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Citywire Geneva Emerging Markets Forum 2014

Citywire Geneva Emerging Markets Forum 2014

Citywire is launching a new thematic event in Geneva dedicated to emerging markets, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues on Wednesday the 10th December 2014.

Attendance is free of charge, but strictly limited to third-party fund selectors.

Workshop-based sessions in small groups will be taking place during the course of the morning with an excellent line-up of managers:


Matthew Linsey, GAM:
North of South EM Equity

GAM Star North of South EM Equity seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation through investing in a portfolio of emerging market equities. The fund is managed by North of South Capital, a highly experienced emerging markets investment team with long-term knowledge of the markets and companies they invest in.

The team applies an active, value-based approach combining top-down macro research and bottom-up company analysis to identify mis-priced stocks, building a carefully diversified portfolio of typically 70 to 100 holdings.

Thomas Rutz, MainFirst: Credit opportunities in the Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets high yield corporates offer significant opportunities to generate outperformance for active managers, especially as company fundamentals and economic data is improving in the emerging markets.

Given the inefficiencies and peculiarities of corporate emerging market debt, specialist managers are best placed to take advantage of these opportunities. The varying demographic, economic and regulatory structures provide an active alpha-seeking manager a potentially large number of investable ideas by looking beyond the benchmark.

Josh Yafa, Thornburg Investment Management: What do we know about emerging markets? 

The dynamic nature of emerging markets often poses a big challenge to investors. This has highlighted the need for a flexible approach to balance the potential and pitfalls in emerging markets equity investing. During this workshop, Josh Yafa and his colleague, Chris Elsmark, will cover the Thornburg Developing World Strategy’s distinctive investment philosophy and research process. 

Fundamental stock selection is central to the team's strategy but selectivity is key. The first step of the process is to identify and select promising companies that do not impair capital and the second step is to mitigate volatility as well as manage risk through multiple layers of diversification.

Sam Vecht, BlackRock: Investing in Emerging Markets - The “Perception-Reality” Gap

Despite superior GDP growth relative to the developed world, emerging markets equity returns have disappointed investors, returning 0% over the past seven years with high volatility. In a departure from the standard emerging market investment model, Sam Vecht examines the gap between the perception and reality of emerging market equity investing.

The ‘Perception’ is that higher economic growth in emerging markets will drive superior shareholder returns. The ‘Reality’ is that economic growth may drive volume growth, but shareholder value is driven by an array of other factors such as margins, working capital management and market expectations.


The event will also feature a thought-provoking and engaging session by our guest speaker Neil Shearing, Chief Emerging Markets Economist at Capital Economics.

Drawing on his vast experience in emerging markets, Neil Shearing will share his first-hand experience and insights into the regions which continue to dominate headlines worldwide.

To register your interest in attending this event and to receive full details of the programme, please email Alexandre Cavé on

Registration and breakfast will be available from 8h30 and the first session starts at 9am sharp. The conference will close at 13h00 and you are then invited to join us for a buffet lunch. Attendance is free for all delegates.

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