ASX Financial Adviser Day in partnership with Kaplan Professional

Timely investment insights to help you and your clients, delivered to you online


As a leading provider of professional education, ASX is delighted to partner with Kaplan Professional this year to bring you the latest market information and considerations for your clients’ portfolios.

To start the day, our economist will reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts on Australian and global markets one year on, and implications for investors going forward.

With global interest rates set to remain lower for longer, join us to explore ways to protect your clients’ portfolios against market volatility. Hear from some of Australia’s top investment experts for their perspectives on portfolio positioning, recent IPO trends and key considerations for investors when assessing IPOs from the technology sector.

During the day, you will also gain insights into different approaches for using Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors to build client portfolios, as well as top Australian equity ideas presented by our expert in the Equity Markets strategy session, with an opportunity to ask your questions about specific stocks.

Event attendees will be eligible for an indicative 5 FPA CPD hours.

Friday, 4 June 2021
8:45am to 4:00pm AEST




Dedicated Ontrack modules

Subscribers will have the opportunity to explore topics in more detail through dedicated modules in Kaplan Professional’s continuing education platform, Ontrack. The first three modules are now available, with a further seven to be released post-event. Individuals who complete all ten Ontrack modules will be eligible for an indicative 5 FPA CPD hours.


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Presenting companies

ActiveX Ardea

ActiveX is a series of actively-managed exchange traded funds featuring some of Australia’s most successful boutique investment managers. ActiveX was created by Fidante Partners, with the aim of providing investors with easier access to the extensive investment expertise of our boutique managers.


ASX operates at the heart of Australia’s financial markets. ASX is a fully-integrated exchange across multiple asset classes, including access to domestic and international equities, fixed income, infrastructure and property products through listed, traded and post-trade structures. ASX enabes retail, SMSF Trustee and financial planning clients a simple and cost-effective way to build diversified investment portfolios.

Australian Ethical

Australian Ethical is a publicly-listed company that invests and operates according to its Ethical Charter. Its superannuation fund was the fastest growing fund in 2019 by member numbers over the past five years. It was the first superannuation fund and investment manager to become a certified B Corp in Australia, and in 2019, was awarded one of the ‘Best for the World’ B Corps, ranking in the top 10% of 1,300 B Corps globally.


Bailador Technology Investments [BTI:ASX] is a growth capital fund focused on private technology companies at the expansion stage with established revenues and a proven business model, backing companies with highly motivated leadership and best-in-class technology or business systems. Bailador is distinctive in its level of involvement in assisting portfolio investments, taking board positions in most cases.

Canaccord Genuity

We provide innovative corporate finance and advisory solutions tailored to helping clients achieve their strategic and financial goals. As a leading independent global investment bank, we have the ability to offer a range of advisory and capital raising services to both emerging and established companies. Services include M&A and Financial Advisory, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Advisory and Restructuring and Financial Sponsors.

Desktop Broker

Desktop Broker was launched in 2007 and developed exclusively for financial advisers and planners. Backed by Bell Financial Group and powered by Bell Direct, Desktop Broker benefits from the group’s long-standing experience and innovations. Advisers can access Bell Potter research, managed funds via mFund, integrated data feeds, and a new managed accounts solution – the Bell Potter GPS.

ETF Securities

ETF Securities is Australia’s second oldest independent provider focused on innovative and cost effective ETFs. Founded in 2003, its ETFs provide specialist investment solutions across multiple asset classes, enabling investors to intelligently build and diversify their portfolios.


Hyperion’s stand out characteristic is its long-term approach to investing, resulting in low turnover and concentrated benchmark-agnostic portfolios. With a track record of finding winners, its Global Growth Companies fund has regularly topped performance surveys since inception and benefits clients by only investing in high-quality businesses exposed to long-term tailwinds and organic growth opportunities.


iShares unlocks opportunity across markets to meet the evolving needs of investors. With more than twenty years of experience, a global line-up of 900+ exchange traded funds (ETFs) and US$2 trillion in assets under management as of 30 June 2019, iShares continues to drive progress for the financial industry. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm1. 1. Based on US$6.84 trillion in AUM as of 6/30/19.

Loftus Peak

Loftus Peak is a global fund manager focused on investment in listed disruptive businesses. Comprising some of the best and fastest-growing companies globally, which we believe are driving change across all industries, the fund is based on strict criteria. Including names such as Apple and many others we expect to be future household names, this approach lowers the concentration risk inherent in typical Australian portfolios, with their heavy skew toward banks, resources and the Australian dollar.


