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Investment and Asset Management

Asia Investor Outlook

Defining Global Investment Strategies for the Year Ahead

Singapore |
Speakers include:
Tzu Mi Liew

Tzu Mi Liew


Robert Petty

Robert Petty

Clearwater Capital Partners

David Walter

David Walter



With growth slowing in many corners of the world and ongoing concerns about emerging markets, particularly China, the global economic outlook for 2016 remains uncertain. Unprecedented challenges persist for investors and asset managers navigating a market heavily influenced by the prospects of interest rate normalisation, ongoing sluggishness in commodity markets and the looming threat of a fixed income liquidity crunch. How can investors protect their portfolios in this environment? Is now the right time to seek out value and opportunities in dipping markets? What is the right balance between risk and return?

With some of the top commentators on the global macro-economic outlook from the financial industry, the Financial Times is pleased to present its Asia Investor Outlook 2016. It will bring together institutional investors, private bankers, asset managers, market strategists and industry thought leaders to explore and debate the outlook for the investment landscape for 2016 and beyond.



fallback Add to my Calendar 01/27/2016 08:15:0001/27/2016 14:30:00trueAsia Investor OutlookWith growth slowing in many corners of the world and ongoing concerns about emerging markets, particularly China, the global economic outlook for 2016 remains uncertain. Unprecedented challenges persist for investors and asset managers navigating a market heavily influenced by the prospects of interest rate normalisation, ongoing sluggishness in commodity markets and the looming threat of a fixed income liquidity crunch. How can investors protect their portfolios in this environment? Is now the right time to seek out value and opportunities in dipping markets? What is the right balance between risk and return?With some of the top commentators on the global macro-economic outlook from the financial industry, the Financial Times is pleased to present its Asia Investor Outlook 2016. It will bring together institutional investors, private bankers, asset managers, market strategists and industry thought leaders to explore and debate the outlook for the investment landscape for 2016 and beyond.KEEP ME UPDATEDVIEW OUR 2015 PHOTO GALLERYAsia-Investor-Outlook1e5f45945044321a30bcc0748e709927MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (13)

Tzu Mi Liew

Tzu Mi Liew

Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, and Managing Director

Tzu Mi Liew is the Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income and a Managing Director at the GIC. In her role as CIO for Fixed Income, she oversees the business in macro, credit and cross-asset systematic investing in the department. Since joining the GIC in 1998, Ms Liew has spent many years in the Global Emerging Markets team and Global Sector Rotation team in Fixed Income. She was responsible for the Emerging Markets business in Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange between 2008 and 2010. She also headed up the Macro Research and Strategy team at its inception in 2011 in the department. She chairs the Currency and Risk Management Group and is a member of the Investment Management Committee and China Business Group in GIC. She is a board member of the Emerging Markets Trade Association (EMTA) and Singapore Ministry of Defence SAVER-Premium Board of Trustee.  Ms Liew was awarded the GIC scholarship and holds a BA in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK, as well as a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. She is a CFA charter-holder and has completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

Robert Petty

Robert Petty

Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Clearwater Capital Partners

Robert Petty is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Clearwater Capital Partners and a member of the Firm's Investment and Management Committees. Since founding the Firm in 2001, Mr Petty and Co-Founder Amit Gupta have invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest credit investing firms in the region today. Over his nearly 30-year career, Mr Petty has focused on Asia-dedicated credit investments, with broad expertise in direct lending, stressed credit and distressed and special situations strategies. Mr Petty’s principal responsibilities at Clearwater encompass portfolio management, origination and overall management of the Firm. Prior to founding Clearwater, Mr Petty worked as a capital committer in Asian credit for fifteen years at Lehman Brothers and Peregrine Fixed Income, before moving to the investment side of the business working for March Lasry at Amroc Investments for three years.

Mr Petty sits on the Board of four Clearwater portfolio companies and also serves on the Boards of two non-profit organizations, The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and EngenderHealth. Mr Petty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and is based in Hong Kong.

David Walter

David Walter

Head of Research, Asia, Director

David Walter is a Director in PAAMCO’s Singapore office, where he serves as a Head of Research for Asia. In addition he is responsible for the firm’s business development in Australia and New Zealand. He has been heavily involved in the industry in Asia for over 15 years and sits on AIMA Singapore’s executive committee. Prior to joining PAAMCO, he performed a similar role for KBC Alpha Asset Management, an Asian-focused Fund of Hedge Fund business, opening the firm’s Singapore Office in 2004.and being responsible for managing regionally focused institutional mandates.  Mr Walter has been in the Asian hedge fund industry directly since 1998, establishing and running a Japan-focused multi-strategy fund at London and Oxford Capital Markets before co-founding Arbiter Fund Managers and managing a dedicated Japanese long/short equity fund.  He started in the industry in 1986 at Baring Far East Securities where he was employed as a Japanese convertible and warrant trader, spending four years living in Tokyo. He then moved back to London as Head of Japanese Equity Product at Sanwa International. Mr Walter holds an MA in Modern History from Christ Church, Oxford.

