Zurich PFF: Pension returns in focus

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The InvestmentEurope Pension Fund Forum on 19 November at the  Oerliker Swissôtel Zurich is set to discuss challenges for Swiss pension funds.

The event, which will attract 50 key figures of the 150 leading pension funds in Switzerland, will feature a combination of speakers representing local bodies as well as global asset managers. Key theme of the one-day event will be how Swiss pension funds can deliver returns in the current challenging macro environment.

It will be chaired by Andreas Valda, journalist covering economic and federal affairs for the Swiss newspapers Der Bund and Tages-Anzeiger.

The morning sessions will consider among others multi asset strategies, intangible assets and investing in frontier markets as opportunities to deliver returns. Morgan Stanley’s Christian Derold will present intangible assets as moats, while First State’s Helen Williamson and Aberdeen Asset Management’s Kevin Daly will weigh different investing approaches to frontier markets.

A panel debate will discuss classic versus unconventional investment strategies, speakers are Adrian Gautschi, partner at Invalue, Ivana Reiss CEO at Avadis Asset Management

The afternoon sessions include Alexander Fleischer, head of Fixed Income at Erste Asset Management discussing risks in the corporate bond sector, a critical assessment of Swiss superintendence on occupational pension schemes presented by Stephan Wyss pension fund expert at Swisscanto.

Beat Zürcher, director of Swiss pensions fund association BVG will discuss the challenges of information deficits for Swiss Pension Fund board members.

A final panel debate will address whether laymen as board members fro Swiss pension funds are capable to assume their responsibilities, participants to the debate are Pierre Triponez, President of the supervisory commission for professional pensions, Hans Zimmermann, president of Ascaro, Hans-Peter Konrad, CEO of ASIP and Jürg Schiller, guide to pension foundation boards.

The InvestmentEurope Pension Fund Forum is held biannually in Zürich, registration is available exclusively to institutional investors in Switzerland. Further information can be found here.

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