More than 120 of our readers from across the UK attended the Wealth Manager Retreat 2018 last week. We were delighted to host you all at The Grove for another year of sparkling conversations and insightful guest speakers.
Alongside our investment workshops, we had the pleasure of welcoming four keynote speakers. Thanos Papasavvas, founder and CIO of ABP Invest, was first to take the stage. Providing a strategic outlook on markets, geopolitics, economics and FX, Papasavvas provided a top down view of the current state of affairs.
Next came Alex Edmans, who delivered a presentation on fact-checking and data analysis. Edmans, a professor at London Business School, also examined the role of social media in disseminating falsehoods.
A delectable dinner followed, for which we were joined by Monty Halls, a former marine who detailed the various ways he has tackled the most daunting challenges nature has to offer.
For day two, we welcomed Marcus du Sautoy to the stage to provide some mathematical entertainment. Du Sautoy, a Faraday prize winner for excellence in communicating science, kept us enthralled with a presentation on the extreme limits of maths and human understanding.
We also asked the wealth management community about their views on the markets. We found that more than a quarter of our audience was adjusting allocation for a potential no-deal Brexit and that regulation continues to be a headache. In fact, 71% of respondents agreed with Jacob Rees-Mogg’s assertion that Mifid II is ‘sheer bureaucracy’.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, including the Wealth Manager Retreat. It was a pleasure to see all the new faces and to reminisce with some old ones. Until next year!