2019 Programme





Chairperson's opening remarks
Mark McCarthy, Director - Markets, Australian Financial Markets Association


Morning keynote address: A$ Awash with Risks?
Dr John Hewson, Professor and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute Crawford School, ANU


 Chief Economist panel: A macro perspective on FX

  • Global slowdown: will 2020 witness another recession? How will central banks react and will the tools of the last recession be as effective?
  • What level of growth can we expect from China over the next decade?
  • What to do about the election elephant in the room: political uncertainty and the Australian economy?
  • Will the RBA cash rate below 1% and will it have to consider quantitative easing?

Warren Hogan, Industry Professor, UTS Business School

Tim Baker, Head of Macro Research, Australia/New Zealand, Deutsche Group AG
Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist (Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities) and Managing Director, HSBC Bank Australia
Dr Alex Joiner, Chief Economist, IFM Investors
Tony Morriss, Head of Economics and rates strategy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


 Ask Me Anything session on FX with Regulators

  • Updates on the buy side out-reach and Global Code of Conduct
  • Update on wholesale FX and better conduct
  • The post-Royal Commission environment

Mark McCarthy, Director - Markets, Australian Financial Markets Association

Calissa Aldridge,Senior Executive Leader, Market Supervision, ASIC
Chris Kent, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets), Chair of the AFXC, RBA


Morning coffee and networking break


Corporate treasurer panel: Decision-making in a volatile world

  • A discussion on how corporate treasurers make use of a wide array of instruments to deliver the best results for their company
  • Navigating through the geo-political risks and their relationship with fx risk
  • Changed approaches to hedging over the past 3 years and the corporate treasurers’ role in enacting these changes
  • How have banks changed their approach in the wake of the Royal Commission and the evolving regulatory environment?

Richard Kerr, Executive Director – Currency, IFM Investors

Dane Birdseye, Group Treasury Manager, Cochlear Limited
Danny Fischer, Group Treasurer, QBE
Kaneran Mudeliar, Head of Risk & Liquidity, Treasury, Lendlease Group

12:00 Exclusive message Olivier Guersent, Director General, DG FISMA, EU Commission

Debate on the fate of the US Dollar

  • The RMB will have become established as a major reserve currency 10 years from now
  • By the end of 2020, the US dollar will be materially weaker than it is today
  • The next 10%+ move in the AUD/USD exchange rate is more likely to be down than up

Ray Attrill, Head of FX Strategy, National Australia Bank

Tim Baker, Head of Macro Research, Australia/New Zealand, Deutsche Group AG
Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist (Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities) and Managing
Warren Hogan, Industry Professor, UTS Business School
James Laurenceson, Deputy Director, Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney
Michael Peric, General Manager, Head of Financial Markets & Trade Finance, BOQ Business
Kathy Walsh, Professor of Finance, UTS Business School


Networking lunch


Women in Leadership Lunch sponsored by Refinitiv

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A private lunch themed lunch meeting focused on increasing the number of women in leadership roles- "you can't be what you can't see!"

  • how women can move into leadership positions and carve out a space for themselves
  • how the culture can be changed
  • share experiences and successes
  • how businesses benefit from diversity in their top leadership positions
    and more ...

Carla Hoorweg, Head of Government and Industry Relations, Challenger Limited
Gaayathri Periasami, Compliance Manager, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited
Catherine Rich, Executive Director, Macro FX Sales, Goldman Sachs International
Kathy Walsh, Professor of Finance, UTS Business School
Brittany Wigmore, Vice President Foreign Exchange Sales, State Street Global Markets


Afternoon keynote address: Industry Super- Top of the heap. Where to now?
Hon Peter Collins, Deputy Chair, Industry Super Australia


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
  • Changing regulatory landscape – fund consolidation and mergers

Chris Loong, Director & Member of Investment Committee, Commonwealth Bank Group Super

Andrew Harrex, Director Australia & New Zealand, P/E Investments
Bruce Murphy, Director Australia & New Zealand, Insight Investment
Justin Lo, Manager, Investment, Sunsuper


Buy side in focus

  • What are the main issues facing the buy side in the current environment?
  • Is the industry suffering from regulatory fatigue?
  • Have algo execution offerings lived up to their promise?
  • Are buy-side firms changing behaviours with regard to exchange trading versus OTC trading?

Gavin White, Chief Executive Officer, Invast Global

Bryan Baker, Senior Dealer, Dealing & Exposure Management, AMP Capital
Bill Goodbody Junior, Chief Operating Officer, AE Capital
John Lucey, Chief Investment Officer, Avant Mutual


Interactive q&a on clearing, credit and access to liquidity

  • Uncleared margin rules and clearing- who’s captured in phases 4 and 5?
  • What are the drivers moving people to clear their FX?
  • Has the clearing of over-the-counter FX options proven to be a game-changer?
  • Are buy side actors and regional banks clearing their FX?

Kate Birchall, Head of Asia Pacific, LCH

15:50 Afternoon coffee and networking break


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

Rob Hutchins, Asia eFICC Sales Head, Goldman Sachs International

Bill Goodbody Junior, Chief Operating Officer, AE Capital
Lidija Leko, Executive Director Fixed Income Rates & Credit Markets Technology, UBS Investment Bank
Kia Oboudiyat, Vice President FX Sales & Relationship Global Foreign Exchange, Northern Trust Capital Markets
Paul Scott, Head of eFX, Markets Australia, ANZ


Chairperson's closing remarks and end of conference
Mark McCarthy, Director, Markets, Australian Financial Markets Association


Cocktail Session sponsored by Refinitiv

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