The Future of ETFs will gather leading issuers, industry experts, and a range of voices across finance to examine the latest disruptive threats and opportunities facing the European ETF sector. We’ll dive into the most pressing issues including how factors like concentration, liquidity, and innovation could further develop the path of the current ETF space. We’ll examine what’s really under the hood of indexes and what the significant differences are between providers and their methodologies. And, looking towards the future, for a financial industry under pressure to evolve and innovate, we’ll find out the extent to which investment teams and executives are harnessing cognitive diversity to provide them with an edge.
June 4 - Tuesday
Registration & Networking Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
The Shape of the ETF Industry
As growth and adoption of ETFs only increases, a handful of large providers dominate one end of the spectrum with niche providers at the other—and many are beginning to debate the future implications of this landscape. Is this a good or bad thing for the industry and what will it mean for investors, both professional and retail? In terms of competition, where is the industry heading both regionally and globally? Also how could factors like regulation, liquidity, and innovation further develop or change the path of the current market? With views from across the ETF eco-system we’ll look to draw conclusions for what’s to come.
Head of Institutional Sales & Trading, Europe, Jane Street
Bloomberg Presentation: Unearthing Europe’s ETF Landscape
Through fresh, in-depth data and analysis on ETFs in Europe we’ll bring investors up to speed as to where the trends, flows, and numbers stand in a 2019 mid-year outlook. Bloomberg Intelligence will bring you the story and the insights through the terminal charts.
EMEA ETF Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
The Future of Benchmarking
Benchmarks have served a crucial role in investing for decades but looking to the future, it’s worth discussing how these performance tools are evolving. While it represents a “passive” investment approach, what’s really under the hood of your index and what are the significant differences between providers and their methodologies? The biggest and most heavily invested indices are still owned by a handful of providers so is there any investor concern about concentration risk? And with indexing expanding to other asset classes, themes, and trends like self-indexing, where might it go next?
Staying Ahead by Thinking Differently
The finance sector is under continuous pressure to innovate, grow, and move swiftly. Staying ahead of the competition, offering attractive new investments, and delivering alpha requires an edge that ETFs can deliver, but only with the right ingredients. What are executives doing, therefore, to inspire ETF innovation? What are the team dynamics that make a real difference to promoting cognitive diversity and inspiring creative, bold decision-making? And ultimately, how can firms creatively stand out today by using AI-related technologies and robo-advisers whilst avoiding potential biases and recognising the value of human oversight?
Closing Remarks & Networking
Webinar: The Future of Bond Indexing
The compelling case for equities indexing often overshadows the role indexing can play in bond portfolios. Join Bloomberg and Vanguard for an informative webinar on the way indexing is changing fixed income markets – and challenging market participants. Plus, request an invitation to our Future of ETFs event series this June.
Webinar | April 10, 2019 | 13:00 – 14:00 BST
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