Lonsec helps build the investment capabilities of financial advisers, fund managers, superannuation funds and individuals. It encompasses managed investments, listed securities and superannuation research, awards and ratings, portfolio consulting, managed accounts, and data and analytics. The Lonsec group is positioned at the nexus of Australia’s financial advice and investment industry, enabling Lonsec to provide practical, actionable insights that add real value to its investment and advice solutions.


Macquarie Wealth Management’s driving purpose is to be a trusted partner to Australians in safeguarding and improving their long-term financial wellbeing. We believe in the importance of financial advice to empower people to innovate and invest for a better future. We do this in two ways: Wealth Solutions supports our partners, IFAs, to give advice to clients; and The Private Bank works directly with high-net-worth clients.

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management provides sophisticated advice and excellence in execution to a broad range of institutional clients, including superannuation funds, investment managers, large corporate entities, not-for-profit organisations, significant family offices, banks and other financial institutions.


Founded in 1994, Platinum is a global equities manager. A true active manager, they build portfolios one company at a time via quantitative analysis and fundamental research. Its portfolios tend to give investors very different exposure to that offered by market indices or index-tracking funds.

Regal Funds Management

Regal Funds Management is a specialist alternatives investment manager. Founded in 2004, Regal Funds Management is one of Australia’s leading investment managers servicing a wide range of institutional investors, family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

State Street Global Advisors serves governments, institutions and financial advisors with a rigorous approach, breadth of capabilities and belief that good stewardship is good investing for the long term. Pioneers in index, ETF, and ESG investing and the world’s third-largest asset manager, we are always inventing new ways to invest.


VanEck is one of the world’s largest Exchange Traded Product (ETP) issuers. In Australia, our range of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) provide investors with opportunities to asset classes, often underrepresented in investor portfolios; or beyond-the-usual approaches to established investment categories.


In Australia, Vanguard has been serving financial advisers, retail clients and institutional investors for more than 20 years.


Jessica is a Market Analyst and Media Presenter at Bell Direct. She’s passionate about making the finance and investment world easier to understand and more accessible to everyday Australians. She has worked in both equities and broadcast television, analysing markets, while also interviewing politicians, Prime Ministers, Treasurers, CEOs and fund managers; asking them the questions investors need to know. You may have also seen or heard Jessica on ABC News, Sky News Business, or the regional arms of Channel 7 and 9.

Panel: Investing in Global Markets
Jessica Amir
Market Analyst and Media Presenter, Bell Direct

Anastasia has over 13 years’ financial markets experience across the U.K., Europe and Australia. Prior to her role as Business Development Manager for the ASX Investment Products division, Anastasia was an experienced equities analyst and securities dealer, working for Equity Trustees and a boutique asset manager focusing on high-net-worth individuals and family office. Anastasia has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) & Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Applied Finance from Monash University.

Panel: Portfolio construction
Anastasia Anagnostakos
Business Development Manager, ASX

John is responsible for the institutional client business in New South Wales and Queensland for VanEck’s active capabilities and VanEck. Prior to joining VanEck, John was the Director of Business Development at FTSE Group, Australia. John has a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) in Finance from the University of Cape Town.

Panel: ESG Investing
John Caulfield
Director, Institutional Business Development

Belinda Chiu is a Business Development Manager, Listings at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, responsible for the development of ASX’s domestic and international listings business. Joining ASX in 2012 as a Listings Compliance Adviser, Belinda worked closely with international companies seeking an ASX IPO, as well as post-listing compliance matters. Belinda holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney.

Panel: IPO
Belinda Chiu
Business Development Manager, Listings, ASX

Kanish Chugh is responsible for distribution covering sales and marketing strategy for institutional, intermediary and retail clients. He joined ETF Securities in 2015 and has previous experience with Fidelity International, BlackRock and Australian Financial Review. Kanish holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and International Business.

Evolution of Indices
Kanish Chugh
Head of Distribution, ETF Securities

Rory is Senior Manager of Investment Products at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). He is responsible for expanding the range of investment products available on ASX and making those products more accessible to investors throughout Australia. Before joining ASX, Rory held positions at Fidelity Investments and Perpetual Investments. Rory has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Sydney.

Panel: ESG Investing
Rory Cunningham
Senior Manager, Distribution and Product Development, Investment Products, ASX

Jessica joined Regal Funds Management in 2018 as an Analyst, supporting the Emerging Companies strategy, and has been a Portfolio Manager for two years. Prior to Regal Funds Management, Jessica was an Associate in J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, where she was a recipient of the University of Sydney Merit Scholarship. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from The Australian National University and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Seeking alpha by investing in emerging listed and private companies
Jessica Farr-Jones
Portfolio Manager, Regal Funds Management

Kate Galpin is Business Development Manager, Listings, at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney. Kate joined ASX in 2017 and is responsible for the development of ASX’s domestic and international listings business across all industry segments. Prior to ASX, Kate spent 15 years in various roles in the Asset Management industry at both Legal & General Investment Management and Alliance Bernstein. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Durham University.

