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Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit

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With the Federal Reserve ending its roughly $3.7 trillion program of bond buying and monetary policy still loosening up in Europe and Japan, investors around the world are bracing for the aftereffects and global economic strength, or lack thereof, produced by these extraordinary measures.

Investors already are getting an early preview of what to expect in the U.S. with Goldman Sachs recently saying the Fed’s inflation target “looks more elusive.” In fact, Goldman said “we place somewhat greater confidence in disinflationary pressures.” More so, hedge fund short-seller Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates told Reuters that equity markets look vulnerable. “The breadth has been much weaker and there are stocks that have gone down and have stayed down unlike in 2013 and late 2012 and early 2014.”

At the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit, nearly 40 hedge funds, money managers and macro economists will share their crystal balls during on-the-record interviews, on everything from Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve chairmanship to their bets in investment strategies in the coming year. (more…)

Reuters Global Commodities Summit

The commodity trading industry normally thrives on market volatility, be it crude oil or cocoa beans. Lately, however, it’s the industry itself that is enduring unprecedented flux, with Western investment banks bowing out and private investors piling in. At the Global Commodities Summit next week, Reuters will speak to executives from the biggest and best-known companies in the sector about how they’re adapting to a rapidly changing market, what they think of their new competitors and how they’re responding to the surprising slump in oil prices.

Key topics will include:

  • Oil price drop – What does it mean for trading companies? Hedgers? Banks? The future?
  • Private equity investment – Is this trend finished or just getting started? What’s the next shoe to drop? Where does it leave the industry in a few years?
  • Wall St. exodus – Is this trend overplayed? What does the impact of this exodus now look like?
  • Sanctions on Russia and Iran – What’s the impact? What will happen next?
  • Corporate hedging – What’s the outlook for managing commodity price risk? What are the new trends from the corporate sector?

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Reuters Global Climate Change Summit

What’s ahead for climate change, and what does it mean for investors?

The global impact of climate change is affecting strategies for businesses and investors across the world. From supply chains to R&D, climate change has become a major issue that affects the way some companies do business. Governments will focus more on climate change in coming months with almost 200 nations have agreed to hold a summit in Paris in December 2015 to work out a global deal to limit warming.

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What will be the impact for companies and investors? What are the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and efforts to prevent it?

Reuters Global Climate Change Summit will bring together business leaders, investors and policymakers to examine the business, investment and regulatory decisions they make following from climate change.

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Reuters Eastern European Investment Summit

What’s ahead for Eastern Europe, and what does it mean for investors?

The good news story of Eastern Europe risks being eclipsed by the turmoil on the region’s eastern edge. The conflict in Ukraine has pushed down currencies and stocks in Eastern Europe. The European Union’s sanctions on Russia, and the trade restrictions the Kremlin adopted in retaliation, have hurt eastern economies more than others in Europe. The region could see its gas supplies from Russia disrupted this autumn.

Eastern European Summit imageHow should Eastern Europe respond? That question will be at the centre of attention for the Reuters Eastern Europe Investment Summit. During closed sessions, our journalists will interview some of the region’s most influential executives, policymakers and political leaders. We will seek predictions for how much the Ukraine crisis will slow economic recovery in the region. We will ask what can be done to lessen the economic pain. And we will explore how the Ukraine crisis could influence energy policy.

The Summit is an opportunity to explore other challenges, among them the sluggish growth in the euro zone, and a Europe-wide review of banks’ assets that is likely to ask tough questions of Eastern European lenders

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Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit

What’s ahead for the aerospace and defense industry, and what does it mean for investors?

Top government officials and executives from U.S. and European aerospace and defense firms will address myriad significant challenges facing the global aerospace and defense industry at the 10th annual Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit. On the agenda will be the engine failure that grounded Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for several weeks this summer, the policy implications of a spate of recent airline disasters, and a fresh drive by critics to dismantle the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a key source of financing for customers seeking to buy Boeing Co commercial airplanes.

