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Cass hosts inaugural Smart Beta Europe Conference

Asset management experts flock to conference on smart beta revolution

Top asset management experts joined up at Cass Business School for an inaugural conference on smart beta investing.

More than 220 investment professionals snapped up places at the first Smart Beta Europe Conference organised by Cass and ETF Strategy.

The conference was designed to give delegates an insight into current and future developments in smart beta, which is shaking up traditional investment approaches in the asset management industry.

Among the line-up of speakers were senior executives from leading asset management firms and index providers, together with academics from Cass's Centre for Asset Management Research.

The half-day event reviewed a range of topics, including the current smart beta landscape, risk based approaches to smart beta, using smart beta to create intelligent investment portfolios and the next generation of smart beta products.

Professor Andrew Clare said: "Cass is at the forefront of research on smart beta investing. This conference brought together some of the industry's top thinkers and product providers to provoke discussion and stimulate ideas on this dynamic topic."

Professor Steve Thomas said: "ETFs have revolutionised the investment landscape for both institutional and retail investors. The appetite for this conference - from sponsors and delegates alike - has been phenomenal and reflects the immense interest in smart beta."

The conference was sponsored by iShares, Goldman Sachs, MSCI, FTSE, Invesco PowerShares, WisdomTree Europe and ETFGI.

Speaking at the conference was:

Tom Fekete, Head of Product, EMEA, iShares

Jason Ekaireb, Head of Global Fund Products and Systematic Trading Strategies, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs

Dimitris Melas, Managing Director and Global Head of New Product Research, MSCI

Sudir Raju, Managing Director, ETP Relationships, EMEA, FTSE Group

Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Distribution, UK, PowerShares

Christopher Gannatti, Associate Director of Research, WisdomTree

Andrew Clare, Professor of Asset Management, Cass Business School

Stephen Thomas, Professor of Finance, Cass Business School

Deborah Fuhr, Founder and Managing Partner, ETFGI

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