Jean-Louis Nakamura

Jean-Louis Nakamura

Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific, Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer
Lombard Odier Investment Managers

Jean-Louis Nakamura is Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific and Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer at Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM). He joined Lombard Odier in March 2008 to head the executive board of the Paris office. In late 2008, he was transferred to Lombard Odier’s head office in Geneva to become Head of the Quantitative & Overlay Management Team. He was appointed Deputy Global CIO of LOIM in June 2012 and CIO, Asia Pacific in January 2014.  Prior to joining Lombard Odier, Mr Nakamura was CEO of the French Civil Service Pension Fund (ERAFP), having spent five years as CIO of the French Pensions Reserve Fund (FRR), where he was in charge of strategy, tactical allocation and the selection of managers for a portfolio valued at EUR34 billion. Previously, he was Head of International Forecasting and Macro Analysis at the Ministry of Economy & Finance, France from 2001-2003. He also served as a financial expert covering euro-related issues and the banking and insurance sectors for the European Council from 1999-2001. Mr Nakamura began his career in 1995 as an economist, specialising in macroeconomics and the banking industry at the French Ministry of Finance.  He graduated from France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 1995 and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in 1991.

Hiro Kasai

Hiro Kasai

Senior Vice President and Head of Investment
Tokio Marine Asia

Hiro Kasai is Senior Vice President and Head of Investment of Tokio Marine Asia, the regional headquarters of Tokio Marine group,  He oversees the investment function across the region.  Mr Kasai previously served as Chief Investment Officer at Tokio Marine Asset Management for ten years, heading its investment team. Prior to that, he covered Japanese equities and global bonds as a portfolio manager at Tokio Marine Asset management and Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance.  Mr Kasai holds a BSc from the University of Tokyo and an MSc from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Jerram

Richard Jerram

Managing Director and Chief Economist
Bank of Singapore

Richard Jerram is Managing Director and Chief Economist for Bank of Singapore where he is responsible for analyzing and forecasting global macro developments, as well as being a key member of the investment committee. He joined Bank of Singapore in June 2011.  Mr Jerram has been working as an economist for three decades. He was in Tokyo during the late 1980's bubble, followed by a period running Asia-Pacific forecasting for the Economist Intelligence Unit in London and then studying for a doctorate at the LSE. He returned to Japan with ING Securities in 1996, which was acquired by Macquarie Securities in 2004. In 2009, Richard was appointed Head of Asian Economics and was based in Singapore.  Mr Jerram holds a BSc from University College London and an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. He is also a CFA charterholder. 

Bryan Goh

Bryan Goh

Chief Investment Officer
Bordier et Cie (Singapore)

Bryan Goh is Bordier & Cie’s chief investment officer for Singapore. He has over 20 years of investment management experience, with a focus on finding investment opportunities and solutions in  under-researched, and overlooked regions of the economic and financial topology.  Before joining Bordier & Cie, he served as head of alternative investments at DBS Private Bank for over four years, during which he developed and originated liquid, regulated and transparent mutual fund products for clients. Prior to that, Mr Goh was co-founder and partner at First Avenue, a global alternative investment advisory and capital placement firm with business lines encompassing both private funds and direct corporate transactions. During his time at First Avenue, he also served as its head of origination and due diligence. He began his career in 1994 as an equities trader and later attained a portfolio manager position at Arab Bank PLC in London. In 2004, he joined the OAKS Family Office as a director, and was also appointed as its principal manager for hedge fund investments. Mr Goh holds an MSc in Economics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.

Richard Tang

Richard Tang

Chief Executive Officer
ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International)

Richard Tang is the Chief Executive Officer of ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited, the international arm of ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management Company Limited (ICBCCS). ICBCCS is a joint venture between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Credit Suisse. Prior to joining ICBCCS in 2013, Mr Tang was the Head of International Business and Portfolio Manager at Bank of China Investment Management. Prior to that, he was a portfolio manager at Prudential Financial Holdings in the US.   He is a firm believer in and an early advocate of RMB internationalization. He has been leading various initiatives on RMB cross-border investments, including RQFII and QDII programs, and is a frequent speaker on this topic.

