Finding Value in Active Management - The Search for Sustainable Alpha

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About the event


Many institutional investors continue to allocate a meaningful portion of their portfolios to third party investment managers. Recent industry debate has often focussed on higher level style questions, such as active versus passive management.

This session is looking to provide a forum to explore and debate key considerations in active investment management in a more nuanced way and to identify key success factors in identifying strategies that deliver sustainable alpha. 

Topics Include

  • How do we maximize (or jeopardize) alpha?
  • How do we distinguish true alpha from (smart) beta?
  • Where should we take (or constrain) portfolio risk? How do we measure it?
  • How do we integrate qualitative factors into our decision making process?
  • How has our thinking with regard to manager selection shifted? What are some of the lessons that we’ve learned?

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the broad peer group landscape across equity and fixed income asset classes
  • Understand key criteria relevant in investment manager selection
  • Distinguish between alpha and beta
  • Understand key asset class specific considerations
  • Understand evolving trends in investment manager selection


Erwan Pirou, CFA
Canadian Head of Fixed Income Research
Aon Hewitt

Erwan is a senior member of the manager research team and plays a crucial role in supporting the Investment Consulting practice. Erwan has a particular focus on fixed income and liability-driven investments. He researches a wide range of fixed income products from Canadian bonds to global and high yield bonds. He also has experience of structuring solutions with derivatives. Before joining Aon Hewitt in 2007, Erwan was a credit analyst at Barclays in London and served as a fixed-income security portfolio co-manager. Erwan has a Master’s degree in corporate finance from Université de Rennes (France).

Elton Lau, CFA, MBA
Principal, Manager Research

Elton Lau is the lead researcher for Canadian Equities and joined Mercer in 2011. Previously, Elton was at RBC Financial Group for over 10 years, his last position as Senior Mutual Fund Analyst at RBC Dominion Securities. In this role, he covered both domestic and offshore funds. During his tenure at RBC, Elton's research team was top ranked as rated by Investment Executive. In the past, he also served in the panel of judges for Morningstar's annual Canadian Investment Awards. Elton has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Queen's University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jasmine Yu, CFA, CAIA
Head of Global Manager Research
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Jasmine Yu, CFA, CAIA is head of global manager research at BNY Mellon Wealth Management where she directs research and selection of investment managers in public equity, fixed income, and alternatives (hedge funds, private equity/debt). Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2016, she was senior portfolio management team leader and head of global fixed income due diligence at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Jasmine previously worked onsite at Abu Dhabi Investment Council, a sovereign wealth fund. She has 19 years of experience in buy-side investing and was one of the six global leaders featured in CFA Institute’s brand campaign “Future of Finance” in 2013

Who Should Attend

  • Institutional investors that outsource asset management
  • Manager research professionals
  • Investment consultants / advisers
  • Asset management professionals

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CFA Institute Activity
This program qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program

Other Information
Eligible for 1 CFA Institute CE credit hour
May be eligible for CE credits to maintain CFP® certification
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When & Where
Jun 6
6th June 2017
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Toronto, ON
2017-06-06 12:00 PM 2017-06-06 02:00 PM America/New_York Finding Value in Active Management - The Search for Sustainable Alpha 91 King Street East Toronto, ON, Canada M5C 1G3

Albany Club - Main Dining Room

91 King Street East Toronto, ON