May 16, 2018 | Sydney

Bloomberg Invest Australia

Backed by Bloomberg’s unmatched resources in financial data and analysis, Bloomberg Invest will reveal the investment strategies that will help institutions find new growth in the current low-yield environment, navigate the risks and understand the opportunities and challenges they face.

Big money. Big ideas.

An economy set to record its 27th consecutive year of expansion. Superannuation assets worth over $2 trillion. A strong and stable banking sector. Australian institutional investment looks in rude health. Yet storm clouds are gathering as a Royal Commission investigates alleged industry-wide misconduct.

Join some of the most influential figures in institutional investing for new insight into Australia’s dynamic market for 2018 and beyond.

May 16 - Wednesday

8:00 am

Registration Opens & Morning Refreshments

8:30 am

Welcome Remarks

8:35 am

Increasing Returns During Stormy Global Markets

Investors face significant risks in the next 12 months, from the threat of a global trade war, an ever-more assertive China and ongoing uncertainty about the prospects of peace on the Korean peninsula, to rising interest rates, faster inflation, lofty valuations and tight liquidity. The opening panel will examine how investors can generate returns in this precarious environment.


9:00 am

The New Normal: Where is the Yield?

With global investors looking for better returns in a low-yield world often finding themselves chasing the same deals, we identify the investment strategies, asset classes and new technologies that can help boost performance.


9:25 am

Powering Ahead in Australia

The world’s priciest power hasn’t deterred Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance from a rapid expansion in Australia. We’ll ask the industrialist how renewable energy can transform sectors such as steelmaking and what opportunities he sees in Australia beyond heavy industry.


9:45 am

Invest Spotlight: AustralianSuper

The chief investment officer of Australia’s largest superannuation fund discusses his investment strategy, favored asset classes and how it is playing an increasingly active role in M&A and capital raisings. With corporate Australia under increasing scrutiny, how does AustralianSuper manage its investment risk?

  • Mark Delaney

    Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investments Officer, AustralianSuper


  • Haidi Stroud-Watts

    Anchor, ‘Daybreak Australia’ and ‘Daybreak Asia’, Bloomberg Television

10:05 am

Invest Spotlight: IFM Investors

Brett Himbury invests in infrastructure such as ports, toll roads and airports in more than a dozen countries, and has championed the role Australian pension funds can play in U.S. President Donald Trump’s US$1.5 trillion public works program. He’ll give insight into how pension funds can work with government to benefit communities around the world, while improving returns for their investors.


10:25 am

Bloomberg Intelligence Insight

  • Diksha Gera

    Senior Analyst, Asia Financials, Bloomberg Intelligence

10:35 am

Networking Break

11:05 am

Super Growth, Super Competitive, Super Activist

We quiz superannuation senior managers on their investment outlook, the move to take more asset management in-house, how they are reacting to the increase in self-managed superannuation funds, and whether the nation’s largest pension funds should play a stronger role in pushing for corporate change in the absence of major activist investors in Australia.


11:35 am

$45 Trillion Reasons to Invest in Infrastructure

With Macquarie Group estimating US$45 trillion of infrastructure investment is required globally by 2030, our panel of experts discuss where the best opportunities are and how long-term infrastructure investing fits within their asset-allocation strategies.

  • Cyril Carnabes

    Vice President, Head of Infrastructure Transactions APAC, CPDQ

  • Frank Kwok

    Co-Head of Asia Pacific, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), Macquarie Group

  • Ross Israel

    Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC


12:00 pm

Goodnight Coal; Hello Alternative Energy

As a political battle rages over the role of coal-fired plants in Australia’s future power needs, energy companies are forging their own path, investing in renewables at a record rate. Catherine Tanna explains what the switch from coal to clean energy means for investors.


12:20 pm

Invest Spotlight: Star Entertainment

The Star and Hong Kong-based partners are investing A$5 billion-plus on its resorts in Sydney and Queensland. We ask CEO Matt Bekier about the development pipeline and how it will help position The Star when competition from gaming rival Crown Resorts arrives in Sydney.

  • Matt Bekier

    Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Star Entertainment


12:40 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

Kick-off: Buy-Side Forum

1:35 pm

The Bloomberg Perspective: New Buy-Side Journeys

Today’s buy-side leaders know they need a clear, compelling vision to stay competitive. A well-defined Target Operating Model (TOM) is increasingly essential for sustaining competitive operations and differentiating a firm’s ability to thrive. Join us as we share four journeys buy-side firms can take to meet their operational goals.

2:00 pm

Spotlight on Regulation – Life After MiFID II

Regulation is 2018’s word of the year for buy-side firms, with a raft of new compliance hoops to jump through. With a focus on the implications of MiFID II for investment in Asia, how data can help with regulation and meeting its requirements as well as executive accountability.

2:30 pm

Bloomberg Economics Global Outlook: The Problem with Growth

A new Fed chair facing tax-cut amped growth, China deleveraging without self-detonating, the Euro-boom and the Brexit bust, Bank of Japan’s curve control contortions, and India’s struggle to return to growth add up to a volatile mixture for global markets heading into the second quarter of 2018. Join Bloomberg Economics global economics team for a look at what to expect.

3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm

Research Optimization

MiFID II has caused buy-side players to rethink their research spending and internal processes. Join us to understand how you can leverage Bloomberg’s tools to optimize the creation of internal research, improve collaboration and increase overall transparency within your firm.

4:00 pm

Quantamental Investing

One of the most important developments in asset management has been the data-driven quantamental approach. Learn about the latest trends in equity factor analysis, backtesting, optimization and asset allocation research and discover BQuant, our python platform for quantamental investing.

  • Ben Clarke

    Head of Desktop Build Group (HK, China and Australia), Bloomberg

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Taran Khera

    Asia Pacific Head of Core Product Sales, Bloomberg

4:40 pm

Networking Reception


Matt Bekier

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Star Entertainment

Cyril Carnabes

Vice President, Head of Infrastructure Transactions APAC CPDQ

Brendan Casey

General Manager, Investments REST Industry Super

Mark Delaney

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investments Officer AustralianSuper

Rachel Farrell

Chief Executive Officer J.P. Morgan Asset Management Australia

Damian Graham

Chief Investment Officer First State Super

Sanjeev Gupta

Executive Chairman Liberty House Group

Brett Himbury

Chief Executive IFM Investors

Ross Israel

Head of Global Infrastructure QIC

Jeffrey Johnson

Principal, Head of Fixed Income Group, Asia-Pacific Vanguard

Frank Kwok

Co-Head of Asia Pacific, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) Macquarie Group

Anthony Lawler

Co-Head GAM Systematic

Robert Mead

Managing Director & Co-Head of Asia Pacific Portfolio Management PIMCO

John Pearce

Chief Investment Officer UniSuper

Catherine Tanna

Managing Director EnergyAustralia

Participation is by invitation only.


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