10-11 October 2018 | London

Bloomberg Invest London

Utilizing Bloomberg’s unparalleled global data, analysis and news resources, Bloomberg Invest London engages thought-provoking people in finance, economics, and markets to tackle the most complicated issues head-on, helping institutional investors make profitable decisions in 2018 and beyond.

October 9 - Tuesday

8:15 am

Registration and Networking

9:00 am

Opening Remarks

9:20 am

The Outlook for Global Markets in 2019 and Beyond

Market stability persisted in 2018, despite shifting geopolitical alliances, upended trade deals and disruption in the post-war world order. What factors will have the biggest impact on the rest of this year, 2019 and beyond?



  • Tina Fordham

    Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi

  • Richard Turnill

    Managing Director, Global Chief Investment Strategist, BlackRock

  • Karen Ward

    Managing Director, Chief Market Strategist, EMEA, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

9:50 am

Brexit and the City: Implications for the Financial Sector

Our panel discusses the changing state of Brexit negotiations and considers how various scenarios could impact business and the City.



  • Michele Gesualdi

    Chief Investment Officer, Kairos Investment Management

  • Gina Miller

    Co-Founder, SCM Direct; Transparency Campaigner

  • Barnabas Reynolds

    Partner, Head of the Global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group, Shearman & Sterling

10:20 am

Globalisation, Reform & Growth: The New Face of Middle East Capital Markets

The Saudi Stock Exchange Tadawul had a 74 percent jump in revenue year-over-year, as reforms designed to increase liquidity and relaxed rules attracted foreign investors. Chair Sarah Al Suhaimi outlines her plan to sustain that momentum and grow interest in Middle East capital markets.



10:45 am

Networking Break

11:05 am

MiFID II: Life After Implementation

Nearly a year on from the rollout of MiFID II, the effect of these regulatory changes is still being assessed. Our panel examines the impact from both a buy-side and sell-side perspective.



  • Stephen Hanks

    Markets Policy Manager, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

  • Alan Miller

    Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer, SCM Direct

  • Jamal Tarazi

    Director of European Business Development, Hudson River Trading (HRT)

11:35 am

Teamwork at the Top: Ares' Outlook for Direct Lending in Europe

Ares Management Executive Chairman Tony Ressler and CEO and President Michael Arougheti sit down with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker for a rare joint interview on the growth of their direct lending business in Europe.



12:00 pm

The Next Frontier in Private Markets: Credit

Our panel explains where private credit fits into the fixed income landscape, and why there has been so much growth, in terms of both supply and demand, for this asset class.



  • Nicole Downer

    Managing Partner and Head of Investor Relations, MV Credit

  • Dwight Scott

    Senior Managing Director, President, Blackstone, GSO Capital Partners

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

Presentation: Getting Your Core in Shape

Regulation, technology and evolving client needs are prompting a re-think of asset allocation. This session reveals a recently published framework on evolving portfolio construction practices and how indexing strategies are poised to have a greater role at the core of portfolios.


2:15 pm

Millennial Wealth: Investing in a New Generation

As the oldest millennials approach their fortieth birthday, financial institutions must adapt their businesses to appeal to a new generation of investors. This conversation focuses on the products and services the millennial investor values and how financial institutions are incorporating new strategies, utilising technology and partnering with startups to better serve this cohort.


  • Jason Kelly

    New York Bureau Chief; Co-Anchor, Bloomberg Businessweek TV and Radio, Bloomberg


2:40 pm

The Future of Trading: Building Public Confidence in Faster, Digitally Dominated Markets

Technology is rapidly changing the financial landscape, as information moves faster and more efficiently than ever before, and analytics enable investors to synthesise previously unfathomable amounts of data with a single keystroke. As equity and bond trading moves onto electronic platforms, prices have becoming more transparent and bid-ask spreads reduced. What will the next wave of innovation hold, and what can be done to build confidence in technologies that are already remaking the markets?


