Investor sentiment has shifted and CIE’s delegates agree that Europe offers the greatest investment opportunities over the next three years. It is time for investors to wipe away the tears and focus on the opportunities in front of them.

Investors are taking a fresh look at Europe and there are four forces at play creating a new sense of optimism. First, positive economic data shows that the trend is your friend. While not outstanding by global comparison the trend in European GDP growth, unemployment and productivity are clearly positive and more stable than at any time over the past decade. While there are vast differences across European nations the fact is that aggregate economic performance offers the strongest outlook since the financial crisis.

centred investor issue 9

In today’s rapidly changing and uncertain economic environment, it is more important than ever to be innovative in how we manage portfolios in pursuit of returns; how we manage and immunise portfolios against downside and tail risks; and how we manage people and organisational structures to enable us
to successfully navigate the increasingly complex investment landscape we face.

In 2017 we will take CIE’s International Investing Symposium to Washington D.C. where the event will be held at the infamous Watergate Hotel. By April 2017 we will be three months into the term of the new President (Inauguration Day is 20 January) and domestic and foreign policy agendas will be becoming evident.

Centred investor issue 8

CIE is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. Having been part of our industry for the past two decades, CIE has witnessed firsthand the changes that have occurred, with the industry having professionalised rapidly in terms of leadership, organisational capability, corporate strategy and investment expertise. Over the same timeframe, financial markets and the global economy have undergone a steady evolution and endured periods of seismic dislocation.

The challenges and opportunities in global investment, risk management and product development have become broader and more complex and in response investors have deepened their in-house expertise.

To ensure we remain relevant and add value to investors, we have refocused our program with the objective of creating an unparalleled platform for knowledge sharing.