29 August 2019 - The Westin Singapore




Conference chairperson opening remarks


Critical macro events that can impact your portfolio – political risks to keep a close eye on

  • The outcomes of the US – China trade talks – deal or no deal and what next?
  • The impacts of China’s opening markets and US$ shortage – opportunities and disruptions
  • Who’s next in the US’ crosshairs – Japan, EU and the auto-industry?
  • EU business sentiment as Brexit talks ramble on and Trump reloads for the 2020 election
  • The populist wave in global elections and its impact on monetary policy

Gavin White, Chief Executive Officer, Invast Global

Jason Daw, Head of Emerging Markets Strategy, Société Générale
Colin Graham, Chief Investment Officer, Eastspring Investments
Moh Siong Sim, Currency Strategist at Bank of Singapore
Saktiandi Supaat, Head of FX Research & Strategy, Maybank Group


Emerging Markets reforms and perpetual liquidity question

  • What does political uncertainty mean for the DM and EM distinction?
  • EM pro-market reforms- who’s progressing and who isn’t? Which FX regimes are the front runners?
  • EM FX risk management – what are the trends for futures and NDFs amongst market players?

Charu Chanana, Economist and Market Strategist, Continuum Economics

Divya Devesh, Asia FX Strategist, Standard Chartered Bank
Mitul Kotecha, Senior Emerging Markets Strategist, TD Securities
Murat Tezel, Head of North Asia Trading, BNY Mellon
Hao Zhou, Senior EM Economist Asia, Commerzbank


Morning networking break


How does managing human performance using biodata collected by wearable technology mitigate market risk?

  • What does it mean to optimise profit by increasing human performance?
  • How do you strengthen Machine Learning predictive models using biodata?
  • What is the future of fund management?
    • How does wearable technology put a competitive advantage within reach?
    • What does it look like when ASEAN financial institutions embrace the future?

Ken Medanic,  Managing Director, Neurotrader


A Closer Look at China: Too big to ignore

  • China capital markets: What are the current macro trends in China?
  • China inclusion in key global indices: What are foreign investors’ behaviour and uptake?
  • China inbound schemes: What are the key challenges for foreign investors?
  • Future trends and roadmap ahead: What’s next?

Magdalene Tay, APAC Custody Product Manager, BNY Mellon

Roland Mieth, Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets Portfolio Manager, PIMCO


Volatility and liquidity

  • Time up for currency only funds? How has liquidity been impacted?
  • Developing multi-asset strategies in the face of low FX volatility
  • Are there any black swans on the horizon that could increase volatility?




Women in Leadership Lunch

Join us for a discussion with your industry peers on:

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


Algos update- Flash crashes and growth areas

  • What are the latest innovations traders need to be aware of?
  • Dive into algo actions during flash crash scenarios – how to train your machine
  • Growth of algos beyond the G7 currencies
  • The development of smart algos for the NDF world

Rob Ma, FX Client Algo Strategist, Goldman Sachs
Jean-Philippe Malé, Chief Executive Officer, BidFX
Leo Tay, Head, FX Trading Asia, ING Bank
Rory Winston, Director, e-FX , Commerzbank


Buy side in Focus Panel

  • What are the main issues facing the buy side in the current environment?
  • Have algo execution offerings lived up to their promise?
  • What hedging strategies are buy side participants using to mitigate currency risk?

Margaret Law, Head of Client Management, CLS


The next wave of cryptocurrency trading

  • What has been done in the institutional crypto trading space to address risk and compliance concerns?
  • What can the crypto world learn from the FIAT exchanges with proven, trusted technology?
  • Has 2019 brought gains for OTC crypto compared to exchanges?
  • Will digital assets receive the same level of financing and credit infrastructure as other asset classes in the next 5 years?

Scott Moffat, Managing Director, AsiaPac, LMAX Exchange


Afternoon networking break


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


Networking Champagne Roundtables

Led by a subject matter expert, each roundtable will provide delegates with an opportunity to delve deep into the main talking points that arise throughout the day.

You are invited to pick a table and gain insights from our subject matter experts:

Roundtable A:
Increasing repo activity

Currency risk for hedging for buy side

Roundtable C:
Regulatory reform – a view from Asia-Pacific

Roundtable D:
Achieving best execution in FX

Roundtable E:
How much FX? – the impact of centralised treasury functions on FX activity


Harvest Session

Each host will share the key takeaways following their roundtable discussion 


Chairperson’s closing remarks and cocktail reception