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Smart beta to take centre stage at EDHEC-Risk Europe Days conference in London

Smart beta investing, efficient risk diversification, liability driven investment (LDI) strategies, infrastructure and fixed income investing are among the topics to be presented at the EDHEC-Risk Days Europe 2014.

The event will take place at The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre in Blackfriars, London on 25-26 March.
 
The conference will open with a roundtable involving leading industry representatives and regulators and will address the topic of index transparency and investor expectations. The session will include the presentation of a survey on the transparency and governance of international indices carried out by EDHEC-Risk Institute.
 
The conference will also feature the latest EDHEC-Risk Institute research on a range of topics that are currently relevant for the financial industry. On the first day, the Indexation and Passive Investment Conference will look at smart beta allocation, new index and benchmark offerings in the equity and fixed income universes and measuring risk diversification of indices. Results of an exclusive survey of European asset owners will highlight the latest trends in ETF usage.
 
On the second day, the Global Institutional Investment Conference will commence with a plenary session on multi smart beta risk allocation. A panel of investors and asset allocators will discuss the added value of smart beta diversification in risk allocation. Day two will also include key sessions on systematic strategies in long-only equity investing and alternative investments, new research on infrastructure investing, Solvency II, reducing risk in the OTC derivatives market and risk parity.
 
The conference will include the participation of global event partners Amundi ETF & Indexing, BNP Paribas, Eaton Vance Investment Managers, ERI Scientific Beta, ETF Securities, Lyxor Asset Management, Ossiam, Quoniam Asset Management, Rothschild & Cie Gestion, Russell Indexes and Stoxx; gold sponsors Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust and State Street Global Advisors; and exhibitors Commerzbank, Invesco Powershares, SIX Swiss Exchange, Source and UBS.
 
The event is structured to appeal to institutional investors, asset management professionals, policymakers and alternative investment managers.

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