TUESDAY, MARCH 10TH, 2020: DAY ONE – ANTICIPATING AND MANAGING RISK
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Is ESG a product, a process, or a marketing gimmick? Wealth managers and family offices are increasingly prioritizing it, and it is expected by a rising generation of Millennials – but it is viewed very differently within EMs themselves, which want to use their resources for growth. Any future ESG outreach must emphasize community engagement and avoid a patronizing approach.
•Recognize when CEOs in Asia and elsewhere see ESG as unimportant
•Weigh different philosophies for ESG – whether rewarding the best or improving the worst
•Grapple over whether green bonds are a form of risk management and less volatile than others
•Confront the vulnerability of EM economies to climate change
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH, 2020: DAY TWO – EMERGING MARKET SELECTION AND OUTLOOK
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Frontier markets are expected to advance to become emerging markets, yet in practice the categories must be treated very differently. They typically see a lot of trade finance and bonded direct deals, with private equity being rarer. What are the most important risk factors that you must confront in these countries?
•Quantify country risks and currency risks for regions facing political upheaval and currency devaluation
•Emphasize educating a smaller pool of investors for a better return profile
•Cope with the reality of fast change