Uhlenbruch Conference discusses challenges for German asset management industry

The 17th annual Uhlenbruch Portfolio Management Conference is taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Frankfurt on 3 and 4 June.

The two day conference, which is largely held in German, covers key debates in the asset management industry, including the challenges of low interest rates and the latest developments in currency and stock markets.

The event was opened by Christoph Schmidt, president of the Institute for Economic Research Rhineland Palate (RWI) and Felix Zulauf, owner and president of Zulauf Asset Management, who presented a macroeconomic overview of the key challenges the industry is currently facing.

Schmidt addressed in particular the effect of the German Energiewende, the transition to renewable energies, as well as the implications of the European economic and monetary union for the German market.

Amongst others, Brian Singer, head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies at William Blair presented Game Theory as an opportunity select under-priced assets. He argued that in the post-Cold War world, particularly since the recession, there is significant need for a theoretical framework which allows to capture value price discrepancies.

Other speakers today include Robert Kapito, president of Blackrock, Chen Zhao, chief strategist at BCA research, and Roger Ibbotson, professor of finance at Yale and CIO of Zebra Capital Management.

An extensive summary of key discussions will be featured in the next issue of InvestmentEurope.

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