TABE - Financial Market Outlook Panel: "Is this the End?"

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Thursday 17 May 2018, 12:00 - 13:45


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Financial Market Outlook Panel 2018:

"Is This the End?"

Jointly Presented by the Toronto Association for Business and Economics and the Toronto CFA Society

A panel of market strategists will tackle the key questions of the day, including whether the post-crisis era of happy financial markets might now be grinding to a halt. The business cycle is aging, central banks are tightening, inflation is finally rising and volatility is no longer low. Does that close the book on rising equities, or might there be another leg higher? Has the secular bull market in bonds come to a conclusive end? What is fair value for a variety of assets in this altered landscape? What regions and markets can top the rest? Is Canada set to be a perennial market laggard, or does a rebound await? Against a backdrop of U.S. tax cuts, protectionism and an increasingly assertive China, this session seeks to answer the key market and macro questions of the day.  The session will be moderated by Eric Lascelles, Chief Economist for RBC Global Asset Management.

Susanne Alexandor
Vice-President, Client Portfolio Manager, Cougar Global Investments
Susanne is a senior member of the Investment Team for Toronto based Cougar Global, managing their Global Tactical Asset Allocation (GTAA) portfolios. The downside risk managed portfolios exclusively utilize ETFs for portfolio construction. Susanne is a regular speaker and media contributor on global markets, macro themes, and ETFs. She brings over 25 years of global investing and capital markets experience, having specialized as a European and global fixed income portfolio manager. Her career spans major financial centres including New York, London, Luxembourg and Toronto with leading global asset management firms Aberdeen, Deutsche Asset Management, UBS and Citi.

Philip Petursson
Chief Investment Strategist, Manulife Investments
As Chief Investment Strategist, Philip has a range of investment strategy responsibilities from market and economic analysis to investor education. He analyzes and interprets the economy and markets on behalf of Manulife Investments’ clients and works with the portfolio management teams to provide clients and investment intermediaries with guidance and commentary on strategies, asset allocation weightings, as well as specific portfolio recommendations. His expertise spans across multiple asset classes and geographic regions. Philip joined Manulife in 1999 and regularly contributes to Manulife Investments’ publications. He is frequently quoted in the press, has appeared on BNN and is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences.

Kurt Reiman
Chief Investment Strategist, BlackRock
Kurt is responsible for creating value-added Canadian financial market and investment insights. Prior to his current role, Kurt was a Global Investment Strategist with responsibility for presenting BlackRock’s multi-asset investment views to clients throughout North America, primarily in the U.S. Kurt joined BlackRock in 2013 with over 15 years of experience in investment research and strategy. Prior to joining BlackRock, he was the Head of Thematic Research at UBS Wealth Management in New York and Zurich. He also held various analyst positions at Reuters and the G7 Group. Kurt appears regularly in Canadian financial news media, including BNN, Bloomberg, the Financial Post and the Globe and Mail.

Moderator: Eric Lascelles
Chief Economist, RBC Global Asset Management
Eric is the Chief Economist for RBC Global Asset Management Inc., Canada’s largest asset manager. He maintains the firm’s global economic forecast and advises its portfolio managers on key themes and risks. Eric is also a member of the RBC Investment Strategy Committee, which is responsible for the firm’s global asset mix recommendations.Prior to joining RBC GAM, Eric spent close to a decade at another large financial institution. Before this, he was a Research Analyst at Statistics Canada. Externally, he serves on the C.D. Howe Institute’s Business Cycle Council, the group that dates recessions and other economic turning points in Canada. He is also on the board of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics.


Where: The Albany Club, 91 King Street East, Toronto


When: Thursday, May 17th


Time: Lunch at 12:00 followed by Presentation and Q&A from 12:30 to 1:45.


Early Bird Price: Members  $50, Non-Members $70  - Book by May 3

Regular Price: Members  $60, Non-Members $80   

Registration will close May 14th so sign up early to avoid disappointment


Location Albany Club - Toronto
91 King Street East