Big Call: Emerging Markets

Event Details

How to play emerging markets is at the top of asset allocators agendas as we head into 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.

8:00 Welcome coffees & registration

8:30 ETF Stream welcome remarks

8:35 Opening Keynote

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.

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?

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 its major 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.

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?

12:15 Closing Keynote Presentation

12:40 ETF Stream closing remarks

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