SGX Index Edge Webinar Series 2020

Join the industry experts from leading buy-side and issuer companies, who will share their insights on investment innovation in the context of the ever-changing economic and political environment.

SGX Index Edge Audiocast Series

26 November 2020 | 10AM BST, 5PM HKT
30-Minute Fireside Chat with Eric Shirbini,
Global Research & Investment Solutions Director at Scientific Beta

Register now  Audiocast Part 1 on-demand  Webinar on-demand  

Audiocast: Understanding the Recent Poor Performance of Equity Factor Strategies

The recent poor performance of equity factor strategies has called into question the efficacy of factor investing. This audiocast seeks to gain a better understanding of all the risks an investor is explosed to when investing in equity factors. Should these risks be controlled or not? If so, how can they be controlled?

  • Main drivers of the recent performance of equity factor strategies
  • How can the differences in performance of factor strategies help investors?
  • To what extent can risks in equity factors be controlled?
  • How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted the factor strategies?
  • What should an investor expect moving forward?

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Following the webinar and audiocast that took place on 28 July and 24 September respectively, there will be one more audiocast further exploring the challenges of the global economic environment. The webinar and audiocast recordings are now available, and we look forward to having you join us on 26 November to learn more.

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Audiocast on-demand: The paradox of seeking alpha during economic distress

This audiocast discusses the misconceptions of ESG, Factor and Thematic indices that are increasingly confused as potential sources of alpha during a period of dislocation between markets and current economic reality. SGX Index Edge will cover:

  • Beyond benchmarks and the expectation of alpha
  • ESG investing – the opportunities and controversies
  • Is ESG a rewarded risk factor?
  • The need for a long-term view of equity risk-premia
  • Thematic indices, separating fact from fiction

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Webinar on-demand: Navigating through the current economic environment

  • Is this a short, sharp downturn from which the global economy will make a quick recovery or is this one of the greatest recessions that we’ve ever seen?
  • Global economic slowdown and geopolitics risks – what are the implications for financial markets and portfolio strategies
  • Which products and strategies have done well during the first half? Will this persist into the second half of 2020? 
  • ESG compliant investments – Do they prove to be more resilient?
  • Is there still a healthy risk appetite in this environment? In addition, what will investors look for in 2020 and beyond?

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Nick Baltas

Managing director, head of R&D, portfolio construction and XA one-delta strategies

Goldman Sachs

Nick Baltas, Ph.D., is a managing director and head of R&D of the Systematic Trading Strategies (STS) Group at Goldman Sachs. He is responsible for providing thought leadership in the space of factor and risk premia investing, portfolio construction, and strategy design. Alongside, he maintains a visiting academic position at Imperial College Business School and has been appointed as the co-executive editor of the newly launched Journal of Systematic Investing.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2017, Nick was an executive director in the quantitative research unit of UBS. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Finance at Imperial College Business School, a visiting Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, as well as a risk manager in a London-based hedge fund. He has received several teaching awards and his research has been awarded with numerous grants and prizes, has been published in academic finance journals and practitioner books, and has been quoted by the financial press. Most recently he was the recipient of the 2019 EQDerivatives Best Academic Research Paper Award in Alternative Risk Premia (joint with Bernd Scherer).

Nick holds a DEng in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an MSc in communications & signal processing from Imperial College London and a PhD in financial economics from Imperial College Business School.

Mauro Cesa

Quantitative finance editor

Mauro Cesa is quantitative finance editor for, based in London. He leads the team responsible for the publication of quantitative research across all brands of the division. The section of he manages, Cutting Edge, publishes peer-reviewed papers on derivatives, asset and risk management, and commodities.

Mauro holds a degree in economics from the university of Trieste and a masters in quant finance from the University of Brescia.

Stephen Coltman

Senior investment manager

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Stephen Coltman is a Senior Investment Manager within the Alternative Investment Strategies team and is responsible for Top-Down Strategy and Portfolio Hedging implementation. He is also a member of the AIS Portfolio Management Committee. Stephen joined Aberdeen Asset Management plc as a result of the acquisition of Arden Asset Management LLC in December 2015 where he was an Executive Director. Previously, Stephen was a partner at Trevose Capital Management, a macro hedge fund, traded interest rate futures at Goldenberg Hehmeyer, and worked in Equity Sales at JP Morgan. Stephen holds an MS in Chemistry from Imperial College, London and is a CFA charterholder.

Jason Daw

Head of Emerging Markets Strategy

Société Générale

Jason has 20 years of experience providing investment and economic research and advisory at investment banking and asset management firms. He also has broad, multi-asset class experience across foreign exchange, equities and fixed income. Before joining SG, Jason was research manager at Mercer after working at Exelion Capital Management as Chief Economist in Singapore. Prior to moving to Singapore, Jason was chief investment officer - asset management & FX advisory at Royal Oak Capital Management. He previously worked at Merrill Lynch as a senior FX strategist and at Goldman Sachs as an FX strategist and economist. Jason started his career as an economic research analyst at The Central Bank of Canada

Simon Karaban

Head of index services

Singapore Exchange

Simon Karaban is Head of Index Services at Singapore Exchange (SGX). He joined SGX in March 2013 and has lead the development and build of the index business for SGX through the introduction of new technology, indices and index services for global clients.

Prior to SGX, Mr. Karaban was the Director of Research and Design for S&P Dow Jones Indices based in Hong Kong, where he led the R+D initiatives for indices across asset classes for the Asia Pacific region.  Prior to S&P he worked for Morningstar as a Product Manager for the research data business, developing and commercializing research data solutions for institutional clients.

Mr. Karaban graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics. He also holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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