The Seventh Public Investors Conference

In recent history, the global economy has experienced a broad-based cyclical upturn, with many observers expecting a renormalization of monetary policy across advanced economy central banks in the context of sustained global growth. At the same time, an evolving regulatory environment, potential shifts in the geopolitical landscape, dramatic changes in financial technology, and an awareness of the challenges stemming from less-conventional reserve assets, such as equities and corporate bonds, have added complexity to the investment process for many institutions. As a result, public investors face a confluence of factors that may affect their organizational design, governance, decision-making processes, risk preferences, modelling approaches, and investment strategies.

This year’s conference aims to explore ideas on policy frameworks, asset allocation, portfolio and risk management, and financial technology in the context of a shifting macroeconomic, geopolitical, regulatory, and technological environment. Ideas across these or any other topics relevant to central bank investors, sovereign wealth funds, or public pension plans are welcome, and may be submitted in the form of an abstract with preliminary findings and a supporting outline, or a working paper. Specific areas for exploration may include, though are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Organization and governance of the investment and/or risk functions
  • Portfolio construction and management, including:
  • Strategic and tactical asset allocation
  • Recent developments in asset-liability management
  • Measuring and managing risk, including market, credit, liquidity, operational and model risk
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations for public investors
  • Impact of financial technologies, such as algorithmic trading, artificial intelligence, and distributed ledger