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Chief Economists Forum 2022

Gathering more than 700 of the industry's leading financial advice, superannuation and investment management professionals annually, Financial Standard's Chief Economists Forum will guide decision makers in their preparation for the year ahead.

Featuring presentations from five of the top chief economists and strategists, plus an interactive panel discussion with live audience Q&A, gain insights into the expectations for 2022.

Find out about:

  • Domestic economic conditions and market outlook
    • International border closures, slower population growth and the Australian economy
    • Labour market conditions and employment
  • Monetary and fiscal policy responses
  • Global economic outlooks for North America, Europe and Asia
    • Emerging market opportunities and vulnerabilities as well as financial conditions in advanced economies
Join us at this breakfast briefing and walk away with the latest insights and knowledge you need to make the most of 2022 and beyond.
 
 
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Gold partner - La Trobe

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7:30am Registrations open
8:00am Welcome from Financial Standard
8:05am Introduction / opening

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.

8:15am Further along the road to recovery: Australia's economic rebound following the impacts of Covid-19
  • How Australia's economy exceeded all expectations in 2021
  • Why the outlook for 2022 continues to improve
  • The headwinds and tailwinds that will drive outcomes over the next 36 months

Chris Andrews
Deputy CEO & Chief Investment Officer, La Trobe Financial

  Find out more about Chris

Chris Andrews is Deputy CEO and Chief Investment Officer of La Trobe Financial. 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 oversees La Trobe Financial's Asset Management Division, is Chairman of the Group Executive Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Asset and Liability Committee.

Chris holds degrees in Commerce and Law (Honours).

8:25am Bond bull market: dead or alive? 
  • The new high inflation, same as the old high inflation?
  • Positive on real rates, or not?
  • Are European rates headed above zero, and does it matter?

Robert Tipp
Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist & Head of Global Bonds, PGIM Fixed Income

  Find out more about Robert

Robert Tipp, CFA, is a Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist, and Head of Global Bonds for PGIM Fixed Income. In addition to co-managing the global multi-sector strategies, Mr. Tipp is responsible for global rates positioning for Core Plus, Absolute Return, and other portfolios. Mr. Tipp has worked at the Firm since 1991, where he has held a variety of senior investment manager and strategist roles. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Director in the Portfolio Strategies Group at the First Boston Corporation, where he developed, marketed, and implemented strategic portfolio products for money managers. Before that, Mr. Tipp was a Senior Staff Analyst at the Allstate Research & Planning Center, and managed fixed income and equity derivative strategies at Wells Fargo Investment Advisors. He received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Tipp holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

8:35am Thriving in a new market regime | BlackRock Investment Institute's 2022 Global Outlook
  • 2022 trends that will shape markets and new opportunities ahead
  • Navigating a new world with confidence
  • China's role in portfolios

Ben Powell
Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist, APAC, BlackRock

  Find out more about Ben

Ben Powell, CFA Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Strategist for APAC within the BlackRock Investment Institute. He is based in Singapore. The institute leverages BlackRock's expertise and produces proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics, and long-term asset allocation - all to help clients and portfolio managers navigate financial markets.

Mr. Powell is a contributor in the formation of the Institute's tactical investment views across the whole portfolio. He has the responsibility of communicating the team's macroeconomic and financial market outlook to investment professionals and the media throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Powell is a frequent contributor to financial news media and appears regularly on Bloomberg TV and CNBC.

Before joining BlackRock in 2019, Mr. Powell was co-Head of UBS Investment Bank Multi-Asset APAC Sales. Prior to that he worked for Barclays Capital. Mr. Powell has 20 years of experience in capital markets including over a decade in Asia.

Mr. Powell is a graduate in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

8:45am Looking at markets through the fog of war
  • Macro-economic fundamentals shifted rapidly in late 2021/early 2022, so central banks' narratives did too
  • Rising interest rates, liquidity withdrawal and a higher risk of stagflation will make 2022 a more challenging year for markets
  • Recession risk has risen in recent months, but it's likely premature to make major adjustments to portfolios

Sally Auld
Chief Investment Officer, JBWere

  Find out more about Sally

Sally joined JBWere in September 2020 from JP Morgan, where she was Managing Director, Chief Economist and Head of Fixed Income and FX Strategy for Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to JP Morgan she previously worked as Co-Head of Australian Economics and Fixed Income Strategy at ANZ. She started her career in Economic and Fixed Income research at Credit Suisse.

Sally holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and the University Medal from Sydney University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University. She is currently a Board Member of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Deputy Chair of the Council of the Women's College within The University of Sydney and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee for the Children's Medical Research Institute.

8:55am At the 2022 crossroads: critical junctures for the Australian economy and politics
  • Opportunities and risks for the economic recovery
  • The role for fiscal policy in the recovery
  • The 2022 Federal election and the implications for economic policy

Danielle Wood
Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute

  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.

9:05am Q&A
9:25am Closing remarks
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