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Past meetings : Benelux Forum – Dutch Meetings

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Topic: Geopolitical Risks and Challenges/Outlook for Emerging Markets

Date: 11 December 2018

Venue: Het Slot Zeist, Zeist, The Netherlands

Details: With 2018 being a volatile year so far across many emerging markets (both equities and fixed income) and with heightened geopolitical risks on the horizon such as BREXIT, US Mid Term Elections, trade wars, Saudi/Turkey relations and China, just what should pension funds do to ensure they have a robust portfolio what can deliver returns they need? In particular, we focus on the inherent risks in emerging markets today and how can you plan to mitigate these? Our speakers reviewed emerging markets and consider key risks (including ESG risks), challenges such as governance, costs and transparency and opportunities as pension fund boards look to decide on whether to increase or decrease their exposures to emerging markets either strategically and/or tactically?

Topic: An Asset Class In-Depth Review – A Look at Private Equity and Infrastructure Investing

Date: 9 October 2018

Venue: Het Slot Zeist, Zeist, The Netherlands

Details: With many pension funds increasing allocations in recent years to alternative assets, we looked at the prospects today of Private Equity and Infrastructure. Can they provide the diversification and risk adjusted returns that funds require? We will explore the role of both Private Equity and Infrastructure (both Debt and Equity) within a Pension Fund Portfolio, the key risks and opportunities as well as the practical challenges of gaining exposure to these asset classes such as Regulatory and ESG considerations.