Are Institutional Investors Really Embracing Bitcoin?
In recent months, we have seen the increased demand and interest surrounding cryptocurrencies, specifically Bitcoin, with retail investors. With news that BNY Mellon, HSBC and now JP Morgan are not only developing platforms to allow clients to transfer digital currencies, but also issuing cryptocurrencies on behalf of its asset management clients, the intrigue is firmly on the Institutional side as well. This new asset class brings about many questions as client demand for digital assets continues to increase surrounding the opportunities and risks that comes with this largely unregulated currency. How will digital currencies impact markets and Fixed Income as a whole? Are firms really looking at integrating digital currencies into their investment portfolios? During this session we will take a step back to understand the basics of Bitcoin while also having the opportunity to discuss the many questions surrounding it with peers of the Institute.
April 15 @ 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thanos Papasavvas | Eric Partlan | Peter Van Valkenburgh
Founder & Chief Investment Officer
Thanos is Founder & CIO of ABP Invest, established in 2015 to provide strategic outlook and research on markets, geopolitics, economics and FX. Previously he had been in asset management for 20 years with Credit Suisse Asset Management and Investec Asset Management across fixed income, emerging markets, currency management and multi-asset. Thanos managed portfolios for a number of FTSE, Dow and DAX pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, local authorities and family offices. His team was presented with the “Currency Manager of the Year" award twice, in 2004 and 2010. He began his career working as an Economist for the UK Government Economic Service coincidentally amidst the outset of the ERM Crisis of 1992. Thanos was also the Co-Founder and CIO of Equant-Analytics and Founding Partner and strategic advisor to EMFC Loans Syndication. He is a frequent guest on BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg as well as a regular speaker at business and investment conferences. Thanos has been awarded the CFA Charterholder designation and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He holds an MSc Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Born in Athens, he has been living in London for over 30 years.