Andy Rothman

Andy Rothman

Investment Strategist
Matthews Asia

Andy Rothman is an Investment Strategist at Matthews Asia. He is principally responsible for developing research focused on China’s ongoing economic and political developments while also complementing the broader investment team with in-depth analysis on Asia. In addition, he plays a key role in communicating to clients and the media the firm’s perspectives and latest insights into China and the greater Asia region. Prior to joining Matthews Asia in 2014, Mr Rothman spent 14 years as CLSA’s China macroeconomic strategist where he conducted analysis into China and delivered his insights to their clients. Previously, he spent 17 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, with a diplomatic career focused on China, including as head of the macroeconomics and domestic policy office of the US embassy in Beijing. Mr Rothman holds an MA in public administration from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a BA from Colgate University. He is a proficient Mandarin speaker.

Christian Obrist

Christian Obrist

Director, iShares Specialists

Christian Obrist is currently responsible for distribution of iShares to Hong Kong and Singapore based Private Banks and Asset Managers and is based in Hong Kong.  Additionally his responsibilities include the oversight of the iShares Graduate Program in Asia.  Mr Obrist relocated to Hong Kong from the BlackRock Zurich office in 2014, where he led the institutional client segment. He joined BlackRock in October 2012 from JPMorgan London where he worked as a multi asset structured product sales person in the investment bank.  Prior to that Mr Obrist worked at UBS Investment Bank as a Fixed Income specialist selling OTC derivatives to institutional clients.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Strategy from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Chris Pardey

Chris Pardey

Chief Executive Officer
RCMA Group

Chris Pardey is Chief Executive Officer of RCMA Group, based in Singapore.  From 2006 to 2010 he worked for Merrill Lynch and then Barclays Capital as Managing Director responsible for global trading of agricultural products, coal, iron ore and freight before investing in RCMA and joining as CEO in July 2010.  Prior to this he was head of Noble's grain and oilseed business and before that worked for Cargill in various trading and asset management roles focused on oilseeds and vegetable oils.  Mr Pardey started his career with BP in 1981 as a graduate trainee.

David  Fernandez

David Fernandez

Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Research, Asia Pacific

David Fernandez is a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Research, Asia Pacific at Barclays, based in Singapore.  Mr Fernandez joined Barclays in 2013 from JP Morgan, where his last position was Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy, Emerging Asia. Prior to his 15 year career at JP Morgan, Mr Fernandez enjoyed success in both academia and in the public sector; he spent five years as Assistant Professor in the economics department at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, and served as an economist in the administration of President George H.W. Bush and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Mr Fernandez holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Princeton University, completing his dissertation under the guidance of Ben S. Bernanke.

Ivan Szpakowski

Ivan Szpakowski

Head of Asia Commodity Research

Ivan Szpakowski is Head of Asia Commodity Research at Citi, with a particular focus on Chinese commodity markets, including metals, bulk commodities, energy, and agricultural commodities. He also covers coal and iron ore on a global basis. Previously, Mr Szpakowski was an analyst at Credit Suisse where he covered industrial metals globally, and held primary responsibility for analyzing Asian and Chinese commodity demand. He is a CFA charterholder and received a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in History and Chinese.


Chair (1)

John  Authers

John Authers

Senior Investment Commentator
Financial Times

John Authers has been the Financial Times’ Senior Investment Commentator, based in New York, since September 2014. He writes The Long View and Smart Money columns, which examine long-term market trends, and also presents the Authers’ Note daily stream of videos. Previously, he was the global editor of Lex, the FT’s flagship daily opinion column, and before that the FT's investment editor, introducing the popular daily Short View video, and taking a leading role in shaping the FT’s coverage of the global financial crisis. Mr Authers joined the FT in 1990 and during his career has also served as its US markets editor, Mexico City bureau chief, US banking correspondent, UK education and local government correspondent, and personal finance correspondent. In 2009, he was named senior journalist of the year by the Wincott Foundation, He also won Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2008 and 2010 for his online video reports, and has twice been named the UK’s investment journalist of the year for national newspapers in the State Street Institutional Press Awards. Mr Authers holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MS from Columbia School of Journalism as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University College, Oxford.

Why attend?

  • Benefit from expert analysis on the key risks and opportunities likely to face investors in 2016
  • Analyse what the future holds for China – is this key market experiencing a hard landing or is it an economy in transition?
  • What will the next 12 months hold for the commodities market?  Should investors be bracing for a continued downturn in this key sector?
  • Dissect and evaluate the prospects for emerging and frontier markets following the ups and downs of 2015
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with chief investment officers, strategists, portfolio managers, economists and leading investment experts

Agenda - 27th Jan

  • 8:15am
    Registration & Refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Welcome remarks from the Chair

    John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening Panel: What will shape investment growth in the year ahead?

    The outlook for investment remains uncertain, despite a burgeoning global recovery. 

