Programme

Programme

2019 Programme

 

08:00

Registration

08:55

Chairperson's opening remarks

09:00

Morning keynote address: Brexit’s impact on the Australian Market – Fragmentation of Servicing

09:30

 A macro perspective on FX

  • Central Banks divergence: what does it mean for AUD, economic growth and inflation?
  • Global slowdown: will 2020 witness another recession? How will central banks react and will the tools of the last recession be as effective?
  • What to do about the election elephant in the room: political uncertainty and the Australian economy?
  • Lower growth, flat incomes, commodity prices, climate change and Chinese investment- what next for Australia?

Panellists
Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist (Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities) and Managing Director, HSBC Bank Australia
Dr Alex Joiner, Chief Economist, IFM Investors

10:00

 Ask Me Anything session on FX with Regulators

  • Updates on the buy side out-reach and Global Code of Conduct
  • The ACCC’s and its inquiry into foreign exchange
  • Update on wholesale FX and better conduct
  • The post-Royal Commission environment

Panellists
Chris Kent Assistant Governor (Financial Markets), Chair of the AFXC, Reserve Bank of Australia

10:30

Morning coffee and networking break

11:00

Costs of hedging

  • Cost of hedging and implications on investor flows
  • Implications on hedging decisions
  • Hedging emerging market currencies- all pain no gain

Panellists
Richard Kerr, Executive Director – Currency, IFM Investors

11:30

Corporate treasurer panel: Decision-making in a volatile world

  • Risk management strategies in a time of Great Power competition & trade fragmentation
  • Australia’s trade moves in focus- what do new free trade agreements bring to the table?
  • How are Australian corporate treasurers adapting their hedging strategies in the face of the ongoing trade tension?
  • A dive into translation exposure strategies
  • Trends and best practice in the repatriation of assets from offshore

Panellists
Dane Birdseye, Group Treasury Manager, Cochlear Limited
Danny Fischer, Group Treasurer, QBE

12:00

Debate on the fate of the US Dollar

  • Is the US pulling back from its leadership role?
  • Can another currency supplant the USD as a reserve currency?
  • Time for the Euro to shine?
  • What will all this mean for the Aussie Dollar?

Panellists
Prof Kathy Walsh, University of Technology Sydney
Prof Warren Hogan, University of Technology Sydney

12:30

Networking lunch

13:30

Afternoon keynote address: Focus on supers - industrial vs retail in the wake of the Royal Commission’s findings

14:00

Super funds at a crossroads- change from within or without?

  • Finding the balance between operating costs and new investments, hedging strategies and products
  • Best practice in developing in-house FX strategy and execution
  • With increased complexity comes increased operational risks on the cyber-front and fraud - What are the trends in mitigating these risks?
  • Changing regulatory landscape – fund consolidation and mergers

Panellists
Andrew Fisher, Manager, Asset Allocation, Sunsuper

14:30

Buy side in focus

  • Buy side trader issues - managing regulatory updates, doing more with less-electronification and automation
  • The shift towards cross asset trading
  • Decisions on sources of liquidity – transparency vs cost
  • Are buy-side actors clearing their FX and will Asian and regional banks clear their FX?
  • Are buy-side firms showing a preference for OTC over exchanges?

15:00

Innovation – the rise and rise of quants and algo

  • When to use algo-trading?
  • What are the latest innovations traders need to be aware of?
  • Pre-trade cost analysis and forecasting
  • Analytics and execution decisions – how has the use of analytics changed client execution behaviour
15:30

Afternoon coffee and networking break

16:00

Panel Discussion: Investment- Responsible Investment and ESG focus the FX overlaps

  • A discussion on best practice of risk managed through investments
  • Risks and opportunities in responsible investment, green finance and climate risk disclosures
  • ESG investing’s unintended consequences- ESG filters and overexposure to better scoring ESG regions
  • Foreign investment in infrastructure and real-estate – FX and regulatory concerns

Panellists
Bill Hartnett, Head of Responsible Investment, Local Government Super
Susheela Peres Da Costa, Head of Advisory, Regnan

16:30

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 and continue the debate.

Roundtable A: Currency management: Hedging best practices and tools

Roundtable B: Applications and Use Cases of Blockchain: Typical challenges faced in implementing Blockchain & current and potential applications of Distributed Ledger technology

Roundtable C: Making the most of exotic currency pairs 

Roundtable D: ESG investing’s unintended consequences- ESG filters and overexposure to better scoring ESG regions

Roundtable E:  A deeper look into RMB: slowing GDP growth, rising inflation and trade war woes, what will this mean for China’s trading partners and companies exposed to RMB?

17:20

Industry roundtables- quick fire summaries

Each host will share the key takeaways from their roundtable discussion

17:30

Chairperson's closing remarks and end of conference