Smart Beta Europe Conference 2017 – London, Wednesday 25th January


Smart Beta Europe Conference 2017

Wednesday 25th January 2017

ETF Strategy and Cass Business School

etc.venues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4HD

Invesco PowerShares (Platinum sponsor), FTSE Russell, Lyxor, MSCI, Research Affiliates and UBS, plus others to be announced

Smart Beta Europe (register now) is moving to a purpose-built conference centre near St Paul’s in the City of London for 2017, having outgrown Cass Business School’s campus. The venue change will improve the all-round conference experience and deliver an enhanced networking environment for delegates. The conference will retain its focus on world-class empirical research. Indeed, this year’s event will build on the successes of previous years, with our expert speakers drawing on industry-leading research to examine the latest approaches to smart beta, assess their application across different asset classes and consider the practical, real-world implementation of such strategies within investment portfolios.

The conference will comprise a mix of presentations, panel sessions and networking breaks, with input from asset managers, index providers, academics and experienced smart beta users. The focus of the morning sessions will once again be led by our partners, providing an opportunity for delegates to hear directly from the foremost smart beta providers and to learn about the various solutions that are on the market today. These sessions offer a platform for sponsors to showcase new R&D and position themselves as thought-leaders in this increasingly important space. The afternoon sessions will feature Cass academics and select invited third-parties, including asset owners, such as pension funds and endowments, and other sophisticated smart beta investors.

The final agenda, including speaker details, will be released shortly. Key themes will include:
– Smart beta landscape
– Targeting outcomes with smart beta
– Smart beta innovations in fixed income
– Smart beta and foreign exchange – intelligent approaches to currency hedging
– Smart beta for commodities – fundamental and momentum-based strategies
– Smart beta approaches to ESG and low carbon investing
– Integrating smart rules-based risk management
– Combining smart beta strategies – being optimal across the whole portfolio
– Timing smart beta strategies – a tactical approach
– Mixing active, passive and smart beta approaches – the pros and cons
– Active oversight to smart beta – feasibility and desirability

Target audience
The conference is aimed at a broad spectrum of investment professionals, asset allocators and fund selectors, including pension fund representatives, investment consultants, discretionary fund managers, multi-managers, fund of funds managers, private banks, family offices, private client wealth managers, fund research analysts and sophisticated IFAs.

Event duration
The conference is a full-day affair, running from 08:15 (delegate registration) through to 16:00, inclusive of breaks, lunch and networking drinks.

The event will be held at etc.venues St Paul’s Conference Centre, 200 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4HD, a state-of-the-art conference centre located in the heart of the City of London, near St Paul’s Cathedral. Proceedings will take place in the main conference auditorium, with cabaret-style seating for 200+ delegates. Partners’ exhibition stands/booths will be accommodated in the adjacent galleria, where food and drink will be served during networking intervals.






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