Mussie Kidane, Banque Pictet & Cie

Mussie Kidane Mussie Kidane, Head of Fund Selection, Banque Pictet & Cie Mr. Mussie Kidane is the Head of Fund Selection at Banque Pictet & Cie SA. The nine-member team is responsible for selecting best-in-breed fund managers across all asset classes for Pictet Wealth Management unit globally. Mr. Kidane and his team play an active role in the portfolio construction of the bank’s fund-based discretionary portfolio management. Mr. Kidane is also the portfolio manager of a US$2.1billion absolute return fund run for Pictet Wealth Management clients since the product’s inception in 2007. He joined Banque Pictet & Cie S.A. in 2006 as senior analyst and portfolio manager and was promoted to head the team in 2008. Previously Mr. Kidane was analyst & portfolio manager within the fund selection and multimanagement team at LODH & Cie. He joined the firm in 2001 as a quantitative analyst reporting to the Investment Review Board. Mr. Kidane graduated from the University of Geneva with double Master’s degrees in Econometrics and in Finance. He is also a CFA charter holder since 2004.

Agenda

09.40 - 10.00

News from Asia and the US

A discussion with the conference partners, NICSA and HKIFA, on the recent developments in their respective fund industries


10.00 - 10.30

Distribution trends: aviation as a reference industry

Lessons to learn from air travel industry – fundamental changes in distribution channels, direct distribution, generational shift, innovative pricing etc.

GDS, AEA and IATA are acronyms that the fund industry might not be too familiar with, however they belong to an industry that also underwent profound changes over the past decade. Changes in the global distribution systems impacted not only travelers and intermediaries, but most of all the airlines directly. Prestigious brands disappeared and made room for low cost airlines, airline mergers and alliances. Are there lessons to be learned by the fund industry?


11.00 - 11.40

Data: distribution intel - data is big, intelligence will be augmented

An examination of how data contributes to distribution. If investment decisions are based on data, for sure distribution decisions must be. In fact, as data itself is becoming an asset class, is the asset manager becoming a data manager?


11.40 - 12.20

Integration of sustainability factors in fund distribution rules

In the context of the EU Action plan on Sustainable Finance, the integration of sustainability risks and factors in MiFID II is envisaged via the introduction of mandatory assessments of client ESG preferences. How to match these subsequently with the right financial products? AIFMD and UCITS regulations will see similar developments. In practice, how will this affect distributors?


14.30 - 15.10

Young perspectives

Talk to millennials, not about them – thoughts about money and financial planning, the need for a fund shopping app etc. – what is it the young clients want?


15.50 - 16.30

Distributors take centre stage

Do investors feel they get value for money? What sells and what doesn’t? Regulation, pricing, digitalisation, investor education… what really influences fund sales?

  • Gary Collins

    Gary Collins Head of Distribution EMEA & Latin America Columbia Threadneedle Investments EMEA APAC


16.30 - 16.50

Everything you always wanted to know about distribution (but were afraid to ask)

Ad-hoc session: expertise upon request


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