The CEO of the world's largest money manager and the chief investment officer of the world's largest asset owner are on the roster of experts scheduled to speak at Pensions & Investments' second annual Global Future of Retirement Conference.
Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock Inc., and Hiromichi Mizuno, executive managing director and chief investment officer of the ¥137 trillion ($1.15 trillion) Government Pension Investment Fund, Tokyo, will be two of the keynote speakers at the P&I conference, scheduled June 14-16 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Mr. Mizuno will discuss recent developments at the world's largest pension fund as it works toward a more equity-heavy asset allocation, and his views on the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Mr. Fink will close out the conference with a conversation with P&I's Christopher J. Battaglia, vice president and group publisher, covering topics such as mandatory retirement savings, the best retirement system to maximize income and reduce costs, and predictions on long-term shifts in retirement-related saving and investing.
The conference will feature a wide range of topics on policies and investment strategies as well as speakers representing all facets of the retirement landscape, from retirement plan executives and money managers to global economists, social scientists and academics.
The other keynote speakers will be Amlan Roy, managing director, head of global demographics and pension research at Credit Suisse Group, who will open the conference with a discussion of where the world is headed using population growth forecasts; and Mark Fawcett, CIO of the National Employment Savings Trust Corp., London, speaking about how behavioral economics have been used in designing NEST to enroll members and keep them saving.
The conference also will include a round-table discussion featuring economists debating the reasons for the retirement crisis and their predictions for the future.
The bulk of the conference will consist of general sessions and dialogues covering a variety of topics, including “Where Defined Benefit Plans Thrive,” which will take a look at where DB plans are strong and working, and what changes could ensure there is a future for pension plans.
The first day of the conference will close with the session, “Geopolitical Unrest Threatens World Banking Systems and Could Damage Investing for Retirement,” which will look at how global instability, religious wars and rogue states disrupt financial market fundamentals.
Other sessions will delve into the changing role of asset owners, new developments in the defined contribution system, ESG's place in retirement plans, the cost of longevity risk and what plans can do about it, the reincarnation of diversification, and how investors globally are approaching portfolio construction.
The entire agenda and list of speakers are available at http://conferences.pionline.com/conference/global-future-of-retirement/2015. n