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Chief Economists Forum 2021

Chief Economists Forum 2021

GRAND HYATT
123 COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE VIC 3000
TUESDAY 2 MARCH 2021
8:00AM - 9:30AM
$130 + GST
$1,000 + GST FOR TABLE OF 8
HYATT REGENCY
161 SUSSEX STREET, SYDNEY NSW 2000
THURSDAY 4 MARCH 2021
8:00AM - 9:30AM
$130 + GST
$1,000 + GST FOR TABLE OF 8
 
    
 
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Chief Economists Forum 2021

GRAND HYATT
123 COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE VIC 3000
TUESDAY 2 MARCH 2021
8:00AM - 9:30AM
$130 + GST
$1,000 + GST FOR TABLE OF 8
HYATT REGENCY
161 SUSSEX STREET, SYDNEY NSW 2000
THURSDAY 4 MARCH 2021
8:00AM - 9:30AM
$130 + GST
$1,000 + GST FOR TABLE OF
 
Since 2007, Financial Standard's Chief Economists Forum has opened the calendar year to provide an economic outlook for the year ahead.

The event brings together five leading chief economists and strategists, who outline their expectations for the following 12 months, with a key focus on the implications for Australia's wealth management industry.

The presentations will assist decision makers in financial advice, superannuation and investment management with their preparation for 2021 and beyond.

2020 provided a new level of economic challenges, which will have lasting impacts. The 2021 forum will be focusing on the economic impacts of COVID-19, changes as a result of the US electing their 46th US president, Joe Biden, analysing how the developing tensions between Australia and China will impact trade and more.

Chief Economists Forum 2021

Hans Kunnen
Master of Ceremonies
  Find out more about Hans

Following teaching roles at the University of New England and Macquarie University in the early 1980s, Hans was appointed Chief Economist at State Bank NSW in 1991.

Following a period on the board of Colonial First State he assumed the role of chief economist at CFS in 1997 working there for over a decade until his first retirement in 2008.

After a year of getting in the way at home and writing a book, Hans consulted for Zurich Investment Management and later joined St.George Banking Group as its Chief Economist in 2012.

Hans set up Compass Economics in 2017 where he writes and speaks on economic affairs for his various clients.

Hans has an honours degree in economics from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in Economics from the University of New England.

Chris Andrews
Chief Investment Officer, La Trobe Financial

Along the Road to Recovery: Australia's economic rebound following the impacts of the Covid-19 economic hibernation.

  • How Australia's economy exceeded all expectations in 2020
  • Why the outlook for 2021 continues to improve
  • The headwinds and tailwinds that will drive outcomes over the next 36 months
  Find out more about Chris

Chris Andrews is Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of La Trobe Financial. He oversees the Credit Fund and is part of La Trobe Financial's treasury deal team, which manages funding, institutional investors and RMBS issuances.

Chris joined La Trobe Financial in 2006 as Senior Legal Counsel from Minter Ellison Lawyers and commenced as Head of Funds Management in 2009. He is Chairman of La Trobe Financial's Executive Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Asset Liability Committee. Chris is also Deputy CEO.

Chris holds degrees in Commerce and Law (Honours).

Nathan Sheets
Chief Economist and Head of Global Macroeconomic Research, PGIM Fixed Income

Global Recovery: Who's Leading the Way?

  • Outlook for the U.S. economy and markets during the coming year
  • Role of the Fed and U.S. fiscal policy
  • Over the medium term, economic performance will resemble the pre-pandemic, with soft to moderate growth, low inflation, and likely low rates.
  Find out more about Nathan
Nathan Sheets

Nathan Sheets, PhD, is Chief Economist and Head of Global Macroeconomic Research at PGIM Fixed Income. Mr. Sheets is responsible for the oversight of the firm's Global Macroeconomic Research team, leading the formulation of the global macroeconomic outlook, supporting fundamental views on developed and emerging countries, and the analysis of global interest rate, currency, sovereign, and credit markets. He is a member of the senior investment team and provides thought leadership on global monetary and fiscal policy and macroeconomic trends.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2017, Mr. Sheets was the undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury for international affairs, representing the U.S. government on international economic policy. Previously, he held positions with Citigroup, as global head of International Economics, and with the Federal Reserve Board, most recently as director of the Division of International Finance and FOMC Economist. In addition, Mr. Sheets was a senior advisor to the executive director of the International Monetary Fund and a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Darrell Spence
Economist, Capital Group

2021 Outlook: Turning points on the road to recovery

  • Federal policy and the implication for U.S. inflation, rates, and the equity market
  • The massive amount of debt that has been created, and will continue to be created, by the US stimulus packages
  • Not all experiences can be digitised. Pent-up demand is poised to fuel a comeback in travel and other hard-hit sectors as people yearn to go on their next holiday or simply go out to dinner.
  Find out more about Darrell

Darrell R. Spence is an economist at Capital Group. He has 27 years of investment industry experience, all with Capital Group.

