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Steffan stars in Hong Kong thriller

December 15, 2017


Chief Editor, Kiwi Wealth News

Written by Chief Editor, Kiwi Wealth News

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benjamin-hung-340387.jpgMembers of Kiwi Wealth’s Investment Management Team have been busy flying the flag for our business internationally.

At Kiwi Wealth, we’re really proud of our in-house Investment Management Team (IMT), who are on hand to research the best possible investments and make informed decisions that guide the investment of your money, quickly and efficiently.

However, we also think it’s really important that our team travel overseas frequently, to conduct research, keep abreast of global investment developments and share their own expertise with other professionals from around the world.

Which is why Dr. Steffan Berridge, IMT’s Quantitative Strategist, recently took part in a panel discussion at the CQAsia 6th Annual Conference in Hong Kong.

CQAsia – what’s it all about

The CQAsia Conference is held every November and brings together approximately 250 delegates, from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations, to discuss topics related to quantitative investing.

This year’s Conference featured animated panel discussions and talks on investing developments involving quantitative analysis, systematic strategies and artificial intelligence, particularly where these methods contribute to better returns or risk management.

Or, as Steffan explains, “In laymen’s terms, looking at disciplined processes for picking better investments and executing trades more cheaply.”

Panel show

Steffan was asked to appear as part of a panel discussion on systematic investment strategies, which mostly focused on strategies for picking outperforming stocks. Steffan was joined on the panel by such high profile guests as Susan Chan from iShares and Fanesca Young from the Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC. Steffan was asked to take part in the panel discussion thanks to his expertise in designing systematic trading strategies, both in his previous role prior to joining Kiwi Wealth, and in his current position as Quantitative Strategist with our IMT.

Steffan’s expertise meant that not only was he able to speak to how Kiwi Wealth’s investment team do things, but also able to talk about the strategies our team are seeing from other global investment managers. As Steffan says, “We’re in a strong position, relationship- and information-wise, as we’re talking regularly with the best global investment managers.”

Susan, Head of Investment Strategy at Kiwi Wealth, said “We’re incredibly proud that Steffan’s expertise is being recognised globally and that we are able to get the story out there about our capabilities as an investment manager.”

Other topics

Steffan was able to catch many of the other panel discussions that occurred over the two-day conference. Some talks discussed the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the car industry, with the incredible recent growth in computing power, and what this technology could eventually offer to investment management.

Other talks focused on Asian financial markets, where retail mum-and-dad investors are a big part of the market. A lot of evidence was presented that these types of investor are making poor investment decisions, creating wide-spread mispricing and leaving the door open for more experienced and well-resourced investors to take advantage. This is something that our IMT will need to navigate, as the Chinese market opens up and becomes a larger part of global portfolios.

This kind of information is why it’s invaluable that our IMT travels and keeps up-to-date with what’s being discussed in their field. It means they can bring this kind of information home with them, apply it to the decisions they make on your behalf, and ensure that our approach continues to represent the best one for our members.

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The information provided, or any opinions expressed in this article, are of a general nature only and should not be construed, or relied on, as a recommendation to invest in a particular financial product or class of financial products. You should seek financial advice specific to your circumstances from an Authorised Financial Adviser before making any investment decisions. 

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