TradeTech FX USA 2017 (past event)

February 13-February 15, 2017

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Day 2- Wednesday February 15th 2017

08:20 AM - 08:55 AM Registration & Breakfast

08:55 AM - 09:00 AM Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Michael Melvin, Professor, Rady School of Management

Michael Melvin

Professor
Rady School of Management

Exploiting New Investment Drivers

09:00 AM - 09:40 AM All Star Panel: The changing economics of FX liquidity provision- How can you overcome reduced risk appetite and lower dealer balance sheets to source reliable liquidity in FX markets?

Howard Tai, Senior Analyst, Aite Group Isaac Lieberman, President and CEO, Aston Capital Management Eric Busay, Senior Investment Officer, Mountain Pacific Group Tod Van Name, Global Head of FX Electronic Execution, Bloomberg LP Grant Taylor, Managing Director, Global Head, Discretionary FX Trading
  • Analyzing the state of liquidity- What have been the key drivers to illiquidity in FX markets and what strategies can you exploit to over come them?
  • The link between volatility and illiquidity- How can you best manage your FX execution in volatile conditions?
  • Black swan risk mitigation- How can liquidity conditions be improved during times of market stress and how can you adapt your strategy to manage this?
  • Should the distribution of liquidity be more evenly spread between the top banks and the rest in order to facilitate a fairer Aggregating a fragmented market- How can technology help you understand liquidity conditions to help you make more informed trading decisions?
  • Hot potato trading- Does this represent the future for FX with reduced risk appetite and inventory on the sell side?

Isaac Lieberman

President and CEO
Aston Capital Management
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Eric Busay

Senior Investment Officer
Mountain Pacific Group

Howard Tai

Senior Analyst
Aite Group
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Tod Van Name

Global Head of FX Electronic Execution
Bloomberg LP
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Grant Taylor

Managing Director, Global Head
Discretionary FX Trading

09:40 AM - 10:00 AM Economic Keynote: The year ahead- What will be the key macro indicators in 2017 and how will this impact your investments?

Paul Richards, President, Medley Global Advisors
  • Global outlook- What is the medium-long term outlook for mature economies and how can you use this to your benefit?
  • What themes will dominate the FX agenda over the next 12 months and how can you steer your desk through these new changes?
  • Will global divergence in economic growth and monetary policy continue into 2017 or could we finally see a stabilizing global economy?
  • How has the US rate hike impacted global markets- Could we see a further hike over the next 12 months or are the risks too great?

Paul Richards

President
Medley Global Advisors

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM Asset Owners Perspective: What are the key criteria asset owners look out for when selecting new partners to handle their currency exposure in current volatile market conditions?

Ken Chee, Trader and Portfolio Manager, STRS Ohio Chung Ma, Portfolio Manager, Virginia Retirement System Michael Melvin, Professor, Rady School of Management Alison Romano, Senior Investment Officer, State Board of Administration for Florida
  • Outsourcing- What are the key criteria asset owners look out for when selecting new partners to handle some of their AUM?
  • How are asset owners adapting how they handle their assets in light of increasingly difficult liquidity conditions?
  • How are asset owners seeking to manage their currency exposure during major volatile markets strikes?
  • How can both buy and sell side firms assist asset owners and help them meet their requirements to return capital?

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Ken Chee

Trader and Portfolio Manager
STRS Ohio
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Chung Ma

Portfolio Manager
Virginia Retirement System

Michael Melvin

Professor
Rady School of Management

Alison Romano

Senior Investment Officer
State Board of Administration for Florida

10:40 AM - 11:20 AM Morning Refreshment Break

Track A: Building A Strong Internal Structure

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM Gaining the information edge- How can you improve your access to FX market data to satisfy your best execution obligations?

Brad Bailey, Research Director, Celent John Rawlins, Trader, CPO research Franz Schmidpeter, Managing Director, Cürex Group
  • How can you incorporate data analytics from other asset classes and bring this into a fragmented FX world?
  • Where can you find market data and how can you use it to understand the best times of day to trade, where the liquidity is and what quotes you need?
  • Data mining- How can you build your own data sets and then derive reliable statistical measures from this?
  • Pre trade to post trade- How can you get market color in an electronic world to make more informed trading decisions?

Brad Bailey

Research Director
Celent

John Rawlins

Trader
CPO research
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Franz Schmidpeter

Managing Director
Cürex Group

Track B: Exploiting New Alpha Generation Strategies

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM Fireside Chat: Hedging your exposure - How can you best manage your FX hedging strategies in an unpredictable currency environment?

John Bird, Chief Operating Officer, Tixall Global Advisors Jason Leinwand, Former Currency Strategist, MetLife
  • To hedge or not to hedge- What investment vehicles are best suited to help with currency hedging in the current volatile market conditions?
  • FX hedging-What different strategies can you undertake to reap the benefits of your currency exposure?
  • Should you set up your own internal hedging policy or should this be done on an ad-hoc basis?
  • Bonds vs Equities- What asset class will drive FX more in 2017 and how should you manage your FX in relation to this?

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Jason Leinwand

Former Currency Strategist
MetLife
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John Bird

Chief Operating Officer
Tixall Global Advisors

Track A: Building A Strong Internal Structure

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM 360 Perspective: Front Office Talent- What skillsets are essential when running successful FX trading teams in electronic markets?

