Risk, Regulation and Capital Markets
Investment in a climate of heightened uncertainty
In this current climate of uncertainty it is increasingly difficult to determine a course of action for investment decisions or judge how capital markets will evolve, regionally and globally. Where there is optimism there is also often a contrasting, more cautious view.
This Chatham House ‘City Series’ conference will explore how the post-Brexit regulatory landscape is being defined - one year into the formal two year negotiation period - and assess what the future might hold for international financial institutions, investors and global capital markets in a shifting political and regulatory environment.
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Thursday 15 March
Session One | Setting Global Standards for Asset Management Regulation
09:30 - 10:30
This session will examine the state of global capital markets, and the cross-border regulation and supervision of the investment management industry, including the effectiveness of attempts to remove cross-border barriers to fund investment and distribution.
- How successful have global efforts since 2008 been in developing mutual recognition, substituted compliance, and regulatory equivalence in order to reduce cross-border barriers to fund investment and distribution?
- After ten years of significant regulatory change, has a sense of ‘fatigue’ developed? Have Brexit and other changing political priorities across the world stalled the move towards regulatory convergence, or even begun an era of regulatory divergence? How might the asset management industry cope with a world in which regulatory convergence is no longer a priority?
- To what extent will new FinTech and RegTech innovations reshape the global asset management industry and its relationship to national regulators?
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshments
Session Two | Differing Views on Risk: Practitioners and Analysts
11:00 - 13:00
The following panel discussions will focus on the views of practitioners in the asset management industry, and contrast these with analysis from experts from business and academia to identify the most salient political and economic risks for global capital markets, and how industry views of risks compare to external observers.
11:00 Industry practioners' panel
This panel will bring together leaders of global asset managers to discuss the state of their industry.
- What new national and global regulatory initiatives on the horizon are of most concern? Which are overblown?
- How have political events such as the Brexit process and Trump Administration changed previous calculations about the state of global capital markets? After over a year, has a ‘new normal’ begun to develop?
- How have investors’ moods evolved in light of political events? How is the market changing as a result?
- After ten years of ultra-loose monetary policy, how is the asset management industry adapting to the return of tightening interest rates by central banks? How much has changed since the last period of tightening in 2006 and 2007?
12:00 Geopolitical panel
This panel will build off the industry panel discussion, focusing on what political risks are still on the horizon for the asset management industry.
- Will geopolitical turmoil in Asia or the Middle East have significant effects on global markets and global capital flows?
- What are the understated risks to global financial stability in established financial markets? How likely are they to materialize?
- Will populist movements in advanced economies, both on the political left and right change the consensus around regulatory priorities? Will they effectively advocate for decreased trade or capital flows? Will anger at elites lead to a revival of ideas like the financial transactions tax or some form of wealth tax? How might that affect global markets?
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
Session Three | Brexit and Regulatory Standards in the UK and Europe
14:00 - 15:30
This session examines the implications of the Brexit process on the British and European landscapes, how the two markets might diverge, and the possible new regulatory postures of both markets.
- What are the likely final-state scenarios for UK access to European capital markets and vice versa? How can asset managers prepare for these eventualities during what is likely to be an unpredictable transition?
- Will Brexit lead to greater convergence across the EU-27? Will this give momentum to certain EU initiatives such as the Capital Markets Union or the Pan-European Personal Pension?
- How will the absence of the UK impact the direction of EU regulatory priorities for funds and capital markets? Will the lack of the UK’s strong pro-free market position lead the EU to move into a less friendly regulatory stance? How can investors best hedge against these risks?
15:30 - 16:00 Refreshments
Session Four | Risks and Opportunities in Other Key Markets
16:00 - 17:30
This session will examine other key jurisdictions around the world and the international implications of what is happening in their economies.
- Will the United States’ regulatory framework under Donald Trump change significantly? What reforms are likely to occur? Will the greater unpredictability of the Trump administration have negative effects on US capital markets? How will the possible selection of a new Federal Reserve Chair in 2018 affect the global landscape?
- How has the relatively poor performance of emerging markets in the last three years affected the investment landscape? Are there any bright spots?
- Is China likely to further liberalise its stance on foreign investment significantly enough to be attractive on a global level?
17:30 Close of conference and drinks reception
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Pricing and booking information
Register by Friday 19 January 2018 to benefit from the early booking rate.
Ways to book:
- Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
- Phone: Call Georgia Dalton on +44 (0)20 7314 2785
EARLY RATE (+VAT):
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AFTER 19 JANUARY
|Partners and major corporate members|
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|NGOs and academics||£380||£460|
|NGOs and academics||£440|
Your delegate pass includes:
- Conference attendance
- Lunch and refreshments
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