400 top hedge fund managers and investors attended the Absolute Return Spring Symposium 2013
The 10th Absolute Return Symposium took place this year at 10 on the Park in New York on 21 March 2013. The event, which was attended by close to 400 delegates, brought together an impressive line up of leading hedge fund managers and investors, who met to debate the latest developments, challenges and opportunities in the industry and to discuss the outlook for the global financial markets.
The opening address was delivered by Andrew Redleaf of Whitebox Advisors, who began the day by outlining his own strategic approach to investing for long-term success, as well as sharing his thoughts on the state of the global economy, and the 'end of the cycle' for sovereign credit.
Mr Redleaf's engaging presentation set the scene for a full day of panel discussions and workshops covering a wide range of topics, including a discussion of how managers are navigating the markets during times of uncertainty, the possibility of an impending 'bond unwind' and the current regulatory challenges facing the industry. Further themes examined over the course of the day included an analysis of the way investors are changing their approach to hedge fund investments, as well as a panel dedicated to debating the outlook and opportunities in the emerging markets.
Boaz Weinstein of Saba Capital Management was interviewed during the second keynote session of the day. Mr Weinstein spoke about his approach to credit and equities, CMBS, the current opportunities in Japanese corporate bonds, as well as the much-discussed 'London Whale' trade.
Finally, four elite managers delivered a series of 'best ideas' presentations, sharing their investment insights and bringing the Symposium to a close.
HedgeFund Intelligence would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers and delegates for contributing to the great success of this year's event. We look forward to welcoming you to the Absolute Return Symposium again in 2014.
Symposium discussions included:
The changing needs of investors, particularly the large pensions and endowments that make up an increasing proportion of new allocations worldwide, and how the hedge fund industry is responding: performance vs. transparency and fees, direct investment vs. fund of funds and consultants, choosing the right strategies and managers.
The outlook for and opportunities in credit, macro and commodities, debated and discussed by some of the biggest and most successful managers in their respective strategies.
Up-to-date analysis of the latest regulatory developments in the U.S. and in Europe: advice from the experts on how to stay on the right side of ever-changing regulations and control the rising costs associated with increased oversight.
The most promising trades, both long and short, presented and defended by a variety of managers during a rapid-fire series of 'Best Ideas' speeches.
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