Investors with exposure to Latin American assets have a must-attend event at the "2018 Latin America Investment Conference" in Rio de Janeiro. On the 1st and 2nd of March, at the Belmond Copacabana Palace, CFA Institute, the Global Association of Investment Professionals, together with CFA Society Brazil, will welcome internationally acclaimed speakers who will address a wide range of topics and perspectives to shape investment strategies in Latin American markets.
The event is comprised of several practitioner-oriented educational conferences that will focus on Latin American economies and capital markets, as well as on global issues relevant to investors worldwide to discuss macroeconomic trends, innovations affecting financial services, and investment opportunities in the region.
The conference will be opened by the welcoming remarks and opening address of Andrew T. Campbell, CFA, Conference Chair, followed by Mauro Miranda, CFA, President at CFA Society Brazil, and Bjorn Forfang, Deputy CEO at CFA Institute. It will continue with a panel on Brazilian pension funds, with the participation of Fábio Coelho, Managing Director for PREVIC “Superintendência Nacional de Previdência Complementar”.
Finally, Marcelo Barbosa, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil, will close the first day’s events.
On the second day, Zeina Latif, Chief Economist at XP Investments, will talk about the challenges facing economic policy in Brazil in the short and medium term. Next, a first panel comprised by Daniel Cancel, Managing Editor for Latin America at Bloomberg, Andrea Murta, Director of Business US for the JOTA publication, and Matias Spektor, Associate Professor of International Relations at FGV “Fundação Getulio Vargas,” will discuss the implications for investors of the political situation in Latin America;to be followed by a second panel comprised by Alberto J. Bernal-León, Chief Strategist at XP Securities, Carl Ross, Sovereign Analyst for Emerging Country Debt at GMO, and Lisa M. Schineller, Managing Director of Sovereign and International Public Finance Ratings at S&P Global Ratings.
Following lunch, Roberto Rigobon, Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, will talk about how Big Data can affect the region’s future.
In the afternoon, Mary Bobbitt, Director of Society Advocacy Engagement for the Americas region at CFA Institute, will review the regulatory scenario in Latin America; to be followed by a new panel on trends in debt markets in Latin America, in which Daniel R. Kastholm, CFA, Regional Group Head for Latin American Corporate Ratings at Fitch Ratings, Alexei G. Remizov, Managing Director at HSBC Securities USA, Marianna Waltz, CFA, Managing Director and Regional Head of the Latin American Corporate Finance Team at Moody's Investor Services, and Flavio Papelbaum, CFA, Manager for the Capital Markets Division at BNDES will participate.
Next, Axel Christensen, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager at Onyx Equity Management, and Sonia Villalobos, CFA, Founding Partner of Villalobos Consultoria Ltda, will discuss the opportunities and challenges when investing in Latin America.
In the afternoon, Brian D. Singer, CFA, Partner and Head of Dynamic Allocation strategies at William Blair & Company, will explain how to implement dynamic allocation strategies and the evolution of top-down investment. Carlos Viana de Carvalho from the Central Bank of Brazil will be the closing keynote. The conference will close with a farewell reception.
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