Reuters Aerospace and Defense SummitPentagon officials and executives from Lockheed Martin, engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and Britain’s BAE Systems will offer insights about the world’s biggest weapons program – a $400 billion effort to develop a new multirole fighter that will replace over a dozen plans now in use around the world. Speakers will also address the impact of continuing cuts in U.S. military spending at a time of sustained crises in Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa.

On the commercial side, speakers will debate the merits of the Export-Import Bank, examine burgeoning demand for commercial airliners, and discuss what changes could emerge in flight-tracking as a result of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Speakers will also take a closer look at progress on a mammoth overhaul of the U.S. air traffic control system that helps airlines navigate crowded air routes – a project that requires about $1 billion a year in spending.

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Reuters Global Wealth Management Summit

What lies ahead for wealth management and what does it mean for investors?

Senior executives gathering for the 2014 Reuters Global Wealth Management Summit represent a changing and challenged industry. Big brokerage firms, trying to keep their customers satisfied in an era of low interest rates, growing stock market risks and persistent skepticism about financial services, are expanding their offerings. They are leaning heavily on comprehensive fee-based planning, alternative investments, pre-mixed portfolios and the cross-selling of products from their banking parents.

Reuters Global Wealth Management SummitAt the same time, the industry is facing disruptions: an international crackdown on untaxed assets held by offshore centers has unsettled clients and cost banks billions in fines to settle regulatory probes. Many advisers are approaching retirement age and others are leaving traditional firms to go independent. There is an increased competition from so-called “robo-advisers” that automate investing, and there is a greater appetite by investors for passive investing. The wealth management industry also faces regulatory scrutiny on everything from how brokers disclose their past records to how firms earn money on their trading volume.

Even so, wealth management remains a profitable and promising priority for the world’s largest banks and brokerages. The pool of high net worth and ultra high net worth clients steadily grows, providing stable fee income. The highly competitive retirement space remains a target as ongoing retirement of the baby boom puts trillions of dollars of 401(k) money in play.

Industry leaders and the people who regulate them will discuss these topics and more at the Reuters Global Wealth Management Summit.

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Reuters Africa Investment Summit

Reuters Africa Investment Summit

What are the risks and the opportunities of investing in Africa today? (more…)

Reuters Euro Zone Summit


Top European policymakers tell us what’s ahead for the euro zone and what to watch for in 2014. (more…)

Reuters Global Investment Outlook 2014 Summit makes big splash with three dozen of world’s biggest, best investors

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By Jennifer Ablan, Editor-in-Charge, U.S. Investment Strategy

Some of the world’s closely watched money managers including activist billionaire investor Carl Icahn, Loomis Sayles’ vice chairman Dan Fuss, famous short seller Jim Chanos (above), Andrew Wilson, chief executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Avenue Capital’s Marc Lasry and his sister, Avenue co-founder Sonia Gardner, were among the three dozen investors headlining the Reuters Global Investment Outlook 2014 Summit. For a summary recap report of the Summit, click click here.

The Summit, which came a week ahead of other news organizations’ Year Ahead summits and 2014 Outlook stories, produced more than 50 stories, analyses, sidebars and Reuters TV interviews during the week of November 18. For the first time in Investment Summit history, we blogged at the end of each day on everything from BitCoin to eminent domain to Carl Icahn’s hour-long discussion with our group and several of our guests participated in our one-year-old Global Markets Forum.

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Reuters Summit: World’s biggest commodity traders talk of industry in flux


By Jonathan Leff, Editor in Charge, Commodities & Energy

The commodity trading industry is in the midst of unprecedented flux: the U.S. shale oil and gas production boom is upending global energy flows; tough new financial regulations are reshaping the marketplace; banks, merchants and big corporations are competing and collaborating in new and unexpected ways; and just as some owners look to sell their trading desks, new players are jumping at the chance to get a foothold in the raw materials supply chain. In a series of 15 interviews over last week, the Reuters Global Commodities Summit offered a rare glimpse into the strategic plans and tactical positions of the most important traders, merchants, bankers and regulators in the business at a moment of extraordinary change. (more…)