Panel: IPO
Kate Galpin
Business Development Manager, Listings, ASX

Alexis Gray, MSc, is a Senior Economist in the Vanguard Investment Strategy Group. She also works closely with the portfolio management team for Vanguard’s Fixed Income Group, which oversees nearly $1 trillion in assets under management.  Alexis earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance with first-class honours from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Statistics from the London School of Economics.

Australian and global events impacting the sharemarket for the year ahead
Alexis Gray
Senior Economist, Vanguard

Carl Henschke is the Director of Canaccord’s investment banking team. He focuses on small capitals, particularly technology companies and other high growth industrials, as well as equity financing, including IPOs and secondary raises. Carl has over 15 years’ experience advising growth companies.

Panel: IPO
Carl Henschke
Director, Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity

Gopi Karunakaran is Ardea’s Co-Chief Investment Officer. Together with Ben Alexander, Gopi oversees the investment process and investment team, with ultimate accountability for ensuring the performance of all portfolios is consistent with client objectives. Prior to joining Ardea, Gopi was a global fixed income portfolio manager at hedge funds in London and Singapore. He has over 20 years’ experience across global fixed income markets and commenced his career with Deutsche Bank in Sydney on their graduate training program

Looking beyond yield
Gopi Karanukaran
Co-Chief Investment Officer, Ardea

Nathan Lim is the Head of Wealth Management Research for Morgan Stanley, Australia. He has developed Wealth Management’s multi-asset investment approach and was recognised by the Institute of Managed Account Professionals (IMAP) as the winner in the 2020 Licensee Managed Account category. Nathan has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, is an Honorary Adjunct Professor with the University of Technology Sydney Business School, and is a CFA® charterholder.

Panel: Portfolio construction
Nathan Lim
Head of Wealth Management Research, Morgan Stanley

Julian first joined Platinum short-term in 2001. He then went on to work for Credit Suisse for eight years in metals and mining, before founding a company in minerals exploration. Julian re-joined Platinum in 2014 and works with the basic industries analytical team.

Panel: Investing in Global Markets
Julian McCormack
Investment Specialist, Platinum

With 25 years’ experience in disruptive business models gained during a career with Macquarie Bank, Alex is the Chief Investment Officer of Loftus Peak and heads one of the best-performing teams in disruptive investment in Australia. Alex was instrumental in bringing disruptive companies Seek and to the Australian stock market between 2005 and 2010.

Panel: Investing in Global Markets
Alex Pollak
Chief Investment Officer, Loftus Peak

Lukasz leads the Lonsec Investment Solutions Pty Limited (LIS) business as Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer. He’s also Chairman of Lonsec’s Asset Allocation Investment Committee and a member of the Manager Selection and Direct Equities Investment Committees. Lukasz has over 20 years’ industry experience, commencing his investment career at ING Australia as Research Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, the CIMA designation, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Panel: Portfolio construction
Lukasz de Pourbaix
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Lonsec

Tim has been a leader in financial markets for the last 35 years, with 20 of those years at Hyperion. During the period he led Hyperion as Managing Director, Hyperion won two coveted overall Fund Manager of the Year awards and numerous small cap and large cap equity awards. Tim is regularly called on to provide insights on long-term investing in quality businesses both in Australia and international markets.

Panel: Investing in Global Markets
Tim Samway
Chairman, Hyperion

Jason began his career with JPMorgan New Zealand in 1996 as their Equity strategist. He spent time  in Sydney as the Australian Strategist, as well as London and New York as US/Global Strategist. In 2007, Jason joined Morgan Stanley New York as US/Global Strategist. He then moved to Asia in 2010 where he was Regional Asian Strategist and Head of Hong Kong/China Equities with CIMB and then Head of Australian Macroeconomic Research for Macquarie Bank. Jason recently took on the role of Head of Investment Strategy Wealth Management and is a CFA® charterholder.

Equity Markets Strategy
Jason Todd
Head of Wealth Management Investment Strategy, Macquarie Wealth Management

Marie is a Senior Investment Strategist in the BlackRock Portfolio Analysis and Solutions (BPAS) team within the iShares ETF and Index Investments (EII) business. Marie is responsible for delivering outcome-focused solutions to clients in the Asia region. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2019, Marie was an Account Manager in the Global Relationship Group at Wellington Management. Marie earned a Master of Actuarial Studies from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney. She is a CFA charterholder.