He holds a bachelor's degree with honors in economics from Occidental College graduating cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the National Association for Business Economics. Darrell is based in Los Angeles.

Sean Taylor
Chief Investment Officer APAC and Head of Emerging Market Equities, DWS Group

Too much or too little growth? Time to address Emerging Markets

  • Cyclical recovery - too much or not enough? Sustainable and better structural growth in emerging markets than developed markets.
  • Is growth going to bring inflation?
  • Global influence on emerging markets, including the Biden Presidency and vaccination rollout.
  Find out more about Sean

Sean joined the company in 2013 with more than 20 years of industry experience. He spent 10 years as a hedge fund manager at GAM, managing the Emerging Market and Frontier funds. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank Group, Sean served as Head of Global Emerging Markets for Pioneer Investments.

Before this, he spent seven years at Societe Generale Asset Management UK, where he headed the emerging markets desk before becoming Head of Global Equity. From 1994 to 1997, Sean was with Capel-Cure Myers as a portfolio manager for international equity. Before, he worked for James Capel Investment Management (HSBC).

Danielle Wood
Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute

Australian Economics, policy and politics of the COVID recovery

  • Australia's economy is bouncing back from the COVID recession , but will the recovery have a long tail?
  • How the different dynamics of this recession will impact the path of the Australian economy over the next two years
  • Looking at the political and policy implications of the recession in what is likely to be an election year
     
  Find out more about Danielle

Danielle is the CEO of the Grattan Institute. She believes in the power of public policy to make Australia a better place. Danielle has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality and reforming political institutions. She is a sought-after media commentator and speaker on policy issues.

Danielle previously worked at the ACCC, NERA Economic Consulting and the Productivity Commission. She holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and Masters degrees in Economics and Competition Law, from the University of Melbourne.

Danielle is the National President of the Economic Society of Australia and co-founder and former Chair of the Women in Economics Network.

 

Chief Economists Forum 2021

Gold partners
 
La Trobe Financial - Gold partner

La Trobe Financial

Established in 1952 and with $11 billion of Assets Under Management, La Trobe Financial is one of Australia's leading diversified wealth managers, specialising in funding and investment solutions. La Trobe Financial has been a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors, operating Australia's largest retail Credit Fund with $5 billion in assets under management and 50,000 retail investors. It is 80% owned by Blackstone, one of the world's leading investment firms with more than US$584 billion of assets under management worldwide.

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PGIM

PGIM Fixed Income is a global asset manager offering active solutions across all fixed income markets. The company has offices in Newark, N.J., London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Munich, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. As of September 30, 2020, the firm has $946 billion of assets under management including $402 billion in institutional assets, $187 billion in retail assets, and $357 billion in proprietary assets. Over 850 institutional asset owners have entrusted PGIM Fixed Income with their assets. PGIM Fixed Income is a United States business operating as a unit within PGIM, Inc. ("PGIM").

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Silver partners
 
Capital Group - Silver partner

Capital Group

 
DWS Group - Silver partner

DWS Group

 

Chief Economists Forum 2021

Chief Economists Forum 2021

Financial Standard will be working with our venue partners to ensure a COVID-safe environment, with government aligned practices to be employed.

Melbourne, Grand Hyatt

The Grand Hyatt's COVID Safety Plan includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hand sanitiser placed at key points in the venue
  • Floor markers to space our queues in the registration areas
  • Corporate events cannot exceed 300 people, or one person per four square metres
  • No food sharing stations are available

For more details relating to the Grand Hyatt's COVID safety plan, please click here.

Sydney, Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency's COVID Safety Plan includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hand sanitiser placed at key points in the venue
  • Floor markers to space our queues in the registration areas
  • Corporate events cannot exceed 300 people, or one person per four square metres
  • No food sharing stations are available

For more details relating to the Hyatt Regency's COVID Safety plan, please click here.