Big Call: Emerging Markets

Event Details

Due to health and travel concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have made the decision to postpone the Big Call: Emerging Markets event which was set to take place on Thursday 12th March 2020. The ongoing safety of our delegates, staff and partners is paramount to us, so in this instance we feel it would not be responsible of us to go ahead with the event at this current time. Please note, the new tentative date of the event is Wednesday 16th September, but this is subject to change.


How to play emerging markets is at the top of asset allocators agendas as they search for opportunities in the new decade. The diverse nature of emerging markets makes allocations even more crucial than in developed markets with the next blow-up potentially lurking only just around the corner.

As China increases its influence on the global stage and opens itself up to global markets, the questions have started to increase. How much of an impact will the trade war have? Is single country or broad-based the best way to gain exposure to the asset class and how much of the EM segment of my portfolio should be made-up of ETFs?

This activity is estimated to qualify for 3 hours of accredited CPD.

Who’s Invited?

This half day event is free and exclusively aimed at:

Investment advisers and IFAs
Institutional investors
Private client wealth managers
Portfolio managers and strategists
Multi-family offices

Participation is subject to approval by ETF Stream.


8:00 Welcome coffees & registration

8:30 ETF Stream welcome remarks

8:35 Opening keynote: China’s search for its strategic space – how Chinese national aspirations are expressed through its economy

Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London

8:55 Geopolitics or fundamentals: What factors are driving emerging markets?

With developed markets offering very little value following the decade-long bull market in equities, investors are turning to emerging markets in the never-ending search for a more attractive risk-return profile. However, risks remain highlighted by blow-ups in Turkey and Argentina in 2018 and the ongoing trade war between the US and China. This session will explore the big issues facing emerging market countries heading into the new decade.

Jon Harrison, MD, EM Macro Strategy at TS Lombard
Mark Purdy, Chief Economist at Accenture

Edward Glossop, Emerging Markets Economist at Capital Economics

Moderator: Tom Eckett, Deputy Editor at ETF Stream

9:35 Emerging market debt: Evolution and opportunity

Emerging market debt is looking at its most attractive on a relative basis considering 30% of developed market debt is negative yielding. With central banks becoming increasingly more dovish, this looks set to continue meaning EMD could be set for its time in the sun. What are the different ways investors can get exposure to EMD and has the asset class matured enough to justify the greater yield?

Will Bartleet, CIO at Pacific Asset Management

Jeffrey Sachs, Head of EMEA Investment Strategy at Citi

Katherine Magee, Investment Specialist, Quantitative Beta Solutions at JP Morgan Asset Management

Moderator: George Geddes, Senior Writer at ETF Stream

10:15 Networking & coffee break

10:55 China A-Shares: Time to dominate indices

In the most important indexing decision in a generation, the major index providers have started including China A-Shares in their emerging market benchmarks. Despite their insistence China is ready, there are still political, regulatory and governance issues that need to be tackled. This session will explore the benefits the A-Shares inclusion is bringing to the market while studying some of issues investors should be wary of.

Weixu Yan, Head of ETF Research at Close Brothers Asset Management

Patricia Keogh, Senior Portfolio Manager at HSBC Global Asset Management

Moderator: Tom Eckett, Deputy Editor at ETF Stream

11:35 ESG and emerging markets: Match made in heaven?

Recent academia has shown integrating ESG factors into emerging market equities makes even more sense than in developed markets. The challenges companies face in these markets are arguably even greater so having a strong ESG profile could help drive performance. How true are these statements and are there more important risks investors should be monitoring in emerging markets?

Patrick Thomas, Head of ESG Investments at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Nicolas Rabener, Managing Director of FactorResearch
Hortense Bioy, Director of Passive Strategies and Sustainability Research at Morningstar

Moderator: David Stevenson, Columnist at the Financial Times 

12:15 Closing keynote: Emerging market ETFs under the spotlight

Athanasios Psarofagis, ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence

12:40 ETF Stream closing remarks

Speakers for this event