Chair's opening remarks


Keynote address


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?

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

Bill Goodbody, Jr., Senior Strategic Advisor, AE Capital
Alison Towers, Director - Global Liquid Markets Trading, QIC


Morning coffee break


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

  • How are cryptocurrencies being traded and what does the market structure look like?
  • Accessing liquidity most efficiently when trading cryptocurrencies
  • Examining the best exchanges to use and what the difference is between centralized and decentralized exchanges


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?

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


Networking lunch


Afternoon keynote address: An update on the FX Global Code – Implementation and Principle 17

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


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

James Webb, Managing Director - FX Services, BNY Mellon

Mark Ferguson
, Senior Portfolio Manager, Currency, AustralianSuper
Andrew Fisher, Manager, Asset Allocation, Sunsuper
Stuart Simmons
, Senior Portfolio Manager, QIC


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?

Kingsley Jones, Chief Investment Officer, Jevons Global
John Lucey, Chief Investment Officer, Avant
Ravi Pandit, Executive Director FX Products, CME Group


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

Roundtable B: Blockchain and digital currencies: Friend or foe?

Roundtable C: Exotic currency pairs – Is it better to avoid them?

Roundtable D: Achieving best execution in FX

Roundtable E: The new cost of trading – credit, clearing, and regulatory costs



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


Chair's closing remarks and end of conference