2018 Programme





Chair's opening remarks

Eva Szalay, Editor, FX Week


Keynote address: An update on the Global FX Code - Implementation and Principle 17

Matthew Boge, Deputy Head - International Department, Reserve Bank of Australia


Chief economist panel discussion

  • What will happen to the Australian dollar as US interest rates advance higher?
  • How does Australia's economy compare to the global pick-up in growth?
  • Examining the role of increased labour supply on job creation and wages
  • What kind of impact could U.S. tariffs have on market growth?

Chris Loong, Executive Director, Global Markets, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Matthew Peter, Chief Economist, QIC
Besa Deda, Chief Economist, St.George Bank
Brian Redican, Chief Economist, TCorp
Alex Joiner, Chief Economist, IFM Investors


Panel discussion: Analytics and liquidity in e-FX execution

  • Analytics and execution decisions – how has the use of analytics changed client execution behavior
  • Dealing with fragmentation in spot FX execution – information leakage and toxic flows
  • How much liquidity do you need? Optimizing liquidity access and connectivity
  • The electronification of options – more standardization, more clearing
  • Picking the best execution style - MDPs or SDPs, disclosed vs anonymous, firm vs last look
  • Selecting the right algos – agency only or hybrid

Eva Szalay, Editor, FX Week

Bill Goodbody, Jr., Senior Strategic Advisor, AE Capital
Alison Towers, Director - Global Liquid Markets Trading, QIC
Quentin Miller, Head of Institutional FX, Asia Pacific, LMAX Exchange
Andrew Cromie, Global Head of Product - Institutional Investors, 360T Deutsche Börse


Morning coffee break


Panel discussion: Assessing the uptake of cryptocurrencies - How are institutions incorporating them into their investment portfolios?

  • How are cryptocurrencies being traded? What does the market structure look like?
  • Accessing liquidity most efficiently when trading cryptocurrencies
  • What does the regulatory landscape look like and where is it heading?
  • What is the difference between centralized and decentralized exchanges?

Steve Macdonald, Director & Chief Financial Officer, Crypto Launchpad

Nicholas Giurietto, CEO, Australian Digital Commerce Association
Henrik Andersson, CIO, Apollo Capital
Uwe Fuehrer, CEO, Wealth of Nations Advisors
Ian Jones, Executive Director, NaturesCoin


Corporate treasurer panel: Decision making in a volatile world

  • What are the greatest strategic FX challenges facing corporate treasurers today and how this changes the way risk is measured and analysed
  • How the scope of the treasury function is evolving, the growing need for more operational resources, recruitment vs outsourcing
  • What are you looking for when investing in technology to deliver more real-time analytics to define and help combat FX exposures?

Eva Szalay, Editor, FX Week

Kurt Smith, Treasury and Insurance Manager, Western Power
Peter Candy, Group Treasurer, GrainCorp
Nitesh Jethani, Group Treasury Manager, Boral


Networking lunch


Panel discussion: Managing FX exposures in superannuation funds

  • How has your strategic approach to FX hedging changed in the face of continuous policy changes, pressure to grow, and increasing transaction costs?
  • The case for dynamic FX hedged international equity fund. What is the optimal hedge ratio for investors?
  • Resourcing FX operations – to outsource or manage in-house?
  • Mitigating fraud and third party risks

Martin Goodacre, Institutional FX Sales, BNY Mellon

Andrew Fisher, Manager, Asset Allocation, Sunsuper
Stuart Simmons, Senior Portfolio Manager, QIC
Joe Kassel, Global Head of Dealing & Exposure Management, AMP Capital
Doyle Mallet, Senior Investment Consultant, Mercer


Panel discussion: The new cost of trading - credit, clearing and regulatory costs in trading

  • FX options clearing now a reality – what does the future hold for OTC derivatives trading?
  • The interaction between listed and cleared and OTC and cleared markets
  • Forwards have been exempted from margin rules in Europe – what are the global implications?
  • What does the future hold for FXPBs and prime or prime providers?

Eva Szalay, Editor, FX Week

Kingsley Jones, Chief Investment Officer, Jevons Global
John Lucey, Chief Investment Officer, Avant
Ravi Pandit, Executive Director FX Products, CME Group
Marcus Robinson, Asia Pacific Head of Rates & FX Derivatives, LCH


Afternoon coffee break


Industry roundtables

From session to roundtable: take the day’s most interesting issues and engage with your peers in small, interactive roundtable discussions to share best practices, continue the debate, and take away a different perspective to the same challenge with your fellow peers.

Roundtable A: Currency management: Hedging best practices and tools
David Campbell, CEO, Hunter Burton Capital

Roundtable B: Blockchain and digital currencies: Friend or foe?
Uwe Fuehrer, CEO, Wealth of Nations Advisors

Roundtable C: Exotic currency pairs – Is it better to avoid them?
Andrew Fisher
, Manager, Asset Allocation, Sunsuper

Roundtable D: Achieving best execution in FX
Andrew Harrex
, Managing Director, Australia, P/E Investments

Roundtable E: The new cost of trading – credit, clearing, and regulatory costs
Jim Hughes
, Head of Business Risk Analysis, CLS Bank International



Harvest session: Each host will share the key takeaways following their roundtable discussion


Chair's closing remarks and end of conference