October 25, 2017 - October 26, 2017 Grace Hotel Sydney , 77 York street, Sydney, NSW Australia

Be updated on latest trends, strategies, product developments, regulations and technology for this increasingly popular pooled investment vehicle by attending International Business Review’s inaugural.

25th October 2017 - Day 1

08:00 – Registration

Participants registration and refreshments.

09:00 – Welcome address

Chairman’s address to the gathering.

09:10 – Session 1: Trends and forecasts globally and locally in use of ETFS

Trends and forecasts globally and locally in use of ETFS.

09:55 – Session 2: Evolution of exchange traded funds from ETFS 1.0 to ETFS 2.0 and beyond

Evolution of exchange traded funds from ETFS 1.0 to ETFS 2.0 and beyond

  • Ilan Israelstam, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Beta Shares

10:30 – Tea break

Refreshments and Networking opportunity for participants.

11:00 – Session 3: PANEL DISCUSSION - Benefits Vs risks of different types of ETFS

Benefits Vs risks of different types of ETFS ie. asset allocation, fixed income, liquid ALTS, equities, REITS, currency, commodities

  • Across asset classes and over other pooled investment vehicles
  • Best for portfolios in current market climate
  • Optimal strategy types


  • Alex Prineas, Associate Director, Manager Research Morningstar Australasia


  • Thomas Reif, Global Portfolio Strategist, Asia Pacific, State Street Global Advisors
  • Matt Willis, Head of Institutional, Vanguard Australia

11:30 – Session 4: Operating within the constraints of regulatory controls

  • ASX and ASIC regulations to be aware of;
  • Any new regulatory developments that affect ETFs in Australia or overseas
Panel Members:
  1. Astrid Raetze, Partner, Baker and McKenzie
  2. Sam Appleton, Special Counsel, Baker and MacKenzie

12:00 – Lunch break

Lunch and Networking opportunity for participants.

13:00 – Session 5: The times they are A-Changin’

The times they are A-Changin’: While active funds battle to survive — ETFS are emerging as winners.

In this talk, Petko will analyse recent trading dynamics of fixed income Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in an environment of increasing US interest rates. Given the current market microstructure of market fragmentation, financial innovations and destructive technologies, the speaker will address how resilient is the fixed income EFT market in such a fast-changing environment. He will show that there is little support to indicate that fixed income ETFs, through their use of bonds, are a source of additional risk in bonds fire sales when interest rates have been going up. In addition, the reason for ETSs emergence as winners in traditional assets management will also be discussed.


  • Petko Kalev, Professor, Finance, La Trobe University

13:45 – Session 6: Factor Indexing – A “new” investing framework for advisers and institutions when allocating risk and capital

Smart beta (or factor investing) is all the buzz these days in financial services. If up to 80% of a manager’s active return can be explained by exposures to systematic factors (source: MSCI).

What is the potential impact for investment management and portfolio advice?

In this session Tim will look at the evolution of smart beta indexes off the back of decades of academic theory, and why the rapid growth of the ETF industry globally has combined to deliver an expanding and relevant range of investment tools for all investors.

Tim will test the rationale of factor indexes and factor investing, and the assess the potential impact of constructing and managing portfolios for clients using this “new investment framework”.

  • Tim Bradbury, VP, Client Coverage, MSCI

14:30 – Tea break

Refreshments and Networking opportunity for participants.

15:45 – Session 8: Responsible investment/ESG investing through ETFs

This session will look at RI/ESG in general, issues around getting consensus on RI/ESG policies (practicalities), Russell’s experience in this process (i.e. ETF product development), and how they developed an ETF that broadly covers widely recognised RI/ESG principles.


  • Nicki Ashton, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Russell Investments

16:30 – What’s behind the rise of passive?

As the long-term benefits of passive investing continue to mount, more and more Australian investors are incorporating index-based strategies into their portfolios. While the Australian ETF Industry has grown at an annual clip of 30% since 2004, there is still room for continued growth. Which strategies are investors implementing and could index innovation be the key to narrowing the active vs. passive gap?

  • What SPIVA® (S&P Indices Vs. Active) data tells us about the persistent effectiveness of indexing
  • Is active management a zero sum game?
  • The importance of dispersion in measuring the potential opportunity set


  • Craig Lazzara, MD and Global Head of Index Investment Strategy, S&P Indices.

17:15 – End of Day 1

Closing remarks from the Chair.

17:30 – Networking and drinks

Drinks and networking reception.

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