  • Jason Kelly

    New York Bureau Chief; Co-Anchor, Bloomberg Businessweek TV and Radio, Bloomberg


  • Robert Barnes

    Global Head of Primary Markets; CEO, London Stock Exchange Group; Turquoise

  • Matthew Berger

    Global Head of Fixed Income and Commodities, Jane Street

  • Cathy Gibson

    Head of Dealing, Royal London Asset Management

3:10 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 pm

Populism, Protectionism and Economic Nationalism's Impact on the Markets

Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon sits down with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait to discuss the growing support for populist and nationalist parties in Europe, and the effect of this constituency on the continent’s financial markets, economies and the future of globalisation.



3:55 pm

Making the Public Case for Globalism and Open Markets

How can defenders of the rules-based order redefine the globalization debate? On the heels of a tour of the American Deep South for his BBC2 documentary ‘Travels in Trumpland,’ Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls sits down with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait for a conversation on why the case for globalisation is so difficult to make with voters.



4:20 pm

Closing Remarks


4:30 pm

Closing Reception

October 11 - Thursday

8:15 am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am

Opening Remarks


9:05 am

ETF Investing During the Return of Volatility

With central banks tightening liquidity, trade tensions cropping up, and a weakening synchronized global growth story, the period of just buying simple market-cap ETFs may be coming to an end. How can investor use passive vehicles to navigate the changing tide? Should they avoid volatility ETFs or use them as a hedge? Should they try to time the market through ETFs based on the economic cycle? Are currency-hedging ETFs dead? Or will rising turbulence usher in a flight back to active management?



  • William Hobbs

    Chief Investment Officer, Barclays Investment Solutions, Barclays UK

  • Bryon Lake

    Managing Director, Head of International ETFs, JP Morgan

  • Wei Li

    Head of EMEA iShares Investment Strategy, BlackRock

9:35 am

Are ETFs the Silver Bullet for Investors?

ETFs have been increasingly used as buy-and-hold funds by institutional investors. Should they be used as tools for tactical asset allocations as well as trading instruments? Should investors use ETFs rather than futures contracts to avoid rolling costs, or ETFs to avoid liquidity issues in markets like fixed income? This panel debates the pros and cons of the ETF phenomenon as a smart investment for the long term.



  • Dan Draper

    Managing Director and Global Head of ETFs, Invesco

  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Managing Director & CIO, International Wealth Management , Credit Suisse

  • Rory Tobin

    Executive Vice President, Global Head of SPDR ETFs, State Street Global Advisors

10:10 am

Institutional ETF Trading: Liquidity Improving, Trade Sizes Growing

This session will introduce the results of Risk.net’s second annual ETF trading survey, which captures feedback from nearly 300 buyside traders from institutions globally. How are institutional traders changing their perception of ETF liquidity and how are they executing ETF trades? This year’s report also puts a spotlight on MiFID II and its impact on trading and liquidity.


10:20 am

Networking Break

10:40 am

Why is European ETF trading so far behind the US?

MiFID II brought transparency on trading, a move that many hoped would fuel ETF growth in Europe. Most ETF trading on this side of the Atlantic takes place between institutions on off-exchange venues. Europe has the infrastructure for ETF trading to take off, but relatively muted interest from institutional and retail investors alike. What could make this change? And who is afraid of systematic internalisers?



11:15 am

Smart Beta and Factor Based ETFs

Smart-beta has made life difficult for stock pickers but it has yet to compete with bond managers, whose active funds have avoided outflows. Will factors become as big a thing in the fixed income side as equity? Would investors use factor based ETFs as alternatives to traditional active investment strategies?



11:45 am

Global Data Spotlight: The Road to Transparency


11:50 am

Investor Outlook on Theme ETFs: Next Big Thing or Fad?

ETFs are well known for efficient diversification – blockchain, marijuana and robots are all a part of the ETF universe now. Do theme ETFs actually make sense as part of a portfolio and what sector and country ETFs might have higher concentration risk? How do you evaluate a theme ETF for its value, and how durable are these themes likely to be over the long term?



