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Financial revolution – Sentiment Analysis, AI and Machine Learning

When: October 30, 2018 Where: Hilton Zurich Airport, Hohenbühlstrasse 10, 8152, Opfikon Organiser: UniCom This conference will help demystify the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) and differentiate the reality from the hype. Learn about how companies can benefit from the unprecedented progress in AI technologies. Participants will be presented with insights on how they can explore technological advances. Topics to be covered include: fundamentals and applications of machine learning and deep learning; pattern classifiers, natural language processing (NLP) and AI applied to data, text and multi-media; sentiment scores combined with neo-classical models of finance; financial analytics underpinned by qualitative and quantitative methods; predictive and normative analysis applied to finance; behavioural and cognitive science; and the future of AI and its impact on industries. The programme includes the latest state-of-the-art research, practical applications and case studies.

China Alternatives Investment Summit 2018

When: October 26-27, 2018 Where: Beijing Organiser: Finfoglobal The conference will focus on a number of subjects relating to alternative investment including ETF market development trends, the rise of passive investment strategies and current investment opportunities. Other topics to be covered include: challenges in structuring a family office in Asia; artificial intelligence and robo advisory; pension fund thinking and what the opportunities and challenges in the 2019 will be; A-shares market outlook; fund of hedge fund and  fund selectors; offshore RMB hedging and CNH futures; offshore trust service; a global view and investment of China’s fund managers; and best practice in setting-up an offshore hedge fund and hedge fund structure, administration or SPC as well as other related topics. In addition sessions will look at exploiting data and quantitative investment processes, active quant equity investment, machine learning to generate alpha and new opportunities in CTA strategies. Socially responsible investing and how to sustain wealth throughout intergenerational transitions will also be discussed. Investors, asset managers, private banks, ETF issuers and around 600 buy-side and sell-side executives are expected to attend.

Greenwich Economic Forum

When: November 15-16, 2018 Where: Delamar Hotel, 500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT 06830 Organisers: Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, Town of Greenwich, Greenwich Business Institute and Markets Group The Greenwich Economic Forum is a gathering of the world’s most influential alternative managers and allocators. The forum will bring together more than 300 of the world’s leading minds in finance and public policy to discuss and debate the global risk environment. The forum will be a high level (CEO, CIO) summit for global leaders in asset management, finance and financial policy. Many of Greenwich’s most famous managers will be speaking, including Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates and Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment, in addition to other world-class managers, investors and government and business leaders, domestically and internationally. Some of the topics to be discussed include: global capital markets in a world in transition; strategic asset allocation; global private market investing; Chinas financial markets; the importance of culture in business success; direct lending and the rise of private credit; the potential of artificial intelligence, algorithmic decision making and the singularity; private equity investment and others. Roundtable discussions include election results in worlds markets, managing political risk, US-China trade, emerging markets, Blockchain, cryptocurrency, machine learning, distressed debt (US and international) and other alternative assets.

ASK 2018 Real Estate & Infrastructure

When: October 23, 2018 Where: Conrad Seoul Hotel, Seoul, South Korea Organiser: ASK ASK is a department of The Korea Economic Daily, a media group in Korea and exclusively focused on organising events in relation to alternative investment classes including private equity, private debt, real estate, hedge funds, infrastructure and other assets. Investors and fund managers have opportunities to network at the event.

Robo advisors seen as biggest disruptor over next five years

The focus of asset managers is shifting away from regulation and towards the threats as well as opportunities coming from disruptive technologies, according to a survey by Linedata.

European CLO Summit

When: October 9, 2018 Where: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London Organiser: Opal The summit is an educational forum designed for investors, issuers, underwriters, rating agencies, lawyers and accountants. At the event they can learn the newest techniques to maximise returns and reduce risk exposure in this growing area of asset-backed finance. An in-depth review of recent regulatory changes in addition to rating agency methodology, legal, tax and structural considerations will provide attendees with the tools necessary to stay one step ahead of their competitors. Topics to be covered include: the current state and outlook for the global CLO market; CLO equity; CLOS, a tool to fund the real economy; how to analyse structural features of a CLO; CLO 2.0’s evolution not revolution, market backdrop and themes; manager screening and evaluation; securitisation and market place lending (P2P); CLO markets in a regulated environment/ risk retention; evaluating leveraged loan market performance and direction; relative value in the CLO market; launching a new CLO; how to construct a CLO; and successful CLO management strategies and structures in the current environment.

Private equity performance analysis shows UK gives best risk-returns in Europe

Countries and regions that have higher productivity growth offer the best private equity returns, according to research from eFront.

$1bn hedge fund club continues to dominate industry as investors

As hedge fund performance picked up in 2017, net inflows rose to $3. 61tn assets under management (AUM) by the end of March 2018. Assets managed by firms with at least $1bn in AUM surged over the past year, according to Preqin data.