4th Annual Redefining Fixed Income and Credit Symposium

15th May - 16th May 2019

The Redefining Fixed Income and Credit Symposium will bring together senior heads of fixed income from across the European institutional asset owner community. The symposium will discuss the rapid evolution of products and strategies available across the credit and broader fixed income universe, and comes as a direct result of requests from the asset owner community.

Issues under discussion will include, where should alternative fixed income products sit within a broader portfolio? Are asset owners being adequately compensated for illiquidity? Do asset owners fully understand some of the new products on offer, or are we headed for a repeat of 2008?

Nearly every institution is looking at ways of doing more with fixed income, typically by re-allocating to new strategies and managers. The Redefining Fixed Income and Credit Symposium will examine this trend among European pension funds, endowments and foundations as well as selected insurance funds. Are some investors relying less on indexes, core strategies, and other longer-duration bond positions and instead using funds to increase exposure to other parts of the fixed income market that better hedge a potential rising interest rate environment?

  • Wednesday May 15
    • 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

      Asset Owner Only Discussion and Registration

    • 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

      Welcome and Introduction

    • 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

      Update on the Impact of the ECB Asset Purchase Programme

    • 9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

      High Conviction Fixed Income: Balancing Risk and Return

    • 9:35 AM - 9:55 AM

      Table Workshops

    • 9:55 AM - 10:25 AM

      Achieving Meaningful Risk Adjusted Returns Across A Portfolios of Return Seeking Credit and Fixed Income

    • 10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

      Why Go Active In Emerging Market Debt?

    • 10:40 AM - 10:55 AM

      Emerging Market Corporate Debt Post 2018 - What Role Could it Play in Your Portfolio?

    • 10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

      Table Workshops

    • 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

      Coffee Break

    • 11:45 AM - 12:05 PM

      Strategies for Capturing Long Term Returns Across the EMD Space

    • 12:05 PM - 12:20 PM

      The Case for Exploring Niche Opportunities in Direct Lending

    • 12:20 PM - 12:30 PM

      Table Workshops

    • 12:35 PM - 1:00 PM

      Safety First - Getting Comfortable with the Direct Lending Deals Available in Today's Market?

    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


    • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

      Managing a High Yield Portfolio at the End of the Credit Cycle

    • 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

      The Case for Allocating to CLOs - What Do Allocators Need to Know About the Current Opportunity Set?

    • 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

      Banking on Bank Loans - Has this Sector Delivered for Asset Allocators?

    • 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

      Table Workshops

    • 3:50 PM - 4:20 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 4:20 PM - 4:50 PM

      Overseeing Allocations to High Yield and Bank Loans and CLOs

    • 4:50 PM - 5:05 PM

      Reducing the Climate Impact of Corporate Bond Portfolios

    • 5:05 PM - 5:25 PM

      Table Workshops

    • 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM

      Selecting Fixed Income Assets, and Managers, Which Meet the ESG Requirements of Modern Institutional Investors

    • 5:55 PM - 7:25 PM


    • 7:25 PM - 9:00 PM


  • Thursday May 16
    • 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

      The State We Are In - Perceived and Actual Liquidity Across Return Seeking Fixed Income Instruments

    • 9:50 AM - 10:05 AM

      Applying Systematic, Factor Based Strategies to the Fixed Income and Credit Space

    • 10:05 AM - 10:25 AM

      Table Workshops

    • 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM

      Does the Evidence Stack Up? How Comfortable Are Fixed Income Asset Allocators When It Comes to Allocating to Systematic Strategies?

    • 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

      Coffee Break

    • 11:35 AM - 11:50 AM

      Asset Backed Securities - Valuations, Risks, and Return Expectations

    • 11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

      Table Workshops

    • 12:10 PM - 12:40 PM

      If Rates Begin to Normalise, What Should Asset Owners Expect From Asset Backed Portfolios?

    • 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM

      Closing Remarks

    • 12:50 PM - 2:00 PM


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Over 30 senior investment officials have confirmed their attendance, including: 

Anthos Asset Management BVNL
APG Asset Management
Cambridge Associates LLC
Fondo Pensione Byblos
Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites (FRR)
Kempen Fiduciary Management
Lothian Pension Fund
Media Pensioen Diensten MPD
Medical Research Council

MEP's Pension Fund
Nedlloyd Pension Fund
NEST Corporation
Northwestern Mutual
Pan Trustees Ltd
Pension Fund PostNL
PGB Pensioendiensten

Shell Pensioenbureau
Social Security Fund Greece
Blom Consultancy
Cambridge Associates LLC
Pension Protection Fund




Apollolaan 138
1077 BG

Our iconic hotel, steeped in history and refinement, sits in the luxurious residential area of Amsterdam, a 10-minute walk from attractions like Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark. Our elegant rooms - such as the famous John & Yoko Suite - provide the comfort you seek alongside amenities like the equipped Health Club. Explore fine Italian cuisine at Roberto’s or creative cocktails, a spacious garden terrace and Ralph Lauren-inspired colors at Half Moon Lounge.


For more information or general enquiry, please contact:

Alex Beveridge

+44 (0) 207 303 1742

For Asset Owners interested in being invited, please contact:

Margherita Colaceci

Senior Investor Relations Manager
+44 (0)207 303 1717

For Asset Managers interested in sponsoring the Symposium, please contact:

Stefanie Sables

Executive Director - Europe
+44 (0) 207 303 1712