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Nathan Chaudoin - American Century
NameNathan Chaudoin
Job titleVice President, Client Portfolio Manager
CompanyAmerican Century
TitleEarnings Acceleration in Emerging Markets
ContentAt American Century Investments, we believe that earnings acceleration—when a company’s earnings per share are growing at an accelerating rate—represents one of the most important tools in the analysis of a stock’s potential to increase in price.
Our team utilises a disciplined methodology for identifying key inflection points in a company’s earnings that can signal an opportunity to generate superior long-term risk-adjusted investment performance. We will examine how correctly using earnings acceleration to forecast the extent of sustainable improvement can help to generate superior investment returns. We will explore how that process, in concert with analysing and monitoring long-term secular trends, can be applied to investing and creating a portfolio of best ideas in Emerging Markets.
BiogNathan is a member of the Global and Non-U.S. Equity team as a Client Portfolio Manager. He is responsible for communicating our Global and Emerging Market Equity investment strategies and results to the firm’s clients and consultants. Nathan joined American Century Investments in 2014. Previously, he was with HSBC Global Asset Management, most recently as a senior emerging market debt product specialist. He also served as a quantitative product specialist and worked in product development in the firm’s New York and Paris offices. Prior to HSBC, Nathan held a role in business strategy and development at Dresdner RCM Global Investors. He has worked in the investment industry since 2000. Nathan received a bachelor’s degree in French from Wake Forest University.
Jeremy Smouha - GAM
NameJeremy Smouha
Job titleChief Executive Officer of Atlanticomnium (UK) Ltd
TitleGenerating high income from opportunities lower down the capital structure
ContentMany investors seeking higher levels of income have moved into the bonds of more risky companies or countries. However, focusing on quality investment-grade companies and investing in bonds lower down their capital structures can allow investors to obtain higher income. This approach is based on the premise that investment grade companies rarely default, hence the junior debt of such companies rarely defaults, yet it can deliver a more attractive yield.
Biog Jeremy Smouha is a Senior Adviser to GAM and Chief Executive Officer of ATLANTICOMNIUM (UK) Ltd. Mr Smouha joined his family firm in 2012 to establish a branch in London with whom GAM has a long standing relationship. He was previously a director at GAM co-managing a range of GAM funds based on Managed Portfolios strategies, became a member of GAM's Investment Committee for Managed Portfolios in 1998, and was a bond fund manager between 1985 and 1998. Mr Smouha was a founding member of GAM, joining in 1983. Prior to that, he was a fund manager managing Asian equities at Arbuthnot Latham. Mr Smouha holds an MA Cantab Hons in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Amanda Stitt - Legg Mason Adestra
NameAmanda Stitt
Job titleInvestment Director
CompanyLegg Mason Global Asset Management
TitleThe need for an unconstrained fixed income strategy in a rising rate environment
ContentAmanda Stitt, Investment Director at Legg Mason will discuss how the unconstrained nature of the Legg Mason Western Asset Macro Opportunities Bond Fund enables it to respond to rapidly changing conditions and provide diversification away from traditional fixed income strategies.
BiogAmanda has over 19 years investment experience and is an Investment Director at Legg Mason. She is a product specialist with a focus on Fixed Income. Amanda started her career in 1994 as a Client Service Officer with MLC before becoming an Institutional Portfolio Manager at Westpac Banking Corp in 1998. She joined Citigroup Asset Management in 2002 as an Investment Director before moving to Legg Mason in 2006. Amanda graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Richard Hodges - Nomura
NameRichard Hodges
Job titlePortfolio Manager
CompanyNomura Asset Management
TitleUnconstrained fixed income management
ContentUnconstrained portfolio management allows a portfolio manager to diversify, hedge risk and position clients’ investments to benefit from a range of market conditions, including rising interest rates. It involves using the full tool-kit of available securities to build portfolios that can efficiently benefit from prevailing conditions. Richard explains how he uses this tool-kit to provide both income and capital gain, even in today’s challenging environment.
BiogRichard Hodges joined NAM in November 2014 to launch the Global Dynamic Bond Strategy.
Prior to joining NAM, Richard held the role of Head of High Alpha Fixed Income at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), managing its “Dynamic Bond Trust” – an unconstrained fixed income fund. He managed the Dynamic Bond Trust from its inception in 2007 until April 2014. Before LGIM, Dickie spent 18 years at Gartmore Investment Management, where he was Head of Pan European Portfolio Construction with responsibility for the Gartmore SICAV European Corporate Bond Fund and the Gartmore SICAV European Bond Fund. He also co-managed Arrakis Fund Ltd, a European Credit Hedge Fund. He began his career in 1986 at Chase Manhattan Bank in Fixed Income operations, before joining Natwest Investment where he was responsible for management of a number of specialist investment funds employing derivatives and cash instruments to implement quantitative strategies.
Jan Keuppens - Robeco
NameJan Keuppens
Job titleVice President, Portfolio Manager Global Equities team
TitleHigh conviction equities and sustainability
ContentOur investment philosophy is based on our belief a strong cash flow generation results in superior long term value creation. Several studies of Mc Kinsey, Boston Consulting Group and others indicate that the companies with the highest returns on invested capital generate superior stock returns. Our investment team scans the world for stock opportunities, using a methodology based on Robeco’s Quantitative Ranking and fundamental research conducted by our sector analysts. The two layered level integration of ESG factors is based on RobecoSAM scores and additionally ESG value drivers are taken into account regarding the target price of the analysed stocks. Material ESG factors are fully integrated in the valuation model and can in- or decrease the expected stock price.
BiogJan Keuppens is a Portfolio Manager and a member of the Global Equities team. He is responsible for Robeco's Global Equities High Conviction strategy. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, he worked as a Portfolio Manager for Quest Management, AXA IM and Corluy & CO. Jan Keuppens started his career in the investment industry in 1997. He holds a Master's degree in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Leuven.