that they stop demonizing it?
  • How can we rehabilitate finance so that the industry self-regulates and corrects the misbehavior of the past?
  • A look at how to use the humanities to humanize finance and to set the path toward the demystification and rehabilitation of finance



The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer
Bestselling Author and Travel Writer

Lauren Foster, Moderator
Director, Content
CFA Institute

  • As the world accelerates to a post-human pace, how can we preserve our humanity, our sanity, and our contact with everything essential?
  • Find suggestions for ways of reclaiming life’s hidden luxuries: spaciousness, intimacy, and attention.
  • Learn about reclaiming calmness and balance through stories, statistics, and specific daily practices.
  • We all need to make a living, but how can we make a real and meaningful life?


Beyond the Numbers

Beyond the Numbers Sessions provide training in soft-skill areas of growth and personal development for investment professionals, including leadership, firm building, career skills, and CFA Institute perspectives.


Creating a Culture of Compliance and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls

Mary C. Gentile
Creator/Director, Giving Voice to Values
Professor of Practice, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Donald C. Langevoort
Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor
Georgetown Law

Lim Siong Guan
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Tony Tan, CFA, Moderator
Co-Head, Ethics, Standards, and Professional Conduct
CFA Institute

  • Does behaving ethically make good business sense? What is the role of honor in making decisions?
  • Avoiding ethical slippery slopes: How do you keep an ethical mindset?
  • What do you do when asked to do something that you believe to be unethical? Seek guidance from compliance—plus other options that you may not have considered.
  • Insider trading, market manipulation, and conflicts of interest: The worst-case scenarios—is a culture of compliance the answer?


Robot Ethics and the Future of Human–Robot Interaction

Kate Darling
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elaine Cheng, Moderator
Managing Director, IT and Chief Information Officer
CFA Institute

  • The robots are coming and they’re getting smarter, evolving from single-task devices into machines that can make their own decisions and autonomously navigate public spaces.
  • Progress in robotics and related fields, such as artificial intelligence, raises new ethical quandaries and challenges legal codes created for a world in which a sharp line separates man from machine.
  • What will society’s relationship with robots look like in the future? Explore how this technology is poised to change the way we relate to each other—and why it matters.


The Research Foundation Networking Reception and Book Signing with Keith Black, CFA, Donald R. Chambers, and Joanne M. Hill

Join the CFA Institute Research Foundation for a networking reception and book signing with speakers from the Research Foundation Workshop.


Welcoming Remarks


Annual Conference Sunday Keynote: China and India 2025: Changing Dynamics

Managing Partner
China India Institute

  • The global economic tilt to emerging Asia
  • What lies ahead for China
  • The Belt and Road Initiative: Hype, opportunities, and challenges
  • What lies ahead for India


Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Bloomberg, BOCOM International, and FactSet

Kick off the conference and connect with your fellow delegates at the Welcome to Hong Kong Reception, held in Exhibition Hall 3F (Level 3) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Enjoy local delicacies and networking with delegates before heading out to explore all the dinner options the city has to offer!

This reception is included in the delegate fee. Dress is business casual.


Meet and Greet: Haiyan Wang

Managing Partner
China India Institute