Panel: Portfolio construction
Marie Tsang
Senior Investment Strategist, BlackRock Portfolio Analysis and Solutions, iShares

Meaghan is responsible for leading, managing and developing our SPDR ETF business in Asia Pacific and developing solutions for our clients across sales, marketing, capital markets, product and infrastructure. Meaghan is also responsible for developing strategies to drive sales of our SPDR ETFs across our key client segments: Institutional Asset Owners, Institutional Asset Managers and Financial Intermediaries.

Panel: ESG Investing
Meaghan Victor
Head of SPDR ETFs Asia Pacific, State Street Global Advisors

Leah is the Head of Client Relationships at Australian Ethical Investment. Since joining in December 2016, Leah has been responsible for client relationships across all Australian Ethical’s intermediated channels, including financial planners, employers and institutional clients. Leah has over 20 years’ experience in financial services distribution, including senior distributions positions with Rothschild Asset Management, BT Financial Group, Barclays Global Investors and most recently as Head of Key Accounts for IOOF.

Panel: ESG Investing
Leah Willis
Head of Client Relationships, Australian Ethical Investment

With over 20 years principal investing experience in London, New York and Sydney, Paul held senior positions with CHAMP and Illyria prior to co-founding ASX listed Bailador Technology Investments Ltd (ASX:BTI). In addition to being a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Bailador, Paul’s a Director of several technology focused businesses, including SiteMinder, Straker Translations (ASX:STG) and Stackla. He’s also a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Panel: IPO
Paul Wilson
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Bailador


Welcome and event commences.


Presenting company: Anastasia Anagnostakos (ASX)

An overview of the trends and uptake in the Listed Product market.


Presenting company: Rory Cunningham (ASX)

In this session, Alexis Gray, Economist, Vanguard, will reflect on Coronavirus one year on, its impact on Australian and global markets and discuss what it means for the economy and investors going forward.


Presenting company: Alexis Gray (Vanguard)

This session will seek views from a leading asset consultant, global multi-asset fund manager and global wealth management firm about how they are positioning clients’ portfolios in a post-COVID landscape.

Anastasia Anagnostakos (ASX) | Lukasz de Pourbaix (Lonsec)
 | Marie Tsang (iShares) | Nathan Lim (Morgan Stanley)

Morning tea break (15 minutes)

The practice of incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision making is becoming more popular than ever.

In this session, we will explore the different approaches to using ESG factors to build portfolios, the emerging benchmarks being used to track performance and why it’s important for investors to be aware of the elements used to construct ESG portfolios.


Panel: Rory Cunningham (ASX) | Meaghan Victor (State Street Global Advisors) | Leah Willis (Australian Ethical) | John Caulfield (VanEck)

Hear from some of Australia’s top investment managers as they share how they are positioning their portfolio in the current environment and discuss the outlook for equity markets around the world including, Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.


Moderator: Jessica Amir (Bell Direct)

Panel:  Alex Pollak (Loftus Peak) | Julian McCormack (Platinum) | Tim Samway (Hyperion)

Lunch break (45 minutes)

Index investing has come in leaps and bounds in recent years. Thanks to new technology and academic research, low cost ETFs can offer investment strategies that were once the exclusive province of high-fee active managers. We take a look at the cutting edge, and how show how new index ETFs are disrupting the investment world.


Presenting company: Kanish Chugh (ETF Securities)

With global interest rates set to remain lower for longer, finding consistent downside protection against market volatility and inflation erosion can be difficult in such times. Hear from one of Australia’s leading active fixed income managers as they demonstrate the role active fixed income allocation plays in protecting your clients’ long-term financial objectives.


Presenting company: Gopi Karanukaran (Ardea)

Access superior portfolio returns using emerging listed and private companies through listed market vehicles. Jessica will give an overview of this market, the risks and opportunities associated with such investments, and will show you how they can sit alongside all your clients other traditional securities.


Presenting company: Jessica Farr-Jones (Regal Funds Management)

Afternoon tea break (15 minutes)

The momentum in technology IPOs continues to be positive, so much so that ASX has become one of the largest stock exchanges in the world for tech listings outside of the US.

In this panel we will explore recent IPO trends, dive into the outlook for tech sector IPOs and discuss key considerations for investors when assessing IPOs from this high growth sector.


Panel: Kate Galpin (ASX) | Belinda Chiu (ASX) | Paul Wilson (Bailador) | Carl Henschke (Canaccord Genuity)

Top equity strategists present top Australian equity ideas and then take open questions from the audience about specific stocks.


Presenter: Jason Todd (Macquarie Private Wealth)

Wrap-up and event closes.


Presenting company: Anastasia Anagnostakos (ASX)

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