Absolute Return Symposium 2016

Venue: 10 on the Park
Location: New York
Dates: Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Absolute Return Symposium attracts elite hedge fund managers and investors from across the globe to New York City for substantive discussion and debate. The Symposium offers incisive and topical content, addressing the overall outlook for the hedge fund industry and financial markets. It also explores the opportunities, challenges and risks across a range of investment strategies. This year's Symposium will be followed in the evening by the annual Absolute Return Awards dinner, during which Americas hedge funds with the best risk-adjusted performance will be recognised. Please note that standard registration to the Symposium does not include attendance to the Absolute Return Awards.

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The annual Absolute Return Symposium will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in New York City.


Years of unprecedented government stimulus following the 2008 financial crises have left the world's economies on uncertain footing, caught between optimism about a seeming recovery and prudent fears that financial markets may be in store for another downturn.


It is a time of risk and uncertainty, but also great opportunity. Choppy markets have already upended some of the most successful post-crisis managers, while strategies that thrive on volatility have come roaring back. The risk on/risk off paradigm may give way to markets better suited to hedge fund strategies. Knowing how to pick winning strategies and avoid predictable risks will be one focus of the Symposium.


Regulators' attempts to fight the last war, so to speak, have also created distortions and opportunities. Hedge funds have entered businesses that were traditionally the domain of banks, finding attractive returns. At the same time, regulation of the hedge fund industry and general investor demand for institutionalization have added cost and complexity to operations. How to achieve best practices in operations will be another key topic at the event.


This year's all-day Symposium will be followed in the evening by our annual awards dinner, during which we will honor the Americas hedge funds with the best risk-adjusted performance. This year the Symposium will make a particular effort to enlist the participation of the awards nominees, including the Firms of the Year, to solicit their views and highlight their roles as natural leaders of the industry. Please note that registration to the Symposium does not include attendance to the Absolute Return Awards, unless stated otherwise.


Planning for the Symposium is now in full swing. If you would like to suggest topics or speakers, or are interested in participating yourself, please let us know.


The Symposium has typically attracted more than 350 attendees, and will once again bring together leading and influential managers and investors from across the globe. Past speakers have included such luminaries as Bill Ackman, Cliff Asness, Kyle Bass, John Burbank, Elaine Crocker, James Dinan, Izzy Englander, Mitch Julis, Marc Lasry, Dan Loeb, Eric Mindich, John Paulson, Andy Redleaf, Dinaker Singh, David Shaw, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Peter Thiel and Boaz Weinstein, among many others.


Confirmed speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.



For speaking opportunities, please contact:
Josh Friedlander, Editor
+1 (212) 224-3564


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
James Barfield, Head of Sales
+1 (212) 234-3445


To attend the Symposium, please contact:
Piya Malik, Delegate Sales Executive
+1 (212) 224-3372