Join CFA Sociey VBA Netherlands and experts from CME Group for an in-depth workshop on:
Asset Allocation at the tail end of an Equity Cycle
Preparing for the Next Crisis
Although many people in the financial markets will agree that we are getting close to overheating of the economy, there is little we can do to position ourselves for an economic downturn. All asset classes seem overvalued and navigating these times of high volatility and low rates can be challenging.
Risk and return are the basis of portfolio construction as is the macroeconomic outlook. How do investment managers view the role of equity derivatives in a portfolio?
Erik Norland, Senior Economist at CME Group, will share his views on the economic cycle and the impact on portfolio construction. Erik has some interesting insights on how to position a portfolio and efficiently and effectively add and reduce market exposure to cope better with the current phase on the economic cycle.
will then introduce several case studies, presenting a variety of strategies
and practical applications, and show us how investors can cost efficiently
replicate these in their current strategies. For instance, in these times of
very low interest rates and expected returns, every basis point of return
counts. By more effectively managing and maximizing the alpha potential of your
portfolio and cost efficiently allocating to beta exposure using futures you
can add a low risk income stream to your portfolio. Or, not knowing whether the
equity markets will rise or fall in this phase of the economic cycle, add
equity neutral positions by trading the index spreads. These and more case
studies will certainly inspire you and give you interesting ideas for your
Questions answered during this workshop include:
• Is the equity bull market about to end? What are the warning signs?
• Which asset classes do best in rising volatility environments?
• Are high yield bonds the worst possible investment as we move towards the 2020s?
• What are the economic drivers of equity market sectors?
• How to efficiently deploy E-mini S&P Select Sector Futures for capital efficient rotation strategies?
• Are you preparing for a potential recession? Which uncorrelated products & asset classes can be used by institutional investors?
12:00 Registration and sandwich lunch
12:30 Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy and Pension Investments, by Erik Norland
13:15 Case studies and practical applications, by David Gibbs
14:00 End of Program
Can't make the session in Rotterdam? Join us in the later afternoon of 21 May in AMSTERDAM for the same program, from 16:45 to 18:30.
Erik Norland, CFA is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact upon those who trade in its various markets. He is also one of CME Group’s spokespeople on global economic, financial and geopolitical conditions. Prior to joining CME Group, Norland gained more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry working for investment banks and hedge funds both in the United States and in France working for hedge funds and investment banks. Norland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.A.in statistics from Columbia University. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
David Gibbs, Director of Market Development and Education at CME Group, is a futures market professional with more than thirty-five years of industry experience. Beginning in the open-outcry pits of the Chicago futures exchanges, he has held leadership positions with global futures commission merchants and actively traded financial futures, options and cash-market products for both buy-side and sell-side firms. He is an expert in the pricing mechanism for derivatives, including financial futures and their underlying products. Leveraging that expertise, David also is a noted teacher of the application of futures and options and how they are used successfully by professional traders and managers of risk in today’s increasingly unpredictable economic and geopolitical environment. As a leader in developing product content at CME Group, David engages end-users of derivative products from asset management, hedge fund, prop trading, and banking communities around the world.
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