Howard Tai, Senior Analyst, Aite Group , , Paul Aston, CEO, Tixall Global Advisors Francisco J. Heredia, ., Independent Expert Oscar Salem, Managing Partner, Investor Relations, Cold Spring Asset Management
  • How do the traditional FX trading approaches need to change in order to prosper in a new FX structure?
  • What expertise and technological know how is now needed on the buy side in increasingly electronic markets?
  • How is the impact of senior staff leaving and reduced risk appetite impacting the required skillsets of buy side traders?
  • Is increased technology usage leading to the disintermediation of relationships between the buy and sell side?

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Paul Aston

CEO
Tixall Global Advisors

Howard Tai

Senior Analyst
Aite Group

Francisco J. Heredia

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Independent Expert
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Oscar Salem

Managing Partner, Investor Relations
Cold Spring Asset Management

Track B: Exploiting New Alpha Generation Strategies

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM 360 Perspective: The return of emerging markets in 2017- How to creatively fund your EM portfolio to generate returns for your investors

Paul Richards, President, Medley Global Advisors Jae Lee, SVP, Emerging Markets Currency Strategist, TCW Ed Boyle, Global Macro Portfolio Manager, American Century Investments Bradley Krom, Fixed Income Strategist, Wisdomtree Asset Management
  • The Merging of EM and Developed markets- Are the boundaries between the two markets less distinctive with such a low rate environment?
  • Chinese devaluation and Low US rates- How will these boost EM investments in 2017?
  • The future of EM- Can EM survive in slow global growth and remain a profitable haven?
  • EM divergence- Should you stop looking at EM as a total market and focus on good EM vs Bad EM.

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Jae Lee

SVP, Emerging Markets Currency Strategist
TCW
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Ed Boyle

Global Macro Portfolio Manager
American Century Investments

Paul Richards

President
Medley Global Advisors

Bradley Krom

Fixed Income Strategist
Wisdomtree Asset Management

Networking Lunch

12:20 PM - 1:40 PM Networking Lunch

Women On Wall Street Think Tank

12:20 PM - 1:40 PM Women On Wall Street Think Tank: How can the FX industry better attract, develop and retain top female talent?

Jenifer Litwin, Senior Director, Head of Relationship Management
Lunch will be served during this session.

Jenifer Litwin

Senior Director
Head of Relationship Management

Capitalizing On New Trends

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM 360 Perspective: Debating the 4pm FIX - What are the pros and cons for trading at this benchmark?

John Bird, Chief Operating Officer, Tixall Global Advisors Michael Melvin, Professor, Rady School of Management Pete Eggleston, CEO, BestX , ,
  • Changes to the benchmark- what have been the mechanical changes to the 4pm FIX and what else is to come to make this a safer, more reliable benchmark?
  • What are the alternatives to trading at the 4pm FIX and how can you realistically move away from this benchmark?
  • What benefits can trading at other times of the day bring with regards to pricing and liquidity?
  • Debate- Should the window be extended further to make it even less susceptible to price fixing or is 5 minutes sufficient?

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John Bird

Chief Operating Officer
Tixall Global Advisors

Michael Melvin

Professor
Rady School of Management

Pete Eggleston

CEO
BestX

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM FX Shark Tank: Disruptive technologies- What are the next big breakthroughs you should expect from the FINTECH world?

Ed Boyle, Global Macro Portfolio Manager, American Century Investments Brad Bailey, Research Director, Celent Michael Koegler, Principal, ViableMKTS
Our final session at the 2017 edition of TradeTech FX USA will be designed by you. Throughout the two days, post a question regarding the biggest challenge you are currently facing to ensure it is addressed at the conference, and the most popular topics will be chosen by the audience for our panel of experts. Make the most of this unique opportunity to shape the agenda yourself. Our knowledgeable panel will provide expertise on:
  • Execution
  • Technology
  • Strategy
  • Market Structure
  • Regulation


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Ed Boyle

Global Macro Portfolio Manager
American Century Investments

Brad Bailey

Research Director
Celent

Michael Koegler

Principal
ViableMKTS

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM FX Crystal Ball: How will capital markets evolve under a new Trump presidency and where will we be in 4 years time?

Michael Melvin, Professor, Rady School of Management Paul Aston, CEO, Tixall Global Advisors Aysu Secmen, Portfolio Manager, Koch Supply and Trading Michael Koegler, Principal, ViableMKTS
Our final session at the 2017 edition of TradeTech FX USA will be designed by you. Throughout the two days, post a question regarding the biggest challenge you are currently facing to ensure it is addressed at the conference, and the most popular topics will be chosen by the audience for our panel of experts. Make the most of this unique opportunity to shape the agenda yourself. Our knowledgeable panel will provide expertise on:
  • Execution
  • Technology
  • Strategy
  • Market Structure
  • Regulation


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Paul Aston

CEO
Tixall Global Advisors

Aysu Secmen

Portfolio Manager
Koch Supply and Trading

Michael Melvin

Professor
Rady School of Management

Michael Koegler

Principal
ViableMKTS

3:10 PM - 3:15 PM Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Michael Melvin, Professor, Rady School of Management

Michael Melvin

Professor
Rady School of Management

3:15 PM - 11:59 PM Conference Close