High Conviction: 2020 Investment Ideas & Themes Hong Kong

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8:30am – 1:20pm, followed by a luncheon
JW Marriott Hong Kong
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Unfortunately as a result of the ongoing disruptions in Hong Kong, the High Conviction: 2020 Investment Ideas & Themes Hong Kong event has been postponed. We appreciate your understanding and a rescheduled date will be announced shortly.


Asian Private Banker’s 3rd annual High Conviction: 2020 Investment Ideas & Themes will bring together the most senior gathering of Asia-based gatekeepers from global and regional private banks in Asia to explore the macro-economic situation and upcoming investment ideas and product strategies for 2020.

This half day event is perfectly timed to allow you to close off 2019 and look ahead to 2020 with a high-level look at the outlook and appropriate product solutions amongst a leading group of peers in a closed-door environment.

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8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast 
9:00am – 9:10am Opening Comments
9:15am – 9:55am

Leaders Conversation Panel 1 | A challenging 2019: Positioning Asian client portfolios for 2020

It has been a turbulent 2019 for global investors, with Sino-US trade relations continuing to cause uncertainty in global markets, an increasingly fractured European economy, and political and socio-economic unrest across both emerging and mature markets. The flight to cash at the end of last year and missed opportunities from 1Q19 rebound is just one of many examples of challenges facing clients seeking consistent returns across their portfolios. How are private banks advising clients to mitigate risk and maximise returns for the coming year? Where are the opportunities and challenges ahead, at both a geographical and product level? Will macro-economic uncertainties lead to more risk-off?

Sebastian Enberg, Editor, Asian Private Banker

Conversation catalysts:
Adrian Zuercher, Managing Director, Head Asset Allocation APAC, Chief Investment Officer, UBS Wealth Management
Anthony Chan, Managing Director, Chief Asia Investment Strategist, Union Bancaire Privée
Cheuk Wan Fan, Managing Director, Chief Market Strategist Asia, HSBC Private Banking
John Woods, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer Asia Pacific, Investment Strategy, Credit Suisse

10:00am – 10:30am

Presentation: Slowbalisation and Volatility, the Paradigm of 2020

With global growth slowing down, political uncertainty, central banks running out of room for manoeuvring, and volatility in the equity markets; where can investors find protection? Developed market bonds don’t look attractive and offer negative yields. But it is not all doom and gloom in the fixed income markets. Jamie Grant will discuss how the Asian investment grade credit market has evolved and can provide a “safe haven” in the uncertain times ahead. By focusing on the best quality issuers, it is possible for clients to avoid negative yields, abate volatility, and harvest risk adjusted returns.

Presenter: Jamie Grant, Head of Emerging Markets and Asian Fixed Income, First State Investments

10:35am – 11:05am

Presentation: China’s “New Economy” Drivers: The Opportunities in Small and Innovative Chinese Companies

China now contributes more to global economic GDP growth than the United States, Europe, and Japan combined. As China’s equity markets continue to evolve over time, investors have new ways to access the Chinese growth story. One of the best ways to capitalise on China’s “New Economy” drivers – including consumption, services, innovation, technology, and healthcare-related companies – is through small-cap investing. Entrepreneurial spirit, business competitiveness, and an innovative mindset are driving the growth of China’s small-cap firms. These themes are also reflected in China’s latest bold financial market reform – the Science and Technology Innovation (STAR) Board.

Join us at our Matthews Asia workshop where portfolio manager Tiffany Hsiao, CFA, will share her insights on the investment opportunities within Chinese Small Companies and the potential of China’s STAR Board.

Presenter: Tiffany Hsiao, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia

11:05am – 11:25am Networking Coffee
11:30am – 12:00pm

Panel Discussion: Succession Planning

Asia’s tremendous economic growth during the past few decades has produced a significant increase in the number of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) across the region. With many of these HNWIs now advancing in age, one of the most complex and critical issues they face is succession planning. What factors should HNWIs and their families consider when preparing for succession planning of family wealth and businesses? How should they engage professionals to ensure that effective succession plans are in place? Is there a broad consensus on what best-practice succession planning looks like? What is the role of life insurance in succession planning?When is the ‘right’ time to plan for succession? What are the challenges wealth planners face in the region, and what opportunities remain overlooked or have yet to be fully realised?

Brandon Caneer, Head, Proposition Development & Advanced Marketing, Transamerica Life Bermuda

Conversation Catalysts:
Cynthia Lee, Managing Director, Regional Head of Private Wealth Solutions, Asia, HSBC Private Banking
Steve Kean, Global Product Manager and Head of APAC Insurance Solutions, Credit Suisse
Wai Soon Lum, Managing Director, Head of Global Wealth Planning Hong Kong, UBS Wealth Management

12:05pm – 12:25pm

Presentation: Smart Food – From Innovation to Transformation

Robotics, big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The internet of things. The rise of innovative technology is revolutionising the processes and outputs of the food industry by increasing sustainability, traceability, and quality.

Backed by the wave of technological disruption together with supportive environmental policies and changing consumer patterns, the food industry is transforming swiftly. Discerning, health-conscious consumers who are attuned to sustainability are keen purchasers of natural, organic, sustainably produced foods and alternative packaging. Their influence is driving companies to innovate and firms with a technological edge are likely to enjoy better pricing power.

With these positive trends, coupled with the need to tackle pressing challenges, such as massive food waste and an expected booming global population that needs to be fed, come vibrant developments and opportunities to invest throughout the food value chain. These business solutions cut across the value chain of growers and processors, machinery and equipment, logistics and infrastructure, as well as food safety and distribution.

These businesses are also well diversified across areas from sustainable food supply to resource efficiency and nutritious content. Examples include the production of plant-based meats and recycled packaging, managing food waste, reducing CO2, and improving water management for agricultural productivity.

With all that in mind, isn’t it time to take a bite out of the investment opportunities in the food industry’s transformation?

Presenter: David Li, CPA, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, Director, Impax Asset Management

12:40pm – 1:20pm

Leaders Conversation Panel 2: Bonds vs. Equities vs. Alternatives – Asia’s returns versus global benchmarks

With lower for longer rates, what kind of products should investors be buying in 2020 given the current global economic outlook? Should there be more focus on fixed income products? Which ones? In the equity arena, if investors have previously been under-exposed, how should they take on more exposure? Do thematic strategies still resonate and if so, should these still be broad based or are niche offerings the way forward? And in the alternatives space, is the strong demand for private equity and real estate likely to spill over into next year and if so, how can banks harness that demand?

Charlene Cong, CFA, Senior Reporter, Head of Investments Coverage, Asian Private Banker

Conversation catalysts:
Arjan de Boer, Head of Markets, Investments and Structuring, Asia, Indosuez Wealth Management
Belle Liang, Head of Investment Advisory, Hang Seng Private Bank
Gabriel Chan, Head of Investment Services, Hong Kong, BNP Paribas Wealth Management
Simon Godfrey, Senior Vice President, Head of Products, EFG Bank

1:20pm – 2:30pm Networking Champagne Luncheon

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