12:15 pm

In Conversation with AXA IM Global Head of Fixed Income Hans Stoter



  • Hans Stoter

    Global Head of Fixed Income & Interim Global Head of Multi-Asset Client Solutions, AXA IM

12:35 pm

Closing Remarks


12:40 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

Event Concludes


Sarah Al-Suhaimi

Tadawul Chairperson

Michael Arougheti

Ares Management Director, Co-Founder, CEO and President

Ed Balls

Former Shadow Chancellor

Stephen K. Bannon

Former White House Chief Strategist and CEO of Trump campaign

Robert Barnes

London Stock Exchange Group; Turquoise Global Head of Primary Markets; CEO

Matthew Berger

Jane Street Global Head of Fixed Income and Commodities

James Bevan

CCLA Investment Management CIO

Isabelle Bourcier

BNP Paribas Asset Management Head of Quantitative and Index Management

Dani Burger

Bloomberg Markets Reporter

Fabrizio Campelli

Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Global Head

Andrew Craswell

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co Senior Vice President

Nicole Downer

MV Credit Managing Partner and Head of Investor Relations

Dan Draper

Invesco Managing Director and Global Head of ETFs

Anna Edwards

Bloomberg Television Anchor

Tina Fordham

Citi Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst

Michele Gesualdi

Kairos Investment Management Chief Investment Officer

Cathy Gibson

Royal London Asset Management Head of Dealing

Carmen González-Calatayud

HSBC Global Asset Management Director, Senior Product Specialist

Will Hadfield

Bloomberg Market Structure Reporter

Stephen Hanks

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Markets Policy Manager

William Hobbs

Barclays Investment Solutions, Barclays UK Chief Investment Officer

Akiko Itano

Bloomberg Global Data Senior ETF Analyst

Lars Kalbreier

Vontobel Wealth Management Chief Investment Officer Wealth Management, Managing Director

Vitali Kalesnik

Research Affiliates Partner

Jason Kelly

Bloomberg New York Bureau Chief; Co-Anchor, Bloomberg Businessweek TV and Radio

Bryon Lake

JP Morgan Managing Director, Head of International ETFs

Justina Lee

Bloomberg Reporter

Wei Li

BlackRock Head of EMEA iShares Investment Strategy

David Merritt

Bloomberg Senior Executive Editor, EMEA

Christopher Meyers

Flow Traders Institutional Trader

John Micklethwait

Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief

Alan Miller

SCM Direct Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Gina Miller

SCM Direct; Transparency Campaigner Co-Founder

Michael O'Sullivan

Credit Suisse Managing Director & CIO, International Wealth Management

Yakob Peterseil

Bloomberg News Editor, ETFs Brief

Athanasios Psarofagis

Bloomberg Intelligence EMEA ETF Analyst

Tony Ressler

Ares Management Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Barnabas Reynolds

Shearman & Sterling Partner, Head of the Global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group

Slawomir Rzeszotko

Jane Street Head of Institutional Sales & Trading, Europe

Erik Schatzker

Bloomberg Editor-at-Large

Dwight Scott

Blackstone, GSO Capital Partners Senior Managing Director, President

Lorraine Sereyjol-Garros

BNP Paribas Asset Management Global Head of Sales ETF

Keshava Shastry

Deutsche Asset Management Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets

Fergus Slinger

BlackRock Managing Director iShares EMEA

Hans Stoter

AXA IM Global Head of Fixed Income & Interim Global Head of Multi-Asset Client Solutions

Jamal Tarazi

Hudson River Trading (HRT) Director of European Business Development

Rory Tobin

State Street Global Advisors Executive Vice President, Global Head of SPDR ETFs

Richard Turnill

BlackRock Managing Director, Global Chief Investment Strategist

Karen Ward

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Managing Director, Chief Market Strategist, EMEA

Deborah Yang

MSCI Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Index

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