    • What will define investor success in 2016? 
    • Which assets and investment strategies will deliver growth and returns
    • Balancing geopolitical, regulatory and other risks
    • Assessing the appetite for investment in China as the outlook remains uncertain
    • What are the prospects for fixed income investing as bonds yields go negative

    Liew Tzu Mi, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income, GIC

    Richard Tang, Chief Executive Officer, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International)

    Jean-Louis Nakamura, Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific; Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer, Lombard Odier Investment Managers

    Bryan Goh, Chief Investment Officer, Bordier et CIE (Singapore)

  • 10:00am
    Bond market liquidity – a crisis in the wings?

    In a world awash with debt are concerns about market liquidity well founded?  What is driving these fears and what can be done about them?

    • Why is the fixed income market worried about liquidity? How have the dynamics of trading changed?
    • Managing liquidity risk -how can investors protect their portfolios?
    • Can ETF investments guarantee liquidity or are they disguising the true state of the market?

    Christian Obrist, Director, iShares Specialists, BlackRock

  • 10:30am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:00am
    Keynote: China – hard landing or an economy in transition?

    Views are divided on the long-term prospects for China.  Are hopes for a soft landing in vain following the latest turmoils or does the country remain a source of global growth?

    Andy Rothman, Investment Strategist, Matthews Asia

  • 11:30am
    Panel: Emerging markets – rising stars and fallen angels

    Is the general retreat from emerging markets justified or will 2016 signal a reassessment and selective return to sectors with good prospects?

    • Which countries are best placed to withstand Chinese deceleration and which remain vulnerable?
    • Assessing opportunities in Russia and Brazil when commodities are stripped out
    • Which frontier markets offer the best value and quality in today’s market?
    • Emerging corporate debt vs equities – are investors willing to take the risk?
    • Predicting the result of a prospective US interest rate adjustment on emerging markets and investor confidence

    Hiro Kasai, Senior Vice President and Head of Investment, Tokio Marine Asia

    David Walter, Head of Research Asia, Director, PAAMCO

    Robert Petty, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearwater Capital Partners

  • 12:10pm
    Panel: Commodities – is now the time to buy?

    Weakness across commodities as a whole continues to be an ongoing theme in global markets.  Should the world be bracing for an extended and severe downturn that will further erode valuations across the space?

    • What are the key drivers of the current challenges in commodities?  How are supply and demand influencing pricing and valuations?
    • What opportunities does current market volatility present to investors?  Near term pain for long term gain?
    • Which sectors are likely to see recovery in coming year? 
    • What implications is the current rout having on gold – the investors’ traditional safe haven?

    Richard Jerram, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Bank of Singapore

    Chris Pardey, Chief Executive Officer, RCMA Group

    David Fernandez, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Research, Asia Pacific, Barclays

    Ivan Szpakowski, Head of Asia Commodity Research, Citi

  • 1:00pm

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Gold Sponsors (3)

ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management Company Limited (ICBCCS), a China specialist with headquarters in Beijing, is the joint venture between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Credit Suisse.

Since establishment in 2005, the firm has upheld the philosophy of “Providing Excellent Investment Management Services to Clients with Prudence” as a responsible fiduciary. Leveraging on the support of the two strong shareholders, ICBCCS has been a leader in China, providing first-class investment management and advisory services for over 13million institutional and retail clients. It is also one of the few asset managers with full licenses in China.

As of Dec 31, 2015, the firm has over 500 employees and over RMB 950 billion asset under management.

About BlackRock

BlackRock® is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At December 31, 2015, BlackRock’s AUM was $4.645 trillion. BlackRock® helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock® also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of December 31, 2015, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at | Twitter: @BlackRockHK and @BlackRockSG

About iShares

iShares® is a global leader in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 700 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than $1 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2015, iShares® helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares® funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock®, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm. 1

Based on $4.645 trillion in AUM as of 12/31/15.


Matthews Asia is an independent investment management firm, concentrating our efforts and expertise exclusively in Asia. We specialize in actively managed, bottom-up portfolio management, with a focus on generating long-term investment performance. Our mission is to provide Asian equity and fixed income strategies that build wealth over the long term for our global clients that include institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors. Founded in 1991, Matthews Asia is the largest dedicated Asia investment specialist in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the firm also has offices in London and Hong Kong. For more information about Matthews Asia, please visit

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FT Confidential Research provides independent analysis and statistical insight into emerging markets to global investors, fund managers, consultants and central banks among others. With a network of on-the-ground researchers who interview thousands of consumers and hundreds of companies on a regular basis to generate proprietary data our in-house experts provide reliable analysis on emerging markets trends in key sectors such as consumer, finance, real estate and infrastructure. is a leading source of information, data, research and resource for financial professionals in Asia. Collectively, they manage more than $20
Trillion assets in Asia in Private Banking, Wealth Management, Multi-Family Office, Family Office, Fund Management, Asset Management, Insurance, Private Equity
and Hedge Funds. More than 14,000 leading Wealth & Investment Professionals in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China, United
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