LOG-ON – Put your slippers on, get in a comfortable chair and take some time to enjoy the upcoming discussion and socialise as best we can with what we’ve got. Upon reflection, while this time has been incredibly challenging, the world as a whole has changed and looking out to other countries, some have been utterly devastated. We are still the lucky country.
WELCOME – Tim Townsend, Partner, TownsendCobain
IS AUSTRALIA ENTERING A LOST DECADE?
At first glance, Australia is the goldilocks economy. It continues to enjoy the world’s longest economic expansion, is blessed with abundant resources, stable democratic government and institutions, and positive demographics underpinned by immigration.
And yet, there are serious causes for concern. Our resources boom depends on China, whose growth rate has already slowed significantly. Our once dominant banking sector has been seriously impaired by low interest rates and the royal commission. And we are on the precipice of our own version of quantitative easing, with the economy seemingly unable to kick into a higher rate of growth.
Is it time to end our home-country bias? Or can our local market continue to deliver attractive returns? Speakers in this session will weigh the arguments for and against investing in Australia.
PHILIPP HOFFLIN, Portfolio Manager/Analyst, Lazard Asset Management
JONATHAN TOLUB, Director, InvestSense
GROUP DISCUSSION BREAKOUT
RECONVENE AS GROUP – Q&A
BELIEVING IN BULLS, BEARS, AND UNICORNS – DEFINING YOUR
ILike the much-maligned company mission statement, investors often question the practical benefits of having an investment philosophy. However, the process of writing each of its key elements can spark much internal discussion and debate, leading to a focus on a clear set of agreed-upon investment principles, which can be communicated to clients in a clear and concise manner. Speakers
in this session will discuss the steps they underwent in defining their investment philosophy, sharing lessons learnt and the key questions that arose from this process.
JASON COGGINS, Head of Manager Research – Partner, Koda Capital